Archive for September, 2011


Podcast

http://www.aracnet.com/~eseligma/mm/MM_RSS_feed.xml

  • Math Mutations are podcasts done by a single man named Erik Seligman. Erik is from Hillsboro, Oregon, which is where he creates all of his podcasts. In this particular podcast – “Why the Hex?” – Erik explains the reason hexagons are so popular among bathroom tiles and bee hives. He references the Honeycomb Conjecture, which was proposed around 300 AD. This conjecture states that using a hexagon is the best way to divide a surface into regions of equal area with the least total perimeter. That statement is explained by Erik to be the reason most bathroom tiles and all be hives are in the shape of a hexagon. He ends his podcast stating that nature is smarter than mathematicians.
  • Throughout the podcast Erik did not mention the use of any technology, except that of a hexagon, in that it is the smartest way to go when designing one’s bathroom floor.
  • The Honeycomb Conjecture was new to me. Erik stated simple facts that backed up this conjecture, as well as giving his own spin on what he thought on this matter. From watching this podcast, I have learned that hexagons are the best solution when wanting to minimize surface, while still having maximum area.

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RSS Reader

As a teacher, RSS technology is very beneficial due to the fact that one is capable of subscribing to many different educational blogs or informational websites to better enhance a student’s knowledge base. The use of this technology will not only connect the cyber world of the teacher and their students, – if they all blog – but it will connect their classroom to an entire world of facts and information. I hope to use a website like bloglines.com when I’m a teacher because it would be a helpful resource to provide my students with current news that’s going on all around the world.

The RSS reader I am using is bloglines.com

I subscribed to the following classmates’ posts: Raechel Lautenschlager, Amanda Badertscher, Rikki Le, Kyleigh Gillen, and Kelly Winters.

New Technology

The Apple Ipad Tablet

http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/

The Apple Ipad is becoming a thing of the future. Many teachers all around the world are already beginning to buy their students Ipads for their classroom. With an array of different apps such as: Facetime, capability of downloading eBooks, internet, educational games, and so on. By the time I become a teacher, technology will have already advanced itself ten times the state it’s at now. These Ipads are perfect for the younger grade levels because of their vividness of pictures, easy touch screen capabilities, as well as their smallness in size. In the future I hope my school has the funds to purchase these Ipads for all of my students because they will not only encourage and promote learning, but further the process of making learning fun and enjoyable.

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/02/25/why-teachers-shouldnt-blog-and-why-i-do/

Larry Ferlazzo is a teacher who shows no remorse for those teachers that frivolously blog. He sees many different benefits in blogging, if one does it the correct way. Mr. Ferlazzo sees it helpful to students that are “non-techy” because he is able to share different resources with them. Often times, he puts different websites and other materials on his blog post, which creates an easy source for students to find the information they need. Not only does it allow Mr. Ferlazzo to share resources to his students, but it allows himself to find all sorts of materials in order for him to share different things with his students. He sees blogging as a great opportunity for teachers, so long as they use it in the correct manner.

http://blogs.ubc.ca/catherinerawn/2011/08/10/why-i-blog/

Catherine Rawn is an educator who enjoys the world of blogging. Throughout her blog post, she explains the top two reasons as to why she blogs. Ms. Rawn explains how she blogs for the pure fact of professional development. Blogs allow her a space to where she can record her thought processes around teaching and learning. It also allows her to record an array of activities she has done in her classroom, which can be extremely beneficial to other educators looking for a few good ideas. The second reason she blogs is because it allows her to expose herself as a “real human” to her students. Many students, as I once did, have the assumption that their teachers do not have lives outside of school, so Rawn blogs for that reason as well. She also uses Twitter as a much shorter blog, but for all the same reasons.

http://justcallmemsfrizzle.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/why-i-blog/

“Ms. Frizzle” is a teacher who absolutely loves to blog about a cornucopia of topics. She has chosen to disclose her name, and goes under the username of Ms. Frizzle. The main reason this teacher began blogging was to document and record all of her hard earned work into a source where she could easily retrieve it later in life when she most needed it. Frizzle also blogs because it helps to give her a connection to teachers from all around the globe, and such a connection is powerful because she is able to see what ideas have worked in their classrooms and which didn’t. It is a simple and effective way for her to store information, as well as an outlet to a variety of teachers all around the globe.

As all three of these teacher have previously stated, blogs can be a huge benefit to a teacher in the classroom. When I develop my own teaching strategies, I hope to share them with teachers from all around the nation in hopes to creating a more effective learning environment, and none of that would be possible without the technology of blogging. Blogs will allow me to connect with my students in a way that is professional and effective. I hope to use a blogging system when I reach my career destination because the effects seem only to be positive.