Tuesday, January 31, 2012

One step closer

I am finally in my capstone! I am delighted to know that the end ... yes, and the start of BIG loan payments, is close. But the end is in sight.

Meanwhile, I am suffering from monstrous writer's block. I am supposed to be writing the first part to my curriculum development project right now, outlining my journey and interest in my subject area. But goodness! It sounds like I have a stick stuck ... you know what I mean! So, here are my rambles just to get my brain "turned off" and my fingers moving. Thank you for subjecting yourself to it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Possibilities of iBook Author

OK, forgive me ahead of time, for I am not the resident expert on Apple products by any means. Only today did I learn how to remove apps from my iPads in iTunes (no joke). But everyone has an idea about iBooks Author. I might as well chime in what I'm thinking seeing as it hits pretty close to home.

As a technology coordinator for a STEM elementary school, it is my job to maintain an iPad lab of 30 devices. To manage the lab, I have a Macbook (nope, not Pro, not Air, just a Macbook). Still, I love the setup and I enjoy searching the world for apps for my students to use.

I was teaching when the big announcement about iBooks 2 and iBooks Author was made. Watching my Twitter feed, I watched it blow up with some ecstatic responses and some exasperated responses.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When kids ask great questions ...

Awful writer's block today, but thankfully my students haven't caught it.

Just a quickie today: featuring some of the great questions my students have asked pertaining to media literacy:

  • Is a name media? 
  • Are tornado and fire alarms media?
  • Can something be technology AND media?
  • How can digital books help us become better readers?
And there's more on my walls in my classroom. Not bad considering I feel helplessly clueless when it comes to teaching inquiry. My students have awesome questions! (And to think these are from my first and second grade students!!) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Please Educate Yourself

Thousands of websites have gone blank today in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Do you know what they're fighting about? Please get educated and take a position.

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." Dante Aligheri

What's your stand?