Sunday, April 26, 2015

Final Project #16

Lesson Plan
Audio Introduction
Smart Board Lesson
Group Blog Post
Group Photo
Video: What kind of technologies do I feel are most important and why?
Video to my Parents
My philosophy of technology

Project 5- Part B PLN

 I have really added a lot of useful websites to my PLN since the beginning of the semester.   I feel that all of these websites will be really useful in the growth of my teaching profession.  It is important to have someone that you can rely on when you need advice to help solve a problem.  I plan on using my PLN frequently during my years of teaching. 


"Technology and Teaching My Philosophy"


 I feel that using technology in the classroom is very important. It makes learning more engaging and gets the students more focused on learning.
    In today's classroom their are tons of technology available that you can use. There is the smart board, document camera, and I Pads.  With this technology, you can use things like : Blogs, Wiki,   YouTube, Twitter, Facebook,  and I Movie just to name a few.
    I will be using all the technology that I can in my classroom.  The Smart Board is so interactive and has a lot of lessons you can download from the Smart Exchange website.  I would love to be able to set up a class blog so that students can create and show what we are doing in our classroom. It will also be beneficial for parents, as they can check assignments , homework, and see what their child has been doing.
    Project based learning is another thing that I plan to do in my classroom. You can use a lot of technology when working with project based learning.
    I feel that all teachers should be technology literate in a classroom. They should stay up to do date with all the changes that occur with technology.
   I can't wait to get into my classroom and to be able to start using technology to enhance students learning. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blog Post 14

Albert Shanker

Things that need to be changed in Education 

  • Giving more school choices to families: I feel that there needs to be 2-3 schools around the district that the student lives in that the parent can chose from. The child should not have to go to one specific schools. Especially if there are concerns about that school that does not meet the needs of the child.
  • Using technology to improve learning : I feel that technology is a great way to improve learning. It really gets the students engaged and wanting to learn.  It create great ways to explore things in ways they have never explored them before and interact with people.
  • Starting Education before the Child is 5 years old : I do believe that this would be beneficial for kids to start school earlier. Therefore, they get a better foundation for school. I feel that the Early Head Start Programs are very beneficial.

  • Personalize Teaching-  Mr. Klein states that teachers need: 
  1. Better Academic Training : He feels that teachers do not have enough academic training before they they are put in a classroom. I also feel that teachers are not getting enough training before they are put in a classroom. The  program has changed for the better since I have graduated.  They still need more time in college to prepare for teaching. Then, once they get a job teachers need more professional development time to help them. 
  2. Need a new approach to recruiting teachers: He feels we need to recruit only the top third of our graduates for teachers. I however do not agree with them just recruiting the top third of graduates. That is not a fair way in my opinion to "judge" that they would be a good teacher. 
  3.  Change how we reward teachers: The article states that some teachers are getting rewarded based on their seniority. He states that "People think teachers are interchangeable, but teachers vary on their performance. I feel that teachers should not get raises or anything else based on seniority. I feel that it should be based on their performance/evaluation.

  Seniority Distraction- In the article it discusses how teachers with seniority get better job security and raises. I feel that these should be based on job performance and evaluation. This should not be based hire date, and seniority.

I feel that every school has flaws that can be improved upon. I also feel that raises and job security should not depend on seniority. It should depend on performance and evaluation.  Technology is an important part of the classroom and can keep students engaged. You can explore so much in a new way. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Summary of C4K for April

  1.  April 5, 2015
         This week I had to comment on Bosten's blog post. He is a student in Mrs. Lombard's       Seventh Grade English class.
         Bosten's blog post was about his baseball team. He really enjoys playing baseball. He discussed what all position his teammates play and the name of some of his opponents.

    Janelle Owens (Guest)
     Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Hi Bosten,
    My name is Janelle Owens and I am student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I will be posting to my blog at the end of the month about my comments. You can find my blog at :
    I am really glad that you found a sport that you enjoy. Not only is baseball fun, but it teaches you about things like teamwork. Keep up the good work!
2. April 12, 2015

This week I had to comment on Rico's Blog Post. Rico is a student in Mr. Webbauro's class in New Zealand.  He had made an I MOVIE about his trip to the sky tower. He took images of his trip and then he added text explaining his work. 

My reply to Rico: 
Hi my name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting my comments to my blog. You can find my blog at :
You did a great job with your IMOVIE!!! You look like you had a great time at the sky tower! Keep up the hard work and you will go far!!

3. April 19, 2015
     This week I had to comment on Carson's Blog. Carson is a student  in Mr. Gardner's class in British Columbia, Canada.  This week he had to write a poem that engaged the senses to convey emotion. 
    My reply to Carson: 
Hi Carson! My name is Janelle Owens. I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting my comments to my blog next week. You can find my blog at I really like your poem, and how you use all your senses in your poem. It really makes the poem come alive! Keep up the good work! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015


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My name is Janelle Owens. I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I will posting to my blog next week. You can find my blog at
This is a really cool website! I really feel that students would enjoy using it. The tutorials really help get you started and help you figure out how to work the website.