Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Voice Thread: Learning to Play Guitar

Here is my voicethread "Learning to Play Guitar"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Digiteens. New Ways of Sharing Information.

I think teens creating videos to share important information is a great idea. I think thois would be a great school project for High-Schoolers. Some of the information presented, I was not even aware of. The part dealing with death/injury as caused by driving while texting..was actually pretty eye opening to me. I did not realize so many people were dying because of texting. I thought alot of the topics covered were really intresting. It was good to see kids having knowledge of some serious issues..i.e. identity theft. This works well, in teaching other children. Children are far more interested in what their peers have to say as opposed to print or TV media. The video can be viewed here:

I tried to embed the video, however, I keep getting an error. So please check it out by following the link provided.

Project Learning: Is it for Everyone?

I watched the video based on Project Learning. Basically, students pick a topic and spend the year/semester planning field trips and working on research for this topic. I, personally, think this is a pretty neat idea. I do not, however, feel that this works for everybody. I understand technology has come a long way and teachers are trying to implement it more and more in todays classes. HOwever, i am not entirely opposed to "old school" teaching. I think students can have just as much fun and learn with hands on activities without necessarily using technology. The school i did my observation at did not have that many computers. So where are these students supposed to make their slide shows, should a teacher decide to implement aproject based learning assignment? I do believe that using a project based learning assignment would teach one aspect of the subject being taught. What about the other aspects of the subject? Should only one topic of Science be covered? Oh well, watch the video and see what you think. The video can be viewed here:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Student Independent Learning Project

here is the link to the video i watched.

Here is the video:

Sign of the Times. Luis Story.

Technology is impacting our youth at a growing rate. Over the past few weeks we have been introduced to teens and younger children who use technology as a way of advancing education and helping those around them. Luis, in this case, not only uses technology as tool in education but also to help his parents at home. He is utilizing the internet to help his parent pay bills and manage personal interests. Luis also uses technology to help those around him. I think this is a growing trend. More and more students are becoming technologically advanced. What is great to see, though, are these kids (Luis included) using their knowledge of computers, etc...to help those around them. Even brighter, is that they are using technology for education purposes as opposed to just playing gsames. The video can be viewed here:
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