Monday, August 10, 2009

Packing up to Head Home from Camp: Thing #11.5

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I already love Facebook. But I did like the screencast which was something new for me to learn.
2.How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
Screencasting will allow me to better deliver instructions in technology to my class.
3.Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I was slightly surprised that there was little interaction with other bloggers.
4.What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I would have liked to learned more advanced web 2.0 concepts.

Stories Around the Fire: Thing 11

I visited the
The site discussed about the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship: Digital Etiquette, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Law, Digital Rights & Responsibilities, Digital Health & Wellness, and Digital Security.
I think I would start the year based on these elements to build on their overall Internet Etiquette. I think the students do not intentionally and maliciously enter the Internet realm in order to reek havoc on fellow users. Sometimes the students experiences stem from what they see at home. I have a question a quick Google and get the first answer that pops up. Mom and Dad causally enter email addresses, usernames, and passwords.
I believe we can work on each Element as we visit the lab by incoroporating it into the actual content that we are learning.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gone fishing! Thing 10

Second Life is not children at all. Sure they can visit places around the world but I hesitant to let children or even teens on the site. I, myself, think that it is okay for social networking. The lag and delay on the site is really annoying and others there expressed the same concern. The only people I met on there (who I do NOT personally know) were shady. I prefer YoVille at Facebook.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Biking around the sites. Thing #9

Slideshare is a great way for the students to support their oral language presentations. The oral language is the foundation of all of language arts. A better presentation with high quality graphics and features will encourage and motivate students to actually do a better job. It is also allow students to commune presentations in order for them to raise the bar.

Cool Splash and Swim in the Lake! Thing #8

Screencasts are great tool for the computer lab. A few teachers hand write cookbook style of intructions for their computer lab lessons. A few teachers type up cookbook style of instructions. Personally, I bullet a projected Word Document or Flipchart with instructions. This will take my computer lab lesson to another level. Not only is it paperless it has visuals as well. I would like for it to show on the page as the students are trying to access the page they are working on.

Early Morning hike with the Kiddos! Thing #7

On Sundays, PBS plays Nova science videos which my family likes to snuggle down and watch. Little did I know that PBS actually lets you watch them on their page. Cool! I could definately use the Butterfly Migration Video on how the butterfly travels around the United States. The pictures and video images are done very well.

Waking up to Camp breakfast.MMMMMMMmmmmm....Thing #6

There are many applications that can be used in the classroom. I like the photography applications that can enhance students projects. Students don't just try to break copyright laws and Google image a picture. Students can take a picture and use the iTouch applications to make a unique and creative picture for a project. It brings a new level of work ethnic to their projects.