Sunday, April 27, 2014

C4K Summary

Blogging since Year 4 Now in Year 4 or 5 Miss Lavakula Pt England School Auckland, N.Z. Student: Adam Hi Adam. My name is Johnetta Heningburg. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking EDM 310. I enjoyed your post on the importance of healthy eating. You pointed out the most important reasons to eat healthy.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Post # 13: What did I leave out?

Teacher reading to kids

Create a slideshow for elementary age children that explains the definition of and benefits of building a personal learning network. Be sure to use age appropriate language.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

C4K Summary: March

Mrs She 2nd grade Pt England School Auckland, New Zealand Little Education Caravan @jshe Hi my name is Johnetta Heningburg. I am an EDM 310 student from the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed Hazel's story. Having students make their own movies is amazing. I most enjoyed the message behind the movie. I know the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoyed the incorporation of Hazel's artwork.
Lighting the path for the future

Blogging since Year 4 Now in Year 7/8 Teacher: Mr. Barks, Mrs. Nua Pt England School Auckland, N.Z. Student: Faafetal Hi Faafetai. My name is Johnetta Heningburg. I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I loved your poem. You told a great deal about yourself. You shared your loves, hates, desires, fears, values, and accomplishments. I also have a desire to travel in the future. I hope you enjoy Samoa.

C4T Summary March

Kathleen Morris Title of Blog: Integrating Technology In the Primary Classroom Hi Mrs. Karhleen Morris. My name is Johnetta Heningburs. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and currently taking EDM 310. My major is Secondary English Language. Thank you so much for sharing helpful information and tips for graduate teachers. I will keep them on file in my classroom. I have been collecting useful resources from each course. Also, Congratulations on your new arrival to the family.
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Beth Knittle Beth's Thoughts on Technology in the Classroom Hi Mrs. Knittle. My name is Johnetta Heningburg. I am an EDM 310 student from the University of South Alabama. I found your approach to understanding each student's gifts refreshing.

Blog Post #11: A Collaborative Blog Post

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Project #9 book video conversation

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Blog Post # 10: What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?

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Sir Ken Robinson is truly a beautiful mind. He proposes letting go of stereotypes that encourage one path for students. I agree that education is not linear. Everyone's journey towards success does not include a college education. College can be a great stepping stone if one desires. While being formally educated I have been challenged to think in ways I never thought possible. While listening to Sir Ken Robinson that same awakening occurred again. I love the though of rising with an educational revolution. I am encouraged when I imagine playing a part in creating a new system instead of covering a broken one.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog Post #9: What can we learn from Mrs. Cassidy?

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Mrs. Cassidy's approach to using technology in her classroom was very approachable. I listened to her experiences and became hopeful that I can and will use technology to educate in a meaningful way. I would love to use Skype, Blogging, and Nintendo DS gaming systems is my classroom. Students' blogs would be literary art left online for families and students to review. I too would view a student reviewing past work as a way to collaborate and not as a mechanism for cheating.
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Potential hindrances to using technology many include funding. Mrs. Cassidy was donated computers. There availability of resources for educational purposes is unknown at this time. I would face those hindrances by fundraising and requesting businesses donate computers. I also would do just as Mrs. Cassidy by requesting governmental funding for formal programs. I believe students would benefit from using her approach to obtain needed resources.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project #14

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I would like to encourage my students to write their very own 10 page fiction book. I would start the project by passing out a rubric explaining exactly what is expected and how each element will be graded. I would start with students turning in subjects. I would then have them turn in a list of characters. I would follow up with brainstorming, outline, rough draft, final draft.

Project #13

drama masks

I would have a learning project where students were encouraged to find characters in literature that inspire them and to enact a monologue of how that character would feel if they were to time travel to today. I would encourage the students to wear costumes and hairstyles that their characters might wear. I would encourage them to bring any props that would help get him/her into character.
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Many students spend hours of each day in front of a television watching drama unfold. I would encourage my student to take part in the drama in a healthy way instead of merely spectate. I would encourage students to "get up and move" like Michelle Obama. I would also enjoy stimulating each student's creativity.

C4T February Summary

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C4T#1 HS English Baldwin County, AL Mrs. Miller (EDM310 grad) Young Guwop Hi Young Guwop. My name is Johnetta Heningburg and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed your blog. Basketball is a universal sport that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. I especially appreciated how you talked about basketball as a way to become more confident. Basketball is a classic. It does not matter if is played alone or with many. C4T#2 Kathleen Morris Title of Blog: Integrating Technology In the Primary Classroom Hi Mrs. Karhleen Morris. My name is Johnetta Heningburs. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and currently taking EDM 310. My major is Secondary English Language. Thank you so much for sharing helpful information and tips for graduate teachers. I will keep them on file in my classroom. I have been collecting useful resources from each course. Also, Congratulations on your new arrival to the family.

Blog Post #8: What are 21st century learning and communication tools?

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Khan Academy is a 21st century learning resource that can be utilized by students and educators. The web tool can offer global connections within seconds. The subject materials are easy to manage and are available for multiple educational levels. The Khan Academy offers a world class education for free. This is especially beneficial with the different state requirement for education in America. The website can be used to view instructional videos and work example problems. Video applications allow students to pause and rewind materials. I will allow the usage of the Khan Academy in my classroom as an aid to students. Links and additional instructional information can be found at: htttp://

Sunday, March 2, 2014

C4K Summary: February

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4th/5th Boys Scoil Fhursa Dublin, Ireland Ms. Toal Brad is my student He gave a review of his favorite movie Dodge ball with Ben Stiller I also enjoyed that film very much. I found the comedy hilarious. It was nice to see an unlikely group of outcasts become first a team, then friends, and finally a sort of family. I also enjoy movies where the small guy wins. This film shows that with hard work and teamwork, the weak can become strong. HS English Baldwin County, AL Mrs. Miller (EDM310 grad) Young Guwop He gave a summary of why he enjoyed playing basketball. Hi Young Guwop. My name is Johnetta Heningburg and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed your blog. Basketball is a universal sport that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. I especially appreciated how you talked about basketball as a way to become more confident. Basketball is a classic. It does not matter if is played alone or with many.

Blog Post #7: What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?

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I truly enjoyed the video by Randy Pausch. I learned the most about teaching and learning from watching his actions. Near the beginning of the video Mr. Pausch shares that he has terminal cancer and only has a few months left to live. After hearing such heart breaking news I spent the rest of the video awed by his courage.
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During this video Randy Pausch made me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. I specifically thought of generativity vs. stagnation. According to Erikson this is the second stage of adulthood and occurs between the ages of 35-64. During this time people target actions that gives them a sense of purpose. I was truly encouraged more by the fact that Pausch was teaching a lecture with such joy despite his circumstances than I was with techniques to overcome brick walls. He chose to give back instead of spend the end of his life afraid.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Project #8 Book Trailer

I hope you enjoy my first book trailer.
Book trailer

C4T Summary #2

Both my first post in Breaking Education Barriers and my second post Kathleen Morris's Blog: Integrating Technology In the Primary Classroom shared the same central theme. Both posts identify that we are living in a changing time. Technology continues to progress very quickly. Teachers and students are able to make global connections using their fingertips. Even maternity leave did not take Mrs. Morris out of her personal learning network. Due to technology, she was able to stay plugged in.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog Post #6 - PLNs What Are They?

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Personal learning networks are the systems an individual uses to impart and attain knowledge. Children are learning how to use new technology as toddlers. My grandson is 4 year old and his android tablet is his favorite toy. He already knows how to down load a game from the Google Play Store without assistance.
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Using new gadgets and online programs did not come quite as easy to me. My daughter Dragged me onto Facebook less than a year ago. Thanks to EDM 310 I am now on Twitter, You Tube, and Blogging!!! I am able to reach out to other educators for advice and encouragement. I also am able to learn various teaching techniques that I hope to use in my classroom one day. One of my favorite lessons has been observing how teachers are using blogs as assignments to students at the elementary level. That is just amazing to me.I too would love to be a part of helping young children leap into the future.
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Personal learning networks are formed as an individual learns to reach beyond the restrictions of those they can contact physically. The virtual world allows each of us to take learning globally. The pearls of experience are at our fingertips. To create my own PLN I am using Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Email, and Blogging. I look forward to working with Symbaloo. My personal learning network has already started to grow. My first additions will be my EDM 310 classmates.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blog Post # 5: What did you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps?

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In the video, Project Based Learning Part 1: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher, I learned that projects can be a means for learning. Projects are not just a measurement of material retained. Mt. Capps emphasized the importance of an authentic audience, relevant subjects, incorporating communities, and content driven assignments when selecting projects. Mr. Capps also pointed out that peers can offer valid points for revisions. He also emphasized democracy in the review, revision, and grading processes.
In the video, Project Based Learning Part 2: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher, I learned that Mr. Capps is not only willing to share his experiences with successful projects, but he is also open about unsuccessful projects. He used the project in which he assigned Narrative scripts and videos as a child from Afghanistan. One of the parents of a student of Mr. Capps was opposed to the assignment. The parent had served time in the military and was stationed in Afghanistan. The parent chose to protect his child from the culture of Afghanistan. Mr. Capps also talks about giving the children choices, and how they are enjoying learning.
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In the video, iCurio, Mr. Capps talks about the online resource. It is a search engine that searches text, audio, and video that meets the Alabama College and Career Standards. This technology is currently being used by Baldwin County Public School System. This tool assists students with filtering useless information. Students also lean to create folders online with this resource.
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In the video, Discovery Education, I learned that this resource has numerous images to accompany student's textbooks. Discovery Education allows experts into the classroom via video. The videos on various subjects enrich student's educational experiences. In the video, The Anthony-Strange list of Tips for Teachers Part 1, I learned that teaching is hard work. Despite the hard work, teaching is also fun. Teachers learn the art of teaching in their spare time as well as during instructional time. Teaching is rewarding and never ends. Educators are always learning from their own mistakes and refining the education process.
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In the video, Don't Teach Tech-Use It, I learned that technology should not be a rigid part of the curriculum. Technology should be incorporated into lessons in a meaningful way. Students should be instructed on new technology as it is used through out the lesson. In the video, Additional Thought About Lessons, I learned that lessons are 4 layers thick. When planning a lesson it is important to consider: how the lesson fits into the year, how the units will be stretched over 6-8 weeks, how the weeks will be devised to ensure goals are getting accomplished, and daily lessons that will keep the students engaged. I found all the videos engaging and useful.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

C4T Summary of Post #1 & Post # 2

Annie Palmer is a very skilled blogger. In blog Post # 1 Annie's subject was, "The Power of Fluency Instruction." In the post she emphasized the importance of students' ability to decode words, automatically process materials while reading, and to read with prosody (smoothness). I commented that I agree with her assertion that fluency instruction is extremely important to laying a solid foundation for future lessons and reading comprehension. In her second post the subject was, "Step Up Comprehension Instructions." In this blog she offers strategies to improve comprehension. I commented that comprehension is so important that parents must reinforce lessons at home.

Blog Post #4 Asking Questions: What questions do we ask? How do we ask?

When an education embarks upon the journey to teach there is the need to evaluate students. Evaluation requires the usage of questions. When attempting to assess the contents of a specific lesson teachers must be skilled in the art of questioning. Questions should clearly and concisely request specific information. When choosing questions for students, teachers aim to stimulate the student to come to truths naturally. The idea of using questions to have students analyze their ideas and come to valid conclusions is not a new one. Socrates used questions to stimulate critical thinking and promote illumination in the 5th century. As a molder of minds it is important to consider the answer one is soliciting when creating questions. As educators we are helping to instill the tools needed to critically think for the student's lifetime. Educators bring students from darkness into illumination.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Post #3: How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to YHour Peers?

I feel that peer editing is important because it is an arena where students can learn without the pressure of disappointing their professor. It is great to have the ability to receive another’s perceptions of the materials you all are learning in class. One student may pay closer attention to an important detail that another overlooked. By having a dialogue we can learn what one another though was most important about each assignment. I learned that peer editing involves giving compliments, suggestions, and corrections to a peer’s blog. There was a great emphasis on remaining positive when editing a peer’s writings. It is suggested that peers should start with a compliment of the work they are editing. I love this idea. It allows us to avoid fixating on errors. Clarity and specificity are needed when providing suggestions. The final step in editing seems to be the easiest. Correcting errors in grammar and punctuation do not require creativity. This step requires leaning on the comfortable rule of grammar we have been drilled to remember since grade school. The problem is that according to input method and the computer program used, some text can be changed without the author’s immediate knowledge. There is an emphasis on providing a quality peer review to ensure universal growth for peers.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Will Teaching in the 21st Century be Like?

1. Watch the movie Mr. Dancealot (4:20) The central message of this video is that some lessons must be learned by physically trying instead of reading about the subject. In the video the professor primarily read about how to do the dance moves. When the professor provided examples of particular steps he did not take volunteer from the class, he just stood there and did the moves alone. He also danced in a space where his students could not see his feet. When one student stood to get a better view he was scolded for standing during dance class. The author made the case for his conclusion during the final examination in the ballroom. The students were lost on how to put the words from the pages into physical movements. I agree with the conclusion that lecturing is not the best way to teach a physical activity such as dance. I too would need to see a physical example and practice in order to learn a new style of dance. 2. Watch Teaching in the 21st Century (10:45) by Kevin Roberts (John Strange version). Roberts argues that if teachers only give information then teachers are pointless because students have numerous resources for obtain data in the 21st century. He argues that teachers are no longer viewed as an all knowing source of information. The role of the teacher has shifted to instructing on how to validate and utilize the masses of information available. I believe Roberts is correct. Educators must teach students how interpret the information given to them in a consistent manner. 3. Watch The Networked Student (5:10) by Wendy Drexler: Watch the movie. In the video The Networked Student (5:10) by Wendy Drexler there is an animated student exploring his educational network while the narrator describes the journey. The narrator summarizes the numerous ways students access a wealth of information via multiple tools online. The tools included vary from credible search engines such as Google Scholar to social media such as blogs. The narrator posed the question, “Why does a networked student even need a teacher?” The narrator continues to describe the multiple benefits of the guided learning offered by a teacher. A teacher offers guidance in validation of sources and organization of information. I agree with the information presented in the video. I feel that students today need guidance to help filter the masses of information available. 4. Watch the movie Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts (4:49) by Vicki Davis. In the video Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts (4:49) by Vicki Davis, Vicki asserts that multiple media should be used for educational purposes. She argues that pencil and paper are a limited media for learning. I agree with Vicki. When multiple forms of media are used for education I believe it increases the retention of information. I learn best when I can see and hear information. 5. Watch Flipping the Classroom (3:49). Flipping the classroom is new to me. I have not encountered a learning experience where teaching was done previous to class. This approach can be useful with students that are interested in learning. This can allow students to learn more information faster. I am interested in this approach to learning.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What about EDM310?

Previous to taking this course I had heard nothing about EDM 310. My greatest fear is that lack of experience with blogging will negatively affect my grade. This course is different from my other courses because it requires a greater attention to detail and autonomous study. I anticipate the most diffficult aspect of this course will be gaining an understanding of such a large amount of new materials. To address this difficulty I plan on vigourous study until I expand my knowledge base. I still question how so many bloggers become famous. I plan on learning the answer to that question in class.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Practice Post

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My name is Johnetta Heningburg, I lived in Mobile all of my life. I have visited a lot of places,and I always enjoy home the most. I have a passion for kids, and teaching. I work at a Elementary School as a paraprofessional i enjoy helping students all the time. This make me very happy, that is why I decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I also enjoy watching movies, and swimming.
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