Sunday, August 31, 2014
The central message of Mr. Dancealot is the importance of fitting the style of education to the subject being taught. It is painfully obvious that the subject of dance could not be effectively taught within a lecture setting. However, I do not believe that this point should discount the tried and true Platonic method of imparting knowledge through dialectic reasoning. In conclusion, I do agree with the author of the video because she makes a valid argument that some subjects must be taught through a more interactive medium and not just lecture. Networked Student, I do believe that a networked student is in fact the start to creating an intellectual free thinker, which can indeed be a powerful thing. It all harkens back to the age old proverb of teaching a man to fish or giving him a fish. In essence, by teaching a student to network and acting mainly as a source of guidance or moderator, you teach that student to gather and evaluate information on his own. This skill is something that many unfortunately lack in this day and age. I believe that Ms. Vicki Davis proves an excellent point in her video Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts, and she makes it eloquently. The skills of collaboration and experimentation are large milestones within education. I also agree with her views on teachers not needing to know everything as well. I have always been under the impression that to truly live life one must be always be willing to learn. In regards to the Learning Race, the leaders are any individuals who can take it upon themselves to learn and adapt with the advancement of technology. I have always subscribed to the fact that if you keep an open mind you are likely to learn something. Also, it is important to note that many of my age group are indeed technologically proficient as we have taken it upon ourselves to learn the new mediums for data transfer and creative thought,and I feel that I myself am in a leading position in the learning race. I am familiar with the concept of Flipping the Classroom. I also believe that yes teaching students how to use technology and think for themselves at a higher level leads the limitless potential that everyone has for learning and thought. I am quite sure this will be much more of a common practice by the time I enter the classroom as a teacher.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
To be quite honest I have heard very little in regards to EDM310, and I can quite honestly say that I have no distinct fears of EDM310. If anything I am quite excited about the opportunity to stretch my limbs considering that this class seems intent on "breaking the mold" so to speak. In reference to other classes that I have taken during my time as a student, EDM310 is without a doubt the most technologically involved of any class that I have participated in so far. I have had blended classes before while at South Alabama, but this is the first class in which I have had to set up a Blogger account. To further compound on this aspect I believe that the most difficult part of EDM310 will be making sure that no assignments are allowed to slip through the metaphorical slats, and I suppose that the solution to my "Gordian Knot" is to check the master checklist as well as the class blog on a daily basis. I cannot really say that I have any vital questions about EDM310. I guess I do have a vague curiosity as to how deep we will venture into coding. On a wholly different note I hate to leave you with only my musings about this course, so please enjoy this lovely landscape painting titled Waterfall by the talented 77chen.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Outline A. My life in general 1. My family 2. Where I've lived 3. High school experiences B. My interests 1. Tabletop Gaming 2. Reading 3. Writing C. My goal of teaching 1. Why I chose South Alabama 2. My swap to English and Education 3. Theories on Education I come from a traditional southern family that has had ties to the profession of education since the 1940s. As such, I've live in the rural town of Hurley, Mississippi for my entire life. Being from a small, rural town, my experience at East Central High school was the standard affair consisting of making a few timeless friends and learning some life lessons along the way. I suppose this status quo high school experience may have been the subtle nudge that pushed me into the field of education. I remember wanting to make classes more memorable and interactive. Since I come from a small town such as Hurley I spent most of my time hanging out with close friends playing some form of tabletop game such as Risk, Talisman, or Dungeons & Dragons. We would stay up into the wee hours of the morning laughing and just enjoying the game and each other's company. I believe that these memories that I have of board gaming are what led to my love for the theories of gamifying education. However, when not among friends I usually spent my time reading the fantasy greats such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, or George MacDonald. I would spend hours pouring over their works and experiencing adventures and realms that are only possible through the pages of books and one's imagination. This proclivity for devouring literature inevitably led to my desire to be a published writer one day. Thus, I usually spend my spare time writing and editing my work. Currently, I am working on a fantasy novel titled The Shepherd and the Succubus that advocates the importance of free thought and acceptance. In reference to my choice of schools, I chose South Alabama because they had an excellent Biomedical Sciences program. I know that its an odd qualifier for an education major, but I was originally a Biomedical Sciences Major. My swap to English and Education was spurred on by a moment of catharsis that I experienced during last semester. I realized that even though I was skilled in the scientific fields I was not happy with the idea of my future career. I also believed that I could make a difference in the field of education by implementing theories such as gamifying education and encouraging free thinking within the classroom. On a separate note I believe that the job of the modern educator is to prepare their students to both think freely for themselves and be proficient with the ever field of technology.