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Darcus Mesveaux, signing out (for now)

Reflecting on this class, the experience and knowledge I have gained literally baffles me. I had much prior knowledge to the material, programs and tools we used as a class, however, I learned about them a lot more in depth to help me out in the future. Educational technology can be a great way to collaborate and share information via social networking, i.e. Twitter or Faceboook. Technology in education can and will make children want to learn. As the future progresses, children will already be aware of these social networking tools; it is up to the teachers to make the tools available. Technology and especially technology in the classroom is here to make lives easier. It is here to help. It is here to stay.
I value all the useful programs I have learned about. I hope to incorporate them in my own classroom in the future. My project is exactly that. I incorporated a mock twitter classroom trial for everyone to see and use. I hope my work will spark some ideas, wherever they may begin. Technology can do that. It brings the masses together for a positive change towards “tomorrow.” Therefore, I have no qualms with technology in the classroom at all. I value how one can get help in so many different ways using these learning tools via tutorials, YouTube, etc.
Teaching with technology will not be hard to do, since the students will most likely already know a little bit about the tool. Whether they have used it outside school, or hopefully in school already, I feel that the students will be eager to learn with this innovative technology that is at our fingertips. I want to bring this technology to the fingertips of students. I have no qualms with technology being taught, for, in the future, it could literally BE the curriculum. Who knows? We will only find out by being the pioneers today by teaching, sharing, learning-with technology in the classrooms today! Learn progressively, learn innovatively. This is Marcus Desveaux signing out. What a great ride it has been. Though I am signing out for now, I am not signing out for good. I hope to see you all in the future and I look forward to talking to all of you soon. I will post my new blog on here and twitter once I get it going.

Thanks for listening.

Marcus

My Networking project: http://twitter-in-the-english-classroom.wikispaces.com/

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Just a heads up…


Recent Update and project!

Good evening. I have created a wiki explaining Twitter and its possible uses, pros and cons in the classroom. Please check it out and leave feedback if you’d like!!

 

My wiki can be found here! Thanks!

 

Learn Progressively


Project FAQ

1. Project Title:
‘Twitter Revolution: Twitter in the World and, more specifically, the classroom…’

In the classroom?!

2.Project Description: This will be a Wiki, posted on Wikispaces, which will be explaining, showing, using details/examples on how Twitter is recently being used in the world and how it can be implemented in the classroom, and more importantly, the secondary English classroom.
3.Detailed Questions
Why isn’t Twitter used more often in classrooms?
What ways/How is Twitter already used in the classroom?
How is twitter currently being used by the world?
How can Twitter possibly be helpful to students?
Didn’t Twitter cause a revolution… or something?

Twitter Enthusiast art.

4.Main Focuses
This project will illustrate reasons, ideas, examples of Twitter being used in the classroom and around the world. It will provide pros, cons, benefits, lessons on the subject. It will be in Wiki form and displayed on the internet and other Social Media sites (including my Twitter) for others to see/enjoy/learn.
5.Purpose
This project will show new ways to learn in the classroom via social networking that the whole world can use. It will show examples of classrooms who already use it and it will show ideas for possible future plans.
6.PRODUCT (Results)
I will prove how Twitter can be an excellent and helpful tool within the classroom and for sharing current events around the world. Students can and will be able to use it in the classroom for fast information and resource sharing via Twitter.

Details

7. Project Stakeholders (who will be involved ie. professionals in the field?)

Teachers, Readers, Students will all be informed about it.

Example of timeline of twitter use in the classroom specifically.

8.Tasks/Activities to complete this project (3 or more)

1. Find more examples/links.

2. Search Classroom 2.0

3. Read educational blogs/journals on the topics.

4. Make Wiki.

5. Share Wiki with world!!


Example of a PLE

Here is a great example of a P.L.E. (Personal Learning Environment). The example is of a 7th grade science student. In the video, the student gives a step by step tour of her own P.L.E. At the end, she explains the different methods she can communicate with her classmates and teachers via the web (such as Skype or blog posts). She also says, “I really like learning this way because we get more freedom…we have so much freedom…you can go on the internet and learn anything…you have the inclination to be responsible.”

If seventh graders can use these tools responsibly, why can’t anyone of any age? I would like to try to incorporate this in my future highschool English class. It has proven to work with any subject, science is the example provided. Within the next few weeks, I will be working on my project which is using Social Media, mainly Twitter, in the English classroom. Basically, in english, the students would be able to do the exact same things as this science student, only using different sources for the given subject: English.

Seeing someone as young as 7th grade utilizing such tools at an early age really makes me happy. It makes me happy that many teachers are switching to this method, in turn, providing more freedom and creating assumed responsibility upon the students, providing them with great practice for research and the real world. In EDT 400, we all have our own P.L.E. for ourselves. It is great practice if we plan to teach this and incorporate it in our own future classrooms.


Critical Analysis

I would first like to apologize for the post this late. Second, I would like to address my work done in EDT 400. I have really never taken a computer class that is this in-depth. I have to use my MacBook a lot more, which I am happy about, because I feel like I know the true value of this tool that I can use to promote learning and even learn myself. Going in to the educational workplace, I am constantly reading articles and watching clips of education researchers and blogging about it on here. By doing so, I am sharing what I have learned with everyone, since it is on the internet. I am part of something a lot larger than just myself. I am interconnected in a network of educational researchers and learners. This class has greatly prepared me for possible ‘networks’ that I may join in my life. Previously, I didn’t have any knowledge of the existence of these ‘networks.’ I knew a little about blogging, but not enough to envision myself to do so. I write a lot and always have. With my computer, I can quickly write and transmit any thoughts a lot faster.

As I said above, I like to write a lot. This blog has provided me with an opportunity to write my thoughts about the material. I can share my thoughts with other people. Those ‘other people’ can read and in turn, share their thoughts with myself. Information is constantly being transferred in this network, and I am happy to be a part of this specific one because sharing my writing is something I enjoy doing.

Having an interest in the material certainly helps out a lot as well. I like just about everything I read. I am very interested in furthering education and the measurements and updates of its progression, as it is my future career. I plan to keep up with my blog. I have taken quite a liking to it. By having this be my first blog, I got to know the WordPress website quite well. Blogging is something I am new at however, I enjoy it quite a bit. It could also lead to possible blogging opportunities as it is now becoming quite popular almost everywhere.

I try to post as close to “regularly” as I can, however I have a very busy schedule. I would like to set aside a few days a week to just blog, perhaps before a certain time in the day. I need to be more consistent with my postings bi-weeekly. I am going to shoot for Tuesdays and Thursdays. I would like to post more punctually.

It is stated above that I am interested in the material. I think it shows in my writing and even in my discussions in my EDT 400 class. I have questions about each topic, I have previously looked in to it before discussing in person, or on my blog. I have tried to gain extra information about the subject before I can write an honest anything about it. My most recent piece, Teaching from the S.O.L.E., was very fun for me to write. I watched the Ted TALK (posted in link), and really enjoyed what Sugata Mitra was doing. I had to write about it and share my thoughts. I was so interested in his experiments and happy with the results of the children. He provided opportunities of learning to environments that would not have previously had learning tools.

My piece on Sharism was another passionate blog. I had never heard of it before, and when I saw the word, I read the essay by Mao and was astonished at this evident revolution that is taking place with information sharing on the internet. I was intrigued by this newly named “trade.”

I have a lot of resources to use for help if I needed. The network I am in has plenty of my peers to ask for help via twitter, blog post, FirstClass. Information is also constantly being shared which is helpful to find choices to blog about. Our questions are also answered every Tuesday and Thursdays during our discussions.


Teaching from the S.O.L.E.

S.O.L.E., of course, meaning “self organized learning environment.”

I watched an excellent T.E.D. Talk today, featuring an educational scientist named Sugata Mitra. He is responsible for many social-educational S.O.L.E. experiments around the world, as explained in the video. His findings were quite enlightening, as well as “heart warming.” As you see in the video above, he performed various experiments where he brought computers in to classrooms in different countries such as South Africa, India, Cambodia and Italy. What he was conduction ultimately lead to “child driven education.” His findings were that, when provided with enough time and effort, children taught themselves how to use a computer for social and education purposes. He gave the classrooms technology as a tool to further education. The computers allowed the students to gather information for questions, talk to their teachers via SKYPE. Basically, he was implementing “co-learning” in to the classrooms that wouldn’t normally have this opportunity. The students achieved educational objectives with the help of Mitra.

Sugata Mitra

He described in the video that one girl actually assumed the role of the teacher, while using the computer to teach her other students what they hadn’t already previously known. By implementing these S.O.L.E.’s, students in parts of the world were able to connect to other parts of the world via the internet.

This was a great documented experiment that literally made me happy. Seeing the students interact and learn was not only fun to watch but it was a great example of what “could be” in the future. These students lives are all changed because of this “tool” they were provided with, that many people (including myself) take for granted: a computer.

With these “tools”, classrooms environments can all be changed for the better. As you will see, if you view this great T.E.D. talk.

An example of a set up S.O.L.E.

What else do people take from this video? Are there any flaws that you recognize, or anything you extracted for yourself? Let me know. As always, thanks for reading.