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.