Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
echnology standards for language teachers from TESOL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) are a prime example. Actually these goals and standards could easily apply to teacher in all fields See if you agree. The goals are to have teachers:
- Acquire and maintain foundational knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes.
- Integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance (language) teaching and learning.
- Apply technology in record-keeping, feedback and assessment.
- Use technology to improve communication, collaboration and efficiency.
Today learning can mean finding relevant information from reliable online sources, reflecting on it, sharing the new, personal insights gained, receiving feedback and comment from interested parties and then responding to this feedback with new insights. Steven Downes discusses the importance this type of self-directed learning in his video, Web 2.0 and Your Own Learning and Development.
Finding reliable sources can be accomplished by starting and nurturing a good personal learning network (PLN). Personally I find that my own PLN is always in state of flux. I continually add and delete rss feeds to edublogs in my Google reader, follow and "unfollow" people on Twitter, and check my Yahoo and Ning groups. I don't stop following others because any of their ideas are irrelevant, but because there is no way to keep up with all the good learning and sharing opportunities today.
I am in the process of deciding which sources in my PLN I want to keep. It's really a tough decision, but if I want to reflect on what I read, I need to have a manageable set of items. I hope that this "weeding out" of my PLN will allow me more time to digest and comment on what others say and to share my own ideas with them.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Connectivism is alive and flourishing through many free, online conferences in November and December. The K12 Online Conference involves educators from around the world who are interested in innovative ways to incorporate web 2.0 tools into their teaching. It runs or two weeks (Dec. 7-11 and Dec. 14-17). Archived live events from 2008 let you a feel for topics addressed by participants.
On November 13 Educause, Vice President, Richard Katz will present a webinar entitled The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing.
Nov. 17-19 Learn Trends 2009: The Corporate Learning Trends & Innovations Conference takes place in cyberspace. The focus of this conference is learning in the workplace.
Two new online conferences are debuting this year. The Virtual Roundtable Conference on language learning with technology Nov. 12 and 13 and the Campus Technology Virtual Conference on December 3.
If you are thinking about attending some of these events, be sure to check out which specific topics are interested in and see the time that they are offered. You may have to use a World Clock Converter to be sure that you arrive in cyberspace on time for the event. Some of the conferences also require prior registration, so don't wait until the last minute!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
In a previous mod some of the students explored Animoto, a site where you can create cool slide shows with music. Down below is one I just created of my son's early years in Mexico. Loved those pinatas!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
So inspiring! The National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in D.C. put on by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) was such a great learning experience. This was my first time at their conference and I was delighted with the presentations. Those that stood out for me were the ones by Vickie Davis on DIIGO, by Will Richardson on connective learning and Steve Hardagon on Ning and Learn Central.
In Steve's presentation he also elaborated on the new feature of Elluminate through with educators can have a free account which will allow them to have a virtual room for private sessions of up to 3 people and public sessions with a much larger number of people. I have attended many webinars in Elluminate and always wished I could make use of this tool. Elluminate also offers free training sessions. Definitely something to check out!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
The creation of all of these items is free as long as you keep them in cyberspace but you can also pay to print them.
Flickr can have many pedagogical uses for language development. One suggestions that I learned in the Images4Education course are creating poems or paragraphs in the comment section of a photo. Some topics for thought are "where I'm from", "where I want to be"and "what my dinner table looks like".
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm playing aroud with Flickr to see how it could be used for language teaching. I found this picture when I searched for baby animals. Above the picture it said Blog this. I like that the attribution shows up directly below the picture.
Cute, aren't they!
Uh oh. While the attribution shows up fine when I am writing the post, it seems to get too tiny to view when I publish the post. I'll have to see if there is some way to fix that.
Monday, January 26, 2009
This could be an excellent feature to use for second language teaching. I've posted an example here called Jane Goodall's Camp. The notes will not show up here in my blog, but if you click on the picture, you will see the photo with all its notes.
It seems to me that only the owner of the image can add notes, but I'm not sure about that.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
So this semester I'm going to have them read articles on educational microblogging, search for an educational term such as connectivism, check out the sites of others who posted on that subject and follow some of these people for a week.
In planning this mod, I reread all the sites that I tagged as Twitter in my delicious account and retagged them as TwitterTutorials, TwitterTeachers and/or TwitterArticles. This sorting helped a lot.
I also listened again to this great viral video by UK musician, Ben Harper. Check it out! :-)