Sunday, August 8, 2010

11.5 - Evaluation

Yay!!! I barely made it!

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
My favorite discovery would be forcing me to look at Hulu and other tv sources. Sometimes I don't think about how I can use resources in the classroom. I sometimes see things for what they are. I learned that not only can tv sources be used for entertainment but educational as well.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
11.5 things showed me lots of new things I can use in the classroom. I feel that it has made me a better teacher and I definitly made me know more about technology. It's amazing to know that there are so many things out there. I don't know how you can possibly keep up to date all the time. I feel like I can now be a technology coach. haha.

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
The only thing that surprised me was Second Life. I never really knew that was out there. I'm sure there are plenty of things that are useful in the classroom. It amazes me that people go on there are spend all their time exploring. I guess I'm just not a virtual kind of person.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I think the program was great. You offered many resources to research and look at to form our opinion each thing we needed to explore. I enjoyed the program. I have recommened the first program to many of my collegues. I would recommened this one as well.

Thing # 11 - Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is very important to teach students. Many times, students go with the first thing they find on the computer. I think for students, it's hard sometimes to determine if facts are correct or not especially if they are researching subjects they are not familiar with. I enjoyed reading Cool Cat's blog about digital citizenship. I think he had some very valid points and stressed the importance of teaching students to find information from various of sources. I think it's important for teachers and librarians to teach students how to research on the computer.

If I were to teach lesson on digital citizenship the first thing I would do is talk with my students about what they know about the internet and safety. We would discuss how you need to look at various sources and not to settle on the first thing you find. Plagiarism is a very important topic to discuss with students. Plagiarism is a topic I would discuss all year. We would then talk about online safety. I would show students a BrainPop video about online safety. This is something I would talk about all year long to stress the importance to the students.