Prior to this assignment I really thought I knew what I was doing, but now I see that things have changed. I definitely need to keep up with the times and how things are changing when it comes to the internet. I already knew about http://delicious.com what I have always thought of as a great way to bookmark and keep up with websites that are useful to me. I knew there were probably more, but it is amazing at the infinite amount of sources there are on the web today. I really enjoyed learning new ways to search using Google. I also liked reading the information about all the search engines that are out there that eliminate the information bubble that Google, Amazon, and other monsters use to pigeonhole the information we are fed by our previous selections (filters). I liked two of these sites in particular and they were as follows: https://duckduckgo.com/ and http://fixtracking.com/ . Everyone should get out of the “filter bubble” if you want to do serious research. According to the article we read the google generation is defined as people born after 1993, but it also reflected that the older generation is catching up with them when it comes to our skills at using the internet in a practical and useful manner. I have to agree that the most important task as an educator is to teach our students how to search properly, how to decide if the information is valid, and where to search for scholarly reliable sources. I have found myself skimming for what I want to find without actually clicking on the site just like teenagers. This is a bad habit that this assignment has helped me break.
All I can say is this is an exciting world in which we live. Such powerful people with so many ideas of how to share and learn using the digital world we live in today. So many of the students are bored in the classroom and teachers don't understand why this is the case. They are all digitally connected. Their minds are constantly being bombarded with information from social networks, gaming, and more. We as teachers have to change with the times and learn to incorporate this type on information bombardment so that what we are teaching is meaningful. We also have to teach our students how to have internet savvy, and determine if the information they are using is viable. Look at the RSS Feed that I posted by Howard Rheingold "Crap Detection Course," it was illuminating. Watch the video I posted by Diana Laufenberg she is pure inspiration. I just wish I knew how to inspire my students to learn geometry the way she does history, cover all the standards, and pass the EOCT in one semester.
Since I was having such difficult times with blogger, I thought I would try a different webpage creator. One goal for this class is update my technology knowledge. Obviously many things have changed since I was going to school back in 2008, so I have a lot to learn. Another goal is to get better using the online classroom resources. I have never taken online classes prior to this course. This is going to definitely take some getting used to for me be successful in this learning environment. Another first for me is using twitter. I have to remember the #FRIT7234 every single time! I want to create a learning environment that will be useful for any educator. I will definitely have math sites, since that is my primary work environment at this time, but I also want to include education discussion topics. By the end of the semester I want to have gained a circle of peers who will always be there to share new and exciting technology and ideas about education.