Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1 to 1 Laptop Programs

I grew up in small town Iowa and I was fortunate enough to attend a public school district that was "ahead of the times." We had quite a few computer labs in the elementary, middle, and high school. All three building were connected to one another, so there were about 40 to 50 computers available to students on our campus back in the mid to late 90's. In today's world 50 computers is nothing-since 1 to 1 programs are becoming more and more popular around the country. I think these programs are a huge improvement to our learning tools. Now students and teachers are able to do unthinkable things in the classroom. Students may even find leaning fun and exciting now that digital technology is being incorporated into their leaning experience. Since everyone knows that no two students learn in the same way- personal computers can make leaning more adaptable for all students versus the traditional chalkboard and paper and pencil methods. Don't get me wrong- I do believe that all students should have the basic writing skills that we all need in this world, but now our world is full of technology and it's time to alter our teaching styles to it.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

New eLearning Software

eLearning is a great way to be involved and learn via the internet. I am currently enrolled in my second online class in my college career and I have to say that my experience with the online atmosphere of a class has gone relatively well. I think that it is a great way for students who have a different learning styles to come together and work well under the conditions that suits them best. This new Lectora software has new tools that will enable students and other users to have more flexibility when it comes to online learning.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

DS106--Digital Storytelling

  Recently I viewed a Webinar deals with ds106. DS106 is a radio station for digital story telling. People all around the world are able to use this to share their work. DS106 is a “mother-blog” to everyone’s personal blogs. So if you tag ds106, your digital story will become apart of the radio station. People can use the internet as a story telling platform and ideas can evolve. I could see myself using ds106 in my future classroom. I find it to be a create-outside of the box tool that would be very beneficial to students. 

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