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Multitasking in the Classroom

My multitasking is something that I probably should not be proud of. However, this assignment requires me to tell you all. I am constantly on my Iphone, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, texting, pretty much anything I can find to do. I am also on my computer most of the day. I sometimes watch TV, but not as much as I am on my other devices. I would say that my retention and task completion obviously, is not what it could be if I was not distracted. (I sound like an addict ha) Sometimes I can multitask, I can text someone and also listen to my teacher lecture, but it is not as clear and I am not as focused on the lesson. I am normally trying to find things to distract me. I would say my classmates are at the same level as I am; I can always by the first week decide which person is constantly on their phone.

Doing a little bit of research was very helpful to see if I am the only crazy multitask-er out there. The first article I read is from The Chronicle- Encouraging Distraction in the Classroom. Basically, this article is a blog from Prof. Hacker who explains his views on technology in the classroom. He does an experiment with students with iPads that is very interesting.

Another article that I found is Can Technology Make Your Kid a Better Student? . This is very interesting to me. It starts with a picture of adorable children playing on smart phones. Starting to read more, it has great opinions on why we should let our children be with technology. An example that is used is a child texting someone, that is a great idea. Keeping the children with the 21st century is never a bad idea to me.

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Reflection Week 2: The Tech Chicks Tips

Tech Chicks is a clever name that I throughly enjoy, so I am obviously already excited about this post. I choose to read the 14 Ways to Use Garageband in the Classroom  partly because I like to mess around on Garageband. These 14 ways are creative ideas for the classroom environment. My favorite personally is the school announcements part. This could be executed very well: after lunch menu, weekly schedule etc. Also, the teacher reflection part is neat. I did not think to record myself teaching then re-listen to it after and reflect on it. Good idea!

Other than just the 14 ways to use Garageband, on this website on the right side there are subjects that you can choose and it arranges lessons that other people have blogged about. Very cool.

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Reflection Week 2: Moving at the Speed of Creativity

The first story I saw on Fryer’s blog Creating Innovators in a Common Core World. The first example was explaining similarities between Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs. This was an excellent read because it included a history reference and current news. I would like to know the grade level that were doing this experiment.

After reviewing the Common Core Toolkit I realized there are some good ideas within this file. There are resources-assement and standards for different state. Much of this information is useful for an overview of the common core and using 21st century skills.

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Week 1: School Tech Solutions, Brad Flickinger

After reading Flickinger’s blog, Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students I agree and disagree with his article. First, I do agree that we as teachers and students need to be more technology sound because time is changing. More specifically, I agree with 4. (Wikipedia) because it is a accurate source for something quick and easy to look up, yes you cannot believe everything you read. I also agree with the fact that yes, we are teachers and we need to teach 21st Century skills to our students.

I do not agree, in a general sense, this article is partially unrealistic. I do not think that Flickinger is taking into consideration that fact that not all schools and students have the opportunity to have their own technology at home or in school. If schools did let students bring their own media, a whole other issue would be brought up of bullying, cliques, and bad behavior in general. And, obviously we do not want that.

 
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Week 1: Technology Bits, Bytes, and Nibbles

In Technology Bits, Bytes, and Nibbles the first aspect to catch my eye was the Cool Cat Teacher page! I had no idea what this was going to be about, so of course I clicked on it. However, it was a blog from a woman who discussed her views on bullying. I agree with her because sometimes two children fighting is called bullying, which is not always the case. I have experienced this in some of the schools that I have volunteered. But, I am a firm believer of the no bullying tolerance that most schools have placed in their programs.

A blog similar to the one I have previously read would be helpful in the classroom because it would be a good way for the parents to know what is happening. I am going to post assignments, objectives, class goals, the monthly calendar so that everyone is on the same page. I am the type of person to want to be up-to-date with things before they happen. A blog for the classroom will be very successful.

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Fun with Text-Word Clouds

Reflection:-This assignment was fun to make! 

I would definitely use the characteristics that I have described myself as and my area of concentration (Science) in my classroom. The words I have chosen for the Science Word Cloud are helpful because they are all terms that I will be using in my future classroom. The words are helpful for children to start looking at before the lesson and after we can review them. These Word Clouds are fun to make and very useful. 

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My Wordle

My Wordle

Words that describe me!

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About Me!!

My name is Melissa Geist and I am going to be a junior this fall at K-State. I am majoring in Elementary Education, which I am super excited about! I am from Topeka, KS, where I attended Hayden High School. I am taking DED 318 this summer with some other Block A friends!

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About Me!!

My name is Melissa Geist and I am going to be a junior this fall at K-State. I am majoring in Elementary Education, which I am super excited about! I am from Topeka, KS, where I attended Hayden High School. I am taking DED 318 this summer with some other Block A friends!

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