Flipping the classroom Blog 6 indti- 501

February 23rd, 2013

The information this week about flipping a classroom was a very informative topic. I watched the video first and then read the information. The video helped me to understand the concept of flipping the classroom and gave me some good ideas of ways that I can incorporate small steps to begin this in my own teaching methods. It also made me think about the things I will need to carry this out. I would have to get the buy in of my students and if I am teaching in a area that there are many students with a low income how could I utilize this project. I could allow them to go to the library and watch videos that I post on a topic.

The concept of the flipped classroom discussed by the teacher in the first video I watched was amazing because he discussed how he does not have to stand in the classroom and teach his students. He allows his students to apply concepts that they have learned from home and come to the classroom and apply the concepts. He also discussed that allows him to be more engaged with his students.

The second video had a teacher named Jonathan Birdman in it. He discussed that he has the opportunity to challenge his students and to be more engaged with them. Both teachers seem unique in their teaching style because they have found ways to teach students innovatively and with passion. The second video discussed how he is able to spend more time with his students on finding out what they are good at.. Flipping the classroom leaved more room for engagement. This will allow teachers to be able to spend more time with their students instead of having to lecture to them. I may need a white board and I could use shorter lessons. I could use videos to tape my lesson and use examples and demonstrations that may help my students. I found this video on how a teacher flips her classroom and I plan to use some of her suggestions. Take alook at how she flips her classroom. I loved it.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMpMUeW5kuk

There are many ways that I thought about that would be useful to flip my own classroom. I could let me students pick a topic that they found interesting and use a scavenger hunt and post it on a link on a discussion board for our classroom and use videos and links with interested information on the topic and then allow my students to present the information to me using concepts of the scavenger hunt that they learned by listening to videos I posted and though the use of lessons I post for them from home. They could use a video or other neat ways of showing me what they learned.



Thartman Music Video Blog Post

February 15th, 2013

I had a lot of fun doing this weeks blog post. I have had some challenges with trying to figure out how to add my powerpoint slides but I will go back and do that before the final due date. I am very encouraged that I have not given up with learning to use the technology. I am really amazed with how much I have learned so far. I found that doing a little at a time is better than sitting for 5 or 6 hours trying to figure out what I cant do. I found it helpful to not get overwhemlemed and do small increments at a time.

I was able to get a free pro account at the beginning of the semester and it is still live and I signede in and went to www.animoto.com

I then thought of a theme I decided to do children with exceptionalities and use animals that help make them smile and also dogs and horses that assist them in their daily life. I downlaoded slides from google images that were free images and then I uploaded my pictures. I need to go back and add my credits slide. I did put my music video link on my web portfolio this week and my linked in page. I am adding more activities and helpful links to my learning network as the weekend progresses.

The challenges that I ran into on this one were limited. I used images of my own and images that were free public images on google to make my music video. I loved this assignement. I wanted to add my singing voice as the music but I found that challenging to do with me recording this in Animoto. Perhaps I will try again. If any one has feedback let me know?


Here is my link to my music video









Thartman blog Scratch Game 4

February 9th, 2013

I must first say that at first glance the Scratch assignment was fun. It had fun ways of trying to create a figure and adding sounds etc. As I did more on the site I became frustrated. I worked for over 3 hours at first and my items were deleted. I do not have all day to figure out how to design a game on a computer. I wish I did. So I took a break and figure I will come back to it when I am not so frustrated I have other school work to do, a husband to tend to, and other assignments in this class as well as others. Not to say it isn’t important but this is my reflection of the process and a cooling off period to allow me to figure out what worked and what did not work. I do not know how to use this set of technology but I did give it a try for 5 hours before just trying to write this blog. I must say I do not know much more than when I started it was not easy to learn and I did not like it. I am not sure about how to share this I tried this for about an hour also. You can try to figure it out and help me please?

I did however, start my professional web portfolio the first week of school and I realized today I do not have permission to make changes did I do something wrong there to? I was able to go back later and figure some more things out about the professional portfolio website. I was able to do a search engine and place in the Google search engine on my web portfolio. I am still trying to figure out how to share it which I think I figured it out.

I would tell my students to calm down when they can’t get things like I have experienced this week and take a break and come back to it. I did listen to the directions but it seems to not give much advice on how to do some of the things I need to do or perhaps I did not take as much time to listen and I should have. I also started working on a voice thread for all the things I am learning and what I like so far and what has presented me with challenges. I am figuring out how to add stuff and create a web portfolio. It has a nice start. The obstacles I ran into were everything especially with the scratch game. I plan to reach out to my classmates for help to see if they are experiencing the same sort of troubles. I did start reading others portfolios and trying to figure out how to get mine better started. This is collaboration right?

I thought I did a nice job the first few weeks of class but realized it has not been shared. I am pretty sure it is shared now. So let’s cross our fingers. This digital immigrant is going to get this if it is the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing do before bed. I just do not know how to do this. I think I may go back and listen for the 5th time to how to video game with scratch and the web portfolio. I hope in the long run giving my weekend up will help me with learning technology. I am very frustrated with the whole thing but will not give up. You must remember I am a digital immigrant diva so I have to get this. I know I will so I will let you all know what happens. I did sit down and think about a fun game with a butterfly giving instruction to learning with a game of new words and perhaps designing a game that might aide me in this. Needless to say I was not very good in my efforts. I will tell my students do not give up!!!! Try and try again and see if I can get it to work.


When the road gets tough this tough girl gets going!!!!


Thartman Common Good Education blog 2 edci 506

February 3rd, 2013

As a looked at the video and did my readings this week on education and reading about John Dewey I decided the best approach was to think about my own education and how it related to the past as well as the future of education and what kind of teaching influence would I like to have on my students and how my education and my upbringing influenced that. I first watched the PBS episode on canvas and began to think about the questions that Dr. Huffman wanted us to think about. I thought this will help me to start outlining important things that I found about my reading in the John Dewey Experience and Education for my book report.
I chose the question about democracy and education I thought about what we are fortunate to have in free education today and that it really should be that free education. I thought about how many slaves from our past would have been Presidents or leaders had they had an opportunity to be educated during slavery. In our readings this week with the PBS special that I watched I learned about the common school movement and how independence was fought over with other countries. This really made me think. The special taught us about what Thomas Jefferson’s view was on education. He believed that all Americans should have the right to education. I believe this also. He felt that all people should have the right to vote that in a democracy people needed to vote. I feel that this was a wonderful battle to fight given the time in history.
As I listened to the PBS document and learned about Horace Mann which I feel was a strong role model also for the early times that he lived in. I feel that this man running for senate in the state Massachusetts believed in what I do today also He believed in the common good of people and that we all need to have access to education and that is should be a good free quality education for all and not to be determined by the parent or family circumstance that they are born into.

THARTMAN INDTI 501 Copy Right Blog

February 2nd, 2013

Martin Luther King Picture I was able to go online to the following websites. I decided to look at my favorite person Martin Luther King. This monument was recently put up in Washington DC in the past few years and I wanted to look at some pictures that perhaps I could download for free that were made in the 1960’s. I thought that this image would give my readers a little history lesson and provide some information on a great man. The website “Pics4Learning” did give me some free pictures to use. The website “Morgue File” had pictures but really none that interested me. I found many interesting pictures and information on licensure use for the images and that they were free for the public’s use. Some did have creative commons license information on them.

The images I found on some sites had associated fees that came with the use of them and really did not give explicit information if it was ok to use them. I was able to go to the “Pics 4 Learning’s” website pretty well and search the site and look at information on the websites. There really was good information stating that the pictures were free for public use. There was a big announcement stating on the website’s front page that had to do with a disclosure stating that it was okay to use the free pictures on this site. I preferred the use of this site as well and felt more comfortable using it. I found many free images that had information that the pictures were free copy right images that can be downloaded and used by the public for use for educational purposes. One such free images was the Martin Luther King Monument Retrieved from http://pics.tech4learning.com/index.php?search=qsearch&query=washington+monument%27s+in+dc&sfield=1&sorder=desc&viewmode=2&page=3&mult=1

Some sites did have pictures that did have copyrighted images and you could only use them if you sign a license agreement and pay. What I learned by doing my searches was that you must read closely to disclosure statements. The way I went about my search was first, to click on the sites that Dr. Coffman told us to browse and to read carefully what each site had to offer and secondly, I found what really interested me the most. I next found resources and how to use them. Needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store. I was able to pick things out that may not have been good for me and moreover, some that I liked and felt comfortable with. Some did have a disclaimer that states that you can use them if they were made before a certain time frame or in some cases for educational purposes. Most of the disclosure I read was somewhat unfamiliar to me but I did try my best to understand them. I found a picture of Marilyn Monroe and a picture of J.M Cardoso. You may find what he did unique if you too would like to read about him and some of the things that went in New York City in the 1920’s. This is what the information said about his information on the website. The rights information looked like this

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

There were no restrictions or some restrictions for use because this was in a public library and they displayed that the information was for the public to find out about historical events in certain era etc. The picture of Marilyn Monroe was a public domain image and can be viewed by the public because it was made in the early 1950’s and 1960’s before copy right laws existed. These images are displayed with the site I was able to get them from. I found a beautiful picture of a flower that I wondered if it was okay to print and place on my wall at some point in a frame. It did state it was free. Do you all think that is OK to use it? It did say it was free in the disclaimer for free? I feel that it is OK.

You see I am a “digital immigrant”. And just like our readings discussed this week it is mainly because of the time I was born. Yes I am over 30 and maybe even though I don’t feel like I am over 40 I am. My daughter teaches me about technology and Dr Coffman has taught me a lot about some things I know about the use of technology. I do have to go outside of my comfort zone to learn it sometimes. That is also what I share with my students no pain no gain. I am the “new digital immigrant diva” and yes I have to even have to ask sometimes many questions but I am a learner you guys

I found in my search what I would want my students to know. I would want them to know how to information because they are “digital natives” and use it in an ethical manner and know about copyright laws. I want them to have fun using information but do so respectfully. I feel more and more that digital natives are using information for everything especially the ones that are under 30 years old. This information is at the tip of their figures to download information and many do make the mistake of using it for your own use. What I found that you can get in trouble form doing this and get hefty fines. I also found that some sites charge you to use their images but they also give you information on how to use the images at http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-ready

I really liked this website and my searches on this site were fun and easy take a loll at some of the pictures I found to download for free on this site of course you would want to put the site you retrieved them from.http://www.corbisimages.com/Search#mlt=42-33391986&mla=33391986

This site that I searched for the library of congress has pictures that can be used for educational purposes which I found a great site and many pictures were made before copyright laws. Affect http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/

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