Friday, March 30, 2007

Open House

"Come on in."









Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Thank You

Thank you Vicki Davis and Dee Martin for your wonderful comments to my blog entry, Webquest. There is something magical about receiving a constructive comment from a complete stranger. Reading the comments validated my thoughts and my opinion. It astonished me that anyone would even take the time to read my blog let alone respond and reach out. I am beginning to get "it." This tool allows us to be a producers on the web and not just a consumer. It allows us to have a voice. Through a discussion there is the opportunity for a tremendous level of learning, and if I feel like this, I can't imagine how my fifth grade students would feel. So again, thanks Cool Cat Teacher and Dee Martin for all that you do. Keep on keeping on.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

WebQuests

I participated in one of our school districts workshops called Introduction to Webquests. Webquests seem to be yet another phenomenal way to get young elementary students focused on a meaningful task while using the web to enhance the learning in a way that textbook reading and the traditional classroom instruction could never do.

At this point, I have read enough from Alan November, Will Richardson, and David Warlick to know that the World is Flat and that there is a revolution happening through the evolution of the Internet. We have turned in a corner in history and these gentlemen seem to have a firm grasp and a good view of the possibilities and the implications these changes can make in education.

So, here I am. A teacher, a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, and a life long learner. I can see that the boat is heading out and I really want to get on board but I am so overwhelmed that I am really not sure where the on ramp is.

What I have done:
1. Started a blog (But really I feel like I am writing to myself at this point)
2. Subscribed to a few blogs
3. Purchased a MacBook to figure out how to Podcast
4. Purchased an iPod to figure out how to use with my students
5. Reading constantly about technology
6. Attended a variety of workshops on Technology
7. Member of a Technology Support Group at my school
8. Created a wiki that really has not taken off yet

I know there is so much more, but I am trying to make progress with this learning curve. The challenge for me is that I feel as though time is running out for some reason, or that I am in some kind of race. Is it a race?

So with the wonders of the Web 2.0 I take yet another workshop on Webquests only to discover more great ideas and I am left with the challenge of finding time. Time between my family and work, the constant battle I am sure we all face.