Final Learning Log

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Well, I have made it to the end of the Journey the call SLM508.  At first I was a little bit timid to post in discussion forums but now I have no fear of doing so.  When we first started diving into the technology I was unsure of what to expect from the technology and from myself but, I learned that if I learn to let myself do what I think is the right way to do it that I will be successful.  I put a lot of time and effort into this class as well.  I was somewhat familiar with some of the technologies used in this class but there were some that I had no clue about, like voice threads.  But after creating my own voice thread I found that they were fairly easy to create and a wonderful learning tool.  Every piece of technology we have covered in this class is now a tool I can use to make the students in my classroom educational experience that much more enjoyable. In case you haven’t had the opportunity, take a look at my post on Wiki’s.  The one about Golf can be easily related to a greater game we all play, called LIFE.  I hope that you all have enjoyed this class and I am looking forward to keeping connections with you all during my career.  Just one more link. my created Wiki with a lesson plan and some information about healthy living:

Mr. Hopkins’ PhysEd Wiki

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Learning Log – Wiki’s

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

ICTmagic is an incredible Wiki I found to help support teachers in the classroom.  It has many pages for different areas of content as well as areas for behavior management and classroom management.  For new teachers this could be a great site to find ways to help manage your own classroom.  You can pick and choose from this site to create your own ways of classroom management or gain new ideas to support current lessons being taught in your classroom.  

Golf-The Game is a page on a Wiki I stumbled upon.  The home Wiki is a leadership training site.  I looked around and found this page.  It relates working not just educating to the game of Golf.  Every golfer has a bag full of clubs which are his tools.  As educators we have our own bag with our tools that we will be using.  The golfer must always be aware of his surroundings and the field of play, as teachers we must always be aware of our field of play and our surroundings.  Not only do we have a classroom surrounding but we also are teachers in public and must be aware of those surroundings as well.  In my opinion this is a great Wiki and I can relate easily because I enjoy golfing and it will help make those things stick in my brain when I begin any new works.

MathMovies is a Wiki I found regarding learning math.  The first video I found on the site was very cool.  I spent a little time growing up watching the TV show “The Brady Bunch” and when I began to watch this video I couldn’t help but hum along.  This site was created to help students engage in math education by creating movies to be posted to this site.  We talked about having different ways for students to learn and understand the material being covered, this is a great way to learn fractions.  I had trouble as a student using fractions but I loved movies and I feel that having a site like this would have definitely improved my fraction skills.

These were just a few of the marvelous Wiki’s out there that can help educators and student’s alike.  Eventually some of your students will become educators so why not start them out on the right track while they’re still young students.  

Social and Collaborative Media

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I created a voice thread on the social media tool “Twitter.”  Twitter has several instructional uses, one being able to create discussions online.  Students will be able to join in discussions on twitter from posts made by the instructor.  Students will also be able to pursue personal interests by using search features and hashtags.  Students can also collaborate with other students by using twitter.  They will be able to share links and information with classmates immediately after finding them and not have to wait until class the next day or even over the weekend.  Twitter is a very useful tool not only for students but teachers as well. Teachers have the same ability to search personal interests but can also build professional networks with other educators across the world.  With the immediate sharing of new ideas and concepts, teachers will be able to instantly make their classroom experience more beneficial for students.

voicethread.com/share/3244707/

Learning Log- iGoogle

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

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iGoogle can support teachers in many ways.  It allows you to have all the important information in your daily life balled into one website. With the gadgets and widgets, you can access information from all the social networking sites.  It allows you to keep track of blogs that you follow and up to date with current news and information.  With this day in age, information travels fast and if you aren’t up to speed then you might get left behind.  This is the way teaching and learning are moving.  

Flickr Photo Sets and Flicktion Used to Spark Creativity

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Euro 2012 is going on right now.  Since Soccer(Futbol) is one of the biggest sports worldwide, I thought that it would be a good idea to create flicktions about each team.  I have created a flickr set of the four teams left in the Euro 2012 tournament.  In the description of the set is an assignment.  This set will be used to spark creativity in students.  Students will be asked to be creative in their short stories, with a certain amount of paragraphs needed to complete the assignment.  

Here is the link for my flickr photo set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdh001/sets/72157630332165072/

Flickr Slideshow

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Flickr Slideshow

I created this slideshow on flickr to show how to throw a lacrosse ball in pictures.  Each picture has a description.  Lacrosse is an ever growing popular sport with main stream movies starting to be made about the sport.  Although in recent years there has been some bad publicity of the game due to some college teams in the news, it’s still a great game for anyone to learn.  It’s concepts are drawn from many other sports as well as the motions needed to complete each phase of the game.

neuroscience and exercising

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

This is a great article I found regarding everyday exercise and how it benefits your body. It’s a good to know that even the littles bit can help you out.

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Humans are made to move 

Who wants to walk 12 miles with me today? Any takers? I didn’t think so.

It might surprise you to find out that early humans traveled as much as 12 miles a day (today people walk an average of less than one-half mile!). They did this to find food, safety, and to explore. For thousands of years, exercise associated as a result of exploring and traveling did much to improve the brain functions of early man, and it still holds true for humans today.

Oxygen is vital to brain nourishment. Exercise does humans a lot of good because it helps our brains get more oxygen. When the body is moving during exercise it pumps blood and oxygen throughout the body and especially to the brain. Nitric Oxide is a flow regulating molecule that through exercise creates more blood vessels in the brain in some pretty…

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Phys Ed Flickr

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Phys Ed Flickr

I created this flickr gallery on physical education through the years.  Not only has technology of the equipment evolved but so have many other things, like having co-ed pays ed classes, something that was unheard of years ago.

Education Blogs

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I found a blog, http://www.carloweducatetogether.ie/michaelcet/?p=976 that talked about a sports day for the elementary classes.  The older students played lots of team sports and activities that used teamwork which is a good thing for them to learn.  

Another blog that I found was Mr. Buxton’s Blog, http://mrbuxton.blogspot.com/ This blog was very interesting.  Each student in this class had their own blog which helped teach the students about how to use the technology and also gave them a chance to express themselves.  Also what I found very cool was the use of his blog, he allowed students to make videos to be posted to his blog for all to see.  There was a video of the students talking about Mr. Buxton.  From what I got from the video is that he was a challenging instructor but also helped the students when they needed it, especially when it comes to technology.

I could incorporate this blog into my classroom by allowing the students to post things to my blog in regards to what they’ve learned in my classroom as well as things that they have concerns with.  Some children don’t want to tell a teacher in front of class what they find difficult.  By allowing them to express concerns we can find out what they need help with and we can structure a lesson plan to help their needs. I believe that this is just another way for students to ask for help.  

In my research of  library blogs i found a blog about a library media specialists guide to internet usage http://mediaspecialistsguide.blogspot.com/  On this blog she posts other blogs for teachers and students to use to help in research of certain topics.  The first topic was american history from 1607-1776.  For each topic she included the grade level of which the blog was posted for.  She also included types of activities and the context of each blog to help people to find what they are looking for more easily.  For a physical education blog it could be helpful to use a set up like this,  like ordering the activities that we will be doing in class so that student’s can see in advance what we will be doing.  Also, we could use this to show examples of what is the correct way of doing certain activities like swinging a baseball bat, shooting a basketball, or tossing a football.

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ is a blog i found for teacher’s.  It’s called the cool cat teacher blog.  I found that this blog was full of tips and tools for teachers.  In included tips for in the classroom but also tips on how to use technology in education.  It had tons of resources for teachers, with fathers day in June, she had added some resources on card making for dad’s.  I found this very useful because I’m not creative when it comes to some activities in classroom, I can become very creative with games but for other teachers in a classroom setting this could be more helpful.  How I could use this for a physical education classroom might be different.  Instead of listing resources for classroom, I would list resources for physical education.  These listings would be things like http://www.ncppa.org/, websites that help students with P.E.  I think something like this would be helpful for students and their parents, allowing parents to be involved in their child’s classroom.  

Well Hello There…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Good Morning Folks.  I’m new to this whole blogging thing but I’m gonna give it a good Ol’ college try.  First a little bit about me.  My name is Will, I’m currently working towards my masters degree and plan to teach physical education as well as coach high school football.  I’ve already spent a few seasons as a coach and loved it.  There’s a lot I could say but I don’t want to take up too much time.  I love sports, sports of any kind and am always up to learn new ones.

Today Happens to be my puppy’s 2nd birthday so I’ll post a picture for all of you to see then.

So long. Take Care.

*Penny is the brown pup.

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