Friday, May 1, 2009

My EDM 310 Blog Assignments are Now complete

Fellow classmates,
This class has been a great learning experience for me. I hope you feel it did that same for you. Keep learning as much as this world has to offer.

Jessica Courville

Mandatory Post for EDM 310

I have learned so much in EDM 310! I am pretty use I will use some things like blogs. However, I will not be using others like Twitter. I learned a lot about blog and I actually enjoyed posting post. I really do plan on using blogs in biology class. However, I want all work to be done it class. I loved google docs, and spread sheets. All of my students will have a gmail account. There is be no reason not have homework, or papers when they come to class. If they can't print or the dog ate it we can just log on and repaint it. I used Picasa years bfore I ever got to this class. So it was not new to me. However, I use to use it all the time, it was my lifeline. I don't use it as much anymore due to the fact I have better software, but Picasa is prefect since it is free! I didn'y really like making podcast. I felt it took up too much time. However if someone else makes one I can use for my students by golly I will. I find postcast very helpful for teachers and students. I believe it and itunes will help my studnts with their "GROWTH MIND SET". Pluse they can use them for free and at home. Haha I love to spy on people with google earth. Thanks Dr. Strange! I love the fact you can actually see your own house. I not too sure how I will use it in my classes but I plan on finding away. I hated Twitter at first now I just dislike it! I think its pointless and boring. I wish I could of got the picture code to work for me so that blind people could click on it. However, I never really got that down. Altogether I feel I came out of EDM 310 with a lot of useful skills and tools I can use in my classroom one day. I am very grateful I learned as much as I did with an opened mind to all things but Twitter.

Teacher Emails

I decided to email Miss Baker. She is a high school biology teacher from Maryland. I found Miss Baker from her class's blog site. When emailing her for the first time she told me to check out Twitter. Isn't that something this was all around the same time we were learning about Twitter in class. Actually she was the one who suggested me to get Twitter. She told me how she uses Twitter with her class, but as a closed group. I really liked that she had it set up as a closed group for the safety of her students. I also asked her about Twibes, however she had only used it once. Her class blog link is under my American schools using blogs blog post, if you would like to check it out.

EDM 310 Podcasts

After listening to all the four podcast I realized that all of them needed work.
I went in thinking "oh my podcast will be perfect!" yeah right. None of the podcast were as good as they could have been. Each one had something that needed to be worked on. I am not meaning this to sound mean, I am saying this so we all can learn from it.

I noticed when listening to one podcast it seemed like only one person talked the whole time. I know there for a fact there was four people in the group. I think it should have been more like a conversation. I know people are shy, but good golly you have to get over that if you want to be a teacher.

I also noticed with all the groups even my own, sometimes it was like we had nothing to say. I don't think you should wait to see whats going to come next. Groups should plan and prepare for the podcast ahead of time. NO I do not mean just for one day either. Do not put prepare till last minute! It will just make you sound awful.

Finally I think this was a great learning experience. I think it will give future teachers new methods of teaching. It also creates a voice for those who are shy. Podcast are a good way to interact with other and work on social skills.

Pos and Cons of blogs

After reading a few of my fellow classmates blogs I came up with a few pros and cons for blogs in general.

My first pro would be that students are able to compare work, ideas, and help others. A class blog is like a small community. For example when I am not sure how something should look or how to do it I ask my fellow classmates. Its also away that students can ask for help with out being face to face with someone. If a student is too shy to ask for help in class or in person they can always get on the blog and ask someone.

My first con is the fact you can not set up deadlines for blogs. I am really bad at completing my blogs before midnight on Sundays, so I get behind. As a future teacher I do not want to give my students the opportunity to fall behind. I feel that it is my job as a teacher to keep my students ahead of the game.

Another con is that the whole world can see our blogs. As a future teacher I do not want any online creep to be able to look at my student or they blogs. I would feel awful if something were to happen do to my blog assignments.

All in all I think blogs are for 6-12 grade. I do not see a reason for using them any sooner than that. I also feel blocks and limits need to be set to protect our student's well being.

Growth vs Fixed mind set

This podcast was about a workshop for students. The workshop had two different groups. One group focused on study skills, the other focused on growth of the mind and study skills. By the end of the year teachers could pick out which students where in which group just based on grades.

The students with the fixed mind set only focused on how smart they are. They are more concerned what they have and how they will look. The other group believe in a growth mind set. These students believe your brain gets stronger with use. The students in fixed mind set just walked around the world and and don't learn from their mistakes. However, all people need to believe in the growth of skill, and curious to learn.

As a teacher I want all my students to be curious to learn and want to learn. I think workshops about growth mind set will help students learn to "own" their problem and not be ashamed of them. I believe it is very important that the growth mind set is not just fostered at school but at home. I think parents should attend some of these workshops with students. I believe with the help and support from those at home and the school it prepares the world with a better future.


I actually enjoyed these podcast. Students can actually learn about real life experiences. All the course work went with required standards. Hands are learning is not pushed away here it encouraged. Learning like this made students seem more positive.

I believe podcast like this one will be very useful to teachers. Teachers will always have something to refer to and go back to, if they need ideas on teaching or helping a student. Podcast like this one may also make teachers more comfortable in the classroom when teaching new ideas. It shows teachers how other teacher try out new lessons or learning material. I look forward to using pocast in my castroom.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Eassy on Twitter

Twitter twitter twitter, wow I must honestly say I have heard non-stop about Twitter for the last three or four weeks. At first I was thinking to my self what the heck is twitter and why do I need to know about another social update system on the internet? I wasn't going into the assignment with a positive attitude, I could really care less about Twitter. I signed up and tried to get the hang of things. Oh by golly I hated twitter at first I had no clue how to do anything and I really thought it was stupid! However, one evening at home I decide I need to figure Twitter out! So I got on and started fooling around on it. I just started following all kinda of people and realized Twitter was like a status update system. Kind of like the one facebook has. Note to self I LOVE facebook a lot more than Twitter! I also email StacyCBaker. She is a teacher I have been emailing for this class. She told me what she used Twitter for and how. It was very helpful. We talked about the use of twibes a little and what they for used for. I still don't love Twitter but Twitter and I no longer have a hate relationship.

iTunes University

With itunes U learning is no longer just takes place in a classroom. Students are able to access information wherever and at anytime. Students can now learn and study at their own pace.

Itunes U can be used on most computers and most mobile phones. Teachers can customize material and lessons for students to listen to. Itunes U is a collection of free educational media. Itunes U is available to anyone and everyone. Teachers can set up passwords and user names so only students in that class may use the notes or lessons.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson

I loved Sir Ken Robinson's lecture. He was very open minded, and handled the topic in a wonderful manner. I agreed with much that he said. I really agree with him when he said "if students are not prepared to be wrong they won't be original." If students are always told they are wrong how will ever know anything else.

"Education takes us into the future" and we need to help our future grow in education and creativity. Environment is the key factor for the future. Our environment and our community need to support our student's creativity. If student's are not supported to do what they are good at, then the future won't have very many people good at anything. I also agree with Sir Ken Robinson when he said "education diverts people from their passions." I believe that not everyone is meant to go to college and meant to have a degree. If everyone has a degree the value of a degree and the value of college falls to a lower level.

I really want to go buy his book!

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I think i pods can and will be used in instruction. Pod cast are very helpful for students and teachers. Podcast can be on any topic."i Tunes University," a nationwide service that makes lectures and other materials available online (see story: are becoming study aids for students. It allows students to fast-forward to a part of a
lecture they be confused about. I pods would also be useful when high school students need to learn or look up the topics such as: mathematics, science, reading, foreign language, and history.

Also teachers are using i Pods to enhance professional training in mathematics, science, and English. Even ESL teachers are using i Pods, to relax children. Teachers could also use i Pods for goings back to school.

Dr. Christie

I found Dr. Christie's website very interesting. I really enjoyed reading about all she has accomplished. I thought the Web Quest was an interesting idea. I also think it would fun for students. Chick here for examples!

A Web Quest is developed curricular lesson that actively engages learners. I think high school student would enjoy working on and learning lessons this way. Students are able to do tasks, use the Internet and print resources, provide help for completing the tasks, rubrics,and students are able to share opinions with one another. I like the fact there is a rubric. This way the student will know what is required and when it is do. I also like the fact my students would be able to communicate with one another, in case one of them was confused or had a question.


I do not feel Wikipedia can be a trusted source of information. Anyone can pretty much log on and add their own information. The information entered could either be wrong or right, to sway people's opinions. As a future teacher I want my student to be able to look information based on truth, and it being correct. Also as a teacher I will not let my student's use Wikipedia as a source; there are plenty of other sources online that are truthful and correct. I really don't ever see Wikipedia being a trusted source, unless a lot of changes are made to who can access and alter information. However, other future teachers should explore Wikipedia on there own to make their own opinion.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

This was not the first time I have seem this video. I saw it on Tyra Banks show once. I remember crying; not because he was dying but because he was in such high spirits and how he could make others laugh. He caught my eye and keep my interests though out the whole lecture. I believe every teacher should try to do this and open the eyes of students.

The whole part of the lectures on brick wall was amazing. I believe every one faces these brick walls. I believe these brick wall make people put all they got into everything. I want all my student to experience that feelings. I also think it brings out people's character. It stops the people who don't want it bad enough. Like Pausch said "have something to bring ti the table people like that more". I believe that's a great quote to motivate students.

I also liked what Mr. Pausch said about Fundamentals. "Fundamentals people must get them down or the fancy stuff wont work" this is a quote to live by. A student can't do the short cuts if they don't understand the basics. I believe that with all my heart. For example students must understand how to calculate percentages the long way before handing one a cell phone with the calculating app. What if a student doesn't have a cell phone or all the little tricks?, at least if he or she knows the fundamentals he or she will always know how to do the problem.

I also really liked when Randy talked about when people criticize others. "when you screw up and no buddy says anything, that is a bad place to be." I want to be that teacher pushes my student till they over or accomplish their goal. I want them to understand how important it is for their selves to have someone excepting them to do good or better than what they are capable of. If I don't say anything to my students it would prove I didn't care about them or my job. So why teach then? I never want to feel that way.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fischbowl: Why Wireless?

I decided to read the blog for November 2, 2007 "Why Wireless?". I really enjoyed reading this blog. Fisch made some very good solid point for why Arapahoe High School wanted to go wireless. I have to agree with him. What parent, or teacher wouldn't want their child or student to be able to access their grades? There would no excuse when report cards came in, grade could be tracked after a major test or at anytime. Student and Parents could go to a website and find the homework assignment for the next day or the day the student was sick. The idea of going wireless seems wonderful; I wish I would of been able to access note and homework via internet when I was in elementary school.

I loved the quotes Fisch quoted! The quotes backed up the very reason why the school was pushing for wireless. My favorite quote was that of Will Richardson "We are moving from:“do your own work” to “work with others” “just in case” to “just in time” learning “hand it in” to “publish it.”. The world is at a fast run and we can not let our students walk behind. I think having wireless opens the door for endless possibilities.

Podcasts from fall 2008 EMD 310 classes

The first podcast I listened to was Can You Tube Be Used as an Educational Purpose 11-20-08. It was very hard to follow this podcast. I believe when doing a podcast you should outline what one is going to talk about. I think when making a podcast one would want it to flow. Maybe have a set order in which one is going to talking about. I believe when making a podcast you want to sound professional. I think one should avoid saying "ummm, like, ummm, yeah."

The second podcast I listened to was Face book as an Educational Tool 10-23-08. I really enjoyed this podcast. It flowed much better and was outlined. I also liked the fact the students interacted and it seemed natural. I think preparing, researching and practicing for a podcast should be a must. I sounds much more professional. The only thing I would of done different would of been making sure everyone had equal time when talking. I also would want to wait for my classmate to finish talking before adding my input. Cutting people off or taking over their topic is rude. Other than that I would use this podcast as a guide to making my own.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


The first podcast I listened to was SmartBoard Lessons Podcast. SmartBoard Lessons Podcast was all about whiteboards and how they can be used for education. It also provides lesson plans. All of the information provided by SmartBoard Lessons Podcast can be very useful to many educators. The podcast also talked about how technology can impact education. SmartBoard Lessons Podcast is hosted by Ben Hazzara and Joan Badger. It is available at itunes for download.

The next podcasted I listened to was KidCast. I really liked KidCast. It was more geared to the student, and educators helping the student with podcasting. The goal of KidCast is teach and having students learn with podcasting. It teaches students how to make and publish their own podcast. KidCast is a kid safe podcast, what student hear is very important to this group of people who run KidCast. They want parents and students to be safe and comfortable when listening to the podcast.

EdTechtalk is a podcast mainly for educators. Educators are able to learn and discuss on the topic of educational technology. It is a way for educators to find and teach new skills and methods to students. The host of this podcast share news, articles, links, multi media, and other resources via webcast. The webcast are than saved as a podcast.

I did not really care for MacBreak Weekly as much. MacBreak Weekly is a podcast set up for new and views from journalist covering Apple and Apple products. Each podcast covers what has happen in one weeks time about apple. MacBreak Weekly is hosted by a group of four or five men. The Host discuss software and technology that they believe is useful.

To sum it all up I believe podcast are very useful, some more than others. Most of them one can download free at itunes. Podcast groups are like a community for educators to share and gain new information. I see podcast as a useful tool to any educators career.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


I was very interested with Karl Fisch blog. I do not agree with every thing he thinks/says in this blog but there are a few things, I do agree with. It is very important in today's world to have the capability of technology. I agree that it will be harder as years come for people to get jobs and remain in the same jobs if they do not know how to use technology. I think there should be a level or sense of technology that everyone is capable of learning.

I disagree with the approaches Mr. Fisch uses. Foe example "People who do not meet the criterion of #1 should be embarrassed" that is rude and anyone with some kind of morals would see that. Embarrassing others I believe would make people less motivated to learn about technology. At least I would be less motivated! I do not think the ONLY way to teaching is that in the way of technology. Some teachers are perfectly capable with the old way of teaching; they make the subject just as fun. Technology does not make a good teacher! A good teacher can use technology or not and still be able to benefit their student, with their teaching methods.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

International Schools using blogs

Kilmarnock Scotland, local schools have set up a Chinese summer school for one week. The school has set up a website called PiE Chinese Summer School. This interactive website enables students to learn the basics of Chinese language and the Chinese culture. Resources and exercises are put on this blog for the students. Including games, test, podcast, Audio, videos, and much more to help students.Parents and teachers are able to follow the progress of the students as they take this course. This blog site is linked/ organized by the Partners in Excellence, a project in the west of Scotland.

The second international school was a secondary Church School in Malta. The school teamed up with a maths teacher in Poland to make the subject relevant to the everyday life of students. The blog they used was to post students' project on symmetry.Students used camera and took pictures of everyday objects showing symmetry. The blog is from blogger also, so it is very simple to use. Other math teachers even post blogs replying to ideas, and lessons. View it at Mathematics in Everyday Life.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

United States K-12 schools using blogs

The first school blog I found was for an AP Biology class at Appleton East High School in Appleton, WI. Mrs.Hoffman the instructor of the class, wants her students to become adapted to online learning and discussion. Students in her class will be posting articles, research, photos, videos, and communicating with guest bloggers. Her blog is pretty user friendly. Each topic is labeled and links to post, reading, actives, and more are listed under each. Her blog site even lets outsiders like you and me reply to blogs and students post. Visit this blog.

The second blog site I went to was for Miss Baker’s current biology students and others that were interested in biology. This blog site is unbelievable. It has links to online blog sites for help, text book, classwork, quizzes, articles and much more. The blog site is filled with videos, and pictures from actives, trips, and students. It is very friendly for high school aged student. It even has a map that show the locations for viewer of this blog. Visit this blog.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The fisch bowl movie

Wow!!!! I did not know half the information the movie showed. It was unbelievable. I believe this movie is an eye opener on one of two things. One being the effect technology on education, and two technology expanding as a whole.

Just imagine if everyone who signs up for myspace a day actually did something beneficial with that time; or if studying was just as important as talking on the phone for 100,000,000 hours the world would be a different place. This movie showed me how mush people rely on phones, and the internet. I think its wonderful to be connected to the world, just as I am now; but I don't know if it's going to benefit the world as a whole in the future. I guess we will find out as it happens. Like the movie said "Shift Happens!"

I really think everyone should check this movie out! Did you Know

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Access is a distance learning program; it allow high school students to take part in AP and other courses that may not be offered to them in any other ways. It is also a way for educators to share ideas and gain new experiences with coworkers and students. Access provides resources for educators, parents and students. Access provides student's with dual enrollment opportunities, and tech the student's to be more tech savvy.

I believe access is a very handy tool/ resource for high school students. It provides schools, educators and students with courses that are not offered in the local classroom. It also provides student's with AP ( Advanced Placement) courses which may not be offered as well. I believe access is a wonderful way for students to excel and go beyond.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Alex (Alabama Learning Exchange)

Alex (Alabama Learning Exchange) is a pretty simple tool for teachers, parents, and students to access. To access this teaching tool one will need to go to the following link: Alex is a program designed to index and share educational materials, for teachers, parents, and students. Alex is a way for teachers to share and write lesson plans,share and find resources, connected to course study standards, and bring students the benefit of learning. Once one has come to the home page there is eight links to choose from. The first is Courses of Study; here is where one can choose the subject and grade level of which one teaches or child belongs to. After choosing the grade level and subject the link will bring up a page of course study standards. The standards describe what a teacher should be teaching or the concepts a student should be learning. Also here is a link under every standard, which can bring one to lesion plans. The next link on the home page is Web links. Web links provide links for teachers, parents, and student. The links in web links correlate to the content standards. The link called Lesson Plans on the home page links to a page where teacher can write, find, or search for lessons plans bases on subject and grade level. Search is the next link on the home page. It is here where one can look for lesson plans, Activities, links, and standards. Search is a search engine, and database. The fifth link on the home page is Professional workshop, this where teachers can set up a workspace for storing and submitting lesson plans. The professional learning link lets teachers, parents, or students search for news, professional opportunities, learning tools and references. The links on this page are to enhance teachers professional growth and opportunities. The next to last link on the home page is distance learning. The distance learning link allows students the opportunities to access courses statewide, that they may not normally get the chance to experience. The final link on the home page is the help link. This link can help you if you are unsure about something or have any unanswered questions about Alex.

I believe Alex is a very useful tool! Teacher and students will benefit from it the most. As a future teacher I think I would use Alex to help me find lesson plans for a topic I maybe having trouble with. I also think it is very handy; the web link is amazing. I believe web link could help me find projects, activities, or new way to reach my students. I also would use distance learning. It offers opportunities for myself and my future students, if we are not able to access courses at our school. The only thing I think I would have to be careful of when using Alex is to remember just because a lesson plan or project work for one school, teacher, or student does not mean it will work for me or my students. But it never hurts to try new things.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

About me. Jessica

Hi my name is Jessica. I am currently attending South Alabama. It was not my first choice of universities however, Ole Miss was much farther from home. I make a short frothy five minute drive to school every Tuesday and Thursday. It really is the only down fall to my experience at South so far. I am a secondary science education major. I transferred from MGCCC of Jackson Country in the fall of 2008.

I am really out going. I tend to laugh, day dream, and smile a lot. I live to run, I guess you would say it's my natural high. Kayaking, and diving are two of my favorite summer time hobbies; I also enjoy anything and everything that deals with the outdoors.

My family means the world to me. My little brother is my heart and soul. We are eight years apart but we are still the best of friends. We do a lot of traveling together as a family; we have been to frothy nine states, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Germany, France, Austria, and Sweden. My dog is named LuLu, she is very much like me! She has more energy than the sun and very ditzy. My cat is named Tipper and we are complete opposites! He is lazy and fat.

That's a little information about me, if there is anything else you would like to know feel free to ask me.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Hi my name is Jessica Courville. I just started school today woohoo! I had to drive 45 mins to get to USA.