Wednesday, April 30, 2014

~Thing #24: End, Beginning, Endinning, Begend~

My favorites were Thing #9 and Thing #21. I enjoy anything that I can be creative with, especially if it involved video. I tend to be very skeptical of new websites and tools because most of the time I end up not using them, but it has affected my lifelong goals because I'd like to be open to try more things that could end up being convenient.

The only take-away are the sites I've signed up for that I know I may not use in the future. Though it's not safe to say that the statement is concrete, for the time being I don't believe I will be using every single site we've signed up for such as the start page.

Overall I don't believe there are any changes that need to be made because it is pretty up-to-date as far as websites, though I believe maybe it could explore certain programs more and others less.

As a teacher, I will probably use some of these web tools (like Animoto or something) in the classroom more than I initially thought I would simply because fun and informational projects are always good to do.

I will continue to use StumbleUpon like in the past to help me discover new website and tools to use, and I'm sure my friends or people on my social networks will discover new things as well and share them.

My resolution is to apply these things I've learned in the classroom later.

~Thing #23~

In Thing #21, at the bottom of the post, APSU23Things wrote:

"(originally posted on Explore...Discover...Play: Learning 2.1 and used here under a Creative Commons license)"

In the future, as a teacher, I will always be mindful of things licensed as All Rights Reserved or under Creative Commons. It is important to do this for money reasons and I wouldn't want to be responsible for a large sum of money being spent on account of ignorance.

I will also teach my students the importance of the different licenses. They should know these things so that they can also avoid expensive mistakes.

~Thing #22~

The titles for my binders are Poetry, Music Therapy, and Pets and Education.

Click here to open this binder in a new window.

I suppose the one way I would use LiveBinders in the classroom is to scan and post student's work so that their parent's can see the things that they are working on or have been working on. This would also be a great lesson about digital organizing and seeing their physical binder be turned into a digital one.

~Thing #21~

Important Things

At first Animoto was frustrating because I could have made a :30 video even quicker with iMovie, but considering this post wanted/required Animoto I had to make an account and all that jazz.

However, I got in the creative mode and started having fun with it. It's really easy to use and this would be a really great and quick end of the year project for my students to do in order to reflect on their school year and all of the fun times that they had.

~Thing #20~

Pretty (and embarrassingly) excited that there is a YouTube post.

Below is a video that I shot and edited for the fashion company I am apart of, From Elsewear.

I like YouTube a lot, mainly because video elements and user-made videos make me really happy to see. I subscribe to many YouTubers and I ask any classmate that happens to read this to subscribe to our channel! It really helps us out. I chose that video because a little promotion can't hurt!

I think overall if video is used correctly (length, content) then it can really add to any lesson plan. There are videos on EVERYTHING (even grass growing), so there is most likely a video that pertains to any lesson to be taught. 

I would probably use Vine as a fun element in the classroom rather than educational. For example, every Thursday I could do a competition where we would watch the student's created vines in the classroom and whichever is voted the best vine can get a small prize (extra credit, etc.). This would encourage students to simply have fun and be creative, which I believe is slowly being left out of schools more and more.

~Thing #19~

Social networking for educators can help them keep in touch with their students even better as long as it's education-centered and appropriate. For example, a Facebook group used solely for educational purposes would be a great use for social media. In my news class, we had a group on Facebook so that it would be easier for all of us to get in touch with each other, view the rundown whenever we needed, and to assign last minute stories if needed.

I am, almost unfortunately, a part of many online communities. First and foremost is YouTube. Afterwords I am also a part of Tumblr, Instagram, and Wordpress.

The sites I mentioned are appealing to me because YouTube is video, Tumblr is a social culmination of blogs, Instagram are pictures from friends, and Wordpress is blogging outlet that one can also follow other blogs on.

I find it interesting that it recommended teachers to try Google+ mainly because I don't think anyone ever uses Google+ for anything.

~Thing #18~

If there is a social network that I actually like, it would be Twitter. I've used Twitter since about 2007, and ever since it's something that I frequently update. Unlike Facebook, the average Twitter user doesn't use it as a diary, political campaign, etc. People more so use it for quick, witty thoughts, long rants, or random thoughts. Most of the time, they're quite comical, especially if you have a handful or more of friends to follow.

My twitter is


It's important that educators understand social media because it is something that will be around for a long, long time. People use it to keep in touch more than texting each other some times. Therefore, it is something that students will continue to use. On these sites are things that you would never even guess about a person, but lo and behold they post it on their Facebook.

Hashtag searches can be fun because there are a lot of comical people on Twitter. For a classroom of high schoolers or college, having a twitter as a class would be a good tool to use. It can help keep everyone updated and connected easier than a group text or email can. On Twitter, there is the ability to create a "list" where only certain users are on the list, and once you view that list, you only see those tweets on your dashboard. I think that would be the most useful thing about Twitter for in the classroom.