Friday, February 26, 2010

A Ton of Information for the Digital Age

I thought that Joyce's video "The Wizard of Apps" had a lot of great tools for properly using the Web to gather information, share information and overall improve the classroom. I also thought the presentation was rather creative.

I had a little trouble reading some of the slides in the video, but those were provided in a separate link so I was able to go back over it which was really helpful. I also appreciated that she included a link to her wikispaces. It includes links to all the Apps that the video referred to and then some, so its a great resource for finding the online tools you need.

Her mention of people search tools peaked my interest so I decided to search for myself. I was surprised how much information came up. It pulled up all of my public networking sites and who was following my blog, even a criminal background check of myself and one other person in Oklahoma City were linked. I feel its good to know what a potential employer would see if they searched for you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video Thread

For my Voice Thread I decided to share some pictures of a Deployment back in 2008.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Project Learning

I thought this video was great. The projects the students were doing seemed to keep their intrest more than the traditional textbook classroom, and students seem to get more out of the material when they do the research themselves.

I think a more hands on approach like this should be implemented in more classrooms. Students enjoy it more, are able to help each other when they are struggling, and typically learn several different topics and skills through the use of projects.

Luis and his Community

Luis' story shows a lot about how the use of technology improves his and his families lives. He also uses technology to learn more at school and to contribute to the comunity.

I found it interesting the different things the students took away from these projects. Not only are they learning robotics, but also how to work together and have the oportunity to teach other students.