"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."- Thomas Edison

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Comments for Teachers #4

The final teacher's blog I was assigned to comment on belongs to Mrs. Dorothy Burt. The first post I commented on was titled, Netbook Handover. Mrs. Burt is the facilitator of the Manaiakalani Cluster of schools in New Zealand. She is based at Pt. England School. Room 19 and Room 20 were given the opportunity to have control of their own individual Netbooks after agreeing to the rules and regulations. After each student in these two classes is provided with personal use of a Netbook for a certain amount of time in order to deal with the "teething issues", the Netbooks are expected to spread to multiple schools. The first students with access to the Netbooks will be expected to be mentors to the students given a Notebook in the future. I think it is a great addition which will open up more opportunities to the students and teach them responsibility values.

The second post I commented on was, Wireless Connection. Mrs. Burt took pictures of the actual encounter of the wireless connection going up between two of the Manaiakalani Cluster of schools. She was excited to actually see it happening for herself. I know this will make a big difference in the social networking and progress in the students in Pt. England.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Final PLN Report

This year I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of individual learning Dr. Strange organized for us. I have added teachers' blogs to my PLN, through whom I have learned about teaching techniques and personal experiences. I am familiar with websites I didn't know existed before, and they are useful for research and social networking. I have found many things learned useful for developing my own lesson plans for my class in the future. I will continue to work on my personal learning network for the remainder of my life as a student, teacher, and life-long learner.
There was not one assignment in this class that was not useful. Each and every blog, video, and tool I explored has impacted me for the better. Most importantly, EDM310 has taught me that learning is not something that can be done simply by completing work. Learning is a personal journey that requires desire, motivation, goals, time management, collaboration, deep thought, and passion.

Comments for Kids #8-11

I commented on Alba Skunkshark's blog. I suggested naming the picture "The Circle Spool".

This third grade student created a Kerpoof picture so that he could remember the order of the planets. I think this is an interesting, fun tool.

I commented on a video created by Room 7, a class in the Manaiakalani cluster of schools in New Zealand. The movie was made for the Manaiakalani film festival, which is held annually. The enthusiasm and dancing showed that these students truly know how to have fun at school.

I commented on Josue's blog. He is a sixth grade student who writes about his experience using video chat in order to talk to his uncle and cousins in Guatemala. Skype is really a great asset to society.