Monday, October 27, 2008

Guerrilla Learning

This website is another great source of explaining and using web 2.0 tools. The videos are good and help users understand how they work and why they are useful tools. Let's face it, there are people who are afraid of or don't want to learn about or see the need for technology tools. Why should I take the time to learn something new when I already have a method that works for me? That's a good question. But it is possible that you may find good uses for these new tools. Do you like to learn new things? I do. It's like a puzzle or mystery. Something to figure out. Just as there are many modes of learning, there are many different types of learners. The visual is helpful for many, as is making connections, which web tools are great at doing! Anyway, give it a try. I plan on using it with the staff when we have our wiki class.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jing

Have you tried Jing? It's located at Jing Project . It captures and shares images and video and posts to a website for others to see. With all the emails we receive asking "how to do something" this is a quick way to share without making the handout and printing, or attaching as email and sending. Looks like it would cut down the steps of sharing and repeating as others ask the same questions. Nice! Watch their short video.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

eSchoolNews Article: Prepare kids for exams or life?

This article poses a question that is often mentioned by teachers at all levels - teaching to prepare students for required testing. This is often a complaint by teachers that teaching for a test is boring and doesn't necessarily educate students, but prepares students to take tests well, which doesn't necessarily translate to problem solving in life.

The Students at Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Sydney, Australia, are in a study that allows students to use cell phones, the internet, & even "call a friend" to help them with test questions. The teacher/researcher in charge of the study says that "purely memory-based assessment is increasingly irrelevant in the modern world." She believes that it's better to measure the student's ability to locate or find information and interpret the information than to just memorize it.

This is worth reading and I'm curious as to the findings for the study, but hope that there is some longitudinal follow-up on these students in 5-10 or even 15 years.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Quest Atlantis Begins Today

This year we have two teams of Questers in 5th grade. Ms. Pearman's and Ms. C. Parker's students in QA stay on Monday afternoons and Ms. Scott's and Ms. Bowen's students in QA stay on Tuesday afternoons. We began with a trial of 3 weeks at the end of last year with eight students; four in 4th grade and four in 5th grade. The fifth graders moved on to middle school. Our now 5th graders "spread the word" and we have 34 excited students in QA.

You can learn more about Quest Atlantis. The Questers begin.