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


Your comment is awaiting moderation.
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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Post 13

no bullying

Bullying seems to be a great issue in schools today. Go to  and read this article. Answer the following questions related to this article:
What kind of preventative measures can a teacher take to prevent bullying?  
What role can a student play in preventing bullying?
What should a teacher do if they see bullying happening?
What is cyber bullying and how can a teacher/parents prevent it? 

Bullying is an unwanted aggressive behavior among school age kids that happens repeatedly and is an imbalance of power. Bullying can be categorized as : name calling, taunting, teasing, telling others not to be friends with them, spreading rumors, hitting, tripping, pushing, breaking others things, and mean/rude hand gestures.
Teachers should talk to the students about bullying. They should also keep good communication with their students. The teacher should encourage students to do what they love and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
Students can help by :being their friend, tell a trusted adult if they see bullying, help create a distraction so they can get away,  set a good example, don't give a bully an audience.
A teacher should intervene immediately. First and foremost the teacher should remain calm, and model respective behavior. They need to separate the kids and make sure everyone is alright.  The next step is the teacher should find out the facts and determine if it is bullying. Support the students involved and then address the bullying behavior. 
 Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. These devices include: Phones, Tablets, and Computers. They include social media sites like: Social Media, Text Message, Chat, and Websites.
Teachers and Parents should know where there students/kids are going online and establish rules about using technology. 
I feel that bullying has gotten way out of hand. If more teachers/students enforced these guidelines, maybe then bullying would be stopped.

Friday, April 10, 2015


 April 5, 2015 

    This week I had to comment on Mr. Stumpenhorst Blog Post.  This week Mr. Stumpenhorst discussed how" all teachers start off  wanting to inspire kids and change their lives.  Then however, over time the pressures of things like: testing,  evaluations, administration, parents, legislation and the laundry list of things, which ultimately stand in the way of teachers doing their jobs.  They break a teacher down.  Some teachers are prepared  emotionality and mentally to handle the pressure. But at some point, we all have a breaking point.  We don't offer enough support and shelter to help these teachers.
We must be better to our teachers, especially our new ones, if want them to withstand the weathering of a career in education."

 Janelle Owens

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I really enjoyed reading this article, it was very interesting. So many teachers at the beginning start off excited and enthusiastic. But over time they get worn down.   I feel that teachers need outlets to help them to be able to deal with their stress.  They also need to have support from administrators, teachers, and staff.

April 12, 2015
   This week I had to comment on Mr. Warlick's blog post. His post this week discusses the future of a classroom. In this article, Mr. Warlick discusses how a college students asks this veteran English Teacher about his future in teaching public school. This teacher believes that in the future there will be a "virtual school" with a "super teacher".  
   Mr. Warlick believes that the main purpose of education is to teach the student to "learn", and prepare them for adult life.  One of his quotes states "But if its purpose is to prepare our children for adult life, then the job of the teacher is to help learners to understand what they've Googled and develop the essential literacy skills and habits of questioning, analyzing and assigning context to the Googled information." Ending his blog, he states that "teachers need to learn and relearn" as things change. "This is the notion of expertise that teachers need to model and that students need to see every day, the essential and constant practice of contextual learning-skills / learning-literacies."

I feel that no "technology" can replace a teacher in classroom. They need that interaction. Our students need to go to school to "learn" and teachers help accomplish that goal. They help students with questioning, using of technology, and literacy skills. Technology is changing, and so is the ways we teach our students. Teachers need to be "continual learners" as well.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blog Post 11

1. Back to the Future - Brian Crosby

    In this video, kids at the beginning of the year couldn't identify what city and state they lived in. They had trouble with their address and phone number. 
    Mr. Crosby helped build their personal learning network. They started: blogging,  Using Skype, Using Flicker, Make Wiki Page, produce digital videos, podcast, and vid casts. They also shared to other peers in their network.  Also, they would see other peers in their network read their blogs and respond. They excited the students.
  By using technology kids learn: empowerment, how to connect to the world, collaboration, motivation, and inclusion.

2. Paul Anderson - Blended Learning Cycle

     In this video Paul Anderson discussed a learning cycle with 5 "E's" :
      1. Engage
      2. Explore
      3. Explain
      4. Expand
      5. Evaluate 

He expands on the concept by combining it. They he comes up with the acronym QUIVERS

Qu- really good question, have students make predictions (hook)
I- Investigate /Inquiry
V- Video
E- Elaborate
R- Review : Do this in Individual or Small Group (Ask Question)
S- Summary Quiz : See what they learned 

3. Making Thinking Visible - Mark Church
     Students need to look at things from different angles. They need to have a different prospective. They need to be able to find problems and be curious and follow up on the curiosity. 

4. Sam Pane - 4th Grade: Super Digital CitizensSam Pane
     Mr. Payne had students build comics to help teach the students about internet safety. He believes that " Comics is a good way to show visual presentation of learning and text."
     Students can write a narrative and develop imagined experiences or events. 
     Students can analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to text
     Students can ask and answer questions. 
5. Project Based Learning- Dean Shareski
         Problem Based Learning engages learners and gives them a deeper understanding. Students can give/receive feedback. Also, they feel good because it gives them ownership of the project. 
6. Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program:
     In this video the teachers at Roosevelt Elementary School were discussing Project Based Learning and why they felt it was a good technique to use while teaching. Project based learning is a in depth solving of real world problems. It has integrated them with instruction, and is research based and can involve individual, small group, or the whole class. It helps students with public speaking at a young age. The teachers feel it gives the student a choice and it helps them show ownership. It also helps them with 21st skills and working together. These teachers in this video also believe that it really helps the students be engaged. Every child has a "spark'. You have to help them find an opportunity to  ask a question and get them thinking to help find their spark.

I feel that project based learning really helps the student be engaged and helps get them thinking and asking questions. I want  to use this concept when I start teaching.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Summary C4K - March

March  10, 2015

This week I had comment on Taylor's blog. She is a sophomore in Ms. Maslowski's Class. She had to post to her blog five pieces of advice to future high school students.   Here is what Taylor wrote: " To all of the incoming freshman for the class of 2019 you will enjoy high school if you make the most of it.  If you’re in a sport, keep doing that sport don’t stop!  It may be harder now since it’s high school and there are more people going to try out to make the team, but you have to try regardless.  If there is a home football game or basketball game, go to it!  Have fun get a group of friends and go have fun and show your school spirit, I promise you will have a blast.  You will have many more options once you’re in high school and you will love it.  The work may get harder at times but you can’t get unfocused, your grades are still important.  If you need help with anything in class just tell your teacher and talk to them!  They will gladly help you out, it may be high school but the teachers will still help you as much as they can as long as you put in effort also.  High school can be the best or worst years of your life, but that all depends on what you make of those 4 years.  You can join a new club or sport, you can make tons of new friends or lose old ones.  Either way enjoy high school you only get to experience it once so make the most of it!"

  1. My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting to my blog regarding my viewing and commenting to your blog. You can see my blog at: it will be posted on March 29, 2015.
    You gave some great advice to future high school students. School is very important and most anywhere that I know that you go to find a job, wants you to have a high school diploma. Students need to know that they can go to teachers, if they need help. Don’t be afraid to talk to them. Meeting new friends is a great thing. I know I was very shy in high school, but I was glad that I made great friends. Just make sure they are the right kind of friends that provide a good influence.
    Good luck , you have a great attitude and I know that you will accomplish great things!

     March 22, 2015

    This week I had to comment on Tyler's blog.  He is a student in Ms. Maslowski's Class.   This week he had reflect on the PLAN Test, and how they prepared.  They had to explain their feelings through this process, and give advice to others who have to take this test.  Here is what Tyler wrote in his blog:
    "The PLAN test is very important because colleges will look at those scores. The most important test, however, is the ACT or the SAT. On testing day it is very important to eat a good and healthy breakfast before arriving at school. There are 4 tests that you will take, the Math, Reading, English, and Science. You will a different amount of time for each test. For the English test, the two most important things to remember is to look for patterns and take educated guesses it you do not know the answer. The reading test you get a short period of time to read three passages. You should read the questions first, then look for the answers in the story. This will take less time, therefore, helping you finish the whole portion of that test. The math test is very easy. You do not even have to use a calculator. The science test is easy as long as you remember to look back at the experiments that were given to you. Overall the most important thing to do is to relax and not rush through the test." 

    Janelle Owens on said:

    My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting to my blog regarding my viewing and commenting to your blog. You can review my blog at: . My comments will be posted on March 29, 2015.
    You gave some really important advice regarding preparing for the PLAN Test. Eating a good breakfast is always a good idea no matter if you are preparing for a test or if you are just getting ready for school. I think the other most important advice that you gave was taking your time and do not rush through the test. You tend to do better when you take your time and think about what you are doing and not just put an answer down so that you can get through. Good luck , keep a positive attitude and never give up!

    March 29, 2015

    Gabi T is a seventh grade student in Mrs. Lombard's English Class. She had to write a book review about a book she read called SO B IT. She said that it is about a girl who is trying to find out who she really is from taking a look in her past. The book is a parent choice 
     award winner. She said her favorite part is when she found where she came from.
    Janelle (Guest) Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    My name is Janelle Owens and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. You did a great job explaining what SO B IT was about and why you liked it. I love a good mystery book.
    I will be posting to my blog about my comments on your blog next week.
    Good luck and always do your best! :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blog Post 10

Ms. Cassidy

I really enjoyed watching Ms. Cassidy's video's, and I feel that we can learn a lot about her approaches in the use of technology. In Ms. Cassidy's first video she discusses about her journey about getting started with technology. She worked and built it up over time. Her principals never discouraged her, but some were not as interested in using technology. She even tried to encourage her fellow teachers to participate in the use of technology. Some were very interested and some were set in their ways and did not want to change.
I feel that Ms. Cassidy made a valid point about how " Technology is not going to go away, and we can't use the same tools with this generation of kids as we used 20, 10, and 5 years ago. The world and technology are constantly changing. There are opportunities for online learning, ex: Twitter, Blogs, etc. If teachers do not use technology they are only handicapping the students and themselves."
Blogging is fun for the kids and students because they can: have an audience, see how many people visited their blog, comment/people comment back, and have a cluster map to see where all in the world(states, countries, and cities) people have seen/commented on their blog.
Ms. Cassidy feels that all teachers need to be technology literate. They have to keep learning and follow what is happening in technology today. There are plenty of ways to develop and online network, for example: Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging.
 In Part 2 of Ms. Cassidy's conversation she talks about how to expand your interest and use in technology. One of her ways is to find something that you are interested in and expand your growth by meeting her people. You can learn a lot.
 One of the things that stood out the most to me in the last video with Ms. Cassidy she discusses how to be safe on the internet. And that you have to teach them how to be safe on the internet.
I feel that I would like to start blogging in my classroom. One of the things that I am kind of concerned about in starting this, is the amount  of technology (computers, etc) available for the students.  I know that most schools have a computer lab with more computers available at a time. So if there was only a few in the classroom, students would have to rotate out.
Overall, I feel that technology is very important in the classroom and all teachers need to be technologically literate.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blog Post 9

Seven Steps of Project Based Learning

What Can Teachers and Students Teach Us About Project Based Learning?
In Seven Essentials for Project Based Learning  there is two criteria that a project needs. 
1. Students must perceive the work as personally meaningful, as a task that matters and that they want to do well.
2. A meaningful project fulfills an educational purpose. Well-designed and well-implemented project-based learning is meaningful in both ways.
 There are seven essential "elements in a good project. 
1. A need to know: This is also called an "entry" event. The teacher uses some kind of "event" to engage the student. It can be a : video , guest speaker, or scenario. This gives the student meaning to why it is important to what they are learning. 
2. A Driving Question:  They have to have a purpose or a meaning for the project.
3. Student Voice and Choice: Teachers should design these projects that fits their student needs but the student should have a choice.  The student could decide the topic and driving question but the teacher could limit the resources so that they students  don't get overwhelmed. 
4. 21st Century Skills : This  allows students to build on things like: collaboration, communication, rubrics, and technology. 
5. Inquiry and Innovation: Students begin researching from their own questions and find answers based on these questions. 
6. Feedback and Revision: In addition to feedback the teacher should encourage students to use rubrics or other criteria to critique each others work. Teacher can have experts or adult mentors to provide feedback. This can be very meaningful
7. A Publicly Presented Product: If they present their project to a real audience, they put forth more effort and care more about it.

Common Core Standards is the what: rigorous content, aligned with college and work expectations, clear and understandable, application of knowledge, evidence based
Project Based Learning is the how: inquiry based, open ended, problem-solving, and personalized
While meeting standards and creating an authentic project students learn: collaboration skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, career and life skills. 
Think of Project Based Learning as: Questioning, Investigating, Sharing, Reflecting, and Technology plays a big part.Students take charge of their learning.
I really like the quote by Einstein " I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they learn. "
Project Based Learning Includes: Having a Question, Addressing an Audience, Crafting a driving questions, identify learning standards, creating a rubric, grouping students, meet deadlines, brainstorming branching questions, focus on the process, refine end product.
Students have a voice and a choice. 

In PBL What Motivates Students Today 
 In this video students tell what motivates them and then  later discuss what reward systems they like. This video gave me some good ideas. It is very interesting to see what motivates students and see what kind of rewards that like like.

 Project Based Learning in PE
In this video high school students are challenged to come up with a fitness program for middle school students using the six standards of  physical education.  I found this to be very fascinating idea, and think it would work well in a classroom. 

In the video High School Teachers Meet the Challenges of PBL Implementation teachers are re advising the curriculum they already have and transforming all the classes into PBL.  They feel that it will keep the students more engaged in the curriculum being taught. Teachers figure out how they can make PBL fit into the course they are teaching. 

I feel that project based learning is a great way to keep student engaged in learning.  You have to think outside the box and get creative. Then later , you need to have a reflection time to see what worked well, and what needs to be changed. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Blog Post 8

Randy Pausch

There are ten life lessons that we can learn from Randy Paunch:
  1. Decide if you are a Tiger or an Eeyore.
  2. People are more important than things.
  3. Never underestimate the importance of having fun.
  4. Work and play well with others.
  5. Live with integrity.
  6. Tell the truth.
  7. Apologize properly.
  8. If you wait long enough, anyone will show you their good side.
  9.  Show gratitude. 
  10. Don't complain just work harder. 
 I learned from Randy Paunch that "you need to have specific dreams. Critics are there to show you that they love and care about you. If you mess up and nobody says anything to you, than they gave up on you. Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. "
"Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Brick walls are there to stop people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people. "Listening to their advice is the hard part."
"Don't put the "bar" anywhere on students because you don't know what they will do. Keep pushing them. Best gift an educator can give is to get someone to become self reflective. "
"The best way to teach somebody something is make them think they are learning something else.  Kids need to have fun, when learning something hard. "
"Don't complain and work hard. Be good at something and it makes you valuable.
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other."
I must say at first I was skeptical because the video was so long, but I am glad I was able to experience watching it. He had a great outlook on life, and it has changed my outlook and ways of thinking. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Comment 4 Teachers #2

This week I had to comment on Mr. Warlick's blog post entitled 2¢ Worth .  His most recent blog posted on February 5, 2015 was entitled " A Nation in Decline".  This blog post is about how his state of North Carolina is awaiting the grade by the State Board of Education.  This grade which is calculated from a A-F is 80% based on Standardized Test Scores. Also, in Mr. Warlick's post he comments about how "state lawmakers are wanting to improve public schools, but he wonders if their motive is really just so that parents can judge their community school."  He goes on to say that he is concerned because at the same time, they "continue to cut materials and teachers".  What shocked me was the statistics he put up from an  October 2013 NC Policy Watch article after the Board of Education made cuts. "The cuts totaled 364 teachers, 901 teacher assistants, and $8,226,774 for textbooks and instructional materials."
     He quotes in his post about how in the NC Policy Watch in October of 2013 says "The number of students who received free lunch, outnumbers those that do not receive it."
      He concludes with a statement made by SEF Vice President Steve Suitts which states that :
    “No longer can we consider the problems and needs of low income students simply a matter of fairness…  Their success or failure in the public schools will determine the entire body of human capital and educational potential that the nation will possess in the future. Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low income students – students with the largest needs and usually with the least support — the trends of the last decade will be prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline…”
     This is happening in all the states, not just in North Carolina. If we don't make changes, education will start to "decline". 
My comment to Mr. Warlick's Post:
        I agree with you completely on this subject. In today's society everything is based on standardized testing. It is a lot of pressure on the students and the teacher. If the students don't succeed the teacher could potentially lose their job. They cut funding and materials and expect teachers and students to function on the same level as they did before. I agree with Mr. Suitts "If there is no change in education, their will be a decline."

February 22, 2015
       This week Mr. Warlick's Blog Post was entitled I Just Learned a New Word.  His blog post discussed how he was writing a book about "The History of Educational Technology."   He discussed how  he learned a new word called "mesofacts". Mesofacts are " facts when learned seem to be dependable long term truths, when in truth are likely to change in a lifetime and every few years." According to an article written by Samuel Arbesman in a Harvard Business Review Article "mesofacts are more common than we realize, and how much we are making students memorize will not be true in adulthood and may even be problematic." To Mr. Warlick this confirms something he heard a few years ago " Any question whose answer can be goggled, should not be on any test. Another quote he posted was from John Dewey which states  "  If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them of their tomorrow. Mr. Warlick learned another new word called scientometrics.  Scientometrics is the study of the shape of how knowledge grows and spreads through a population.
 My reply to Mr. Warlick's blog post:
 Mr. Warlick
     My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have been following your blog post over the last two weeks. I will be posting this week to My Blog about my visits.
 I agree with you on this subject. Things are constantly changing. The way students are learning is constantly changing. As teachers, we need to embrace these changes and teach our students accordingly. 

      In Mr. Warlick's Post 20 Mbps & We’re Still Searching for the Same Stuff  he discusses how as he was working on his book about Technology in the History of Education, he came across a presentation and on the opening slides he discussed how "American's are still researching the same things as they did 14 years ago. It is always about video games, sports, entertainment with a peppering of world-shaping issues."
My response to Mr. Warlick's post:
     Mr. Warlick,
     My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I feel that American's will always focus on the same issues. It will always be about the latest game console, Sports, Entertainment, and News. It has not changed in 14 years, and I feel that it will never change and it will always be that way.

March 15, 2015
     Mr. Warlick's post this week was about how he was suppose to attend a technology conference. He discussed about how "personalized learning has become a new phase wrapped by technology." He got a tweet from Brandy Reader about  how "2015 was great so far, getting ready to program a robot."

 Mr Warlick,
My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting this week to my blog about my interaction/ comments on your blog. You can find my blog at:
Sounds like you had a lot of fun at your conference. Everything has become so technological advanced lately. Schools are becoming more advanced in technology every day. Teaching and Learning definitely isn't the same as it use to be. When I was going to school all we had was chalkboards, pencils, and books. Now students are using : I Pads, Smart Boards, Blogger, and programing robots.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Post 7

Heart with words Students Love Technology

      I learned a lot from these videos about the use of technology in the classroom. One of the things that I learned is that we are all learners. Everyone is a teacher/learner both the teacher and the students, and we can tie it together to a personal learning network. 
      Another great and valuable resource that I learned about was the Alabama Virtual Library. Students can go on this webiste and do research on the content area being covered. 
       I Movie is a great resource that students can use to create projects. One example of a project a student can create would be a book trailer. 
       I Pads seem to be a very resourceful tool in the classroom. Every type of learning style can use this type of technology. Even students with learning disabilities can use these in the classroom. 
      Lastly, The Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in the Classroom gave some very good points about why technology is resourceful in the classroom. 
     1. Students love it.
     2. Emphasises Four Key Componet to Learning: active engagment, participation in groups, frequent interaction/feedback, connection to real world experts
     3. Professional Development.
     4. Makes life easier for teachers.
     5. Improve Test Scores.
     6. Helps Students with low attention spans.
     7. Learn from Experts.
     8. Encourages Completion of Homework. 
     9. Saves  Money.
    10. Removes Obstacles. 
     Some people think that technology is not good for the classrooms and that teachers will be replaced with technology. A quote by Sheryl Nussbaum- Beach says : " Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who do not use technology will be replaced by those that do. 
     I feel that technology is a very important resource in the classroom, and that teachers need to be up to date on how to use the latest technology in the classroom. Also, I feel technology is a  great way to keep the students actively engaged in the learning process. 


Project # 7 Part B

To My Parents: 

To My Students: 

Monday, February 23, 2015

C4C Summary for February

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February 8, 2015

      Ashley is a student in Mr. Boylen's 7th Grade Lit Class. She wrote a blog about the synopsis of a book called "Deep, Dark and Dangerous".  Her synopsis stated that "the book was very good".  According to Ashley the book had a " great mystery twist , that made you want to keep reading" and  "she would recommend this book for anybody who loves a good mystery/thriller."

 I replied to Ashley's post by  telling her that I think she did a great job on her synopsis of the book and I loved a good mystery book with a twist also. One suggestion that I would give her, would be look in the thesaurus for other word choice ideas.

February 15, 2015

    Jamarr T. is a student in Mr. Boylen's 8th Grade LA Class.  His most recent blog posted on February 5th was a video about Conjunctions.  Jamarr and his two friends Tyler and Samson had to tell what conjunctions were and use examples of conjunctions in a sentence. They used the acronym FAN BOYS to help other students remember what the conjunctions were. 
Below is my reply to Jamarr's Post: 

Hi Jamarr, my name is Janelle! I am a college student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your video regarding conjunctions. You and your friends did a great job explaining the definition of conjunctions. I think the acronym FAN BOYS is a great way to help other students remember the conjunctions. 

Feb 10, 2015, 1:50pm

February 22, 2015 

     This week, I had to comment on Kathleen's Blog. She is an Eighth Grade Student student in Ms. Leatherwood's Language Arts Class.  On February 20th, she wrote a letter to her dad. This letter was sad because her dad passed away almost 11 years ago.  In this letter, she discussed: her accomplishments , what she liked to do, how she missed him, and how she knew that he was looking down on her and was her guardian angel. 
Below is my reply to Kathleen's Post: 

Janelle Owens (Guest)

Hi Kathleen,
My name is Janelle Owens, and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really admire you for your post. It made me cry. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. I know that you will go far. Keep your head up and never give up. Your dad would be very proud of you. I know he is watching over you, even though he is not physically here.
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March 1, 2015

This week I had to comment on Rachel's Blog Post. She is a  student in Mrs. Maslowski's High School Class in Illinois. 
This week the students in Mrs. Maslowski's class had to pick an important/inspirational figure from the Black History Month Photo Challenge Poster. They then had to find an image and write a reflection of why that person is such an influential person in Black History. 
Rachel picked Beyonce as an Influential Black Musician. She explained that Beyonce " provided such inspirational music and that she helped a lot of charities, and that nothing could stop her." "People all over the world, like listening to her music." 
Here is my reply to Rachel's Post: 

Hi Rachel,
My name is Janelle Owens and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post about Black History Month. You explained why Beyonce was an important figure in Black History and some great things she has done for charity. Beyonce seems to be a good role model for people to look up to. I like listening to her music as well. This week I will be posting to my blog about my Comments 4 Kids. You can follow me at :