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New Site Feature

I have added a new page – Resources. This is a place to find some cool Web 2.0 websites that are good for classroom use. This list, while not exhaustive, is only a start. I do have many more ideas to add – this is my starting place (due to time constraints).

Textbooks… ah… textbooks

Textbooks are very expensive. They just are. We are seeing the publishing industry morphing – still really beginning but with the advent of the Amazon Kindle – especially the new larger version, we have an opportunity. But what are the ramifications?

I, for one, think that the new possibilities are exciting! Even though the Kindle is more expensive, imagine what a motivated teacher could do to liven up the curriculum! The text could morph and especially when information (in some courses) changes constantly, perhaps the Kindle is the way to go.

Found this excellent post: Thinking Stick – Amazon Kindle

What is your opinion?

21ST Century Learning


21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning


This was made on Wordle – a great site to make text compilations like this one. They are words that I could think of when relating to new learning. What do you think? What words did I miss? What words don’t belong there?

Check out Wordle. You’ll love it. I do wish they would allow for JPEG saving of the creations. BUT! They are modern and forward thinking by making these Creative Commons licensed creations and giving the “author” permission to use the Wordle even for profit. Kudos to Wordle for that!

Educational Technology doesn’t work (Not my title)

I found this excellent entry on the GenYes Blog. I love the author’s reasoning behind why this title / subject is simply not correct. Have a read!

Why can’t kids learn online? I did.

Having had many conversations with various teachers, I am always astonished to hear some question how they could use the Internet to teach their students. I realize that there could be several reasons behind this skepticism. I am hoping that the biggest reason is simply that they do not know how to incorporate it into their classroom. There lies the potential  – if we remain open to using various technologies like the Web, we can always learn how to best utilize it to our students’ advantage. If we are close-minded, we will not learn.

This conversation always get me thinking about my own personal learning curve. Google has become my new teacher… or rather guide to new learning. I love photography. I love to learn about photography and to practice my skills. Where did I learn most of these skills? I learned them on the Internet. The search engine (mine is Google) has allowed me to find information about this topic. It has never been so easy.

Let’s take this one step further. The current generation of students are frequently visiting social networking sites and social media sites. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are some examples of social sites where students tend to hang out. They have shown us they like to collaborate and to learn together. This is partly why I use social networking in my classroom. If I look at how I started to learn and grow quicker, I demonstrate the same desires. I joined sites like Flickr where I post my pictures and then discuss and critique photos in the various online communities on Flickr. This collaborative learning as we critiqued each others’ photos was instrumental in getting me to think differently about my photography. It has been mind stretching to have immediate contact with other photographers from around the world.

Why can’t kids learn online? I did. We just need to inform people and be constantly in conversation about how to go about helping students find the resources they need to be more independent and initiate self-learning. Isn’t that our goal? That our students are prepared for the future and that they become life long self-learners? The scary thought is that perhaps most students have figured this out for themselves thereby leaving teachers behind to learn this for themselves.

What do you think? What kind of teacher are you?

Here is a link to an award winning blog post. It may be controversial and therefore, I wanted your opinions! What do you think about what the author is saying in this post?

Is it okay to be a technologically illiterate teacher?