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Technology and Reading: Who'd a THUNK it?

Posted by Christine S on 11:54 PM

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Web 2.0

Posted by Christine S on 8:45 PM
     Okay, I admit it.  I am a beginning Web 2.0 teacher.  There, I have said it.  Now you may be wondering what a Web 2.0 teacher is.  Well, from what I can gather, it is a teacher that is using a wide range of new and innovative mediums to communicate and collaborate.  I discovered a video that begins to explain what Web 2.0 is.  Take a moment to check it out.



   I just recently began using a blog more faithfully these past few months.  I used a blog last year to inspire my 4th graders to write.  Since so many people I know have an on-line diary so to speak, I figured why not use it in the classroom.  We have to teach writing.  Why not allow the students to use technology to do it?  The students thoroughly enjoyed the task.  Even my "non-writers" so to speak were begging for a chance to be the blogger of the day.  The same can be said about my 2nd graders this year.  I have learned that blogs are a powerful tool.
     I began podcasting last year as well.  I do not have as many posted as I would like due to time constraints.  There are only 24 hours in a day and I need 30.  I am sure many can relate to that feeling.  However,  I, like so many others, simply do the best I can do.  
     Then there is Voicethread, Wikis, Google Doc and so much more.  One could spend WEEKS in front of the computer screen trying to keep up with the trends.  It is amazing how quickly the Internet has changed.  I remember creating my first web page over 12 years ago.  I was so proud of it.  It had a few cute graphics and a couple of links.  I look at my site now and I realize the one I had then is nothing in comparison.  
     Now I find myself at a sort of crossroads in my career.  I had previously been trying to earn my masters degree in Educational Leadership.  However, I find myself being pulled more and more into the area of technology.  I enjoy my time on the computer.  I am always trying something new that I discovered on-line.  I have found that my use of the computer has grown exponentially when it comes to the classroom.  There is not a day that goes by when I don't use the internet to demonstrate something for my students.  They seem to respond well to it.
     Well, I must be going.  I'm off to learn more about Twitter and play with the Voicethread.  Have a great weekend!




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Happy New Year!

Posted by Christine S on 7:44 PM
     Well, Happy New Year to one and all! School is back in session so I have been unable to post like I had been. School keeps me very busy. Of course, so does a 3 year old. She keeps me on my toes to say the least. She is back in school as well and seems to be adjusting to the changes in our schedule. She had gotten spoiled these past few weeks with both Mom and Dad home. But, alas it could not last forever. That is okay because we enjoyed the time while it lasted.
     I broke down and subscribed to Voicethread this past week. There are so many uses for it. In the classroom, it could be used to have the students tell stories, share presentations, chronicle current events, and so much more!
     Well, on that note I must run. I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

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