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.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann!
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 16:01:05

    Wallwisher would be great for crits!!!


  2. Stephen Ransom
    Jan 27, 2010 @ 20:22:11

    Fantastic – you are already thinking beyond the scope of how we used Wallwisher in class. That is the mark of a creative teacher – one who can think “outside the box” or take an idea and extend it and perhaps make it more relevant for one’s unique situation. There will be countless opportunities like this one for you to take and run with. I look forward to reading about your ideas. I would also add that many of the tools we learn about will be for you, the teacher, to extend your own professional opportunities, to grow, to network,… to be empowered. When these things happen, you are so much better equipped to create meaningful and relevant learning opportunities for your own students.

    So, jump on in!


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