Living Life Like a Video

Hope you like my title. If you used to or currently listen to rap music, this was a line from a song I used to listen to as a traditional college student (LOL). Click on the link below to enjoy the video.


I used iMovie to create my video and then posted it on YouTube. The video for you to watch is posted below. I really enjoyed this activity and thought it was fun to do, aggravating at times, but over-all fun. I have used iMovie before, but not for making a short film. I have mainly used it for a slide show for my cheerleaders and some short clips were included, but not as detailed as the one we were assigned to do this week.

One of the problems I ran into after creating my video was I thought on the video y’all were seeing the words backwards because of what I could see, but when the video was complete, the words read normal and not backwards. Another thing was when doing the activity outside, I needed something flat for my colleague to write on because the bench was bumpy. I will remember that for my activity with the students tomorrow.

I started by introducing myself inside the classroom to some of my colleagues and shared my teaching story. I also added a few personal things that I thought was important for them to know about me. I then took them outside and demonstrated the Fall activity I have planned for my students, in hope my colleagues would want to use the activity for their students. I went over all of the materials needed and demonstrated the process. They really enjoyed the activity and plan to use it as well.

My credits were added at the end of the video including the narrator, music added, colleagues involved, and the producer. Hope you enjoy reading and watching the short video. Have a great week!

Web-Based Tool
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The above links are to view my presentation “The Web and Education”. Please view it and leave a comment below about your thoughts.

I used Zoho Show as my web tool for this assignment. I hope I did it correct. If so, it was not too hard to use and figure out. The program walked you through each step and each slide. It was my job to figure out what information I wanted to use for each slide. Once I was finished with the slides I clicked share and copied the links to add to this post for you all to view it. The bump in the road I ran into was uploading images. At first, I could not figure out how to format it so the whole picture was there, but then I saw an icon below the image I clicked on to make it fit the format provided in the slide. Once of my realizations was I need more practice with technology and implementing it into my teaching / classroom and with my students. If technology is this big now, imagine what it will be in 5 – 10 years? This tool could easily be used in the classroom while presenting lessons as a teacher and/or completing a project as a student. This is a user friendly tool that you could even use to present a presentation.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Week’s Matrix

  • How you anticipate this information regarding learning theories will influence your professional practice: The more I learn the more comfortable I will feel about putting it into practice with my students.
  • Resources you used to complete the matrix: ;  
  • Challenges you encountered along the way: It was a lot harder than I imagined it would be. Finding technology tools for students with each theory was the hardest. It might be because our district doesn’t use a lot at this time and we have only been exposed to a few, but that was the toughest to me.

A brief description of each theory

Behaviorism: the theory that human and animal behavior can be explained in terms of conditioning, without appeal to thoughts or feelings, and that psychological disorders are best treated by altering behavior patterns.

Cognitivism: Cognitivists argued that the way people think impacts their behavior and therefore cannot be a behavior in and of itself.

Constructivism: Constructivism is a theory in education that recognizes learners construct new understandings and knowledge, integrating with what they already know.

Connectivism: accepts that technology is a major part of the learning process and that our constant connectedness gives us opportunities to make choices about our learning.


Notable theorists associated with each theory

Behaviorism: John Watson, B.F. Skinner, Edwin Guthrie, Edward Tolman, Clark Hull, Kenneth Spence, Singer

Cognitivism:  Daniel Kahneman, PhD., Lev Vygotsky

Constructivism: Jean Piaget

Connectivism: George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism.


A general statement on how each theory could guide technology use in the classroom

Behaviorism: You can have your students work collaboratively as a group to come up with advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology in the classroom. This is the student’s opportunities to act out on their feelings about technology being used in the classroom. 

Cognitivism: When students are already used to working with different technology it is easier to use it in the classroom for projects and assignments. It is satisfying to students to be able to go home and show their parents or grandparents how to use their technology devices.

Constructivism: By using technology to incorporate their presentation of their work they are more likely to be successful. Being able to construct their own models of work for a specific topic, the students are incorporating their knowledge with previous experiences.

Connectivism: Using connectivism in the classroom could promote student group learning, allow students to take control over their learning, and build confidence in their academics with a support teacher available to them.


An example of a specific technology (or activity involving technology) which could be used in the classroom that aligns with each theory

Behaviorism: One tool would be Class Dojo. In this program the teacher can give positive points and/or negative points to a student for their behavior. If the student receives a negative point, they can change their behavior and receive a positive point.

Cognitivism: A calculator can be used as a cognitive technology tool.

Constructivism: Smart boards are a great way to collaborate as a class with each other and interact using one technology board.

Connectivism: SeeSaw allows students to show what they know with tools like draw record, collage, video, and more. Educators report that SeeSaw is intuitive for students to use, so minimal support is required to use this tool!