Monday, September 11, 2006

Hello,
I came across a magizine article and it talks about blogs. I have not read it yet, but thought I would share it.

http://downloads.smarttech.com/media/education/pdf/ieAutumn06.pdf

Scott

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On page 58 of our book, Will gives a list of a dozen good educator's blogs to read. There is one in particular that I think has some great stuff. It is Anne Davis'. The URL is http://anne.teachesme.com

Go to it and scroll down to her del.icio.us tags on the left. There is an area she calls "elementary" and it is a hotlist of links to many blogs that deal with what elementary level teachers are doing with blogs. It's pretty good informatin and shows real people doing real things with real kids. Really!

I agree with Robert that fear is an explanation for a willingness to try new things. I also think that with technology, people experience frustration when it doesn't work the way they want it to. Additionally, technology changes so rapidly that it becomes a chore to constantly keep up with new applications, logins, accounts, etc. Yet, I believe that as the technology in our lives evolves, it is also becoming more user friendly and simple.

It has become clearer than ever to me that technology is here to stay and we must embrace it because it forms a major component of the world our students live in. We should be teaching our students relevant information and it's impossible to do that without teaching them with the relevant tools that they use on a daily basis....ipods, internet, blogs, seem most relevant and applicable in the classroomto start with.

I don't know about you, but I am greatly enjoying this book! I can see so many educational ramifications. What was most interesting to me is that typically as technology changes at such a rapid pace, the educational system is reluctant to embrace the changes. If our mission is create engaging lessons that challenge our students to read more critically, think about that reading more analytically, and write more clearly, do you believe that fear is driving the train?