Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blog Post #3

Editing Gone Terrible Wrong
Part One
For my third blog post I was required to view three different sets of information and write responses consisting of two or more paragraphs describing what I learned from each. I was told to watch What is Peer Editing?, Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial, and Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes. Each video, obviously, pertains to peer editing.

What is Peer Editing?
The youtube video What is Peer Editing? gives instructions on how to peer edit. According to this short video a rule is to "Stay Positive." There are three steps to peer editing. Start with compliments, then give suggestions, and last is corrections. This video gives much help when beginning to peer edit papers or blogs. The author of this video states that in each step you need to stay positive. No one wants to be embarrassed by their mistakes. I learned a great deal of information from this video. As a future educator, I can use this information to practice giving suggestions and corrections.

Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial
The slideshow, Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial, explains to the reader what peer editing is and how one goes about doing it. This slideshow allows the reader to practice their peer editing kills on some examples given by the author. This slideshow pretty much reiterates What is Peer Editing?.

Writing Peer Reviews Top 10 Mistakes
The short video,Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, is very cute and funny! This video describes ten situations where someone does not execute peer editing correctly.

Technology for Learning
Part Two
In addition to the information on peer editing, I was required to watch three videos about adaptive technologies and write about what I learned from them and how I could use them in my classroom. These three videos are Technology in Special Education, How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism, and Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts.

Technology in Special Education
This video focuses on the class of Lace Cook who teaches at Campbell Collegiate. Technology in Special Education focuses on the different technology and uses of this technology in the classroom to help Special Education students progress. Some technology is an iPod touch, a laptop computer, projectors. The technology used in classes give the students a chance to participate more, gives them the ability to communicate easier, and the ability to learn more quickly.
I agree with Lace Cook. Using technology in her classroom has been positive and helpful for her students. She has achieved the task of gaining her students attention, which gives her a chance to teach more effectively. If I have the pleasure of teaching a child who needs special education, I intend to use whatever means necessary when teaching him or her. I will use overhead projectors for power points, videos, and any type of information that needs to be taught.

How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism
The video, How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism, shows how using iPad applications can help a child with autism learn. A child can use iPad applications to learn to write, count and read. This video shows Braden, an eight year old with autism, doing homework.
One iPad application that I found that I could use in my history classroom is, "Whole Wide World". This iPad application is fun game that is colorful and interactive. It will keep the child's attention. This application shows places on the clobe, give math problems, and information about aspects of a specific region.

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
The video, Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts, focuses on the technology that students can use to communicate with people all over the world. Vicki Davis who teaches students about blogs, google docs, twitter, and avatars. Vicki Davis expects her students to learn by taking advantage of a dictionary and google.
Students learn how to blog and this gives the students the ability to communicate with students and teachers in different parts of the world. Vicki Davis teaches in a rural Georgia school and she uses the technology that we come into contact with everyday to open her students up to a large world and a web community.

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