Hi Connie, thanks for introducing yourself. I encourage you to read a blog message I posted today at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com
It illustrates a service learning role that teens could take, integrating technology, leadership and advocacy. In your area such a role might help kids in Detroit have more and better non-school learning and mentoring opportunities as a result.
Hi Connie, Thanks for your welcome. I'm impressed at how active this community is and hope to learn a lot from everyone. My biggest frustration right now is that I am not actually in class doing all of this but I am trying to get as many teachers interested in what web 2.0 has to offer as I can.
I haven't had the paragraphing problem in blog posts. Two thoughts. 1. If you're using a feed reader to read them, they can lose that formatting. 2. If you want to, you can use the html code " " for line breaks. That might help?
I don't know any good way to do that except to may start a main forum thread and just keep some tidbits for updating.. I am wondering the same thing about how to balance the value for the general audience when you start a specific group and material just goes there...
I am playing wait-and-see a little, as I imagine our users will start figuring things out in a way that is better than I could mandate, and I also think Ning must be seeing this on other networks.
Very cool teaching assignment! I would like to bring you into some conversations with my friends from charter schools and share experiences. Ginger is a good friend and one who might be nice to share with here. I bet you two plow a lot of the same educational ground.
ps Thanks for the illumination on dog tracking! : )
Thanks for sending an "invite". Guess working with students to work with seniors is a common interest (although right now I am not doing it actively.)
I am now more involved with implementing an information literacy program in our school and giving support to Israeli schools working on a global collaborative literature project.
Maybe the similarity of our family names is also something in common. :-)
Hope to keep in touch.
Hi, Connie! I enjoyed your question on using clay critters, and the fact that you modeled this use of a social network by showing the class your responses. I checked out your blog and find your interest in the neurology of this changing world really interesting--I've posted a little, and thought a lot, about the things that are changes to us and not to our students, and how that will effect their brains. Nonlinear thinking and composing for the nonlinear reader have been obvious to me lately. You should see what my middle schoolers are composing. I have very bright, and asynchronous, and neurologically atypical children of my own and so I spend a lot of time pondering the "nerd" and "techno-weenie" factors in my life. Anyway, fascinating topic, and I enjoyed your blog!