Reflection

I found the texts by Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom to be inspiring and revolutionary in a way.  The example of the printing press in this presentation really stuck out for me because it really symbolizes the impact that technology can have on our future, and how much the education system could really use something new. Coming into this class I really had no idea who Jim Groom and Gardner Campbell were.  I had no idea what “edupunk” or DIY was and I hadn’t participated in a class through blogging before.  The most I’ve done with computers inside of a classroom was learn microsoft office and blackboard.  What I’ve learned in a couple weeks of class completely blew away the expectations I had.  I was brought up to speed on the direction that education technology is really heading in.  I thought I was getting involved in a blackboard and powerpoint class that I had to take in order to graduate on time and instead, I learned a ton of new and exciting ways to teach a class.  For example, creating my own space where my physical education students can blog and post assignments similar to the way we did in this class.

Serendipitous Connections

So I came across a website that seems really great for anybody who is a PE k-12 major in this class.  I googled “Physical education blog posts” and found a really cool idea for applying technology to enhance physical education.  I like that this person isn’t settling with the same old ideas and seems to really be pushing for new ways to keep their class interesting for their students.  Apple products are so huge now and have apps that apply to just about everything, so why not try to incorporate it into class?  This is also important for aspiring physical education teachers because we will have to be able to show future employers how we can apply technology to our classroom.

Keurig Coffee Making

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umc1j3Q42C8[/youtube]

Recording this video and posting it on youtube was very simple.  I did not use quick time or media player.  Once I set up my youtube account, I clicked on “upload” and it allowed me to record a video using the camera on my macbook.  When the video was done recording it only took a few seconds to finalize it, add a title, and post it on the web.  I recorded a version on my Iphone as well but, uploading it didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would.  I found that using the macbook camera was very easy.

edupunk

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FQqfudcilD8[/youtube]

So during my edupunk research, I decided to simply just type “edupunk” into youtube and see what videos I would find.  I think this video is pretty cool, it has a rebellious vibe to it.  It compares older teaching styles to rusty chains that need to be broken. I think edupunk represents the change or evolution in the way in which students are learning.  When i first started my reading on edupunk and DIY style of learning I immediately thought back to a statistics course I took last semester.  I didn’t buy a textbook or take a ton of notes.  I googled my way through the whole class and received a B.

Rhizomatic Learning

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_uo0lhH-2I[/youtube]

Hey guys, I came across this video after reading Dave Cormier’s blog post on Rhizomatic Learning.  I was a little unsure of what to even think after reading it, so I youtubed “Rhizomatic Learning” and this video helped me understand the concept more clearly.  For the most part,  all I have been exposed to as a student is the “assembly line” style of education that he refers to in this video.

As an aspiring Physical Education teacher I think you have to have a good amount of structure to your class.  I think that a class of 10 year old “Nomads” could add up to a broken leg or bloody nose.  However, I do think that creating a learning environment that inspires creativity is important as well.  As a physical education  teacher I would strive to give my students as many options possible to staying physically active beyond the schoolyard or gymnasium.  I think it is important to show them the different types of physical activity that may appeal to them, not just the usual phys. ed. sports such as basketball, soccer, football and softball.

I think that a successful learner would show that he/she can explore different types of physical activity that they find fun and may help them live a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

Undergraduate Studies

What’s up everyone?  My name is Matt McDevitt and this is my first year here at York College.  Prior to coming to York College I attended NYIT in Old Westbury, Long Island. Sorry for posting this so late but if I had to sum up my undergraduate experience at New York Institute of Technology, this picture pretty much hit the nail on the head.  I spent a lot of my college career just going through the motions without any real direction or motivation.