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Currently a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in secondary math education.I have a deep affinity for old typewriters, pens, and keys.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blog Assignment 9

In this post Mr. McClung gives some pretty good advice for starting out as a teacher. He talks through many of the feelings that will experienced and things that can be prepared for and those that can't always be helped. In some ways it's a condensed version of everything we talk about in this class.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blog Assignment 8

a picture of a manhole cover with the text at the top, a triangle in the center, and well at the bottom on it.

This is How We Dream

 After watching this video and thinking about I came to a tough decision, parts one and two feel not only separated into two different videos but into two ideas. In the first video Dr. Miller is talking about change in how we express ideas and publish which will be the first issue I tackle. In his second video he is talking more about changing the actual institutions we learn in after about the halfway point and spends the first half talking about how everyone can write. He ties the two issues together but given that he broke it up into two separate videos it breaks up the message, making the connection between them less established in my opinion.

His first issue comes in two parts, we are moving away from print media more and more. This can be applied to magazines, books, pictures, videos (they were once on film after all) and everything else. This argument is focused on the institution of how we write. Publication is now becoming less printed word and more mixed media, which improves on how ideas can be conveyed. He has himself been published in academic papers, published a book, and constructed digital publications as he mentions in his video. However what he does not mention in is video, more than likely on purpose since it would weaken his argument, is that anyone can publish online. There is no filter for digital publication and there rarely is an editor that is not the creator(s), this is one of its inherent short comings. While in the print media there is always something standing between the creator and the final product unless they self-publish. Who would see that as a reliable source in printed media? Why is it accepted digitally? Why should the reader be the only real filter in place? In printed media you have to find a publisher or publication that approves of the work, it is then edited and copy edited and eventually published. If it goes out of print this doesn't mean that copies do not exist anymore, especially in the modern age when digital archives are often made.

Project #13 Smartboard


Sunday, March 6, 2011

PLN Progress Report.

Talking about my PLN seems odd and difficult because it's not something that is corporeal no a single thought. It's an intangible thing that is difficult to explain. I have been trying to expand my PLN as much as I can and to find the best way to streamline and keep it organized. Obviously the central hub of my PLN currently is EDM 310 be it the lab, blog, assignments or tweets. Even just Dr. strange who passed on his links from delicious could be consider the central point at the moment.

The three main tools for my pln right now are:
Symbaloo: I'm slowly moving things from my bookmark toolbar folders to it now that I understand how webmixes work and it has a few good suggestions
My RSS feed: I am trying to add blogs from educators to it, I still need to figure out how to keep my entertainment separate from my education on it though.
My browser: I use Firefox and various extensions. My twitter feed is always in bottom right of the screen ready to pop up and tells me when there are new tweets. My bookmark toolbar keeps track of blogs I comment on, websites I'm saving for projects, various websites, and the classes resources all right where I can see them somethings will stay there and be symbaloo since I don't like having a tab for symbaloo open all the time.

Blog Assignment 7

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Dr. Randy PauschImage via Wikipedia

C4k Summary #2

An Interview with Silvia Tolisano of Langwitches Blog

This time around I was assigned the blog Langwitches which is written by Silvia Tolisano. This is an educator who obviously loves including technology and the classroom and will do so at every opportunity. Some of you may recognize this blog from last weeks assignments when we were talking about podcasts.