13 April 2008

More Random Thoughts on Technology

Someone shared this clip with me this week. It seemed timely in light of the recent Edutopia poll: What kind of tech support do you have at your school? (If you're interested in participating, send your 25 - 100 word answer, including your name, title, affiliation, and location to sage@edutopia.org.) It was ironic to receive this question at my mail address for the district which blocks the implementation of technology within the classroom at every opportunity. In the other district this past week, I watched teachers explore Del.icio.us, talk about using blogs with their primary students, share video presentations authored and voiced by 6 year olds, select streaming video clips from YouTube to support science instruction, and more. It is truly inspiring.

As for me, I've just joined Twitter. I'm still thinking about how to use this as a professional network, but I can see glimmers of potential. What is it that's important to share? What can I learn? I like the instant gratification of this communication medium. I wonder what it would be like to use this with students.

While I'm being random with my technology thoughts, here are a couple of posts worth your time:
  • Andrew over at Techlearning has a great description of how Bloom's Taxonomy applies to thinking in the digital world. This is a wonderful resource for teachers who are using technology to support student learning in the classroom as they design rubrics and look for evidence of thinking.
  • Liz has compiled her Greatest Hits, an assemblage of screencasts on how to use Google Reader, Twitter, and more. Here, too, I'm wondering about how I might use this with kids---and how I might use this with ye olde blog. What ideas do I have lurking in my files that might be fun to share in a video format?
What are you seeing and hearing for Classroom 2.0 technologies that is getting you excited?


Mathew said...

I honestly find web 2.0 to be overrated as an educational tool (though I'm avid user of many of the sites you mention). I think that blogging and twittering pale in comparison to the digital video revolution of over a decade ago that some schools are just noticing.

I think we're giving students little or no tools to think critically about media at a time when media is coming at students on smaller and smaller devices and increasingly replacing books. Having students create their own multimedia in classroom is one way to teach media literacy and it's becoming increasingly inexpensive to do so.

The Science Goddess said...

I agree that we are not doing well for our kids in terms of how to think critically about media. Schools move at a glacial pace in this regard---and I think we're creating a gulf between adults and kids in terms of what we think it means to communicate learning and understanding.