Saturday, October 30, 2010

Podcasting in the Classroom

MinirecordviewPodcasting can be a useful way to get snippets of information to students using audio.  Here is an example of one.  The concepts of character and setting in a story can sometimes be difficult for students to grasp. This podcast is one more way of transmitting the concept.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TED, Videos

I love the ideas on TED they always make me think about what can be and not what is today.  I agree that information can be more easily delivered through video than it can with written words.  I am amazed how much more information my students at school seem to pick up be watching the video clips I am able to use in class than they are just through books or discussion.  I think there is a great need for better teaching videos than are available right now on sites like TeacherTube.  This is one site that is not blocked for us at school but the quality of the videos are not as good nor plentiful as on Youtube.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flickr in the Classroom

Flickr in the Claassroom
Flickr is great for using in the classroom anytime a visual is needed.  Here is a list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  If you need more ideas just present a few to your students, set up an account for them to use and then stand back and let them create.  This can be done by using the photos already posted or they can shot their own and add to the collection.
  • Single photo for vocabulary development
  • Writing prompt
  • Multiple shots for storytelling
  • Virtual fieldtrips
  • Background, projected onto a smartboard as scenery for a play
  • Slideshow of student work or a report
  • Several images to show a change over time
  • Slide show to show steps in a process
  • Motivational posters
  • Collage, artwork
  • Research using photos for students with limited English
  • Computer class projects
  • Documentation of speakers or programs
  • Teaching culture, travel, geography
One of the great things about Flickr is that the site can be restricted to a class, family, friends or other group by making the site only available by invitation.  This restricts the viewers to only the intended audience.
It’s a great way for everyone to show creativity and to feel creative and in control of the final product.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Faces of Social Networking

The Many Face of Social Networking
The name of the networking site:  Ravelry
  • What was the target audience for this social networking site? People who are interested in fiber arts including knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving
  • How long was the site in existence?   It has been in existence since 2007.
  • Why was it popular? About 850,000 people worldwide are members of this site.  It is still going strong.
  • Is/was there another competitor in the same market that was more popular?  I did not find any other sites that are as large as this one with this focus.
  • Would you ever consider creating an account and using it?  Although I do crochet on occasion I do not have a strong enough interest to join this site and follow it or its members.  If I were more interest in this hobby or in buying or selling items of this type I would join so that I could increase my market contacts.  It might also be an excellent place to find supplies.  I just thought it was interesting to see that there is a social network on this topic..

The Name of the networking site:  DailyBooth
  • What was the target audience for this social networking site? This site is of interest to people who are interested in photography.
  • How long was the site in existence?   The site has been up since August of 2009.
  • Why is it popular? There are about 5500 listed members to the site.  It is popular with teens because you can follow other users in real time and see what they are doing.  There are also a few celebrities who are members of the site and that could be a drawing card for some.
  • Is there another competitor in the same market that are more popular?   I am sure there are other sites that have photography as their focus.  A Google search turns up many thousands of sites on social networking and photography. Some of them deal with taking the photos while others are more focused on the marketing or sharing of the photos.
  • Would you ever consider creating an account and using it?  I would not consider joining this site again because this is not a strong personal interest but I will be passing this information along to my daughter who is starting a photography business and would be very interested in having this information.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cathleen's EDU 255 Blog: The Fabled Six Degrees of Separation

Did you see the movie Six Degrees of Separation? I thought it was very thought provoking. It was interesting to see how everyone fit together even though they didn't know each other.

Social Networking

Social Networking
From what I can discern, social networking is all about getting people to communicate and share information on a given topic.  Sometimes these topics are very broad but in general they are specific and focused.  Steve Hagadon believes that it is important to have focus  when deciding on a topic for a social network.  With the internet having such an overwhelming supply of  information.  I agree it is critical for the site to have a focus so that readers will be willing to follow the site.  
 The focus of the topic may be as narrow as members of a social committee or a classroom.  Or it may be broad enough to cover  the subject of American government .  If the topic is excessively large such as American history, it will be difficult for followers to stay up on the multitude of information that would flow through the site.  There would be more interest it the topic were more focused on key elements or subtopics within American history such as, battles of the Civil War.

With this in mind, it is almost impossible to predict which sites will be successful and have a large following and which will be lost in cyberspace.  The best any of us can do is to give it some thought and then  just  jump in and begin to swim.  I know enough to know that it will be necessary to constantly modify, recreate and if necessary start from scratch anything that I produce right now if I intend to stay up to date on web applications.   The web is constantly changing and it is impossible to predict the interests of the consumers of information.  Erratic or impulsive behavior of consumers is actually the norm and it is anyone’s best guess what will happen with the web in the future.   

Everything is moving very quickly and the applications of the web are only just beginning.  In reading the textbook, I was amazed to see the multitude of applications for the social networking component .  I will need to be diligent about spending time on the web if I plan to stay current on how technology can be used in the classroom so that my students can be a part of this revolution.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Wiki

Here's the link to my wiki.  Please feel free to comment or to edit.