Disconnecting from Technology???


Disconnecting for the Internet for 3 days or a whole year?! IF some people heard this they would have a melt down. Our world today is made up of so much technology and Internet sources that we forget there is life away from that. I have done different challenges of giving up my phone or Facebook and it was tough. When I was younger I was constantly on my phone texting or checking Facebook and posting multiple times a day on there. As I have grown up I don’t post things everyday and I only text when I have a question. When I am not on my phone or the Internet I am hanging out with friends, working out, doing homework, cooking/baking, and well living life. The person I am now wishes the younger me wasn’t so attached to the Internet or my phone so that I could have more adventurous stories to tell or skills to show off.

A couple weeks ago my friends and I were talking about how we miss the days when homework was dong a worksheet or using our notebooks for school. We are tired of computers and online homework. Because when we think we have a day off from school or class is canceled it really isn’t due to the fact that computers and wifi are almost everywhere and teachers can set deadlines whenever they want. Teachers also prefer typed homework to hand written homework. I thought it was neat that in one of the articles we read this week how there was a class that did away with technology for awhile and it was an eye opener for students who were so used to being glued to the computer or smart board or Ipad.

This weeks learning has helped me to see that going without technology for a year is doable. I personally couldn’t do it but I think its neat that Paul did. I also thought it was cool how the boys gave up their phones for 3 whole days. I think starting with small changes on removing yourself from different technology things helps students to see that there is life that is worth exploring. Being able to detach yourself from the Internet and technology really gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to be available to anyone who needs you. Being able to focus on others and ourselves is a lot healthier than being sucked to the screen that is absorbing majority of your time or possibly your life.


Back at it again! ILP


I am a little ashamed to admit this but when I took a week off from practicing my Lakota language I forgot more than I would have liked to. I have lots of excuses on why this happened but that doesn’t change anything. My lesson I learned from a week off is DON’T take a week of from learning. With that being said this week I made extra time to regroup my learning. I started reviewing the animals and then people. Once I had gone over them a few times I was getting back in the swing of things. To continue my learning I have downloaded a Lakota language app on my phone to help me. I found this to be neat because when I am on the go and have a few minutes I can learn away from my computer. I thought this would be a good time management choice. I am glad to be getting back into the swing of things. After I had reviewed animals and people I reviewed the phrases I had learned. The phrases are harder to learn than just the single words.

A couple of weeks ago Chadron had a teacher interview day in which I participated in. When I interviewed at one of the stations I was handed a subbing application. As I looked through the application one of the questions were do you know Lakota language. I so badly wanted to put yes but I am nowhere near fluent but it was exciting that that was a questions that I can potentially answer yes to!

Online Activist?


After reading the articles this week I was amazed by how many people use the Internet to be activists. It makes sense that people would use the Internet because when something is posted on the Internet anyone and everyone can see what is posted. I think this type of activism is a little easier for groups to become larger and stronger. I think this type of activism is more effective in the way that people all over the world can work together to make something happen.

When reading about the teens that use the Internet to be activist I thought it was really neat. I thought it was neat in the way that they have been taught how to use the Internet effectively to make a difference in the world! As a future teacher I will be teaching students and having them use the Internet. Before they use the Internet I will teach them the importance of using the Internet appropriately.

While I was reading the articles I thought to myself, “I wonder if I have ever participated in digital activism.” As far as I know I have not participated in digital activism. I am thinking that I will use this topic in my classroom. I feel like it could be exciting for the students but also very educational. I would use digital activism in my class when we are learning about campaigns or running for class president. I think having the students use twitter and facebook and any other social media at the time of my teaching will show students how digital activism works. This is just an idea I would need to do more brainstorming to figure out the details.

I think some of the key issues we should consider about digital activism is that people can be abusive online. As a future teacher I am not sure that I should participate in majority of activism because I am held to such high standards and if a parent or a coworker or boss saw me out there and didn’t agree with my thoughts they would maybe have me fired. And maybe this thought is over thinking digital activism. I think before we let our students out on the Internet we should most definitely inform them of the seriousness of being online and show them that everything they post will show up. We will need to educate our students how to make good decisions when posting on the Internet.

I felt like this weeks module was very interesting and I learned more information on our digital world.


This past week I have taken time to reflect on this class. I am amazed by all that I have learned. Most online classes I have taken have been complicated for me because I feel  like I have not learned as much as I could have if I would have taken the class on campus. However, this class is so different. I have learned lots about different technology sites and how to apply it into my future classroom. We only have 6 weeks left of school and I feel like I have grown more tech savy from taking this class. I have enjoyed being able to choose what I learn in the class. It was really neat to be assigned and Independent Learning Project but we were in charge of what we learn. I have enjoyed learning the different language but I have also found that it is hard to learn a second language at this age and time.

My expectations for this class was that I was going to be bored from just blogging and tweeting. I wasn’t really looking forward to this class but as we have dove into this semester and learned many different things each week I have found myself interested in majority of the weeks. I have even found myself challenged and I enjoy the challenge. I appreciate how we learn about different topics each week and we also have our own topic to learn. I don’t have a favorite module because I have enjoyed  most of them. I really enjoyed when we were able to choose our own TED talk video and when we learned about Digital Citizenship.

I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks and what we will be able to learn. I know I will still be challenged but I am looking forward to the learning that I will be doing. I have not started the 30 daily challenge activity but I know that it will be okay. I just need to stay focused and dedicated to the class.

Cheers to the next 6 weeks!

Digital Citizenship.


What’s your online identity?! Who are you? Are you a happy, silly, mad, miserable, victim, bully, adventurous person? What you post online is out there FOREVER!!!

Digital Citizenship is an online identity of what you post. In one article that I read teachers found a student that they thought was a really good student and when that student used the same hashtag as them on twitter they looked the students profile and they were amazed at what the student posted. I thought this was a little scary because there are a lot of younger children on Facebook and Twitter now and some of the things they post I am sure they would be embarrassed knowing their teacher found them or even worse their future boss. I know just looking at the memories from previous years on my facebook I am just like uhhhh why was I so weird!?!?

As a future teacher I have always thought that if I am able to teach the upper elementary kids I will have them use twitter for assignments. I know this is not good to admit but I forgot that whatever they post is saved on the internet. When and If I use this I will be sending out permission slips because some parents don’t want their children on social media until they feel like they are old enough. I lived with a family where the mom did not want pictures or anything posted of her children until she felt like it was okay.

After researching on Digital Citizenship I learned  more information on how to better use the internet. I also had a good reminder that whatever I post will be able to see for anyone who looks me up. Some good information that I found was through several of the websites that we were given to research. I felt like I gained a better understanding from the articles that were read.

I also thought about how kids are easily bullied now online and my role as a teacher to help students to know how to inform kids how to prevent this from happening.

When I finished reading the articles and exploring them it raised some curiosity in me to see what my identity was. I put my name into google and was not able to find much and then when I searched Alyssa Boller twitter or Alyssa Boller wordpress I found everything from the assignments we have done for this class. I was surprised that I could not find myself on facebook since I find myself constantly on there or the selfies I have taken.


ILP update 2/27/16



Last time I blogged about how it was so tough to fit learning a new language into my week well I no longer struggle! Thank goodness! I have come up with a schedule that has helped me to organize a little better and I also met a friend who is taking the Lakota Language class at Chadron. I am excited about organizing my language learning and I am happy that I know someone  who can help me and guide me. I do better when I work with someone then on my own. This week I worked on reviewing what I have learned and I practiced using them on my family. They sometimes laugh at me because I struggle a little bit when pronouncing some of the words but I think with reviewing and listening the new words I will be more fluent in this language. I went to the school where my fiancé’s mom works. In the hallways and on the doors entering and leaving the school are words in Lakota Language. When I saw this I thought it was exciting because it will help keep me reminded of the different phrases in their language. Another reason I found it exciting was because I knew how to pronounce the words and I knew what it meant! Yahoo!!

A confusing term or concept that I had to get figured out when learning the Lakota language is that the letter “t” has a “d” sound. So instead of pronouncing the the t in a word you will pronounce with word as if it has a d in it. After I had learned this I was able to pronounce words a little easier. I also learned that females and males have different dialects in this language. SO when I started out I was in the wrong direction. These pas couple weeks I am getting re-situated and put on the right direction. However, the vine I made for class earlier is correct.

I look forward to more that I will be learning! Stay tuned everyone!



What is this Ds106 !?!?! A code?  Ha! No! Ds106 is an online learning tool. People create fun little assignments that creative and there are all sorts of different assignments. There are visual, audio, video, writing, mashup, and much more! I think this would be a great tool to bring into the classroom for the upper elementary and up students!

When I was looking through these links that had been provided for us to look at and learn from I was a little worried and started wondering if I would be able to do this. When I first looked at these websites I was unsure of what it really was. I googled trying to search for my answer on what Ds106 is and it had nothing except how to show me how to write a resume…I knew that wasn’t right. I then went to Youtube and looked up examples of Ds106 and found a video that was a little helpful. But I still wasn’t so sure what to do. Soooo I went back to the websites that we were given for this weeks assignment and I dug through stuff to get a little more clear understanding of what Ds106 is and how to use it. I think I understand and I feel like I am going to be super stretched out of my comfort zone but if I have learned one thing from college classes is that they do not let you get comfortable. College classes like to stretch you and help you expand on things that this world has to offer and they do this to help us better help the future people or places we will encounter.

From doing my research on Ds106 I really liked how the had more than one or five different learning tools/assignments. I thought this was great that the website had so many different assignments and different types of assignments because there are many different learning styles out there that need to be reached. As a future teacher I can see this website becoming bookmarked in my computer so that I can use this if I have upper elementary students. I feel like I could use these assignments has a brain break from our daily classes, or I could do this in the morning for calendar/ good morning time. As future teachers we constantly hear how we need to bring back creativity in the classrooms and I feel like this is one of the many ways we can do that for our students.

I am looking forward to using this myself for this class but I am also a little nervous to get started on this adventure.


Personalize Learning!




A video explaining Personalized Learning & showing how it is used in the classroom:



Three expert teachers I am following on Twitter:





A Teacher Blog focused on Personalized Learning: http://www.personalizelearning.com/


After doing my research for this week I found out more information on personalize learning. We have and are practicing personalize learning in our digital literacy class. Personalize learning is when students are engaged in learning. Students get to choose what they want to learn. From the examples that I read about and the videos I watched personalize learning is mostly used with technology. With students today if they aren’t busy with technology then they aren’t very interested in their learning. A classroom that uses personalize learning is usually loud and students are out of their seats in small groups working on a computer game or working on a project in the classroom. To some this may sound like chaos and an unmanaged classroom but this is the new way of learning for students. And from listening to teachers their students are always sad when they have to stop learning for a bit to go to lunch because they are so engaged and excited about their learning. As a future teacher hearing that personalized learning is fun for students excites me! I plan to be the teacher that makes learning fun and memorable for students. I feel like teachers who truly care about their student’s success in learning would choose to do personalize learning. When first starting to use this it could be scary or overwhelming. If that’s a concern then start small. Slowly integrate personalize learning in at one subject at a time. After awhile when you become comfortable with it then let the whole day revolve around this learning approach. As stated earlier I will be trying this out and applying it to my classroom. When doing these approach teachers can’t spend time at their desk because they need to be engaged in their students learning. Teachers should be walking around to each group or each student seeing what they are learning and see if the student needs to be directed in another direction or if what they are finding is good. Some advantages of using personalized learning are that students are excited to learn at their own pace with technology at their finger tips. A disadvantage that could be seen with this is that some students would abuse the technology and the time spent with the technology. If that happens to be the case then I would give 2 warnings and the third time I would have them write a paper on what they should be learning and why they have to write the paper. I feel like I won’t really have to do that because students enjoy the time the are given to use technology.











Native American


Another week down. Lots of learning took place this week. I am very excited about the progress I am making. I wasn’t able to learn all that I wanted to this week due to some circumstances. Next week will be better and I will continue learning. This week I learned a few words that we hear on a regular basis. I learned the words boy, girl, dog, cat, fish, pet, horse, and a few others. This week during my learning I found a website that can help me with my language learning. I was so happy to find this website because it helps me learn the language a little easier. I also learned this week that Chadron State offers a class to teach the Lakota Language. I wish I would have known this sooner I would have joined. However, with this semester of taking 21 credits and planning a wedding I am not sure how I would have fit that in there. I know it would be good for me though. I have really enjoyed learning on my own and learning something interesting that I can apply to my future.

This week my thoughts about this were how are where and when am I going to have time to fit 2 hours of learning my language in? Am I going to have to sacrifice my sleep in order to find time to learn? The answer to these questions is yes it was hard to find the time but I found it. Yes I had to sacrifice my sleep to learn the language this week but, it was all well worth it. Being able to learn my new language is motivating me to love learning. Learning a new language also helps build confidence and curiosity. I am a little curious on how I would do speaking the Lakota language to someone. I have a hard time memorizing words and so I feel like I need to create a note card stack that helps me review each day or at least a couple times a week.

To be honest this learning the Lakota language is tough. I have been making comments to my family about how I am struggling to feel like I am making progress but after talking to them this week they motivated me to keep trying and I had a great week of learning. I was also told that there is a man who lives around the community of my fiancé and he learned the Lakota language when he was in his 20’s. I would like to meet him sometime and maybe get some pointers from him on how maybe learning the language could be a little easier for me.


However, at the end of the day I am very thankful to have this opportunity!





{ODC The New one} Work

Before researching what Personal Learning Network (PLN) is I had no clue about it. So after doing my research I found lots of great information about PLN.

I learned what PLN stood for and what is. PLN or Personal Learning Network is when a group of people gets together and share thoughts and ideas with other people. This can be an online group or it can just be face-to-face group. My opinion on having an online PLN is that even people you don’t know can learn from you and you can learn from them. To me this is totally awesome and mind blowing! I have honestly never really considered how great technology is until after taking this class.

When I go to build my PLN I will be looking for people who share the same interests as me and follow them. I chose to do my PLN on children’s book since I am going to need to know about what great children books are out there for me as a future teacher. During my reading I found in order to make a great PLN you will have to do some adding and deleting. Keep the people who help you gain great information and delete the ones who don’t seem to give out information. This will help you as a learner have a strong PLN and make you a better learner. I also learned when building my PLN I need to engage with the other learners and be mindful and not sarcastic. ß This last sentence is a no brainer but I hadn’t thought about it when doing my research. Also it is a great reminder. The summary of what I learned PLN to be is that PLN is kind of like having friends. In order to be successful in life you need friends who believe in you and help you learn and grow. You also need to communicate with your friends in order for both of you to remain friends. Some friends will stay and some friends will leave but in the end the ones who stay or come in are there to help make life better. I hope this analogy makes sense.


After reading the article “How to Cultivate Your Personal Network” I feel like I better understand what PLN is and how to make my own. This article was very helpful in this weeks reading. However, after reading this article I feel as if I need to go through some of my “friends” and make some fine-tuning.


When sharing things in my PLN I need to share information that my “friends” are interested in as well. I also need to engage with my “friends” about their shares and others to help us all have a better learning experience. The one challenge I felt like there could be is that sometimes I get so busy that I would forget about my PLN and just Google the information I need and then get my answer and continue on.