New Worldwide Trend

20 Dec

Twitter is one thing that is going to change this world. In 140 characters, any person is free to express ideas, thoughts, or feelings. “With Twitter, Williams was launching a communications platform that limited you to a couple of sentences at most.” These couple of sentences are sparking a revolution. With just a few clicks of a button you can be connected to anyone around the world. In Silver’s blog post, he describes thick and thin tweets. This meaning that the thicker the tweet the more integrated information within these 140 characters.

            Twitter is one thing that I use in my every day life. To keep with friends, what is going on in the music industry, and also to get ideas for my students on different crafts. For example, just last week I was looking for Thanksgiving crafts for my preschoolers to do for their parents. With a few searches in the Twitter search bar, I was led to a Preschool teacher in Missouri’s twitter who posted what she had done with her class that year. Through there the link was posted to her website to where she listed all of the directions and supplies needed.

            Just like me, everyday more and more people are turning towards Twitter for these ideas and for sharing of everyday tricks and tips.

Module Project: Part 2

19 Dec

I will admit that it was a little frustrating to get used to Prezi in the beginning. I am so used to PowerPoint, that it took me a little fiddling around to get the hang of it. After awhile, it was easier, but I am still far from being an expert, but I am happy with the finished product, including my voiceovers.

In my Prezi, I discuss the ways that writing has formed people to interact. In looking how people begin to interact with one another, I found that people form communities through new writing spaces. I discuss how writers have moved from printed texts to writing on these online communities. I also briefly discuss my own views on the future of writing.

 

Check out my Prezi presentation here.

Module Project: Part 2

18 Dec

I actually really like Prezi, to be completely honest. It has a real edge over PowerPoint and it was fun to create, add in media and move all over the place! This could prove to be a great program to use in my future classroom. I found the voice-over to be quite simple once I practiced reading aloud a few times. While I still struggled a few times in synchronizing the narrative with the Prezi, I just kept going because at the point, I was not starting over.

My Prezi presentation lists how I think writing is defined today, and briefly touches on the direction it could go in the future. Writing today branches much more than text, and encourages communication, interaction and collaboration. I discussed that many online writing spaces define the authors themselves, and writers need to be aware that their writing portrays them in that way, however negative or positive. Additionally, I give examples of how writing spaces can affect our writing styles, and the tools each writer needs to be aware of when using different spaces.

Watch my Prezi presentation and let me know what you think!

The Frustrated Teacher

18 Dec

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In the information listed, The Frustrated Teacher used to be a teacher (who’s gender is left anonymous), and now is an advocate for students and teachers alike. He/she writes opinionated tweets, and adds a dry sense of humor by justifying it as having an “educated opinion”. Most people that follow this user are also educators, parents or educational organizations. Mostly all of the tweets are educationally based, so it makes sense that  most followers are have educational occupations, because otherwise they might not be interested in this page.

This Twitter user often uses language that I think would be considered inappropriate in the educational field- although the opinions are valid, I do not agree with the means that they come across. This user also tweets about broader topics than education, such as healthcare and controversial topics (slavery, Holocaust). However, other teachers reach out to this The Frustrated Teacher for advice on Union topics, teacher’s rights and preparation strategies. This user also seems somewhat political, and comments quite frequently on working conditions, individual rights and negative teaching issues.

Module Project: Part 2

13 Dec

Digital writing spaces have clearly changed the way we define writing and overall and the concepts of text. Whether distraction free or part of a social network, writing spaces are now allowing the term “writer” to be completely broadened- anyone can become a writer today! If you want more in depth information about has writing has changed, check out my fabulous Prezi!!

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Siftables: Not to Be Ignored

13 Dec

TED      

While watching the TED video with David Merrill, the MIT grad student who introduces Siftables. Small, square, relatively ordinary tiles, Siftables can can virtually change the world of education as we know it. Finally, a manipulative tool for students that favor bodily kinethetic, visual learning preferences has entered the classroom. Upon watching the beginning of the video, I was reminded of the similarities between Siftables and a cell phone- I want to say the Galaxy. The phones/tablets transfer information to each other ones the screens are touched together, which I am assuming provides limits to what is shared for privacy/copyright reasoning.

Siftables resemble this notion in that they can interact with each other, become interested in one another when placed next to each other and can solve problems together. While I was extremely interested in the math manipulatives, I was the most interested in the letters and paint colors. Two Siftables  tiles had two different colors, and when one was poured into the other, the color changed. To me, that was just amazing that each tile can not only sense each other, but completely interact with each other and pour colors.

Additionally, I was very interested in the timed letter changing application on the Siftables. After a specified amount of time, the letters change, allowing the students to create a new set of words altogether. This would be a great tool for students with learning disabilities, as long as the timing on the tiles was lengthened. Differentiated instruction will really benefit from Siftables in a whole new way- whole class instruction can now be an everyday tool if students with learning needs are given Siftables to help them through the lesson.

These tiles are also great for learning centers, specifically literacy learning centers. I would particularly want to implement the story telling aspect, where students can choose which tiles lie next to each other, allowing the characters to essentially interact. Each story is “an open ended story and the child gets to decide how it unfolds.” Musically gifted children would love these too! They can create the exact sound they may hear in their head- right down to the base line!

The Siftables create an entirely different means of interaction via digital media. They also provide more depth to the definition of text, and writing as a whole. These small, computerized tiles have the ability to create words and stories- they are without a doubt a form of text in today’s world.

Final Project-Very rough draft!

13 Dec

This final project has been challenging for me! Gathering all my thoughts together for the narrative and figuring out how to use prezi and what I want to incorporate to best symbolize my narrative has been mind boggling. Below is a very rough draft of my prezi. I want to take more time to edit my narrative before I spend more time on the prezi. Then the voice over with jing is next to come!

Rough Draft Prezi– This program is new for me. I still have a lot to figure out.