Thursday, September 25, 2008
I just wanted to comment that the lesson planning this week was a great activity, and it serves as an ideal way to get creative in the classroom. If I have learned anything in my teacher preparation, I know that students respond well to doing new and unique activities rather than completing the same 'pencil to paper' assignments every day. In addition, it is great to be starting a collection of lesson plans now so that by the time I start teaching, I should have plenty of creative ideas for the classroom.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I think that a great point was raised today in class. While looking over the short essays, many people stated that the key to understanding blogs and wikis better is to spend some out-of-class time using each one. By exploring the many uses and special features of our accounts, we become much more familiar with them. I have already become much more comfortable with my blog and my wikispace because I tried a few things out of class that weren't assigned. On a side-note, I am also glad that we are not using blackboard to access our blogs/wikis. It gives us a great real-life situation to work with.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I am beginning to realize how easy and time-saving new technology can be once you learn to use it. I found a video link on the textbook website about a monk trying to figure out how to use a 'modern' book after years of using scrolls. It's funny, but it really gets the message across. Once you learn to use the new technology, it's so much easier and faster.