Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New York City

Here is my petchu kutch for this semester. And my google presentation

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My petcha Kutcha

here is my petcha kutcha
here is the link to my google presentation

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Integrated Unit Plan

I finished my integrated unit plan and I think it turned out really well. I never had to do anything like this in school so I thought it would be fun and interesting.

My Wiki Site

I finally finished my wiki site. This was really challenging for me so I am glad to finally have it finished.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2nd Life: Good or Bad for learning?

When I think of 2nd life I think about how people can go on there and create a character and move it around a map sort of like the game the sims. I think that using 2nd life could be a fun way to teach about geography and other social studies kind of topics. I understand it would take a while for everyone to create their character and to learn how to use it but I think in the long run it has a lot of positive effects that can be used in the classroom. I think it would be good to do at the beginning of the year so that everyone can get to know each other in a new way that involves technology. I also think that it would be important to use technology in the classroom for fun and informative ways. I think that after everyone got used to using it, it would be fun to have kind of a geography scavenger hunt on it and have then use a map and directions to find points of interest.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sam's Edutopia Youth Portrait

First of all, I really liked that Sam taught herself how to do all the technology things she showed. I think it would be really hard to teach yourself to do that so that fact that she did is awesome. For me technology is something that I find really interesting but I don't know how to do a lot of things with what there is out there. I think that people who can bring technology into their everyday lives are awesome because they can do so many cool things with the technology they know about.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wiki Site Progress

Here is what my wikisite looks like so far. I just have the Integrated Unit Plan left to figure out.

Parallel Play

I really liked this video because I think collaboration is hugely important in the classroom. This is a way that we as teachers can know if what we are teaching is getting through to our students by having them show what they know how to do. Overall a very informative and interesting video.

K-12 blogging

Here is the link to the classroom blog I have become blogging buddies with. They were reading To Kill A Mockingbird in their class and this student talked about her small town compared to the small town in theo book.

Google Survey Blog

I thought this was a fun way for everyone to get to know each other better. It was interesting and very easy to do. I have posted the link to my survey so people can answer the questions.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Week 9 K-12 blog comments

Here is the class that I have been blogging with this semester

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wizard of Apps

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

The Wizard of Apps

I deleted my post about this video because I realized I was very hard on it and didn't really take it for what it was worth. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my comments but I was just saying what I thought. I will watch the video again and see if I can get more out of it

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Story about a storm in 5 pics

Digiteen Project 2007

Digital Citizenship sounds kind of boring at first when you hear it but it is a very beneficial part of education. Driving while you text is something that almost everyone does. I know I do and I know most of my friends do it. I have tried to cut back on doing it because I know it is unsafe. I think this would be a very beneficial video for students to watch, especially older one because they are the ones who are probably doing it the most. But it could also be used as a prevention tool by schools. I mean schools teach about drunk driving and doing drugs so this would be a good topic for students to start being taught about. I really like the video about students being aware of what they put on the internet. Students need to be aware that everything they put up on the internet can be seen by anyone at any time. Most students are probably unaware of this. I know I was unaware until very recently. I think these Digiteen videos would good tools for teachers to use in their classrooms. I have uploaded this video for everyone to watch.

Project Learning Video

I really like this video because I think that Project based learning would be a really fun way to teach what the students need to learn. I like that it helps to get the students out of the classroom and into having fun learning. I really want to find ways to do project based learning in my classroom. It is a good way to build teamwork within the classroom and a way to get the students closer. I think project based learning is a very positive way of thinking about education because there are many positive aspects of learning in that kind of setting. Here is the video for anyone wanting to watch it.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sarah's Blog about Sex Education!!

I thought this was a good student video watch because this is a subject area that doesn't get the time that it should in the classroom. Sarah made an awesome video about how sex education used to just be about making babies and now she believes that schools should go into more detail about STDs and other areas of sex education that get left out of the education our students get. Here's the truth, I understand that sex has been a taboo subject since probably the beginning of time but as adults we have to understand that teens ARE having sex and that they are getting into situations after having sex that they shouldn't be because our schools and parents aren't telling them about birth control and contraception. I love that she used her own drawings in the video to show what she was talking about. It makes her very easy to relate to. Here is the video so that you can watch it and a link to the website:

Blogging Buddy

Here is the blog that I chose to write on in New Zealand.
to get to the blog I specifically picked you go to this website and then choose the wocket spot blog. It should be like the third one from the top.


I love Luis' story because I am sort of going through the same thing with my mom right now. My mom doesn't know very much about technology but she realizes that our world is becoming more of a technology world so she understands that she needs to understand how to do things with technology. I like how he is showing his whole family how to use different types of technology so that they can stay connected with their family. I like the 4-H tech wizards program that he does because it helps to teach them about teamwork and it seems like this program has a lot of components to it that will help the students to improve their technology skills. I really like learning about these kids because they seem to wake up and do a lot of the things like I do and I think that shows just how dependent on technology we are so we should try to become so familiar with it so that we can do things in our world today.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blog Comments

T4T Students:

Jaime Malone

Elizabeth Chan

K-12 Students:

this is the blog I chose to comment on for both of these because this students are from Oklahoma

Nafiza: Just an oridnary Techie!!!

I really like that Nafiza is just like the rest of the kids from our generation. I like that she checks facebook about as much as I do. I love that she incorporates technology into everything that she is doing in her life. She has a 2nd life and she made her avitar completely different from what she really looks like. I like that she is helping other people use 2nd life and that is helping them learn more about technology. I like that she learns about different issues through her gaming and through second life. Here is the link to the video that I am talking about. Everyone should watch it to see how we can incorporate technology into our everyday lives.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blogging Buddies in the Classroom??

Blogging Buddies in the Classroom??

I really liked this video a lot because I really like seeing new ways how technology can be helpful when you are teaching a lesson. The most significant thing that I took away from this video is that blogging can be used in the classroom as a tool to help with reading and writing. I think that students would find this as a really cool and fun way to learn about reading and writing. Both sets of students would be very helpful to each other because they would be correcting the things that the students were writing wrong that would help their reading and writing skills.
I know for me when I was in elementary school, I got very excited about doing interactive computer activities. I think students today still learn better from these activities and they can also have fun while learning.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I just found a blog from some students in New Zeland and they were building a medieval catapult for their history class. So jealous that I didn't get to do that when I was in school that I left them a comment.
I am really jealous that we didn't get to do anything that cool when I was in school. Hopefully you found it fun, as well as, interesting.

Video on Cameron

Ok... first of all can I just say that this kid is a genius when it comes to technology!! I am really jealous of him. He is so driven to make sure he has learned everything about technology and he want to continue to learn more things about it. If we had more children who were as driven then him I think our world might be different. I really like that the people filming him focused on how using and understanding technology can help you with problem solving and how it can help you to become a more creative person. I also really like how Cameron is able to help teach his teachers things that they didn't know about technology. He focuses on how technology helps him to learn because he can visualize the concepts he is trying to learn. I also like that he enlightens his teachers so that they can use the things he has taught them to help the other students learn easier. I am a visual learner like Cameron so I think the fact that he uses technology to help him learn is really cool. I think that I would have been a better student when I was younger if I could have had exposure to the kinds of things they have now. I hope I can be as creative as him when become a teacher because I don't want my class to be a boring place and I want to keep the students up with the technology because I think that is important. This video showed me many ways that I can incorporate technology into my teaching like using powerpoint, and making videos that can help the student interact and learn at the same time. I think all teachers should watch this video to see the endless options they have to making their classroom not boring and making it a place where kids can have fun and interact with each other. Here is the video so you can watch it if you want.


Introduction Blog Post

Hey everyone!!! My name is Sarah Ransomand this is my first blog post ever. I am from Edmond, Oklahoma and have lived here for 21 years. I have been in college for 4 years and there seems to be no end in sight. I attended the University of Oklahoma for my first 3 of college but I transferred to UCO because OU's education program is a joke to me. UCO has a great one though so I am glad to get to be a part of it. I currently live in Edmond but I really miss Norman. I hope to graduate in about 2 years and I can't wait to start teaching. I really want to teach 3rd grade but I think teaching any grade would be a really fun and exciting opportunity that will make me very happy. I really want to be a teacher because I feel that teaching is a way that I can feel like I have helped change the lives of children by helping them to learn about the world around them. Thanks for listening to my rant.

Sarah Ransom