Friday, December 3, 2010

A Passionate Principal’s Thoughts On Change

Chris Lehmann has so many good points. Reading the title “High School Stinks” would really catch anybody’s attention. Chris has so much to say and I really think that he should be heard. We face these problems everyday going in and out of school and teachers coming in and out to work. I think that theres so much that could be changed in today’s school systems, and people should start making these changes so that eventually we will have a better and more advanced society. People like Chris that make an effort to be noticed, are the people that are going to start having an effect on the new school system that will hopefully be in effect soon.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why Classes Should Blog (Reason 1) . This blog post posted by George, gives you the perfect example of why we need to start using technology more and more these days. People can keep in touch with others around the world.  The girl spoken about in this post is moving away and wont be able to stay at her current school. She told her teacher that she will always go on the blogger for her class and she will be able to still learn the things that her classmates are learning. And not only learning, she"ll be able to keep in touch with all of her friends that shes leaving. I think that the fact that she's going to be able to keep in touch is so great. And its all thanks to technology.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Should We Be Good at School?

Seth Godin's book, Linchpin: Are you Indispensable, had a segment in it that caught Tony Baldasaro's eye. He says, "The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you are good at school." Tony makes a good point by adding "Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever." This such a good thought. Some people get crazy about worrying about getting good grades, although do you really need to be good at school in order to be a good worker? Once we get out of school, our “school” will really be working. I may not get the best grades, but I know that i am a good worker. For some people, it’s going to take a lot for them to think this way because they are so used to the school system that we’ve been living with for centuries.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom

Reading this article really surprised me. When i clicked on the link to go read the article, i was thinking that i was only going to see the things that my teachers, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Larkin, have talked about in class. Well, not only did i see all the things we use day-to-day in class, but i also saw so many other great ways to help me expand my education with all these tools to help guide me! There's 100 different ways to help! And im sure there's much more out there! If your looking for easy tools to help you, check out this website, It really will help. You'll be surprised! :) enjoy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

RSA Animate Video

Yesterday in my web 2.0 class, we watched a video about a guy, Ken Robinson, that shared his opinion on school systems in this time period. As a matter of fact, my family and I discussed this at dinner last night. I think alot of people agree with the fact the school is very demanding. This system was made for a different time period. Ken talked about how more and more people are getting diagnosed with ADHD. Doctors are giving kids aderol, etc, to calm kids down so that they can focus on school work when in reality, they should be doing the complete opposite and make kids hyper so they can bring out their true personality and learn by themselves what they want to become in life. Alot of what ken was saying was opinion, but it really got us students thinking.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Voki

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Web 2.0 Class: Students Learn 21st Century Skills, Collaboration, and Digital Citizenship

I really think that this whole system is working out great. Being able to connect with other students in the same position I myself am in, is just refreshing. We are all putting in our best efforts to create each and every one of our PLN's. And together, I really think that we can start something new here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Personal Learning Networks Are Virtual Lockers for Schoolkids

This article talks about how personal learning networks are like virtual lockers for schoolkids. This new way of organization is so unique and truely is like a whole new world. Students are kearning more and more everyday about the internet and it really is increasing their knowledge. Creating your PLN is an easier way to help you with papers you may have to write or honestly any assignment that you get from your teachers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview

President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview

Obama was asked what type of music would be found on his ipd. He says says that his ipod has alot of his childhood music on it such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan. But he also included that his rap "palate" has greatly improved. He is now listening to a little bit of Lil Wayne and some Jay-Z. Many people found this to be shocking, including myself. This story just goes to show that you really can't jugde a book by its cover. It's pretty nice that we now have a president that is up to date with the electronics and such that people are using day by day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


By using communication websites such as twitter, facebook, and blogger, i can now create my PLN. When using these sites, i am allowed to talk and interact with others that i may know or not know. Even if i have yet to met them i can talk with them and share common interests and ideas.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Facebook video clip

Watching this video clip tonight really got me thinking. One of the most important things that i learned from watching this is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Whether or not we as a class think that facebook isn't only just a social networking system, others may not seem to think the same. People don't really know facebook can change your life, not only for the worse but also for the better. Just like how today in class, Angela Maiers told us how facebook got somebody a great job just by having those connections. One of the things that i actually agree with in this clip is that fourth graders that are using the internet for things other than school is beyond belief. The kids that are young aren't educated enough in that department. Yes, the internet is like a brand new world full of exciting new things, but the children dont understand the danger that comes with using the internet. Browsing the web is almost like a skill that you learn and get better and better with practice which takes time and knowledge. So yes, maybe young children shouldn't be on facebook by themselves, but what ift they had a little supervision? Wouldn't that be alright? These kids see everyone else sufing the web and it's just natural for them to be curious so of course they're going to want to get involved, so why stop them?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

140 conference

Loved and enjoyed listening to this conference. Definitely showed me how to have my voice be heard. Thanks.

Monday, September 13, 2010