I am so impressed with this class of learners. Today you worked individually and collaborately, learning about RSS feeds, then took right off setting up your Google readers and finding feeds of interest. Great job. I am glad that the class methodology is working for you. Remember that the class page will be around for a long time...as will Steve and I....as you begin to integrate some new technology tools into your content areas.
Your blog postings and comments reflect your thinking on bigger issues involving technology and the read/write web, too. How do we sift through all the mountain (or muck, as Sandy calls it!) of information to find what is most valid and valuable? My sense is that the more we play in the muck, the less mucky it will be and the more able we will be to recognize what is reliable.
And how do we help our students become better critical thinkers so that they, too, can find information that is current, reliable, and authoritative? We do this by each addressing this whenever we take kids to the web. We go over keywords, website evaluation techniques, etc. We repeat and repeat, so they hear it in all their classes and it starts to stick.
And how do we balance our lives so we get enough sleep but still stay somewhat current in this evolving field? I think collaboration is key here. We share links that are useful, projects that work well with our students, success stories and failures. We each do some of the heavy mucking. I have observed that you are all great collaborators.
Here's to a great Day 3! Remember that we are front-loading this class, so are going through many tools this week. Once school starts, we will have a week between classes and hopefully you won't feel the information overload most of you expressed.
7 years ago