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Thursday, June 2, 2011

We meet again...

Awwwww another year has come and gone....time to play!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Here is my amazing little family. LOVE them! Photo taken by: Ryan Flores
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thing 11.5 Evaluation

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I really liked slideshare and joining twitter. I now have twitter synced with my phone and I get all kind of celebrity undates. Love it! Slideshare will be great with so many topics in the classroom. Can't wait to try on the activboard!!

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
The library 2 play blog has taught me so much. I know of tags, blogger, slidesharing, and virtual worlds. I love learning about technology and HOPE to play again next summer! It is the here and now and I have to keep up with the kids I teach!!

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I thought I would hate twitter...but I love it! The virtual world is neat. I was afraid I would hate it...but it's fun!

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I love the setup...I love the feedback! Please, lets play next summer!!

Thing 11 Digital Citizenship

We must teach kids how to be good researchers. They must know how to look and not to beleive/use the first thing they find on google--they must learn how to go deeper...even if it is on google! Here are some things from the article that were well said:

Kristin Hokanson says, "At the upper level, kids need to be taught HOW to access credible sources...via data bases, advanced google searches and other good search strategies. If we don't, they will continue to go to the first sources available.

Megan Golding says "I certainly feel like the majority of my students (4th through 12th grades) cannot find good information by searching Google. That's why I'm changing the way I teach "web research".

"David Warlick says, "Instead of starting with a web page, displayed on the whiteboard, they [teachers] should start with Google, demonstrate how they found the page, the considerations and decisions they applied to select that page, and include in the presentation, the evidence that what's being presented is valuable...When we model authority, we shouldn't be surprised when students look for authority in every piece of information."

In the classroom, I would show my kids how to go deeper, and how to use other resources. I think it would be nice to show kids how a lot of information is not true. Knowing how to get good information is the key!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thing 10

Virtual Worlds~~
I liked this more than I though I would. At first, I was not in the mood and my computer gave me trouble with loading second life, but once in...I liked it! I named my avatar Aubrie Chardin, and she had short brown hair with green eyes. My first setting was in Dublin near the University. I loved how much it looked like the actual place and the music was really pretty. I ran into people and had conversations--it was neat. I changed my views, sat, changed my gestures and played with my appearence. I even got invited to a club and was teleported to a club...the club scared me so I left. LOL!! I really like this virtual world but do not think it is right for my 1st graders. I can see middle and highschool students having lots of fun!! The only thing is I would want it to be a protected site...only with kids. The benefits include self-esteem building and networking!