Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thing 4
The positive comments were easy to write. I know I was supposed to add to others blogs with thought-provking insights, but found that much more difficult. Perhaps it was because I was just randomly reading blogs, and not because these were blog topics I sought out. I hope to have greater success in further developing thoughts when I have an investment in the topic.
As to looking for comments from others, it is rather like going to the mailbox and getting something other than bills. It was nice to get Dino's reply :)
Thing 3
So much capability! I found it compelling that classrooms are doing Silent Sustained Reading using blogs! Getting over the fact that the classrooms had sufficient computers for this to work, to let elementary children choose blogs they were interested in reading is incredible. (They weren't allowed to add to the blogs at this time, however.)
I found the blog about the technology "natives" vs "immigrants" to be interesting. I agree that it certainly does increase the comfort level of those on the younger side of the divide. However, this does give a false sense of capability. We can't assume that all of our students inherently know how to do things with electronic gadgets. Skills do need to be explicitly taught.
While there is an infinite offering of blog topics to read, and the capabilities of communicating in a broad variety of ways are now at hand, is this going to make us more isolated?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

23 things thoughts

Web 1.0 vs web 2.0
I think 1.0 is like letters getting mailed-You can read it, but not respond. You can ask questions, but won't get answers any time soon. By the time you read one the news may be very out-of-date.
2.0 - ask and respond, timely

thing 1 winter

thing 1 - Winter -
cold is only fun when you want to play in it
snow is only pretty when it is still white
ice is only good when you have skates on

Thursday, January 21, 2010