I ran across this cool picture today via FNC. I thought you might enjoy it. It’s interesting artwork created with Flash by a group of online collaborators. I think it’s a good illustration of the potential of Web 2.0/Teaching 2.0.
What do you think?!?!
Neil Hokanson has an interesting post about using iQuiz Maker to create your own quizzes to be used on iPods. The possibilities for use in the classroom are intriguing. What are some of the possible educational uses that you can envision?
From the Mississippi State Athletics website.
Mississippi State’s baseball team learned late Monday evening that the Diamond Dogs will host Clemson in NCAA Super Regional action this weekend at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium. The three-game series will be played this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 8-10), with game times to be set Tuesday. The Super Regional is one of eight that will be held around the country to decide the teams which will advance to the 2007 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb., June 15-24.
MSU will be hosting an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since the NCAA adopted the current national championship structure in 1999. It is the third Super Regional State has advanced to since that time (2000-Clemson, S.C.; 2001-Fullerton, Calif.). Overall, the Bulldogs are making their fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 2007 – the 11th in the past 12 seasons and their 24th since the NCAA adopted its regional tournament format in the mid-1970s.
The Infinite Thinking Machine has put together another compilation of “amazing examples of how students are using a wide-range of innovative tools in the classroom.” Here’s a blurb from this episode’s show notes.
Dive into our Virtual Open House! We can talk all we want about “cool tools,” but it doesn’t mean much until we see how it impacts kids. So, this episode is all about students: what interests them, how they understand and generate knowledge, and the amazing things they can do when we give them the right tools and guidance. It’s time to let the kids show off!
I encourage you to visit ITM’s post related to this episode to view all of the associated resources. There are some really outstanding ideas there.
I ran across an interesting blog post by Leah at Tech in the Class. She sets out to build a justification for the use of technology in education. I especially found the research findings at the end of the post to be intriguing. See what you think….
Technology in the Classroom
There have been several people who have asked me “What does technology in the classroom really offer? Don’t most teachers just use technology in the classroom as a means to entertain and or stay in touch with their audience?!” Ok, so, sure I have my biases (technology in the classroom is not a trend, nor is it simply a good thing to do for efficiency reasons, it’s a must because it provides students tools to problem solve, critical think, learn more in depth, do more effective research, express their creativity, provide them access to a greater spectrum of information and knowledge, get them involved in the international community, etc.), but a recent article in the USA Today outlined the exact reasons why technology is needed in classrooms. The article reported several detrimental issues found in elementary schools that I believe can potentially be solved by integrating a few educational technologies. For example, here are a few quotes from the article, where I feel, had the schools/ teachers been using (or had access to technology) the learning environments and teaching performances would have been more effective: “The typical child in the USA stands only a one-in-14 chance of having a consistently rich, supportive elementary school experience … they found just as many signs that classrooms can be dull, bleak places where kids don’t get a lot of teacher feedback or face time… Fifth-graders spent 91.2% of class time in their seats listening to a teacher or working alone, and only 7% working in small groups, which foster social skills and critical thinking. Findings were similar in first and third grades… In fifth grade, 62% of instructional time was in literacy or math; only 24% was devoted to social studies or science… About one in seven (14%) kids had a consistently high-quality “instructional climate” all three years studied. Most classrooms had a fairly healthy “emotional climate,” but only 7% of students consistently had classrooms high in both. There was no difference between public and private schools.” If you don’t know how, or don’t believe how technology can rectify any of these issues please contact me – I would be more than pleased to talk to you about the detriments of only teaching “Reading, Writing, and basic Math” sans technology.
Tech in the Class
I’ve been looking around for blogs that discuss the integration of technology with teaching and learning. I’ve used a myriad of search terms, key words, categories, tags, etc. but have been disappointed with the scarcity of conversation in blogdome on this topic. Do you know of any? Please share suggestions in the Comments section.