Thing # 2

Complete a blog post reflecting on your initial thoughts about Web 2.0 and its role in 21st Century teaching and learning. Consider the ways in which Web 2.0 tools might change (or have already changed) your professional practice. How might you be able to use these new tools to to engage today’s “digital learners?” Why would you want to? How might you be able to use these tools to support your own learning?

1.reflecting on your initial thoughts- they seem relevant still.

2. ways in which Web 2.0 tools might change (or have already changed) your professional            practice-

I like the idea of communication, especially ideas. So far, all of this has taken me many hours to figure out and I’m hoping that by me doing this now, I can learn how to distill the process down to smaller, doable steps because I don’t see my students spending their own time figuring it out nor do I trust all of them have continual access to the technology at home or at school so some might be left behind from the onset.

3. use these new tools to to engage today’s “digital learners? –

I have been using electronic media for 5 years, almost exclusively in the delivery of information. I avoid their use of it because:                                  – their limited access to it at school/home                                                                                                         – the variance of skills they bring to class

If those barriers were not in place, I would require they produce a blog a week of 125 words to reflect on their assignments and how the subject matter impacts their lives now or in the future  They could/should include at leats 1 piece of other into their blog i.e. picture, video, audio that enhances what they have written

4. Why would you want to? – Confidence building (survival skills). To me this is what education is ultimately for.

5. use these tools to support your own learning? – using tech tools should keep me current but I am concerned about the time commitment and how the process can lead to isolation of the learner, only “meeting”  others in cyber space. I like hard copy. Let’s really play. Are video games playing? Are they engaged in their own learning?  What life skills are they learning that doesn’t require tecnology (electricity)?

Well, they are learning that accomplishment is satisfying, that they can progress in their own learning, and that the skills they are gathering are marketable.

Things #1

The ride begins.the journey

Most challenging- using technology to my advantage seems to the the habit most difficult to master.There are so many new things to learn and use and not enough confidence that the sytem will support it soon enough before I forget how to use it and I will have to start from scratch again.

Easiest- all the rest. Going last to first:

7.5 Play – can’t exist by itself; has to have a balance with direction but play has to be unstructured and free from evaluation and be experimental at all points. (lots here to object to)

7. Teach/mentor- what life is

5. Create toolbox- constant enterprise (see7)

4. Confidence- I’ve gotten this far!

3. Problem solving- I figured that what (7) was at the age of 4 when a friend of mine needed some new shoes, so with less than $.10 in my pocket, we walked towards the nearest shoe store (3 mile away) and would have made it had too had we not been picked up by a do-gooder who called the police and brought us home. On an up note, Dad was sleeping, worked nights and Mom was at work, teaching!

2. Responsibility- see 3 above

1. End in mind- see, I’m at the end of this and at # 1 too!