Sunday, February 22, 2015


What do you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps?

1. In video one, I learned that project based learning is not only a need to show that a student has achieved something, but a mean to get them to learn something. To assign a good project, the projects should:
(1) Have an authentic audience so that the students are rewarded for the work and motivated.
(2) Reflect student interest.
(3) Should involve community (connect students with the "real world")

2. In video two, I learned that every thing may not go as planned in a classroom. For example, a child may have to do an alternate project because of religious beliefs or by the advisory of the parent. By this fact, I know that as a teacher I should create alternate lesson plans, so that all of my students can receive an enjoyable learning experience. Also, I learned that project based learning is not intended for students to memorize information and "burp back", but the intent is for the student to be a learner.

3. In video three, I learned that iCurio is an online tool that teachers can use to assist students with their learning development. iCurio allows students to safely surf websites while being educated because it filters the websites that the students are viewing. The teacher who uses iCurio do not have to worry about their students viewing websites with inappropriate content. This gives the teacher more room to teach instead of patrolling the computer screens for inappropriate websites.

4. In video four, I learned that discovery ed. help students retain more information while learning and enriches their research experience.

5. In video five, I learned that if you are not a learner yourself then it is impossible to be an educator (educators constantly learn).

6. In video six, I learned that it is best to use technology instead of teaching technology. The difference between teaching technology and using technology is that teaching technology is only teaching your students how to use technology, but using it means that you integrate their technological skills with the lesson plan. For example, if you are assigning your students to learn how to operate a smart board as that day's lesson then that is teaching technology, but if you are assigning your students to do a powerpoint on birds and allowing your students to present their powerpoint using the smart board then that is using technology.
If you use technology then they will learn how to use technology while learning information, which can make it more fun! The purpose behind using technology is to keep students excited about what they are doing and to share what they are doing.

7. In video seven, I learned that my student may not learn everything in one day, but they may learn in a year's time of school. So, when I am creating my lesson plan then think about what I am going to be teaching over a year's time period. Also, when I am creating a lesson plan, I need to find a way to get my students' attention, keep their attention, and measure what they have learned.

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