Joyce Valenza mentioned the online photo-storytelling tool, VoiceThread,
as she cruised through new technologies for teaching & learning at the
AASL (American Association of School Librarians) conference in Reno, NV, October 2007. The quick demo she showed set off a fireworks
display in my brain...possible uses for this technology as a school librarian in
collaboration w/… Continue
Another great idea for linking all social networking sites in one web browser! Not long after I have experienced Web2.0 sites, I wondered if I could routinely visit different sites to update information. Today I found this great tool, Flock.
"Flock was founded on the vision that the web browser can and should enable the richest user experience possible across information-gathering, sharing, communication, self-expression and interaction.
This was a feature started by another blogging teacher, who decided to stop blogging, and I have taken on this weekly feature called Day in a Sentence, in which teachers boil down their week or a day in their week into one concise statement. We have about a dozen regular contributors and I want to invite YOU (that's right, you) into the mix.
Well, the votes are in from around the world: Japan, Taiwan, England, Pakistan and a bunch of the continental United States. Bilbatauri Nussa Chauri (translates as Lady Monster with the Big Nostrils) has been chosen by all kid participants as this year's best monster name. Students ages 4-13 contributed descriptions and worked as classroom teams to sculpt the final product -- now we can all compare. Interesting - everyone had the same set of directions, so now over the next few days we'll see… Continue
As usual, I'm crossposting here my picks for the best ten posts this month. They highlight the best links I've added to my website, which has over 8,000 categorized links accessible to English Language Learners and younger native-English speakers::
There are many "charities"
that you might turn to during this holiday season. One I chose to write about this Thanksgiving Day has a strong web
connection and an interesting approach to the idea of helping.
It's Kiva, a site that provides loans to the working poor. Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. Kiva is a Swahili word meaning…
Yesterday it was the first time I had a chance to use Windows Vista and new MS. Office at the school library. All I wanted to do was to print out my paper but I couldn't find a print function. I looked around all the icons on the screen and started to get nervous after trying to find a button or menu for awhile. This is very ridiculous if I have to tell somebody that I'm in IT program yet I couldn't figure out how to print a document. I finally used Crtl+P instead. But how come I couldn't find… Continue
Help needed....Could someone out there help me find documental sources, links, pdf documents that would enrich my BA program on theories of English Grammar? Something like a time line history of the different grammarians or how Grammar has been developing according to each of the English language learning methodolgies? You know, like generative grammar, Transformational grammar,etc.?
Added by PEDRO MENDOZA on November 21, 2007 at 11:35am —
I have been in the synchronous world of online education for about 11 years. It has been exhausting. I truly believe that most people learn best in social environments. I think the regular old boring classroom has a lot of positives in it, like real-people.
I think correspondence/asynchronous courses are successful for about 20% of the population who are geared toward learning in an isolated environment. To them having to listen to lectures or participate in group discussions or… Continue
Added by John Wabel on November 19, 2007 at 4:11pm —
I believe that education is one of the most, if not the most important profession; we truly impact the world every day through the lives of our students. In my blog on www.masterymaze.com, one of my posts is "The Pale Blue Dot" which discusses the importance of collaboration, sharing and mutual responsibility. As a preface I offer a view of one of my favorite YouTube videos entitled "The Pale Blue Dot", which offers an interesting reflection on the…