Thing # 13 K12 online conference

Visiting the K12 online – Purposeful play Presenters stories was interesting. Some of the highlights of the conference shared by the  presenters was that the projects they had undertaken proved to be a success in the classrooms. Some presenters had been presenting for several years. One project that caught my attention in particular was presented by Teri Gragg. This was the first presentation for Ms Gragg  who described herself as a “newbie”. This give me the courage to think that I can present in the future.


Thing #12 – Create a slide show

Tropical dreams on PhotoPeach

Well, I just finished creating the slideshow.  What a dream.  I love it.  This is actually the first time that I have done something like this and I’m excited!! I could not have done this without help from my tutors!! Can’t wait to do this on my own, with my own pictures.

Photosharing with Flickr – Thing # 11

Sharing my photos or anybody’s photos to incorporate into classroom projects or just plain fun for me projects is the best “thing” so far in this web 20 course.  I really enjoyed looking up the photos, learning how to upload them for future use.  In the meanwhile I joined yahoo!, got a flicker screen name and signed up with Big Huge Labs.  I love it.  All said, I have to become really good at navigating these different sites. Wheee……..eee!! practice, practice, practice!!! My theme is “Tropical dreams”


The Author is Joel Abroad. The picture was found in Flickr on creative commons

Thing # 10 – Creative Commons

Before reading this piece I never paid attention to the cc logo on any websites that I visited.  I do think that creative commons will certainly impact the way my students learn and create their project from now on as I am aware of creative commons licenses. I now have more information to share with my students about copyrights and fair use when assigning projects and can now look into sharing content on the web.  Who owns my teaching material?  I never gave that question much thought before reading this piece BUT I figured that anything that I created belonged exclusively to me, even if I did not copyright it.

What caught my interest was the P2PUniversity.  The assessment pilot badges projects were especially interesting and is something that I would look into. I don’t see any negatives using cc as my students as well as I would certainly benefit from it.


Thing #4

#9 – Myth of the Digital native

Delicious? Never heard of it. Twitter yes.  I too, am guilty of thinking that most if not all of my students were digital natives and that they just knew so much!! After reading this piece I realized that it was really not so.  But at the same time I relied on students, and relatives to solve some of my technological dilemmas and they usually did to my delight.

#24 – Students, Information & schools

I agree 100% that students that I am in contact with do copy and paste.  They actually feel that it’s the only way to do research from the internet. Reading, researching and organizing information seems to be soooo tedious to hear them say it.  Plagiarizing??? They think if the information is on the web it’s ok for them to copy, paste and present as their work. I say, us teachers have a lot of work to do!!

# 15 – Spies like us –

This is a scary and very serious situation today.  Using the cellphone to cheat on tests, spy and record teachers, as well as classmates is so common.  But on the other hand, with cellphones so popular today, I agree that denying students the use of cellphones will soon be out of the question.  There is good that comes out of cellphone use but using the cellphone for negative uses can bring about devastating results.  The statement ” We are to teach as if we are being watched at all times” should be the mantra of all teachers henceforth.

#1 – Why don’t I assign homework –

I don’t think that assigning  homework is always necessary.