Wednesday, May 5, 2010

~Friendship~ Petcha Kutcha

I chose to do my Petcha kutcha presentation over friendship because my friends are my life! Besides family my friends are my world I love to be with and hang out with my friends at all times! I can't wait for what the future holds for me and all my friends, when we are in each others weddings, having our first children and getting together just for old times sake! I don't know what I would do without my group of friends to be there for me whenever i'm going through rough times and to make me smile when I'm having a bad day because even though there are those select few that i call my true friends and those are the ones I tell everything to, I love and cherish EVERYTHING about each one of my friends and even when life has taken us in seperate directions I know that we will still be able to call each other and pick up right where we left off!


"A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!"

"Friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know they are there!"

"When you look at your true friends you will uncover who you are. You will see a reflection of yourself and become educated in the pathway you follow. You will see your world before you and you will see with any boubts the truth of your way. You see friends are simply yourself in a disguise!"

"In a friend, You find a second self"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Orientation in Second Life

This video is voicing how "second life" is hard and not interesting to learn how to use, so they are going through the steps on how to ake this program more interesting, easier and fun for it's different users.

"second life" is an online program where people can create an avitar and learn how to navigate the program through the program itself.

This video was really hard to watch, it's really boring and really hard to understand! Even after watching this video i'm not positive what "second life" is or what the point is. I have things to do, a full time job and I'm a full time student I do not have time to sit down and create avitar and go through and searh how to use this program!

If I had the time I think I would love and really enjoy creating an avitar and playing around with this program and I KNOW that students would love to be able to do things like this, But it would take lots of time and work to teach the students how to us the program, and I Think there are more important things to be taught in school, such as reading, writing, math skills, thing s that would be the students think a little more. Not just sit in front of the computer trying to learn what is going on with this program.

My very own screencast!

I created a screencast using! My screen cast teached you how to use google docs, What it is use for, how it's easy for saving school papers and work, the differnt ways to upload, download, and edit things to ur google docs.

Check out my screencast!

This was really difficult for me because I'm long winded and i kept running out of time and having to re-do the screencast! AND I'm not really that good at working this tool myself so trying to teach someone else and be on a time limit was really hard for me!

But iin using this in the classroom, the students would be able to something the created on a website and then post it on our class blog and show everyone what they have dreated on the web. I would deffinately need to play with sreenr a little more before I tryed to have my students do one of these!! :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Love the Kinder Kids Blog!

I'm still continuing to follow the kinderkids blog! They do such cool activities with technology! I loev the way the teacher incorporates it into the curriculum!

They are using Voki, to participate in Voice Around the World, created by Sharon Tonner from Dundee,Scotland! The kids are using their own voice to communicate with people around the world listening t the different landuages and dialects! Here listen to their Voki!

They are also learning how to make patterns! Each student came up with their own pattern and then they got a partener and their partener video taped them telling about their patterns and then they swithched so everyone got to show their creative patterns! Want to see what they came up with?

My Survey on Google Doc. :)

I had to make up a survey on google docs for my Technology 4 teachers class, I made mine about your favorite holiday! This is a really cool way to find out more about your friends! You can get on google docs, click on the "create new" button and then click form. It will give opptions for you to make a multiple choice question, an essay question, or a short answer question. You can create your form/survey and then email the link to your friends and find out more about them!!

Please take MY survey, to tell me YOUR favorite holiday!!

Others took thiz survey! Find out what their favorite hoilday is!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Digital Youth Portrait: Sam

This video I watched is about a 13 year old girl named Sam who loves technology, she spends the majority of her days on the computer. She has firgured out many different ways to learn about different software and use different programs to do assignments for shcool. In one particular instance she had to read a book for class and she thought the book was really boring, so she got on her ipod and bought a program that read the book out loud to her, as well as being able to follow along with the text.
Sam is only 13 years old and she can do amazing things with a computer and video camera! more than i cold ever eve think about doing! She goes into a college classroom and helps college students learn how t make digital people and worlds for one of their classes!!

The thing that amazed me the most about Sam, was that she taught herself how to play the piano by going on line and finding a digital piano that sowed the notes while playing a song and she would wirte down the notes and go practice the song until she got it perfect. She looks like an amazign piano player, I have no idea how she learn to play like that by herself!
Sam has a ton of extra time to spend on the computer, figuring out and working with different computer programs, if everyone has tht much extra time to sit and play on the computer we would all be as computer savy as Sam!! But I'm ot 13 anymore I go to school and work, ahhh being a grown up!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

What I thought about people in my class's blogs!!

Andrea made a voice thread about making smores!! I absolutely loved it! I never would have thought to make a voice thread about smores! I told her about how I like to make sure the chocolate is good and melty before I put on the MOLO!! :)

Beth taught us the correct way to shoot a soccer ball in her voice thread! It was fun and creative! I told her how I've played soccer all my life and have never really broken down how to shoot the ball!! I loved It!!

Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform

This video is very informative about wiki platforms and how they can be used to better students in the classroom. Using wiki to have students described what is going on in class, what they are learning and different ways they are learning and understanding different concepts. Students can make wiki pages on things that they enjoy and like. Also other kids can comment on and change things on other students pages, therefore engaging other students and allowing students to share their interests and get excited about all different kinds of things.

Wiki also allow students to become more engaged and excited about the work they are doing in and outside of the classroom. Helping students become involved, for example how the students used wiki to create flyers for the car wash they were putting together to raise money for their school, each student wanted to be involved and help in any way they could.

Paula White used a quote that I really liked "educators often think that school is the point, when it needs to be the path, so what path are you taking your students down when using wiki in classroom?" Paths to self collaboration? Path to self directed learning? path to putting traditional school tasks online helping them learn how to create wiki and how to use them.

Wiki would be a great way to get students engaged, I might say that it might also get really frustrating for some students, but I think that with the knowledge that students have about computers these days and with the right direction wiki will really make students want to do better and be more excited about the work they are doing because they get to post and write about it on their own wiki or the class wiki!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Favorite book "Dear John"!!

I created this VoiceThread about my favorite book "Dear John" on voice It was a requirement for my Technology class, that I thought i was going to get nothing out of. But when I was done putting up the pictures and recording my voice, I was really excited about how it came out and how cool something like this can be!
It would be a great way for kids to be able to show their own work, by posting pictures, writing a script and recording it, for family and friends to see! My teacher kept saying this to us in the past few class periods and I just thought it was a silly project!! But i had a lot of fun with it and I think kids would just absolutely love it!!

To hear my voice, just click on my picture next to the voicethread, when the comment is over click the arrow in the bottom right hand corner to go to the next picture, my voice should continue to play automatically, if not just click my picture again.!!

" The Wizard of apps"

Watching this video "The Wizard of Apps" I learned a lot about all the different places to go on the internet to find 'lagit' websites that aren't going to be giving false information! The way this vide is put together is fun, a little cheesy, but deffinately better than watching just a plain old educational video. It includes links to all of the sites she talked about, underneath the video.

Learning about digital footprints, and the right places to go on the internet is important as a teacher so you don't have students stumbling onto websites that you don't want them to. Using such as flickrStorm to get pictures from instead of google image, because you can't do an advanced search and find copy righted pictures without all the extra unrealated pictures google throws in there.

After watching this video the main thing I saw that I really wanted to check out was the facebook privacy video, that shows how to change privacy settings so that everyong can't see your facebook and everything on it. I knew there were ways to set up the privacy settings on facebook, but I had no idea how. The video was very helpful and easy to follow, I learned how to chang my settings so tha not just anyone can see me facebook page! That makes me feel so much better!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I am still really enjoying looking at and leaving comments on the The Kinder kids' blog! They do some really cool stuff every week!

I even got an e-mail from the teacher saying that the students were wanting to know all about me and how I found their blog!! It was a lot of fun hearing from them, I am now awaiting an e-mail in return!!

Last week was Valentine's Day and they had what looks like an awesome party where they exchanged cards and candy! The teacher posted some pictures of their FUN PARTY!!

They also learned how ground hogs and how ground hogs look at their shaddows to see how ,uch more winter is to come! They wished us all a HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Digiteens is a group of students who researched and find things on the internet and make videos and raise awareness about. One of the videos they made i thought was really good was about "DWT" Driving While Texting. It gave some statistics about driving while texting and even compared it to driving under the influence. It was vry informative and got it's point across effectively.

If there was a group like this at every school not only would students be learning about technology and how to use it to make video and find information, they are making a difference and showing they care enough to make a video for everyone to see!!

"It's a love story, Baby just say yes"

Project learning!

Project learning is becoming the main focus of many teachers more and more. This shows all the different ways teachers and schools are showing and teaching kids how to things with a more challanging and hands on approch! The students in the video, show they are more passionate about what they are learning and that they are more excited about the choices they have for the future.

I love the idea of project based learning because it give the students choices and helps them feel like they're in control. While the students love being in control they are also going to be more interested in what is being taught/learned, they will be much more excited about listening and learning about the topic o their own choosing!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blogging buddy!!

The website that I have been following is called "Kinder Kids" A kindergarten class and their teacher blog on it so that parents and others can keep up with what they are doing in their class!

This day the kids were learning math using blocks, ad posted pictures of the different shapes that they made with the blocks!

One of the kids in the class house burned down and he need to get all new things! :(
All the kids in the class came together to help raise money for their friend, and they brought so much money that their teacher couldn't even count it herself that she had to take it into the bank to have it counted!! Yay for them, way to pull together to help your friend!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

independent learning project by students

Though I knew about all the different kinds of addiction there is in the US and that police are having trouble controlling the illegal substances, but I didn't know how other countries were dealing with the some problems! It's amazing to see that such a simple solution has brought down the crimes in these coutries, it makes me wonder why people really do the drugs?! The information given in the video about addiction is awesome, I learned alot and it was much better than just reading it, seeing the pictures and hearing someone else talk about it kept me much more engaged.

(I didn't comment on the video becuaseI had to sign up on some website and I'm SO tired of getting emails from all these sites)

The ways Luis uses technology!

This video shows how a student named Luis, who is in the 12th grade uses technoloy not only for his own pleasure, but to help others and his commmunity.

I Loved watching how much he was helping young children to learn how to build and program robots to take to compititions. He was striving to help young kids to love technology as much as he did as well as teaching them how to work togther to make something amazing!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My links to comments have made on other blogs!

I Kind of thought this blogging thing was going to be really stupid but I've come too really enjoy reading others posts and commenting! :)

This blog post was interesting because we have the same goals for making students comfortable in classroom and to be a role model that they have never had.

I loved this blog because she is talking about the age where kids will say and do anything they hear! :)

This Is a blog I found that a kindergartin class called"kinder kids", that has student and teacher blogs. They have been blogging about snow lately, putting up pictures of their class playing in the snow.

The Kinder Kids also blogged the words that they came up that go along with snow!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blog over: A Peek for a Week in a Kiwi Junior Classroom

This video shows a many wonderful ways to use technology while teaching kids.

I'm am so impressed with this video, not only that the teachers know this much about all the different technology, but that the students are able to use it as well and as freely as the teacher. Though i am very impressed at what I saw in this video, anyone will be hard pressed to find technology of that sort in any public school in oklahoma. I would absolutely love to be able to use smart boards in my classroom someday, but i know that at the shcool i went to there was one smart board in the enitre school system all the way k through 12 and it was in the high school and i never got to use it, i saw it once though. :) now in college they have one in every room in the education building. It's sad to say that things of that expense will probably never be something that you see in every room in a pubic school setting.

Blog about: Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Nafiza

This video tells you about a you can use tehnology for all diffferent kinds of things, how you can make videos with out ever using a camera, and how a girl, Nafiza, uses technology.

Wow Nafiza seems really smart and looks like she could teach me a thing or two about computers and all the different software out there. But honestly I do not love technology like she does, i have cell phone only becuase i need it for work and all it does is text and call, I can't get on the internet or store music on it. I have a computer only to write papers for school. I don't have cable tv, an ipod or anything like that and I'm just fine with that!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Intro: All about me!! :)

My name is Kayleigh Dawn Darden, I was born and raised in Fort Gibson, Ok. I grew up on a pecan farm and absolutly love to be outside. I love to hunt, read, and hang out with my friends!
My Love my family and spend as much time with them as I can!

I am an early childhood education major, I love kids. I want to graduate and get my teacher certification, become a kindergarten or first grade teacher, then return to school to get my masters in special education.

Both my parents are teachers, Since i can remember i have always wanted to be a teacher. I am one of the few college students who have come to college and not change my major through out school! I really think I'll be a good teacher, I'm excited to se what the future will bring me! :)

Reflection of cameron's video

The most signifigant thing i took away from the video was that i couldn't believe cammeron was making videos for his teacher to make understanding a math concept easier for the rest of the class. When he was filming himdelf to perfest his swing, so that he could better himself for hockey was crazy, WHAT MOTIVATION!!

I've never been good at the whole computer thing and it's amazed me how much an 11 year old can do with a computer. It kind of make me feel like i don't know anything about computers.

I want to be a teacher and when i saw that video for the math concept, it open my eyes to how many ways you can teach a different concept.