Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thing # 11.5 Evaluation

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
The screencasting was probably my favorite and the most applicable to my teaching at the level of technology that I am at.  Video hosting was also enjoyable and I feel worth some more investigation.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?  
This program has showed me that I really should be more curious on the internet than I am. There is an awful lot of really neat applications that I'm missing.

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Sorry to say that there weren't any unexpected outcomes from this program, but I thoroughly enjoyed my investigations.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Sometimes trying to address all the issues in the blogs was difficult.  Honestly sometimes I was forcing myself to think of ways to apply some of the new technology.  I hope is becomes easier once the curriculum has begun and I can generate new ways to apply what I am teaching and learning.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thing #11 Digital Citizenship

I believe this topic is of paramount importance in this day and age of technology. In their natural curiosity kids can open themselves up to so many things and people that could possibly hurt them...if not immediately, then in the future. I think learning Digital Citizenship is a crucial topic to teach.

I don't think students and to some extent adults realize how important protecting your personal information is. In some situations I'm nervous about giving out my own address let alone other information some sites request.

I would tell my students first of all to make sure they are not misrepresenting themselves.  That dishonesty in all situations looks bad on them for a long time.  They should know that they are accountable to any and all information posted in their online work and projects.   With that being said they should never take anything they read as the absolute honest truth and that they should have more than one source of information to validate what they are reading.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thing #10 Virtual Worlds

I still haven't received my email about virtual world and when I tried to sign up again, I was blocked saying that I had too many avatars.  Not quite sure how this happened,so in order to experience this "thing" I looked over the shoulder of my loving husbands as he navigated through this virtual world.

By far this will become an addiction to some.  The graphics are awesome and those of curious mind to explore have found a new playground.  I was surprised to find out how real this second life is.  You actually have to get "money" somehow.  Meaning your avatar has to get a job...very applicable in the real world for our kiddos.  Interacting with people was interesting.  They weren't as polite as I feel folks should be upon first meetings.  Replies were short and curt.  As a class we could discuss how to the characters could interacts better.  

This blog is going to edited several times as my view change.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thing # 9 Slideshare

I think that I have happened across this technology before while searching for PPt presentations on various subjects. I never really thought about uploading them before, but I can see where this could be helpful. I can imagine some students searching for presentations created by others to compare to their own.

As a teacher I appreciate the idea that Joyce Valenza had about "parking" her presentations their in the event of her computer crashing and loosing what she has created.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thing # 8 Screencasting

This is soooo neat. This could be used by a teacher who is doing work with his/her class in a computer lab and needs them to learn how to produce something. Now I screencasted how to open curriculum for new teachers from the homepage.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Phases # 7 Video Resources

I've bookmarked several of these sites on my computer and know that I will revisit them this year. I'm always looking for those little pieces of "action" to grab my students attention~~especially for the topics that have a tendency to be on the least interesting side of science.

I found a video clip on BLINX about the phases of the moon. Really neat! I would embed this into an active presentation during the space unit. I'm having some difficulty posting it to my blog, but I'll keep trying.

The second video I found was about wave erosion. It was okay. I would use only bits of it to reinforce the powers of waves.

Thing # 6 iPHONE

I borrowed an IPHONE and it was really interesting. It seems that there is an application for just about anything you wanted to do. There were a few research applications that would really come in handy. PLANETS has all the latest astronomy information at your fingertips, UNITS does quick conversions from any measurement unit you can think of, MAPS is great for social studies for coordinate directions.