Thursday, February 7, 2013

Special Blog Post #1


When I did the WolframAlpha search I found some pretty interesting statistics. I found out there are 309 million people living in America compared to 1.35 billion in China and 1.21 billion in India. Out of the three we rank the best in life expectancy with a 78.1 year life expectancy. India has a 69.9 year life expectancy and China has a 73.5 year life expectancy. Out of the three country's, India has the highest population growth at 1.44% per year. America is second out of the three with a 0.969% population growth per year and China is last with a 0.63% growth per year.

I did a search comparing Alabama to Oregon and a search comparing France and Germany. In the search comparing Alabama and Oregon I found that Alabama has 4.803 million people compared to 3.872 million people in Oregon. This surprised me a little bit. I thought with a city like Portland being in Oregon that they would have a higher population than Alabama. Oregon's population growth is higher than Alabama's, with a 1.2% growth per year compared to a 0.75% growth. In the search comparing France and Germany I found that France ranks 21st in the world with a population of 64.8 million people. Germany ranks 16th with 82.1 million people. I was surprised to find that Germany actually has a negative population growth. France is growing at a rate of 0.537% per year while Germany is decreasing at a rate of -0.0952% per year.

As a future History teacher I can't began to explain how helpful WolframAlpha can be to me and both my class room. Geographical statistics play a large part in History. In History we want to know who, what, and why. The statistics that you can find in the WolframAlpha search can help answer all three of those questions. I will definitely use WolframAlpha in my class room.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count

It's somewhat overwhelming to see how many things are going on at once in the world of technology. It seems like everyone has a Facebook, and seeing that website doesn't do anything to change that. I'm astonished to see how many Facebook likes are going on in a matter of a few minutes. I can remember when my sister got a pager years ago thinking how amazing it was to be able to just page someone. Now in a matter of one minute 50 people have purchased a iPhone.

The world is constantly changing. I consider myself a glass half full type of person and I see this technology growth as a positive for the classroom. I think we can utilize the advancements in a positive manner. I think I-Pad's and tablets are the most important new tool we can use in the classroom. They do offer distractions for students, but the knowledge that students can learn from them far out way the distractions. Social media can be helpful too. The first thing that comes to my mind is creating a Twitter account or a Facebook page for classes. It's something that I hope I can utilize as a teacher.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Blog Assignment #3

Peer Editing

I really enjoyed learning from all three of the sources provided. For my peer it was really all positive. She wrote her blog well. I will offer suggestions publicly. I believe I can post suggestions in a manner that doesn't come across as "rude".

I learned a lot from the "What is Peer Editing?" video. I had never even heard the term, "peer editing", before. This video did a terrific job of explaining that peer editing is and what my job is as a peer editor. I like how it gave specifics of what to do. Compliments, suggestions, and corrections is a great method to do in peer editing.

The video, "Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes", was also great. I love the humor the kids used. They gave specific examples of bad peer reviewers. I can remember being in school and having a "Picky Patty" reviewing my paper. I've also been a reviewer for a "Whatever William". This video was so great because it was so simple and to the point.

Assistive Technologies

The Mountbatten braille writer is a terrific invention. I would definitely use this in my classroom. It's great, because it's useful for teachers who don't even know braille. I think this type of technology needs to be in every classroom for students who have issues with blindness.

This issue matters to me as a teacher, because I want every single student to have the opportunity to learn to the best they possibly can. When I was a student at the University of Alabama I had the privilege of helping with some special needs students at a local school. A few of the students there had a special iPad that had special software for them because they were blind. According to the teacher, it helped their students tremendously. I'm definitely open to use technology in the class room that is specifically geared towards helping a blind or death student.

The learning math video was great. I'm actually surprised how easy it is to use the tools. I feel that it will be a challenge to teach a blind student, but after watching these videos I feel relieved.