Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Chocolate is my favorite food. It was interesting to learn how it's made and the history of chocolate. I'm not sure that I was able to do the sound correctly on this video.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

How to look up recommended daily food intake

For my screencast I showed people how to look up recommended daily food intake. I used the website mypyramid.gov which is a good website set up by the govenment and it has a lot of information about health on it.
I thought this project was really neat. At first I was a little scared to start the project because I didn't know how to do it. Once it was explained to me I realized how easy it really is
I will definitely use this for fun in the future. It is so easy and I'll probable go home and show my boyfriend how to do it tonight. It is a great way to share information with people and it only takes a matter of minutes.

Are you getting your five a day

Most people do not get their recommended five fruits or vegetables a day. I created this form to see how many fruits and vegetables people were eating and which fruits and vegetables were their favorites
By doing this survey I learned that most people prefered broccoli, but almost everyone prefered a different type of fruit. Answers ranged from peaches, grapes, strawberries and apples. Also most people were only getting 2 servings of fruits or vegetables per day.
I actually really liked this assignment because it was really neat to know how to be able to create a site like this where you can pole people about a specific topic. I think I will use this in the future whether it's in the classroom or just for fun.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Second Life

In A Second Life there is a good point broughten up that there is a lot that people can learn through this type of technology however, before people can learn they need to know how to use the program. This video talked about what is the best way to educate these people so that it is still fun. They tried many different types of hand outs but these didn't work because people just didn't look at them. They just kind of threw them to the side. So they have decided to teach people using a virtual walkway. On the walkway their are arrow keys and instructions. There are walls around the walk way so that people cannot stray away from the orientation, they must complete the tasks. I thought it was pretty interesting how in depth they had to go, just to get people to start using the program. This didn't even include the whole making of Second Life, just the orientation.

Sam I Am

Sam is a very smart and intellegent 15 year old girl. She has learned to use technology to enhance her creative and artistic abilities. One thing that scared me was that she said she would spend two hours on the computer on a school night, and 12 hours on a weekend. As a physical educator I enjoy running, and being outside. I know that not everyone can enjoy this like I do but I still think it is unhealthy to be sitting down, at a computer for this amount of time. All health beliefs aside, I think that she has found something that appeals to her interests. I especially thought it was cool how she could use technology to help her improve on the piano.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Collaboration through wiki's

In Paula's video she brings up many good points about using wiki's in the class room setting. She notes that wiki's can be used to help students learn to collaborate and reach a higher level of engagement. Another thing that she addressed that I appreciated was that you can't just assign students assignments on wiki's and expect them to be excited about it. She said that students learn best when they want to learn and will be more engaged in the activity when it is about something that they truely care about. I thought this was neat because you could tell that she really cares about her students and their hobbies and interests. The video was very informative about getting students engaged which I think is something that is very important for our next generation of students

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I visited the website 123people talked about by joyce in her video. It was a good sight, easy to use, and I learned about my digital footprint. The sight was easy to navigate. All you have to do on this sight is type in a name and city and you get the information that you need.

If I only had an app..

The wizzard of app was a video with a lot of information. The way they made it into the story of the wizard of oz made it fun to watch, however it was very long and got a little boring. It was neat to me that they talked about some of the things we have been learning about in class such as flicker and voice thread. Another thing I found interesting was the people search. I definitely need to get on one of those sights and check out my digital footprint! Overall I thought the video was very informative. Some of the information was a little over my head, but I thought it was very well done.


this is the story of an everyday game of pickleball

Monday, February 15, 2010


I just watched to video about digital citizenship. This video addressed many issues such as internet safety, texting while driving, and other school related issues. One thing I didn't like about this video was that it was hard to understand what the students were saying. Some of the kids have funny accents and the sound wasn't very good. This video did have good info though. The first section over texting while driving was scary. I definitely text while I drive and didn't realize how dangerous it was. It makes me rethink texting and driving in the future.

Project Learning

The students in the Project learning video are getting opportunities that many students will never have. The students are getting to make cars and robots, which is just crazy to me. What these students are doing in grade school, I wouldn't even have a clue about now as a college student. I think it's great that these kids are getting these opportunities and really taking advantage of them. It would be nice if more schools had this approach to education. I think that many students would benefit.

Blogging Buddies

The video about blogging buddies was very interesting. I liked the whole idea of have a blogging buddy. Not only is it good experience for an older student to proof the younger students work, but the little kids think it's "cool" to have older friends. The young students get to practice writing while the older students experience working with kids, and proof reading. Neat idea!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I was impressed by Nafiza, who was a young girl in a video we watched in class. She had joined this technology group. During the group she had not only learned a lot about technology, but had also learned leadership skills as she became an older member of the group. I admire people like Nafiza because they have skills and talents, such as technology, that are different than mine.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A week inside Kiwi Junior Classroom

The blog that I watched today was about a week inside the kiwi junior classroom. At first I thought the video was really creepy. I didn't like the cartoon lady talking at the beginning. After that the video got a little more interesting. The teacher talked about how they use technology in their classroom. I thought it was really cool because these kids are learning things at a young that I might never know. The things they are learning in class they can take with them and use the rest of their lives. The teacher showed how she uses technology in any subject which I appreciated. Being a physical education major my favorite part of the movie was when they went over fitness. I have wondered how I would apply this technology in a physical education environment so it was interesting to see how she used it.


I thought the video about Luis was really cute. It was adorable how Luis used technology to help his parents and to bond with his little brother. I liked this video because Luis seemed like a normal guy who used technology to keep in touch with friends. I also thought it was interesting that Luis had parents that were immigrants and he could use youtube to look up spanish soap operas for them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bio: Sarah Niles

My name is Sarah Niles. I was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. I came to UCO to play volleyball and because I loved the school. I now play volleyball and run track and love it. After I graduate (in December!!) I plan on getting a job as a physical educator. I hope that during my career I will be able to share my love for health and sports with others, and hopefully show them ways they can also enjoy it also.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cameron's Video

The first video we watched in class was about a very smart little boy named Cameron. He has learned how to make videos as well as other technology savvy projects. One thing I learned by watching the video is that Cameron has advanced knowledge when it comes to technology. This applies to me as a future teacher because it's important to remember that I do not know everything. Also there are many things that the students can teach me if I allow them too. Watching the video is a reminder to me to keep an open mind and allow the students to use their God given creative abilities and talents.