Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sam i am Not!

It amazes me how so many school aged kids, know so much more technology than I do. In Digital Youth Portrait: Sam, Sam is a young teen that know how to use technology pretty well. She makes videos with her friends, and uses her computer to make them unique. Sam enjoys exploring technology, which is not really usual for many kids because they usually don't want to take the time to learn on their own.

I was always involved in school, so I never seemed to have the time to be all technical because I was too busy with my sports practices, show choir, and all the clubs I was involved in. I don't recall my school having any clubs or activities that had to do with technology except for CATV, which was a show made by students that showed every friday about things going on in the schol, and announcements that needed to be made to the school. I always thought it would be fun to be a part of CATV, but it was a class and I already had my class schedule full.

I would like my students to be able to use technlogy. I hope that they can get it all figured out so that maybe they can help me figure it out. i hope that i can if nothing else, teach my students that knowledge is power so that they will want to learn. Hopefuly they will be like Sam and take the time to learn on their own, so that when they get into the real world they will have the power of knowledge to get them through their life.

Wiki Wiki What??

Parallel Play or Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work is an overview of everything you can do on a wiki.It was hard to watch because it showed someone working on a wiki, but it was blurry and hard to see what she was acctually doing. I do not have nor do i use a wiki, but I think they would be a good resource to use within a classroom. I realize that it is online resources that students now can identify with in a world that is going a great speeds due to technology.
I was not completely in the generation of technology. I grew up having an computer and an E-mail account but I did not use the Internet much. Now as I am learning to use the Internet in more and different ways, I am realizing that I am behind in the knowledge that kids now have of the Internet. Wiki's are ways for students to do things on their level of work.
To help my students learn at the rate that technology is going it might be helpful to make a wiki for my students to use in ways that they can learn in a collaborative way.