Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
IATEFL Conference - Milan, Italy November 26-28, 2007
Learning Technologies: Bridging the Gap between Technology and Pedagogy
My first cyber-session! Cristina and I presented at the Milan conference. You are thinking how wonderful it was for us to travel to Italy to present. What a great opportunity to drink expresso and eat biscotti! Well, it wasn't quite like that. Cristina was in Manchester (England) and I was here in Lisbon (Portugal) webcasting from my classroom after school. (LOL) However, it was a great experience and everything worked smoothly aside from the fact that I couldn't connect my camera so we went to Plan B and just uploaded a photo of the two of us. The audience asked a bunch of questions (always a good sign) and I felt great! Thank you Cristina for doing all the legwork (well actually finger work - hahaha) for finding this opportunity for us. Cristina, you are the guru!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This is a link for making Christmas cards: http://desktoppub.about.com/od/cards/tp/Digital-Card-3D-Santa.htm?nl=1
Link for making Christmas cards with a pop-up tree: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Christmas-Tree-Pop-up-Card
Link for making Christmas cards with a pop-up angel: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Angel-Pop-up-Card
Link from HP for making cards and other projects: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/acCategory?lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&extcat=cards&
Link for making bookmarks: http://www.janbrett.com/bookmarks/bookmarks.htm
More bookmarks: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/bookmarkfactory/
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Here is the video that the students viewed - It's short and sweet!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I am also a big fan of open-source internet tools (FREE online tools). When someone suggests using a password to access websites and blogs - I bristle. After all, they are then suggesting that we "limit" knowledge/information/learning. Education then becomes an elitist activity available primarily to those who can "afford" it.
I am pleased to know that many top-shelf universities share my view of learning and think that it should be available to EVERYONE - whether they attend the institution or not - and are now offering free online courses for interested parties (this is right up my alley). ;-)
Many universities already provide online classes (e-learning/distance learning/blended learning) for degree programs. Isn't it just a given that non-matriculated cyber-students should be able to pursue an interest in an organized way using these resources? Afterall it doesn't "cost" the university a cent since the courses are already online! The Open University in the UK is a great example. They have a new program called Open Learn that allows one to access courses and resources online for FREE.
Yes, for free. Are they crazy? Why would they do that? It makes perfect sense. The courses were initally uploaded for e-learning students who ARE paying students of the Open University and in the process of earning a degree. Cyber-students are welcome to use these resources but don't earn a degree unless they matriculate. It's as simple as that. In addition, it's great advertising for the Open University. Everybody wins!
According to Yahoo! finance, other well-known universities are also offering open-source learning for all interested parties. In an article entitled Fabulous Freebies by Erin Burt (Wednesday, August 1, 2007),
"FREE COLLEGE COURSESHooray, keep a look-out for my upcoming FREE online courses held in Knowplace.
Colleges and universities worldwide are posting
course materials on the Internet, including the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School. You won't get
credit toward a degree, but you can pursue an interest or sharpen your
Remember, the more you give, the more you receive.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
According to Wikipedia, "Slam poetry is performance poetry, a form of spoken word performed at a competitive poetry event, called a "slam", at which poets perform their own poems (or, in rare cases, those of others) that are "judged" on a numeric scale by randomly picked members of the audience." (For more info on slam poetry and slam poets click here.)
Slam poetry encompasses a very broad range of voices, styles, cultural traditions and approaches to writing and performance.
Taylor Mali is a slam poet. For more information about this former teacher check out his website: http://www.taylormali.com
Taylor Mali tells it like it is! He makes a difference! What about you?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
According to Wikipedia, Web 2.0, a phrase coined by O'Reilly Media in 2003 and popularized by the first Web 2.0 conference in 2004 , refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which facilitate collaboration and sharing between users. O'Reilly Media titled a series of conferences around the phrase, and it has since become widely adopted.
Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to Web technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the web as a platform. According to Tim O'Reilly, "Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform." 
As used by its supporters, the phrase "Web 2.0" can also refer to one or more of the following:
- the transition of web-sites from isolated information silos to sources of content and functionality, thus becoming computing platforms serving web applications to end-users
- a social phenomenon embracing an approach to generating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use, and "the market as a conversation"
- a pronounced distinction between functionality and web technology, enabling significantly easier creation of new business models and processes by using readily available intuitive modular elements
- enhanced organization and categorization of content, emphasizing deep linking
Check out this link for another great video HERE. This explains the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0:
So it's time to settle in with your computer (a bowl of popcorn at hand) and begin. The bits you've missed so far will soon become evident . . .