Grades 9-12 video podcast

The video podcast that I watched was Galileo on the Moon. This vido podcast was not very long, only about 33 seconds. The astronaut had a feather and another heavier object and he was going to test Galileo's theory that every object falls at the same time.

This is great for a teacher, because this experiment is very difficult to recreate on Earth because of wind. If you have ever seen the movie Forest Gump and you see the feather floating on air, this is why the experiment is difficult to recreate on Earth. The feather is so light that the wind can manipulate how fast or slow the feather falls. The moon, apparently, does not have this problem so the two objects fall at the same time.

For a student, they just have to take your word for it because it is so difficult to show them that the two objects will actually fall at the same time. This video podcast takes all of the difficultly away. If you show your students this video podcast they will not have to take your word for it, they will actually be able to see it for their own eyes.

Edible Schoolyard/Night in the Global Village

The Edible Schoolyard
At Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley, California, students spend their first period planting. This outdoor classroom is a learning lab for social studies, math, science, and life. At the Center for Ecoliteracy, they teach teachers how to make the garden the center of teaching. The children learn about different cycles: water, plants(photosynthesis), composition. Along with learning these cycles, the children are also learning how to cooperate, do projects together, and to build community. The founder for The Edible Schoolyard is Alice Waters who runs Sha Ponice restaurant in Berkeley. She came up with this idea in 1994 as a way to improve on school lunch programs.

A Night in the Global Village
Students from the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Denver, Colorado, are for one night going to live as the many less fortunate people of the world. The Global Gateway program is a unique learning experience that really lets the students take a walk in someone else's shoes. This program provides the students with structures that represent living conditions in Guatemala, Thi Land, and Zambia. It also includes a generic urban from Appalachia, and a refuge camp. Each teacher and student is given a number and then placed in a family. Each family is given a bucket of resources which might include: flashlight, dishes, or raw food. No one will have everything they need for the night. They will have to trade and bargain with the other families for what they need. Also one member of each family has to become pregnant for the night, and another looses the use of one arm. The families have to learn how to cooperate with one another if they want to have food or a fire.

These podcasts could be of great help to teachers. Granted, not everyone has the opportunity to actualy go and live like the students in A Night in the Global Village or have a real garden like the students in The Edible Schoolyard. However, these videocasts alone could be enough to get your students thinking about how they can save electricity by turning off the lights when they leave a room, or saving water by turning off the faucet when your brushing your teeth. People do not realize the difficulties that other less fortunate people have to go through until they see it with their own eyes.

When your teaching about science, show the students a video/podcast about The Edible Schoolyard. Do they really know as much about cooking or gardening as these students in California do? Students can learn so much more from hands-on learning than if they just see something in a book. They will probably learn more from a videocast than from a book too.

iTunes University

iTunes University helps both students and teachers search and download education information just like you can search and download music. It helps students study whenever they like. This is good for college students who usually have to have a job. iTunes University allows them the freedom to look up items on break, lunch, or in the middle of the night when they get off of work. It also helps them if they have to miss class one day. All they have to do is go to iTunes and download the lecture for the day they missed. Never again will students have to rely on their classmates to take notes for them.

iTunes University also helps the teachers because they no longer have to write their lecture over and over again for each of their different classes. All they have to do is pull up their presentation on iTunes. This allows the teacher more time to interact with the students and really help them understand the material. Another way that iTunes University helps teachers is when they upload their lectures to iTunes, no longer will they have to send home what was done that day to a student. Now the student can just go to iTunes and download it themselves.Click_Here

Suggestions or experiences in using iPods in instruction

Duke University found that an iPod can be very useful for the teacher to look back on how he/she did a lecture so they could see what needed to be improved upon. They also found that they needed a bit more practice with the iPods. So my suggestions would be to not give up, because the first year might not be the best. There is always room for improvement especially when working with technology. To go to this site

I think that an iPod could be very useful to me as a teacher. Everyone needs to look back at any work and see how they could have done better at it. Using an iPod is a great way to do this. You might be thinking well I am already there so why would I have to record it and listen to it again? Sometimes it helps if you put yourself out of the box to watch/listen to something to get an unbiased opinion about it. Sure you were there and nothing went wrong, so you think that there is nothing that could have been done to make it better. Wrong! Taking yourself completely out of the situation and acting as though you were never there can make you see the way your students will see you. After all, they are the reason that you are there so why not try to make the lecture more suitable to them?

Dr. Christie's site

The part of Dr. Christie's site that I choose was Constructivism. There are several points on this site that I really like, this first is learning is an active process facilitated by an environment that encourages: risk-taking, creative thinking, and critical thinking. This is really true. Education is not just about me teacher you student, and you sit there and do nothing but take notes. The students actually have to take a risk to ask questions that they might not know the correct answer to, or think creatively to get a good grade on that project. Another thing that I liked on this site was teachers create such environments to: facilitate learning and provide opportunities for self-reflection and self-evaluation. I liked this because teachers can make or break an opportunity for learning for a student. The third thing that I like about this site was learners learn by doing within a specific context. If a student is an intrapersonal learner, then they will learn better by themselves; but if they are an interpersonal learner, then they will learn better in a group. Teachers need to know this about their students so that they can mix up the lecture so all students have an equal chance at learning. The final thing that I liked about this site was students and teachers learn through their mistakes.
This speaks for its self. The best way to learn something is to mess up and try again.

NPR blog on Wikipedia

The only way I think that Wikipedia can be a trusted source of information would be to do a background check on the person/computer that did the editing. If this is a credible source then I think that Wikipedia could be a trusted source of information. However, this is very time consuming work, and it would probably just be easier to find a good, credible source and not have to worry about whether or not you could use this as a source for a paper. Wikipedia is edited by many people, so the odds of getting a bias source that puts their bias opinion on Wikipedia is very likely. They might put the truth on the site but neglect a few important details.