Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Post #8

Richard E. Miller: This Is How We Dream Part 1 and 2

This is a two part video series by Richard Miller, a English professor at Rodgers University. He discusses “The Way We Teach Now” and how sharing knowledge is infinitely.

In Part:1, Richard discusses how we write and how we research now. Over twenty years ago, students would go to the library to check out books for their research paper, which would be a pain if there was only one copy of the book. Today, students can access library books online at any time anywhere, and does not need a library card to check them out. The way we write and how we research has dramatically changed over the years all through the development of technology. The technology that we have provides great information not only for students and teachers, but for everyone.

With technology, we can share each others ideas in a whole new light. Richard states in the video how he and his colleagues collaborate with each other through text message, film, and imagery. Back then, the way people would communicate is by meeting in person or by writing each other a letter. Today, we have cell phones that allow you to call, text, and even video chat with a friend or family member.

In Part: 2 , Richard discusses where we work and where we research. He mentions how students are able to access professors’ lectures from all over the world through iTunes U. Students who may want to listen to another professors lecture on the same topic that he or she is learning in class can do so by iTunes U. I think iTunes U is a neat tool for students that want to explore more on the subject being discussed in lecture and hear another perspective of that subject.

Carly Pugh Blog Post #12

Carly Pugh was a former student in EDM310. She was assigned to come up with a similar multi-media writing as Dr. Miller did. I thought she did a wonderful job explaining the different resources that students can go to. As Carly stated, not everyone is as passionate about reading as she is. However, there are other ways to get students involved in reading through a visual aspect. One of the videos that Carly mentioned that I liked was autobiographies. In this video, a student explains the proper procedure on how to write an autobiographical narrative.

Be sure to check out Carly’s blog post!
Why EDM310 is different?

The Chipper Series

This is video is about a student named Chipper. Chipper makes poor decisions while in college and comes to realize she needs to change in order to be successful. I thought this was a great video! It sends a great message not just for students in EDM310, but for all students and everyone in general. The main message of this video is to not quit when things seem too difficult. In order to be successful, you have to go through some hardship before you can reach the top.

EDM310 for Dummies

This video is about two students who are overwhelmed by EDM310. I found this video to be entertaining as well as educational. EDM310 can be overwhelming at times but as long as you have patience and determination, you can get through this class or any class. Overall, the message this video sends is to be positive, do not procrastinate, and to enjoy this learning experience in EDM310.

Be sure to check out these videos!  

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

This video discusses on how technology has changed and that we need to learn and change along with technology. In the video, it states how some schools still ban the use of cell phones while students are in school. I do not think all technology is a bad thing, such as the use of cell phones. I think there are some positive uses of technology that should be used in schools. Cell phones can be a distraction to some students, but there are other great tools out there students can use like the iPad. I think some schools, which if not a lot by now, should incorporate the use of technology. Since this generation not only has grown along with technology but will foresee the future of technology.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0

For this assignment, I was asked to watch Discovery Education Web 2.0 for 2011 and go to Discovery Education's Web 20.1 site and find three tools:

1. A tool that is similar to Twitter and Facebook; that provides a social platform for teachers, parents, and students.
2. Find a tool to make-your-own comic strip. Create a comic.
3. Find a video tool that you have never used.
The first tool I found was edmodo. Edmodo is a similar tool like the social networking site, known as Facebook. However, edmodo allows teachers to connect with students in a educational social aspect. Teachers can post test dates, create a quiz, a poll, and make important status updates. Did I mention it was FREE? Edmodo is FREE for both teachers and students.

Second tool I found was makebeliefscomix. On this site, you can make multiple comics and share them with friends and family.

Here is the comic that I made:

The last tool I found was PhotoPeach. This tool allows you to add as many pictures as you please, for the video slide show that you create.  Next step, after adding pictures, is to make a title and add a song that is listed or finding a song off of YouTube. I found this tool to be one of my favorites of out the three because I think students can show their creativity and teachers can make this video slide show into an educational project.


  1. Hello Stephanie,

    I really liked your blog post. All your thoughts are clearly expressed and your grammar is also very good. My favorite part was your take on the "Chipper Series". My personal take was that responsibility must be learned no matter what path you take in life. I agree with your take as well. Hardships must be overcome in life if we are to be successful. I also liked your comic strip. I think it would be wonderful is more elderly people embraced technology. Keep up the good work!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog post because you just had so much enthusiasm for the subject. You talked about how technology has come such a long way and I could not agree more. Writing letters used to be the way to get in contact with someone but now all you have to do is get on a computer. Your comic strip was awesome! I didn't see any grammatical errors and everything was on point. Good Job!

  3. Hi Stephanie,

    I think iTunes U is a great resource to refer students to if the wish to explore a subject more in depth. I'm glad you mentioned iTunes U because many of your classmates don't really know what that is!

    Everyone seems to like Edmodo! I'm glad that you have found something that you can experiment with.

    Great job Stephanie,

    Stephen Akins