Sunday, December 12, 2010


This is my Reflection Video on EDM310

I have enjoyed attending this class, Dr. Strange has been a good coach and Stephen has been a great help in all the questions that I had. The class was very confusing to start with but, I think that I done pretty good. There is one thing I can say "I HAD FUN". Thank all of you at EDM310!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Project #14 Teach Someone Something

I am getting some great help with this video, from my granddaughter Katie Sheppard and my grandson Hunter Sheppard. It is always good to have someone that is willing to lend a helping hand and I am always teaching my grandchildren something every day. I count my Blessings each day!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blog Post # 13

     I think that Alex is a great resource for teachers. Alex has wonderful lesson plans to choose from and it is great that teachers can share their ideas and work with other teachers. Alex: The Alabama Learning Exchange and their Moto is: Quality for ever facet of learning.
     Alex is a place that educators can use to look up lesson plans and so much more such as databases and podcast. There is also a section titled "Course of Study" and "Personal Workspace" and these two help teachers in creating more efficient class time. Any new teacher will appreciate this web site.

     Access is the Alabama Connecting Classroom, Educators and Students Statewide.                            

Our Vision: The State of Alabama will provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning.

     Access is to give each student the opportunity to take lessons that are not taught in the school in which they the student are attending. If a student wishes to learn another language access will connect them to a teacher that teaches that language. Access will provide any type of study through technology to be taught by a
teacher to the student. Access is only for high school students, but they should think about letting other grades have this opportunity for learning at an earlier age.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Smart Board Insturction Project # 13

How to solve a graph.


This is my Smart Board Activity for project #13. I had a great time doing this activity using the smart board. It was my first time to use a smart board and I look forward to using this technology and others in the future.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Summary C4T number 2, 3 & 4

Hi, Mr Bedell
I am in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama with Dr. Strange as my instructor. This E-book is a great resource for anyone and I will be using it often. You have done a great job with this book.

Mr. David Hopkins
This was great! The drawings told a story and to watch the artist was spellbinding. What Sir Ken Robinson talked about was enlighten and I do agree with Sir Ken on his philosophy about over mediating our students. I agree with you that this is an exceptionally brilliant piece of animation to accompany an insightful and thought-provoking talk by Sir Ken Robinson. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of information.

Jeff Utecht
You really had a wonderful idea with this Radio Broadcast. When you can bring students together and get them to communicate with each other and share their ideas, you have accomplished what we all want our students to do. Students must learn to develop their communication skills and you have done a great job with the radio broadcasting show in achieving this goal.

Reading these post was enlighten and I posted to more teacher but did not save my post. It is good to get an insight into what others think and to know what is available for teachers.

Summarys for K 4 K # 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9

Number Three, The student wrote a poem about butterflies and it was very beautiful.

Number Six, The student wrote a riddle and you had to guess who or what it is, and I said you are a monkey.

Number Seven, The student placed a picture that had been taken and wanted to know what to name the picture. The picture reminded me of communication lines, but my husband called it "A refreshing Sight" the student did very well.

 Number Eight, In this post the teachers dressed up in costumes and the children had a fum time at the assembly.

 I enjoyed posting to the kids blogs and to see what a child will write and how they understand so much. I do love children and it amazes me how much a child understands by just listening to what other people are saying or doing.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Additional Assignment #5

Why would you not let students take pencils home? Pencils are so common to everyone, but computers on the other hand is not common to everybody. In the area where I live many students do not have access to a computer. I would love to set up a place so students would have access to computers for school and other things.

Blog Post # 12

Watch this video Sir Ken Robinson thoughts about Educational Hierarchy "ask SKR Question 4: Educational Hierarchy"
Respond with one or more paragraphs.

Education Hierarchy

Sir Ken Robinson talked about how the core subjects in school are placed above the arts and how education is designed to prepare one for the job force. I believe that the arts are just as important today as any of the core subjects. In today's world you need the ability to dream and to put those dreams into reality. The arts helps a students to develop the desire to dream. Without the arts this world would be a very dull place.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Additional Assignment # 3

RSAnimate Sir Ken Robinson

What do you think is the most important thing Sir Ken Robinson says in this presentation? "How do we Educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century"

Is there anything you disagree with in this presentation? No, I agree with Sir Robinson about our education system and that it needs to change.

How congruent are Sir Ken's positions with those which you are being taught in the college of education. In other words, where is there agreement? Where is there disagreement? The agreement is with how we should let our students expand their knowledge with the help of technology and I think that the standardized test does not help the students in fact I believe it hurts the students.

What can you do to address the issues Sir Robinson raises? Talk with your community leaders and school officials plus your state representatives and try to get policies changed.

What do you think of the presentation? If you had to do a presentation with others like this, what role on your team would you like most to play? I thought the presentation was wonderful and helped to explain what Sir Robinson was talking about. I thing I would like to be one of the designers.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blog Post # 11

First Graders in Ms. Cassidy's Class
I think this video was great! To see these children working on computers and DS games was marvelous. I believe that this teacher is doing the right thing in letting her students learn on different tools of technology. What I would say is keep it up.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blog Post #10

An Open Letter To Educators

We are using the model of education that should have been changed by now. Education should change to conform with the needs of the students and how the world of technology is moving. I would not drop out of school, even if all the knowledge I need is free, because this free knowledge does not come with a degree. We still know that employers want you to have a degree in the field in which you apply for and to get this degree you must attend  a college or university. 
I believe that students should be more active in their learning. To be involved will make learning more interesting and it will encourage students to do more. I have also experienced the same things while sitting through a lecture just trying to stay awake would be very hard, much less trying to comprehend what the instructor would be talking about. Some of my instructors would encourage open discussion and questions on the current subject, and it made the topic more interesting.

I have learned so much in this short time that I have been in the EDM310 class and I have really enjoyed this class even if it has been kind of stressful sometimes.

 Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

What I got out of this post is not about pencils, but about technology in school. Pencils have always been around for years and everyone uses them from the rich to the poor. Technology on the other hand is not available to everyone. Some people sees computers as a toy and not as a tool for learning. If we can teach parents and student alike that technology is the tool of today and of the future, we may get more people interested in learning. People would be surprised, by what the parents have learned from what is taught to their children at school. So we can help the students and the parents by educating them on the subject of technology.


I have dedicated my life to the service of others by always putting my fellow man ahead of my self.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blog Post #9

"What I've Learned This Year" By Mr. McClung
I thought that Mr. McClung's post was very enlighten on how we should conduct our selves as teachers. It is true that teachers forget sometimes that their lessons are generated toward children and not adults. Mr. McClung, is right about never having the perfect plan because most of the time something will go wrong. Communicating is very important in any line of work and we always need to work on these skills. We as teachers need to be supportive to our students and always be there to listen and support them.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blog Post #8

This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
The first part of this video was so informative with many insights into how writing as we once knew it has changed. We now use our computers instead of notepads , and we can incorporate sound with live video into a paper. Information is at our fingertips when we need it and we can publish our paper anytime. The second part of this video was phenomenal I will have to learn more concerning this digital composing. It seems that Dr. Miller is still learning about this method and I think that the future looks great.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies
The primary message in these videos are to get your work in on time and do not make excuses for everything and to be responsible for your own learning. These videos made me want to never be late and to catch up on any work that is not done at this time.

 Why Smart boards Are A Dumb Initiative and Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboard

I agree that smart boards are to expensive and we should find other ways to improve the learning techniques.
I have talked with some teachers that love their smart boards and they say it has improved the the work of the students. The argument for smart boards is located at    <a href=""> Teachers Love Smart Boards</a>       

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Additional Assignment #2

1.What do you think? If learners are motivated, can they teach themselves?
Sure they can teach themselves but, I think anyone needs a person to consult with on different things.

2. If those motivated learners are kids, can they teach themselves?
Yes but, again I will say they need someone to guide them into learning so much more.

3. What conditions are necessary for kids to teach themselves? For anyone to teach him or herself?
Give a kid something to play with and they will learn how it works. Children learn everyday by watching the people around them. Motivation will cause someone to learn.

4. What role do computers and internet access play in the process?
Computers and internet access gives people of all ages the opportunity to search out information and learn from it.

5. What role does motivation, a desire to learn?
I think motivation is one of the main tools in learning, if you can get a child motivated their knowledge will increase.

6. What roles do a problem, a question or multiple problems or questions play in the process?
Questions and problems are a big part in the process of learning with out them how could the brain be stimulated.

7.How do you motivate someone to learn?
You would need to find something that interests them and make learning exciting.

8.How are you motivated to learn?
My motivation is to complete something that I have started. It would really take too long to tell what motivates my thirst for learning. It goes back to my childhood and what I was denied.

9. Can anyone who is not motivated to learn, learn?
Yes, they may not achieve a great ability to learn but, we all learn.

10. Do you teach yourself? When? Why?
Teach my self, well that is something I have been doing all my life. When? Everyday Why? To help my self in many different things and to help others.

11. What role does a teacher (either answer generally or use a specific example) play in your learning?
My best teachers were in elementary school, I was taken out of school in the seventh grade so, I never experienced middle and high school. I have enjoyed the leadership of the Instructors at college.

12. What is the most important idea, question or emotional response you take away with you as a result of watching this video?
What has impressed me the most about this video is that children want to learn and that they are resilient and have a thirst for knowledge.

13. What other questions or issues are raised by this video that should be considered and discussed by aspiring teachers?
If these children can learn so much on their own what could they learn with the leadership from a good teacher.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blog Post #7

Randy Pausch The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

I feel like I have been blessed for having the privilege of listening to this lecture. Dr. Randy Pausch surprised me with his attitude toward life and death. Knowing that he had only a few months to live he was so full of life and he showed great concern for others. He stated that he had ten tumors in his liver and was only given three to six months to live and he stood up before an audience for over an hour and gave a great lecture.

Dr. Randy Pausch, focused on three points in his lecture and they were My Childhood Dreams, Enabling the dreams of others, Lessons Learned: how you can achieve your dreams or enable the dreams of others.

Dr. Randy Pausch, talked about his childhood dreams and he listed each one. He did not let things stop him from reaching his dreams even though he had to alter his dreams some like playing for the majors in football but, what he learned from his coach and team while playing in school stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Dr. Randy Pausch, talked about brick walls and how they help us to see if we are truly dedicated. If we run up on a brick wall we will just have to push harder to accomplish what we have set out to do and this has given me an incentive to never give up but to keep trying.

I also like the part of this lecture were he talks about learning in life how he said to always tell the truth, be earnest, apologize when you screw up and focus on others, not on yourself. He also stated that we should listen when someone corrects us and take heed to the correction and learn from what is said. This man has inspired me never to be depressed but, to love life and live each day to its fullness. Dr. Randy Pausch is a person to be remembered.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blog Post #6

The Networked Student

This video was very interesting it shows us how to help our students to learn in a more expanded way. This student showed that he could take responsibility to search and achieve the goals that he set. We need teachers to help guide us through it all and to be there for us because, we all need help at sometime or the other.

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment

Wendy, is a very well organized young lady. Instead of going to other sites on her PLE she has taken the responsibility of doing her school work instead. Wendy has a very neat blog and she does great with her projects. As Wendy has said her PLE gives her more freedom with her school work. Some students may not do as well as Wendy but, I believe they should be given the opportunity to try.

The Machine is Changing Us.

I watched this video because it was an assignment. I would have never watched it on my own. I understand that it is hard for some people to be on a video and I am one of these people. I agree that machines are changing us but, they are also making life more easy than ever.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blogpost 5

I have listened to some videos today that are great, and I am saying this because these videos were done by third graders. I just could not see my self in the third grade doing anything this amazing. The titles of these videos are "Eagles' nest Radio." "Take a Bite Out of Shark Facts" I love the way they have incorporated sound effects into these podcast. The students are well prepared and they do not stumble over their words and their voices are very clear as they read their script. In the podcast 1-a the students are interviewing a Mr. Ward who is an expert on sharks. The student, who is asking the questions about Mr. Ward and his encounters with sharks was very direct and clear with her questions. I would like to know if all the students had a part in writing the questions? These students are very good. The next video "Totally Terrific Time Travel With Explorers" is a video were the students take us back in time to visit with some famous explorers. We will talk with Henry Hudson, Hernando De Soto and Christopher Columbus. We will learn different things about each explorer. I think the sound effects here are just great, when they take you into the vocabulary vault and how the sound echos is amazing. In the third podcast "Roamin' With The Ancient Romans" The students will take you on a trip to Ancient Rome, to visit Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and the gladiators. These students did a great job in producing these podcast.

"The Benefits of Podcasting in the Classroom"

Podcasting is an effective way to teach children. You know when you would tell your child something over an over but, they would forget ever thing you said. Well I have noticed my granddaughter watching Hannah Montana and when I would ask about the show she could tell me almost word for word what was said. Podcasting could do the same in the classroom for teachers.

"Podcast Collection"

This was very informative on how to podcast and it gave a list of all the things you would need to begin. You could take this video and use it to do any podcasting.
It did remind us to make sure you have permission to use any music and other things that has copyrights.

Additional Assignment #1


Google Squared helps you look at things differently. I asked a question about China being the number one English speaking country in the world, now I understand how this is possible. With China being four times larger in population than the U.S. if just over one quarter speaks English than they would have more people speaking the
English language. The educational implications with searches such as Google Squared and Wolfram Alpha, provides facts needed to help you understand and have a better judgment of certain things. Did I know about Google Squared or Wolfram Alpha before this assignment the answer is no, I will be using both of these search engines in the future and I thank you for opening this technology.

This is with Google Squared
China 1,333,370,000
India 1,103,371,000
U.S. 298,213,000

Wolfram Alpha
China 1.314
India 1.181
U.S. .311666

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blog Post #4

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff

I left a comment on Mr. Scott McLeod web page and this is what I wrote.
Mr. Scott McLeod
I am a student at USA taking a class in Dr. Strange EDM310. You have an unconventional way of making your point about children and the internet. Children need to be able to have computers and cell phones and be connected to the internet. I agree that children should be allowed to use certain web sites until they are older. Later when you think that they can use good judgment let them surf the web but, just keep tabs on what they do. Let your kids know that trust is built by showing that you can be trusted.

The ischool Initiative

I am very impressed with this presentation. This student knows the technology of the iphone and I agree that teachers could begin to use this technology as a pilot school with parents purchasing the phones. But I don't think the school system is prepared to make such an adjustment now or anytime in the near future. When you consider the cost of each phone and what it would cost to replace the phones if they were broken it might exceed the cost of books and other materials. I do agree that we need to find ways to help our planet but, I don't think this idea about the iphone school will be used right now.

The Lost Generation

When she first started reading the words it reminded me of what I hear some people say today. I am very pleased that young people are standing up and taking action. They are understanding that the future is in their hands. True happiness does come from within as she stated and money can supply your needs and wants but, it can not buy happiness nor true friendship. It was amazing how it all was written very original.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

I am speechless, that was beautiful! How did they bring all the videos together? I saw some with headphones were they listening and sing with the music? This Virtual Choir is wonderful I saw a glimpse of this video on WKRG5 but, to see and hear this was spectacular and this shows what the future could be like with the use of technology.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blog Post 3

A Vision of Students Today

I am asked to write about my reaction to this video so her goes. When the video first starts, it shows empty seats and walls that needs a coat of paint. It has a sort of an atmosphere of despair, as if to say what can I learn here, or what hope is there.

Then the students are there holding up signs and what they are saying is very true. Books are priced way to high and college is very expensive and some students that pay for these things never show up for class. When a student spends class time on other things instead of listening to their instructor and taking notes they are only cheating themselves and the person who is paying for their college expense.

If a student really wants to study and be dedicated he or she can make their college experience great.

This movie does not capture my college experience because, I see what time I have put into college as an investment in life. I have enjoyed going to college and I have met people who have enriched my experience of college. The only thing I could add to this video to make it more to my experience would be to have the students studying and to have an instructor in front of the class teaching and holding the attention of every student.
Learning should be a wonderful experience, something you should look back on and remember with joy.

It's Not About the Technology

Ms Hines, I agree that learning is not all about technology, and we as teachers must always be ready to learn new things. Technology is just a tool to be used but, it is no good in the hands of a person that can not understand how it works. We all use different types of technology such as computers, ipods and others.

But the first thing we use is our minds and the mind is an unexplored vast area, where we can do so much. To see the results of children using what you have taught is so great and this is not just in the class room but in all areas of learning.

We must treat our children as if they were a national treasure that we are investing in. Because they are our future and other generations will depend upon what they learn today. Let us teach them a better way to solve problems that we will leave with them.

Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

Mr. Fisch,

I have to agree with what you wrote, no one should be technologically illiterate. All teachers should be able to use any type of software to enhance their ability to teach.

As you said the jobs of the future will need people that are technologically literate. People should not think because they can not use technology that it is alright. because like you said it is not something to be proud about. Let us all keep learning and not stop, you are never to old to learn something new.

Watch the Social Media Count change every second when you click on this sentence.

I had no idea that things were happening so fast. Over three thousand blogs created in less than five minutes, and the videos watched on You Tube, plus all the other things that are happening right now at the same time. This is sort of mind boggling but it is fascinating also.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blog Post 2

Did You Know
This video had lots of information in a short period of time. Coupled with the upbeat music it held ones attention. It tells how fast technology is moving and how men are advancing in knowledge. How one country is moving in technology faster then other countries.

I would like to know why China will be the number one English speaking country in the world. How do we prepare for the future of technology? Should we change the way our children are taught? This is a question that needs considering.

Mr. Winkle

What I got out of this video is how the world has changed in the last one hundred years. We have computers for everything but, our children are still being taught as they were an hundred years ago.

With everything you do today you need to know how to work some type of computer. Just about all new machines are operated by computers and they are in our automobiles, phones and other devices we use every day so, why not in the class rooms. Our children will need the technology to move ahead with what is happening in the world. We have made progress in all areas except, in how we teach our children.

The Importance of Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson, is a wonderful speaker and I like the points he brought out about how we suppress the creativity in our children. I am all for learning the basics in school for we need to know Math, English and so forth. We also need to encourage our children to be creative. To believe in their self and what they can accomplish with the talents they have.

How do we know what they may do with these talents? Like Sir Ken Robinson stated about Gillian Lynne how she was not getting all of her school work done, and disrupting the class. But when she danced she could think and this helped her to complete the work needed. Think about what we would have missed if she would not have been allowed to dance. Another point was brought out, how today a child like Gillian Lynne would have been put on medication and by doing so what talents have been suppressed because of this. What have we lost in the world of creativity?

Harness Your Students Digital Smarts

Vicki Davis has the right idea in teaching. Our children today need to know haw to use any type of software that is available. I like the idea of being able to communicate with other students around the world. When you open doors like this you are giving children a great opportunity to experience a wonderful world in learning.

I don't see why we can not have class rooms were the students learn all subjects by using the computer. I have to say that I do love to pick up a book and read and I would not like to see books just sitting on the shelf because, in a book you can travel the world and never leave your chair. But things are changing so fast and our children need to keep up with technology as it changes.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Catherine Soutullo's Story

Hi, my name is Catherine Soutullo and I live in Mobile I really would not like to live anywhere else. I was raised on a small farm were we grew just about everything we ate. I learned a great many things from my Father and Mother about life. Like how you would see a calf born and about a year or so later this same calf would be on the table for your dinner. We knew that all the animals on our farm were there to sustain us and this is how we were taught to deal with this process in life.

I have been interested in school from an early age and it was a pleasure for me to go to class. I was taken out of school in the seventh grade and did not get to graduate but, that did not stop me from furthering my education, I married when I was about sixteen and gave birth to my first child before I was seventeen and had two more children by the time I was twenty-two. I could help my children with any work they brought home because, I did not give up on learning.

Later after all my children were in school I got my GED and I graduated from Faulkner State College in May of this year with a degree in Business. I am now in the process of getting a degree in Elementary Education and I stay very busy with work for the church and teaching preschool two days a week plus I do a lot of baking for my grandchildren and this is something I love doing.