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Education 2.0
October 1, 2008, 3:48 am
Filed under: ISTC 541

The thing that I fond most intriguing this week was from the Richardson reading. I realized prior to the reading that my students are far more advanced in Web 2.0 applications but the reading really helped me understand how distant most educators are from their students in regards to these programs. I think that Richardson was insightful when discussing the differences between students and educators. I also liked that the article offered some tools that educators can use to connect with their students more easily. I do feel though that our current state of education is not setup to use these tools to their fullest advantage. I think that with an emphasis on testing and linear curriculum standards is not conducive for multi-tasking, interactive, collaborative Web 2.0 applications. I also came across a graphic that displays the differences between “Education 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0,” The link is below. I found this graphic from a link on the Web 2.0 website, which is a really good resource for educators and I am going to recommend this to my colleagues. I also probably will use this site extensively for an upcoming professional day where I have to present on podcasts.

Numero Uno
September 3, 2008, 9:56 pm
Filed under: ISTC 541

This is the first post for my ISTC 541 blog. I will be covering my views on classroom technology use and a prior experience with classroom technology.

My Views
I feel that technology is a very important tool in today’s educational setting. Students constantly engage with current technologies. Technology can be used to enchance education. I personally attempt to use technology within the majority of my lesson because I feel that this is a great way to connect with my students. The only problem with technology in the classroom is the lack of resources and/or access to them.

Prior Experience
One experience I had as a student with technology was as an undergrad. One of the required courses that I had to take was Integrating Technology Into the Classroom. In this class we had to create a WebQuest, students had to complete an assignment using information from the web. I created the Quest using a word document. The document had links to pre-determined sites that students would use to gather information. I liked this assignment because it showed me a new way for having students engage in learning using the internet. The only problem was gathering all the material for students. It is very time consuming sifting through the web trying to find links that pertain to the material you are trying to cover. Thankfully, I have found numerous sites where people have already created WebQuests that you can use for the classroom.