Wednesday, June 16, 2010
My second piece of technology that I am going to be demonstrating on how to sign up is twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that lets its users post messages to let their follows know what they are up to. A lot of famous athletes and people have twitter and they use them daily. Twitter was invented in 2006 and since then has attracted over 100 million members. However you can follow anyones twitter account and this could be helpful following teachers and classmates to see what they are up to. For instance finding out about review sessions for tests and help with certain homework. Twitter is very self explanatory and very user friendly. Once you get the hang of how to add different people and create your own site then it becomes even more easier.
To acces twitter just go to www.twitter.com , go to the top right corner and click on join and fill out the necessary information. My user name is PHILJMETZ24.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
When I read into this statement I begin to understand exactly what is trying to be said. Technology keeps growing daily, before long what everyone used to know will more than likely be in the past. With computers and handhelds you never know what they are going to come up with next. In society, as well as schools, people are constantly trying to adjust and keep up with new technology. Will we ever get ahead? This becomes the big question that seems to need to be answered.
As a student I love the fact that America seems to always be ahead in the technology race. Are we really helping our students by never seeming satisfied with our technology? I have never really given it much thought until I began to read this article. Exactly what advantage is this if every generation seems to be on top of a different source of technology? Do we not want all of our population to be on even grounds? I think the answer lies more within opinions than anything. Sure people do not want to be left behind but if they do then it is by their own choice in my opinion.
"Instructors’ and researchers’ reflection and observational notes indicated that in all three courses, using HWCs for delivering instruction changed the class dynamics from a primarily lecture-driven, large group discussion to a more interactive and student-involved learning environment."
This statement is where I start to become focused on the facts that are at hand. Do we really want to leave all of our education needs up to technology? I think that teachers are getting paid to teach and that they should be the primary source of learning. As a student I know that with teacher intervention I have been much more successful versus learning everything through technology. As a society I think that in some instances teachers take the easy way out with this and become lazy. This is not always the case but the more that technology grows the less need for an actual teacher than we may need.
I do see the need for technology in the classroom. Like I previously had stated I do not see the need to get left behind. To what degree does this become acceptable and to what degree do you decide for yourself that you are too far behind to catch up. I know people from older generations like at kids and younger people with their technology and turn up their noses. I see more jealousy than anything because people have let everything technical in the world pass them by.
"Students’ overall attitude and comfort level measured by five close-ended items in the attitude survey indicated that students felt positive about using HWCs during classroom instruction and that they enjoyed having an opportunity to use this new technology."
With more experience comes compatibility and helps students become more comfortable with what they are using. Obviously the more someone does something the better they will be at it and feel experienced in most cases. With some classroom instruction and step by step processes I feel that is the most efficient way to go about teaching these sorts of things. Doing something for the first time of course the students are going to like the new feel good feeling that comes with it. With step by step instructions it seems that no student will be left behind.
In relation to these things I would have to say that this reminds me of my first few tries at using computers in elementary. All of the older kids seemed to catch on to what was trying to be taught, but younger students were more amazed with the fact that we were actually allowed to use them versus knowing anything about them. We would do simple tasks with the computers and learn how to use the word processor. Along with this we saw the difference between the PC computers and the Apple. I will never forget the looks of those new blue computers.
My only question is: Do students nowadays feel the same way that I felt when I was introduced to my first computer? Pushing articles like this I stop to wonder if that might be the case. In many instances I see students wanting to learn but in others I see fascination in the tasks that they are being asked to accomplish. Is the weight of the burden more than enough at the age they are being taught? I guess the only way technology is going to go is up and will never stop growing. So the best offense is a good defense and my defense is to be prepared for anything.
Friday, May 28, 2010
1. Podcasting- "Gabcast"
2. Gabcast is an internet podcasting program. It provides 5 free minutes before one must purchase more minutes to use when posting your own podcasts. After you post podcasts you automatically start receiving feedback and then people will ask to subscribe to your "channel". Overall it is a way to make your own podcasts and post them to the internet. As far as what Gabcast does, by embedding a flash audio player, you can talk to friends, family and peers through the online program. Also you can record interviews, record greetings, and also you can speak your mind politically for example. This is very useful because it gives examples and has a wide variety of ways to communicate WORLDWIDE.
3. From personal experience I would consider Gabcast is user friendly. I started out learning how to navigate the site and learn what it has to offer by using the tabs along the top. The overview tab answers a lot of questions and gives examples of the Gabcast's possibilities. It also describes exactly how to get started which is HOW I learned to create Gabcast.
This is the link to my very own Gabcast - http://gabcast.com/gc1/index.php?a=pub&b=play&cast=161246&id=35093&autoplay=true