Monday, March 8, 2010

Peer comments for week 7

For this week constructive commenting, we were asked to look at two of our peers postings and then leave a comment. I enjoy looking at the different voice thread project that we made in class. I chose one but it did not have a title. It was educating viewers about the breed of dog she has. I left a comment.

I chose to check out a blog page titled "How Technology Helps". While looking at the different post, I noticed one for her voicethread. It was about a book titled "The Alchemist". It was a graduation present. I have never heard of the book so I decided to check out the voicethread. She did a great job and I left a comment for her.

Using A Wiki for Higher Levels of Learning

I watched a video by Paula White on wikis and collaborative learning. "Parallel-Play or Collaboration-Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Learning" is the title of the video. This was a very informative video for me. I learned about several uses for a wiki and how it can be incorporated into a classroom.

I thought it was interesting that a wiki can also be used with Bloom's taxonomy. Paula has even create a Bloom's rubric wiki. The video talked about how a wiki can encourage higher levels of learning. Students learn better when they are interested in the subject or it is something that they are passionate about. This is true of all learners irregardless of their age. Students are encouraged to develop deeper levels of engagement in their learning process.

I never would have thought of a wiki as a tool for global collaboration. I am aware of video conferencing and collaborative projects via the Internet. I think it is neat that a wiki could be used for collaborative presentations and project. What a great way to inspire students to learn more about their interest outside of the classroom.

I think that a wiki can be a great tool for learning and education. Students learn better when they are interested in the subjeckt and through collaboration. I see many possibilities for using wikis in the classroom. I am thinking of science and history while the subject usages are endless. Wikis can be incorporated into anything that is being taught.

Who is the Wizard of Apps?

Were off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Apps? Huh? What happened to the Wizard of OZ?

I was asked to watch this video as a homework assignment and post a reflection about it. This is one of the K12 online videos. This is about the topic of Digital Literacy and how it effects the technological world of today. It also takes a look at the safe use and practice of today's technology such as fair common use of items on the Internet. It also talks about how to use social networking sites safely and to protect private information.

I had never heard of or thought about proper behavior for technology before this class. This is a great way to educate about this topic. The information shared gives you great websites that can be used by educators. Some of the websites, help educators use technology safely for them and their students. I learned a lot from this video and bookmark Joyce's new tools workshop wiki in my Diigo account. I do not seem to be very good, when it comes to research and technology. I found the part that talked about research and the Internet very informative and helpful for me.

My wife and I both checked out a website (to check our personal digital footprints) that is a people search engine. We were surprised to see the results. Our blog sites are our first digital footprints. Since searching is my weakness, I also checked out the link for searching on the left side of this wiki. It list all kinds of search engines and provids all kinds of information to help with searching. There is even videos to help you have a better understanding of how to search information.

I think this a great tool for educators. I will use the new tools for search wiki in the future for personal and professional use of today's technology. I really thought creating museums, in a world history class, was cool. The students started in the middle ages and searched artifacts and then shared them with others in a wiki museums created for the class. There was a letter from Joan of Arc that was really neat. I think it would be fun to do something like this in my classroom.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Week 6 Blogs

I have started interacting with student blogs, who are in Mrs. Kolbert's class, to do my constructive comments assignments. I love to do all kinds of puzzles. I like a good challenge. There was a post there about unscrambling a word. Of course, I was curious and had to check it out. This was a different comment than my previous ones. There is nothing that needs to be corrected. After spending sometime trying to unscramble the word, I decided to ask for a clue. Not something that would make it to easy but that would narrow the field of possible words, such as a category. ex. a science word or a math word.

I chose my second blog because the title was completely foreign to me so I though I could learn something from it. It is called WaxWing quatrain and it is a beautiful poem about a WaxWing bird. I had never heard of this bird before. There were only 4 lines and it was so beautifully written. Mrs. Kolbert had left a comment encouraging him to include a picture of the WaxWing bird with the blog posting. I think it would be a great idea also, so I encourage him to include a picture.