31 July 2007

I'm Gonna Need a Bigger Venn

One of the nice things about summer is the time and headspace to explore the 'net a bit. I like taking time to visit a site from my sidebar---and then work through the recommended reads that they have listed. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Doing this today took me down an interesting rabbit hole...one which I knew existed, but not with quite the diversity and depth that I saw today. I'm talking about the ultimate techie teachers. The ones who are out there on the bleeding edge of things. They're talking about using twitter with their classes (and having kids message in class from their phones)---groups "tweeting" to the smartboard. Wiki type sites for uploading class projects. And all manner of acronyms and other things that made my eyes glaze over in a hurry because I was clueless (and embarrassed about my cluelessness) as to what was being talked about. WTF is "Library 2.0"?

So here's another whole circle of the edusphere: one leading the front of implementing the latest tools with students. I don't know that I can or will ever catch up to them, but it made me think about preparing students for the roads they'll travel once they leave high school. The teachers I read about today are closer than I am in terms of familiarizing students with the next generation of "stuff" for learning. I need to connect my circle of comfort with these other teachers. I think it will be a major learning curve for me...but I like a challenge.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, SG! Just when I think I've got this techie thing down, they go and invent something new. Or better (worse?) yet, they just find a new way to use the stuff that's already out there. I'm catching up as fast as I can, but it's always an arm's length out of reach. Glad I can count on my students to keep me up to speed once September rolls around.

And don't be ashamed at not knowing what Library 2.0 is. Heck, I don't even know what Web 2.0 is, but it seems to be showing up everywhere. I'll have to look it up when I get my shiny new Warlick book, hot off the press. (Damn that media mail, I can't wait!)

The Science Goddess said...

I think the other thing that frustrates me is that, in the past, when I have learned about a new tool (like blogging) that could have positive implications for the classroom, there's been little or no support from the district techs on trying it out. I'm wondering if I'm going to get all excited about something (like Twitter) again, only to be slapped down.

Anonymous said...

Too true. And with something like Twitter, you've got school policy working against you as well (no cell phones).

Hugh O'Donnell said...

What EI said.

BTW, as alert and smart as our admin is, they seem to have quality and security issues. Sort of like waiting till all the lights turn green before they start out across town. Lots of talk, but little action.

I don't mean that to sound harsh. I'm just impatient.

Clix said...

Are you on twitter? Cuz I totally follow you here, and if you're there, Imonna follow you there too. MWAHAHA!

The Science Goddess said...

No twittering 'round here. :)

I haven't even sent a text message in my whole life...you expect me to twitter?!

Clix said...

you don't have to text message! you can do it all from online :D

I've sent ONE. When we first got phones that could text, I sent one to my hubby. ;D

The Science Goddess said...

I'll have to check it out, then. Kewl.