Friday, March 27, 2009

K-12 Conferences in 2007 and then Powerpoint

The K-12 Conferences in 2007 were informative. The presentation of Web 2.0, share the adventure, had the interesting concept of have the students join the teacher along the path of using web 2.0 tools. This concept is a different view of the one saying that the teacher should direct the student in how to use WEb 2.0 tools. Having so many helpers will enable the teacher to use and access and research the web 2.0 tools faster than having to do it by his/her self. The teacher, however, must decide the educational goal, the mission. Otherwise, this can be an exercise in futility as there is no purpose.
The Wiki put up by Karen Richardson had a tremendous amount of useful links. Having a search available on Creative Commons is very helpful to me personally, since I am always worried about using copyrighted images from the web. Her Disney film was cool, but not very coherent.
And I am powerpointing! I like it though, since I can be very creative with it!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Online conference

Hi. I enjoyed my spring break, even though I did work though it! The K12 online conference was very interesting and I enjoyed being able to watch it at my leisure. This format allows for re listening and watching whenever one needs a refresher and it does not cost anything!
The keynote presentation by Professor Stephen Heppel was very informative. I like his English accent. His phrase of "this is the death of education and the dawn of learning" was really true. If we now have the technology, we have to figure out what we want it to do for us. It is no longer true that the machines can't do something, since it can do everything, but rather, what do we want to do-how can we use this to further education in a new fashion, befitting the twentieth century. I think at this point we are in a flux and this will be realized in the upcoming future as we see the change in learning.
To other news, my powerpoint presentation is slowly emerging. I find if I work on the slides with pen and paper first, so I know basically what I want to put on there, I do not feel so overwhelmed when I work on the actual slides. It is a slow method-but it is working. The tutorial and presentations posted by my teacher really helped a lot as I never worked with powerpoint before!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Web 2.0 tools, Reality and Powerpoint

I just read the article on Knowledge Quest on Ethics From 1.0 to 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. One of the points that it made was just as students use the library for pleasures (e.g. fiction books), they should be able to use the computers for pleasure (e.g. surfing, etc). It seems a contradiction to what I observed in SLMCs over the past month. Very few of the teachers/schools seem to be using Web 2.0 tools in their teaching repertoire, whether due to the students not having access to computers at home or they did not have enough time to cover it. However, the computer usage of the students in the LMC was mostly for fun or researching information for papers. They did not seem overly restricted.
I am working on my powerpoint presentation about blogs-Who knew there was so much information available on it!