Seems like a no brainer…

How come we were never told about google docs? Or that the computer talks to you?! Tonight was so amazing as far as learning about resources to use in our classrooms, but also how to make our lives easier! I think we should always work smarter not harder, and the applications and resources we learned tonight seem like such no brainers to use in everyday life. I can’t stop thinking about how it is going to be so amazing to have a computer read me my articles for class! I really hope that I can show these resources to people that have narrow minds about technology because I cannot see how they can disagree that these new applications are so useful. Especially google docs- I have a group project to do for next week and it is going to make communication so much easier with my partner. Commuting from Syracuse can be challenging for group work, so this is something that I can utilize to keep organized and in contact with my group members. I always somehow manage to leave my flash drive at home, or forget to email myself something for class too, so google docs will help ease that frustration from now on! I am so glad I signed up for this class, it is only week 2 and we are learning so much!!

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The Beginning…

To start the semester I am feeling both excited and anxious. Learning about Web 2.0 is going to be such a useful resource in the classroom. I think learning about all that technology has to offer is going to help us, as educators of today, relate to our students better, and give them information and lessons that are not only relevant but interesting because now, we are utilizing technology. Even just learning about the Wallwisher application on the first day was exciting for me as an art teacher because there are endless ways to use a resource like that in the artroom for brainstorming, idea starters, etc. I thought it was great that students could have a voice and either put their name on it or not, which in the art room is a hard thing to do especially when criticism is involved. It would be interesting to use the wallwisher application during a critique and for the first round allow the students to put up information annonymously about one piece of artwork, and then during another round, they would have to put their name on their comment or criticism.

So, needless to say, my excitement is overwhelming my anxiety and I can’t wait for next class.