Final

What a year it has been. Lots of ups and downs but overall it was a fun time. But through all that what are the things that really stuck out to me? Well looking back over everything was fun, looking into the past and see just that I was looking at and what I thought about it all. There were so many things we looked at that I remember but I also looked back and saw words within the words, memories of what I was doing and feeling  while writing this, things that you cannot read without bring part of the story. Life lessons about myself while working on my Individual Learning Project and so much more, but mostly the knowledge of what was on the screen. We covered a lot and now I will share with you what I learned by looking through the past of this semester.

First we learned about Bud and some of the things that he taught us to do, he It talks about how looking though a lens can make things clears or make you see the good that may have been over shadowed by a bad before hand, the good out weighed the bad but regardless you only saw what could go wrong before you looked through the lens. We also learned about playing and how you should always make time to play so that you can relieve stress from your life because when you are enjoying life you do better at what you are doing in your job and elsewhere. We also looked at how life hacks could really help us to make life easier and more effective. The teacher that really enjoy what they do can really help kids in fulfilling their dreams and goals in life and therefore you are fulfilling something that makes teachers so special, helping the youth of today to strive to do great things tomorrow which is really one of the biggest reasons to get into teaching.

The Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning were really interesting. I thought that one that said the “Passion is Infectious.” I thought that this was really one more of most important things that we read about overall in this course because as future teachers it really helps to motivate knowing that such a thing is true.

Next we learned about personal learning networks. A personal learning network is something that I really did not know anything about heading into this semester. But they are something that I have really found that will be not only important in the line if work as a teacher but will also make life a lot easier in the long run. A personal learning network is all about staying connected and finding people and ideas that all link back to your work and your interests. since this is something that is a web wide thing you can use it to connect with people around you and in my case most importantly, my students.

We also learned about RRS feeds and how they can take all the confusing and spread out information that you are looking for into one simple place that can help you to manage and broaden what you look at by having it all in one spot together. We also learned about DS106, which is an online course that you can take throughout many different times of the year. It is offered through UMW, and it is a free course that really all you need is a great attitude and yourself. Digital Story telling when you use digital tools to document or allow others to explore your life. This is really that DS106 is all about, sharing your life, sharing your story and letting the people around you in on the journey that you are experiencing in your life.

We learned not only how to use technology in our lives to help us learn but also to use it the right way we watched a video about 140 characters of kindness and learned how we can use social media to spread kindness and not be caught up in being stuck on ourselves and being mean. When we use social media for good we can really work to make the world a better place. We talked about cyber bullying and I used the term “keyboard warrior” to describe people that will post things that would not be things they would say in person.  They can be some of the nicest people you think you know face to face but when they are online and can hide behind a screen they can be ruthless. This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed.

I would like to talk about is the 6 activist functions of technology. This was a really interesting website of the 6 steps to victory as I would like to call them, it is like an action plan that we can use to our advantage and help us to gain the support that we want whether it is about a political item or something as small are promoting something that we feel needs to get out and be experienced by everyone. This was something that was important when we picked our teen hero project. The person that I looked at for the teen hero project was called Buddy Project that was founded by a 15 old girl that say the kind of things that her friends were going through like eating disorders and bullying. It works by pairing together people by their age group and their likes so that they can communicate and really help each other out in times of need. It is something that I think is a good project because like it says in their slogan, “no one deserves to be alone.”

We also learned about educational podcasts in this class and I was really interested by this subject. I remember in high school when the teacher said we were watching a video all we thought was “yes, easy day” but it is so cool that teachers have found something that not only students pay attention to but cannot wait to see more. It is something that they can relate to and it can really help them. It also really inspired teachers by having students so ready to work and eager to learn. I liked the history pod that I looked at and actually have still been watching it during the weeks since we explored them.  We learned how to make visual helpers in this class and used them to work to make our final for the Individual Learning Project and I am not a very artistic person but I did enjoy using this tool to make this.

We have learned a lot this semester and it was a great ride that I had with all of you, good luck to everyone in the future and I hope your finals are going great. Have a great summer.

Ben W. Shelbourn

week 14

On this blog that highlights the questions about our ILP I answered them in my video but I will give you a short rundown of them. I learned that to best handle tricky situations I work best when I take a step back from the problem at hand and decide what I need to do before I rush into anything. This is something that I learned from both the game and in my life. This was a really easy project to keep up with throughout the semester since I really enjoyed this project and it really was an example of how doing something that you enjoy can make doing it so much easier. And finally, I really think that doing something similar to this in my classroom in the future would be great since I found out that learning about something that you like can make learning easier. I couldn’t get my video to upload to youtube so I put it on facebook for you to watch. It should be the first video on my timeline and I do not post often so it should be the top thing that you see on it.

http://on.fb.me/1b5l9SM

week 13

This week we learned about graphic and visual tools and started to work with one to help make a visual about our ILP for the semester. I thought that the take 5 was really interesting but I was looking through the programs and just could not really find one that I liked and could get the hang of. That is when I started talking to one of my friends that is here at the college and is an art major, and she told me that she had used some of these but there was an app of my android phone that she had been using for some projects that really worked well so until I figure out one of these I decided to use the app called photo grid to upload a strip about my project this week and tweet it out to you(the link will be at the end of this post). But back to the reading, there were a lot of different things that we looked at that could really help to easily create a great looking visual for free or just a few dollars. One of the problems that I had at first was figuring out where everything was, some things hide some of the most used buttons but I thought that both of these were pretty straight forward so that I things you used were easy to find. After using these tools I am not completely sure that something like this is the best thing for me personally to use in a classroom but I do really agree that some sort of visual when teaching would be very helpful. On that note I would like to believe that in the near future that something like Prezi or Powerpoint will have a more advanced way to put more than just graphs and tables in them since I really like these programs. Something else that I thought about these products was that although they were not quite for me that they were really good in making visuals and I think that they could defiantly help in the classroom.

http://bit.ly/1EXHRUJ

http://bit.ly/1DBnXkC

Link to Visual: http://bit.ly/1biuCHk

week 12

This week we learned about pods and how they can help in the classroom and I was really interested by this subject. I remember in high school when the teacher said we were watching a video all we thought was “yes, easy day” but it is so cool that teachers have found something that not only students pay attention to but cannot wait to see more. It is something that they can relate to and it can really help them. It also really inspired teachers by having students so ready to work and eager to learn.

The next article we looked at was about a guide to digital storytelling. This was a website that I read and then bookmarked because I think that I could really be handy in the future when I become a teacher. There were so many different good ideas that teacher can really use to integrate digital storytelling into the everyday classroom. After looking at this webpage I can say that I hope and plan to use some of them in the future.

The next thing that we looked at was the educational uses of digital storytelling and it was a really interesting website with lots of featured digital stories. My favorite one that I looked at the adapting to new culture, this one looked at the adaptation of culture from both the cultural and professional standpoint and really sparked my interest to look at more of them.

The last page that we looked at was on Mashable which had the 12 different podcast that told great stories. The ones that I looked at were: strangers which was talking about having an impact and helping people that we had never met before. The second was called backstory which covers historical things that have happened in America and the third one was the Thrilling Adventure Hour which has a collection of well known guest that come one and give you almost the sense that your listening to an old time radio.

Overall I learned a lot this week when we were going through the lessons. There are things that we looked at that I really feel like I can use in the future in the classroom and really got a better sense of how we can use things like podcasts to make learning fun and exciting to youth to better get the message that we are trying to get across to them in an educational setting.

week 10 blog

The first link that I would like to talk about is the 6 activist functions of technology. This was a really interesting website of the 6 steps to victory as I would like to call them, it is like an action plan that we can use to our advantage and help us to gain the support that we want whether it is about a political item or something as small are promoting something that we feel needs to get out and be experienced by everyone.

The second link that we looked at was the new face of teen activism. This also was a cool page, to be honest the static that 2 of 5 teens or young adults engage in social issues online was actually in my mind kind of low, I would have thought it would have been more like 3 of 5 or 7 of 10. But this was an interesting thing none the less. It makes you wonder, if we had all this technology back in the time when young adults were doing things like protesting the Vietnam War on campuses across the country would it have been the same, what would it have looked like? Now a days I would almost say that we would have seen something like it but there would be more interaction, things like twitter feeds connecting people supporting the cause across the country and a facebook page along with Instagram with pictures of all the food that people involved would be eating.

The third page was a smartblog on education page, this was I thought the coolest and most resourceful page that we looked at this week, the main new blog that they are working on about the amount of sugar teens consume in a week is a really big issue that not enough people are paying attention to. We need to get that problem under control and I think it is cool that we are reaching out to the kids that it is affecting and not parents who can try but really can not do a lot about it outside of their house.

The person that I looked at for the teen hero project was called Buddy Project that was founded by a 15 old girl that say the kind of things that her friends were going through like eating disorders and bullying. It works by pairing together people by their age group and their likes so that they can communicate and really help each other out in times of need. It is something that I think is a good project because like it says in their slogan, “no one deserves to be alone.”

ILP week 10

Well we are back to posting about our individual learning projects and I have to say, where to began with what has been going on in the last few weeks. As far as the mechanics of the game there is not a lot of new things that are going on. But the things that have changed are the story lines that I have been through. It all started a few weeks ago when I was finishing the original story line of the game and looked at the expansion that I had ordered and received and finally installed it. It was awesome to say the least, I mean this was a fun game to start with and the expansion was just as fun so far, I have completed the first few maps and so far I have really had a rough time with the second one. It was fun but tricky and the amount of time that I had to spend on that map took up a few days. But overall, it was a good map, I went close to annihilation a couple of times but in the end I was finally able to rebuild my empire and complete the mission that was at hand with my limited resource stash that I had, I had to use my priests very strategically as they are able to convert units and also heal my own but they are expensive to produce and can die easily but by protecting them and advancing slowly I was able to overtake the enemy and win the match. Other than that there is not a lot of things for me to report on this project this week. I hope to get some real time in this week and get around 8 hours in on the game but I am also working on the launch of my youtube gaming channel so I will have to see how my time gets hashed out, until next time,

Cheers, Ben.

week 9

I read over around four of the websites that we are assigned this week and I have to say that I knew that everything like this was open to everyone. One of the things that really stood out to me was when I was looking at the article on web identity. I thought that this was something that I had experienced by looking at my friends posts and then talking to them in real life and nothing like the things that were posted would ever come out of their mouths. I feel like the biggest affect that the interweb and identity problems, is the emergence of cyber bulling. I use the term “keyboard warrior” to describe people that will post things that would not be things they would say in person.  They can be some of the nicest people you think you know face to face but when they are online and can hide behind a screen they can be ruthless. This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed.

In the video that I watched I learned about how you can use twitter to really connect can to not post useless things but to post “140 characters of kindness” and to use the web to promote an act of kindness and to really make a difference in the lives of other people, basically to use the internet for part of what it was intended for, positive reinforcement.

The third thing that I looked at was a TedTalk about how what you post on the web is there forever. This is the reason that I have been so careful to keep myself off of the internet my whole life. Once something that could be harmful to by reputation is on the internet it is there forever. And as a future teacher I cannot allow myself to be put into those types of bad situations that could affect how people look at me just by typing in my name. I googled my name as asked and not surprisingly I did not find much. There was a link to my twitter and facebook pages. I also found some of my high school football highlights and stats. It also has a link to my very empty youtube page.

The last article that I looked at was about looking at someone’s digital footprint in just 6 steps. This article and video was actually quite shocking to me. To see just how easy it is to find what people have been doing in just a few clicks was amazing. I knew that you could find anything about anyone but to be able to do it so quick was surprising to me.

http://nyti.ms/1CJJh8M

http://bit.ly/1GHovG7

http://bit.ly/18QYh8D

http://bit.ly/1u67B1C