Sunday, October 22, 2017

Answers to powerpoint questions

Pinterest is a great website to use in education not only as a teacher but as a student as well. Teachers can go on Pinterest for lesson plans and how to get creative with them. As a student, you can look up how to get creative with a project and brainstorm ideas on how you want to go about getting creative with something you are working on. Pinterest can also be used in business for ways to organize and create in the business world. Pinterest is defined as a website or online service that allows you to share images and URLs through social networking. You create pinboards of the ideas you like and want to remember so you can utilize them in the future in your own way. It absolutely can be used for educational and business purposes. is basically an online newspaper with news starting from arts and entertainment and worldwide news. The main purpose of this website is to "automatically find, publish and promote engaging articles, photos and videos from across the web". As a teacher, I could use this with my students when I assign them a current event assignment or an assignment along those lines. It gives them a chance to surf the web and engage in current news. They can find the articles that they are most interested in, write up their current event and print out the article along with their write up.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Chapter 5 - Using Tools to Support Connected Learning

  Chapter 5 in the text, The Connected Educator is about using tools to support connected learning. The chapter starts off with one of the text's authors, Sheryl mentioning how she believes students need both hands-on and visceral learning. It made me think into my future of becoming a teacher. I personally learn better by being hands-on. With that in mind, I agree with Sheryl and feel students should be taught in multiple methods. Not every child learns the same, sometimes using a different method makes all the difference in their learning experience. After reading chapter 5 and learning about numerous amounts of tools that could be used by both teachers and students, I look forward to my future in education.

   The chapter starts off discussing how tools could be used for bookmarking. Social bookmarking allows individuals to categorize and archive any content that they desire to keep for future use. Delicious is an example of a social bookmarking tool. Delicious uses tags to help you find sites that other users have categorized that match what you are looking for.

  Next the text discusses how tools could be used for social networking. There are many options you can choose from when it comes to social networking, our text shared some that are student friendly. One of the examples was classroom 2.0 Ning social network. Classroom 2.0 is made up of about fifty-eight thousand educators that are looking to incorporate web 2.0 tools  into the teaching and classrooms.

  The following section is about how tools are used for extended learning in the classroom. An example that the text shared was teachertube. Teachertube is an online community for sharing educational videos. This site can be compared to youtube. Teachertube is beneficial for future teachers because it allows you to see what other educators have used in their teaching methods. Another feature of teachertube is that you can leave comments, which allows others to see if they found the video to be of any quality and beneficial.

  I feel that web 2.0 tools are going to continue to become more popular in the classroom. So, it is important to keep up to date on all the new tools being produced. This chapter was an eye opener to just some of the possibilities that are out there that one day I can incorporate into my classroom. It is important for students to be up to date with technology because it will increase their knowledge and also keep them with or above the level of the rest of the world.

Here is a video to help understand what you can use web 2.0 tools for in the classroom!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Chapter 2 (Developing a Connected Learner) - Week 3 Blog

  Chapter 2, “Developing a Connected Learning Model”, helps the idea of connecting learning communities. The chapter starts off with a notable example on what lies in the future of education. In 2008 students from Israel, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Canada, and the United States all had taken part in the same online class. There were 2,000 students in that class. The class was able to be successful even though it was made up of so many students from all over the world because of being connected and the use of technology. The technology that was used and could be used for classes of this concept of connected learners are some of the following; a wiki, twitter, blogs, netvibes, skype, flicker, elluminate, etc.

  Connected learning communities see diversity as a strength and not a weakness. What makes connected learning communities stronger is by having individuals from all over learn by making and developing connections that consist of ideas, experiences, and information. Having diversity allows all the individuals that are involved to see other perspectives and gain other methods on different topics. The connect learning communities come together by interacting, sharing, understanding, accepting, commenting, and creating. I feel that everything that goes into a connected learning community is beneficial for the future of education, careers and a way of life. It will help individuals of all backgrounds come together.

  Chapter 2 also discusses a lot of how connected learning communities plays a huge role in education. The chapter talks about when teachers collaborate and share they can become aware of their colleagues with better results. They also end up taking on more effective approaches that can lead to teaching and learning. The chapter also discussed how technology should be applied towards daily personal and professional lives to education, with applying connected learning it will help the student improve on learning.

  With all this in mind it helps me prepare for my future career in education. I think the concept of collaborating with others from around the world is an amazing idea. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel to many locations around the world. I feel that I have learned more by traveling than I have in a classroom. It had given me a better comprehension of the world, people, outside perspectives and so much more. So, after reading about connected learning communities, I would love to apply this to my practice of teaching and to my students in the classroom. I feel that it would give them the opportunity to be connected to a diverse population and allow them to be successful no matter where life decided to take them. As a future teacher, knowing that my students have become successful in and outside if the classroom will leave me with the satisfaction that I have done my job correctly and successfully. I look forward to having my students and myself adapt into the connected learning communities. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chapter 6 - Building Your Connected Learning Community

Chapter 6 of the “The Connected Educator”, is about using tools to building your connected learning 
community. The authors discussed how developing a network community for learning with others in your field can actual help individuals learn more. These network communities work together in research, developing programs and implementing in schools. They also discuss how they had explored the important concepts underlying connected learning and seeing themselves as learners first. The authors started the chapter off by telling their own firsthand experiences that lead to their career choices. I feel this is valuable because it gives the reader a form of connection with the authors.

Chapter 6 mentions information on bloggers, which is a great tool, since we must create blogs in this class. The authors suggest becoming successful within your field is to create relationships. These relationships could be found among fellow colleagues.  They also suggest before adding someone to your network it is a clever idea to do some research on the individual. Check out their profile, blogs, other social media accounts. This comes into play because the text mentions that some research suggests that an individual cannot maintain social relationships with more than 150 people at a given time.

My future career in education can benefit from what I have learned reading chapter 6. Technology is a huge role in how people function and spend their days. Technology is also constantly changing. I want to be able to engage with my students and use all resources that will allow them and myself to keep learning and developing more. Blogs will also help me see what other educators are doing outside of my own classroom. This will allow me to see other perspectives and come up with new more innovative methods of teaching.  

I am looking to become a biology teacher. One of the first things the author mentioned was their experiences using a science board called Newton. This made me think more about how technology can help me in the classroom, even if it is a science classroom. There are possibilites to form communities in all fields. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chapter 6 Blog

This chapter of "The Connected Educator" reflects on the authors explaining how their stories got them to where they are in their field today. Social networking allowed these two to explore deeper into their careers by experimenting with others whom are in the same field. Building a connected learning community is important if you want to learn how to be more successful in what you are doing in life. Personal learning networks can build relationships and from that, you grow more in that community that you are in by leading and learning besides one another. These network communities work together in research, developing programs and implementing in schools.

Blogging can be one of your first steps into becoming successful within your field and creating the relationships with your colleagues with whom you know and who you may meet along the way. Twitter, Delicious and other social medias are easy to follow and they become one big link-sharing party. When it comes to designing your own personal network, you have to learn who to trust in the making. Asking questions like "Does this person blog?" or "Are we interested in what this person is sharing" is important to ask when you need to find the right people to trust in the network.

This chapter relates to my future career and major in many professional ways. I remember in my freshman year of high school, I had this history class that was very unique. My teacher was very interested in connecting with other people around the United States. She would connect with teachers from Texas, California and many other states and would share her teaching methods with them and vice versa. A few times during the school year, we had the chance to Skype other classes from those states and get to chat about differences and similarities that we share. It was really neat seeing how different they have it in schools compared to my high school. I would love the opportunity to do that with my students if I have the chance to teach fifth or sixth grade so they are old enough to comprehend. My high school history teacher would not be able to do anything interesting like that if it were not for learning communities and social networking within this field.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Report: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely

                                                                Book Report: 
      The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves 
                                                           Author: Dan Ariely

             "There's one wat to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says "yes", he is a crook". 
                                                                  -Groucho Marx
                                                            General Overview
     The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves, written by a Duke University Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Dan Ariely. Ariely is also a New York Times bestselling author. Ariely's book caught my attention do to the fact that eveyone plays the part of Pinocchio at some point in their lives. All Pinocchio wanted was to be a real boy, but ended up telling lies along the way. Do we have the same perception? Do we feel the need to lie or stretch the truth to feel like a real person, to feel liked, or to feel as we fit in? So, thinking about a childhood movie, such as Pinocchio made me think how people are in their everday honest and dishonest lives. This lead me to be intrigued by what Ariely had to say about the topic. 
      Ariely breaks the chapters up by introducing different motives for individuals to be dishonest. Each motive is an action or reasoning we have seen someone in our lives, perhaps even ourselves portray. May it be we were dishonest to receive more money, or cheated on an exam for a higher grade, the motives are endless. Most of the time we feel that little white lies won't hurt anyone. We do not see being dishonest as being bad. Ariely writes about how being dishonest in fact can hurt you in the long run or hurt others. He also touches base on what may cause an individual to be more honest, such as religion. With this day and age of social media, individuals are always trying to look more exciting or desirable to millions of others (some being complete strangers). So, why are so many individuals dishonest and looking for the approval of others, causing this dishonesty? If this is something that has crossed your mind, then Ariely's book is a great read!

                                                                   Favorite Part
    Ariely's book was a page turner, not a chapter left me disappointed. I loved how on page 106, he named the section. "Dead Grannies". He talked about how professors encounter the phenomenon of a close loved one dying right before an exam or an assignment is due. This caught my eye, because it is so true! I couldn't imagine how many times a professor must get that excuse. He mentioned that about 10% of his students go to him asking for an extension because of a death in the family, especially a grandmother. It got me thinking that these students must have a lot of grandmothers for them to be dying off left and right, semester after semester. Or their grandmothers are like cats and have nine lives. For some reason this part of the book actually made me laugh. Since it was something easily relatable and I have seen before, I find it to be extremely interesting. I related to the topic on a few levels. One, while I was getting my first bachelors degree, my mother actually passed away during the end of my very last semester of college. I still did my work because all she wanted was to see me graduate. I never told my professor what I was going through, due to the fact of this book. I thought how many other people are telling him they lost someone. On a another level, I coach girls soccer at a high school. It is amazing when their is a big party happening, or I hear that a bunch of the teens are going away for the weekend, that out of nowhere a player of mine lost a family memeber and will not be at soccer on Saturday (yes, for some reason they make a lot of the high school games on Saturdays, horrible I know!) or during pre-season they have as the book would call it, "dead grannies", especially the day they are suppose to run the mile and take the fitness test. 

       Chapter 6: Cheating Ourselvs in Ariely's book it talks about self-deception. It mentions that seld-deception is a useful strategy for believing the stories we tell, which will leave individuals not even flinching when they are claiming they are anything other than what they are pretending to be. Reading this part of the book made me think back to the lecture slides. Especially, the collection of slides on drugs. During the slides it talked about addictions. Many individuals that suffer from addictions, live in denial. They live in denial so much that they actually themselves believe they do not have an addiction or a proble, This made me think of how the book mentioned self-deception, because they are seeing and believing themselves to be what they want to believe they are. Addictions can come in all forms; drugs, alcohol, sex, shopping, caffiene, use of cell phones, etc. For example, someone may think they do not have a shopping problem, however, they can not leave a store with out buying something. They might not even had a need for the item, or even the finanical ability to afford it, yet they feel they need it and will leave with it. They will justify their actions to make themselves feel like their choice was not a bad choice. Their self-deception is off from what is really going on. 


This is a picture (not the best and old), of myself in London at Platform 9 3/4. This is also a picture of being dishonest, to go along with the Ariely's book. My friend that I went to London with loves Harry Potter. I have actually never sat through a whole Harry Potter movie or read any of the books (I know hard to believe). However, knowing she was a huge fan, I told her I had seen the movies and wanted to go see this movie location while we were in London. Reality, I could of careless if I saw it or not. Sometimes being dishonest is just to try and make someone else happy. I felt bad pretending I wanted to be there, but at the same time it made her really happy. 


Do you lie more than the average person? Check out this link to find out! 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Zones of Optimal Functioning

                                           Zones of Optimal Functioning

     According to our class slides zones of optimal functioning is an idea in sports psychology that each individual has his/her own inverted U-curve. I found this to be interesting because I coach a girls high school soccer team. So, anything related to sports psychology catches my attention. I have to some how be in control of all the girls as a whole, but at the same time remembering that each of them have their own methods. Their own methods on what helps them perform better or what motivates them compared to what will do the opposite. 

    I also take into consideration they are high school girls, they have a lot of stress and anxiety going on. My goal is for them to use that and help them perform better. The high school I coach at is a catholic high school, so they believe in saying a prayer before each game. This concept is to help them come together and get their mind set for the game. I found this article and thought it was interesting;



                  While studying the class slides on food, it caught my attention. The section that I felt I could relate to was the slide on food neophobia. Food Neophobia is the tendency to avoid foods and to prefer familiar foods. I experienced this on one of my travels, which was to Peru. While I was in Peru the markets had all types of animals butchered up and just laying out on tables in the heat. Such as the whole head of an animal. I opted to not purchase anything to eat from the markets. Later on during the trip, there was a lady selling food on the streets. She was selling guinea pigs (the whole thing) on skewers. Again, I opted to not try it. I have included my own photos that I had taken while I was in Peru.
                 This experience and reading the section on food made me think that how food appears defiantly affects the way we feel about it. However, if I was brought up eating or being around those type of foods then I may feel different about eating them. For example in the slides there was a video about cooking and eating spiders. For some they may find that to be normal, for me...I will pass.



  As our class slides mentioned, addiction is an intense craving, seeking out and use of a particular drug. As many know there is a huge controversy over if it is a disease or a choice. I am not one to judge, nor want to place blame on either side. This is because part of me never had the urge to try drugs, nor even a cigarette. So, I personally do not understand what individuals that do choose to use a substance feels. Another part of me has watched friends fall into drugs and even to the point of addiction. I do feel that addiction does lead to hurting more than just the individual with the addiction. Their loved ones suffer too. They become concerned and want to help. However, you can only help those who want help. The loved ones are afraid of pushing them away or not being able to "save" them.

   When individuals hear the word "addiction" the first things that come to mind are drugs, nicotine, or alcohol. All substances that are easy to abuse. Many are quick to pass judgement, which I find rather ironic. I find it to be rather ironic because those are not the only things that are addictions. For example, how many people feel naked or lost without their smartphones?! Some individuals can not go a short period of time without their phone. To me that is an addiction too. So, before one passes judgement on others, they should take a step back and see that they too may have their own issue. Everyone makes a poor choice at times, we would like to hope it doesn't end poorly.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nonverbal Communication

Ever have that "ability" to communicate with a really good friend of yours without actually saying anything? Some people claim that they share a sort of "telepathy" with a specific person and can relay messages without saying a single word to them. How does this happen? We find that this form of communication is stronger with those we have a good relationship with, mainly because those we appreciate more share the same behaviors as we do. That sort eye shrug followed by rolling your eyes can say so many different things without verbally speaking. This is what we call nonverbal communication, and is a learned social behavior.

Nonverbal communication is essentially the language technique used to convey meaning and information to others by way of facial expressions, gestures, eye gaze, nodding your head, appearance, and a large number of things. These forms of communication vary as many of us use them differently. For example, if we are sad and want someone to know about it, we may frown or cry. If we want to get someones attention, we may wave our hands, snap our fingers, or wink at them. Me and my best friend usually have a way of communicating when certain people walk in the room, where one of us will shoot the other a look and we automatically know what were saying. But the beauty of it is we are on the same page almost all the time. To me, this is largely due to our ability to share the same behaviors.

Monday, June 26, 2017


We have been learning about ways to strengthening operant behavior through reinforcement. Like we already learned behaviors can be strengthened through reinforcement. But what we did not touch on is that a behavior can be wakened through extinction. Extinction is the non-reinforcement of a former reinforced response; the results of this process is a decrease in the strength of that responses strength. For example, a child learned that every time he whines he will receive candy, he will continue to whine every time he wants candy but, if you switch it up and withhold the candy the frequency of the whining will decline. This is an example of a gradual weakening of a conditioned response that resulted in the behavior decreasing or disappearing. When you stop rewarding the behavior will eventually stop. This is something that is important for everyone to know, it is a useful tool that we will all come across as adults whether we are dealing with a child or an animal.

Extinction in operant condition