Sunday, September 26, 2010

my objectives for PP107

Here's what I have for objectives... they seem vague. But, it's a start.
  1. To organize my ESL websites on Delicious.
  2. To participate in online discussions, seminars, and courses dealing with SLA.
  3. To create an ongoing e-portfolio based on professional objectives.
  4. To embrace the online technologies and how they can help me as an educator.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

best lists...

I really find it amazing how many links there are out there for educator. I'm a huge fan of google, but didn't learn about google.com/educators (that's really cool) until now and The Daily English Show (that's great for EDD). I also like how people aren't focusing just on education sites, but also sites to find software, spyware, hardware etc. Ed Tech Talk is great! (Even though their list was made in 2008... still some good stuff there.)

With that being said, sometimes it can be so overwhelming... I use the sites I like and I like the sites I use. I've been out of the classroom for quite some time. Sometimes I miss it. Especially when I see all this great free technology that I could be using. Well, we all make choices... I chose to be out of the classroom.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I've started thinking about what my ePortfolio might be... to the right, I have put a link to my online Resume. Is this a good place to start for an ePortfolio?


Two things about Marks second video strikes me... Code-Literacy and Remix-Literacy.

Being in education and living overseas for some time, I feel that I have been thrown into Code-Literacy. I've never really had the intention of learning HTML or really getting into making wikis and blogs. I don't really think of myself as a techie, but it seems every job I have had in the last few years, people come to me for computer help. I guess computers make sense to me. I think it also helps that my husband is a techie... some of it must come to me by simply talking with him and showing interest in what he does, be it making a website, a 3D cartoon, a audio drama or whatever. In returning to the States, I feel I'm a little behind, but not so much. These PP classes are really helping me fine tune what I already had and adding a bit here and there to my repertoire.

Remix-Literacy... is this really important or does Mark just like to do it? What I find interesting about this is the conversation about copyright that has to follow this literacy. Again, living overseas things are different. Returning to the States has given me a bit of an awakening.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the conversation happening in all the multi-media groups we have here in PP107. When I try and focus, I feel like I am wading thru all the extra people in these places and when I finally get to the place I think I need to be, I somehow got lost and can't remember why I went to where I am (did that make sense?). Right now, I'm using the Yahoo Group as my base point and posting what I think I should at this blog. (How many people have blogs? I only have addresses for Patrick, Michelle, and Vance's. Would love to know where the rest of you are...)

The yahoo group has 198 people; the Ning has close to 150... Maybe I'm feeling a bit old-fashion but I like the idea of a class of 8.

I kind of like the idea of setting up a listserve or a wiki or a YahooGroup for just our PP107_September 2010. Or maybe just a unique tag. Is #evomlit10 only for us?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

5 Lenses

I am really impressed by the introduction "Many Lenses" in Mark Pegrum's From Blogs to Bombs. The more and more I learn about using the Internet as a classroom, the more and more I return to the idea of teaching critical thinking. The amount of information on the interweb that is misleading or a hair shy of true can confuse students and cause a great deal of complication.

I can see developing a lesson around the 5 lenses: technological, pedagogical, social, sociopolitical, and ecological. Then students would have to rank them as to which was the most important. So, say they are looking at a community networking site... the ecological lens may not be so important, while the social lens would be. Would we teacher students to look at these sites differently?

Side Note: I was able to watch Mark's video just fine. So, if it was broke, thanks for fixing it. And I am assuming he actually spoke to an earlier PP107 class. We he be joining us for an online chat? I'd love to talk with him.

Transfer of classes

It's good that I am forced to revisit my blog... I created this for PP105 and now get to use it in PP107. I'm not much of a blogger... but this is a great reconnect. Yeah me!