Blog Response #5

 

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=1311727032818684777&postID=2655830853839533070&isPopup=true

 

 Full transparency Folks! To all of those laudatory people here is a dose of reality - welcome to my world!
First, someone called me to test audio on skype and they couldn't hear me. Seems I forgot to unmute the computer's sound. I did this not once, but twice in the same day. Sixth grade was rolling...
Then someone called me to test my skype video. It was blurry. I thought it was dropped. Evidently (it is appropriate to start roaring with laughter at this point, I did), the webcam has a focus that is the white dial on the front. Who knew? John Maklary knew - thank you! He set me straight and I am so relieved. So to all those people who think I'm anything....sorry 'bout your luck! I obviously know less than the average bear - and I am still integrating Web2.0 technology. What's your excuse?

My response:

To learn how to use Web 2.0 can be difficult, I agree.  However, I feel that it is important for teachers to able to use it in order to better educate the students in the classroom.  I am looking forward to the use of such technology, and the problems unfortunately, that come with technology.  However, you did get the problem resolved which is the important part.

 

Blog Response #4

 

http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/2007/10/22/measures-for-success/#respond

 

Measures for Success

 

"Of particular interest, however, is the number of graduating high school students who are going to college.  Prior to their 1:1 initiative, only 26% of students continued their education after high school.  On the last day of school, in 2006, 79% of graduating seniors had already been accepted at post secondary institutions.  In 2007, it rose to 84%."

 

 

This is really a truly great story.  It's nice to see a school system that actually cares more about the students than whether or not the test scores are where they need to be.  It shows that if a school cares about it's students, the students will succeed as evident by the percentage of students graduating.  I really enjoyed reading this story.

 

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Blog Response #3

http://durffsblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/incredible-experiences.html

 

How far have I traveled in the last few minutes? I was just conversing with people around the USA and Canada as a class of preservice teachers with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach listened.
Now I find myself down under listening to a presentation at a conference there. How many miles have I traveled? Well, really, zero.

 

I have started to experience the use of this kind of technology in one of my college level classes.  I am just amazed at the amount of contact that can be made by using this type of technology.  We have had people speak to our class using the program, while the presenter was in another country or a different state.  I agree that the biggest issue is becoming the time zones.

 

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Blog Response #2

 http://teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk/index.php/2007/10/02/numbers-dont-lie/

 

I responded to Doug Belshaw's blog about numbers. He stated in his blog that there sometimes is a difference between what is data and what is reality.

 

I am a numbers person and I enjoy seeing numbers. However, at times I have to take a step back and try to understand the reality of these numbers. Trying to understand data vs. reality is something that can be very difficult. This cartoon made me chuckle as well as this can be how it really is.

 
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