Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Learning while Grading

I enjoy learning from my students! I am in the process of reading and grading my students' projects and assignments. In one of the students' blogs I found a reference to the article about the history of the Web from the New York Times. The article provides a video clip illustrating the points of the article. Do not miss it! Fascinating!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Never Stopping to Search

It is interesting to observe how the Web 2.0 tools are being developed; this process never ends! I am exchanging the tools with one of my colleagues - a Technology Guru on campus, Mary-Anne, and we find it fascinating to witness the evolution of the new web tools that are available for teachers to support and develop critical and creative thinking! Here are two sites that summarize the Web 2.0 tools and services, 12 Manage - mind mapping methods, and Top 100Tools for Learning that were selected by the 161 learning professionals and shared with the educational community.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mind Boggling News: Converting words to sounds!

Listen to the article "Digital Citizenship" that was converted from the text to sounds! Isn't it amazing?! Go to the site Read the Words, open an account and convert the text files into words, choose the preferable voice to listen to and enjoy!

Here is the link to the converted article:

Playing with Flick

Here is a new Web 2.0 tool "PictureTrail" that allows you designing albums, slideshares and be creative with fancy flicks! Meet my first grand-daughter Aliyah (She is 9 months).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Instead of Good bye!

I created this web slideshow as a farewell card to TwT summer I class. I have just found the site and couldn't help but exploring and implementing its tools right away! I didn't have time to add the recordings -- I will do it later, but I added an audio file - music - that really makes a difference! So view my Teaching with technology slide show and bookmark the sites I selected for you to use to enhance your teaching:

More new Web 2.0 Tools

Turning bookmarks and feeds into interactive slideshows
Teaching with technology does not allow you to relax or stay idle. New tools appear, I think, every minute! I was fascinated by the new tool - WebSlides and Diigo, that turn bookmarks and feeds into interactive slideshows. See it for yourself and enjoy using Diigo and WebSlide!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Johnny Cash on SplashCast

Johnny Cash on Splashcast

Splashcast is a Web 2.0 tool that allows users creating personal podcasts. This is one of the examples.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Learning from Mistakes

The time of the presentation came. The theme is "Integrating web 2.0 tolls with Learning Management System Moodle to Create Community of Active learners." I am presenting my workshop with Mary-Anne Campo, Director of Distant Learning at our college. We designed a presentation consisting of two parts, the PPT and practical part - playing with the Moodle tools on the Ninehub site. We felt very prepared and proud of what we designed for this workshop but when we came to the classroom (which was called B.E.S.T.) we found out that most of the sites and programs were blocked and the computers that were set up to project the presentations were not aligned. I was able to attached my laptop and was able to use the PPT from my computer. The audience was involved in the discussion of Web 2.0 tools right away and out of the group of about 40 participants, 4 or 5 knew the icons of the most popular Web 2.0 tools and services. When the characteristics of Web 2.0 platform were reviewed and the features of Moodle that make it an effective Learning Management System compatible with the Web 2.0 tools were discussed, I turned the floor over to Mary-Anne. She re-iterated the explanation of the Moodle's features was about to involve the participants in the activities that we posted on the site and...we found out that they were not able to complete the assignments being in the role of gusts. What a bummer! Now we know, we should have make them go through the process of creating their own accounts of Moodle on the Ninehub site. Well, we learned our lesson!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mantra for Every Day

To learn to teach to the Future a beginning or any other teacher should start every new day with the following mantra published by Carl Glickman in his book Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed.There might be many ways of the solution of how to improve learning and teaching -- some of them are: to engage and be engaged in personal discovery, collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative decision making. It is difficult to achieve if the school and college classrooms do not create conditions for this type of learning...