Post Adobe Youth Voices – thoughts

Posted on July 29, 2009 by mrstoxopeus.
Categories: Practice.

So last week I finished my Adobe Youth Voices training.

The course itself was interesting, but was far more focused on how to create media with youth rather than the technology involved.  Don’t know how I feel about that.  I wish there was more training, but I like the resources that they provided.

Moving forward, I have to do the following:

  1. Order the Adobe Software – this has been made more difficult by the lack of response of the board on what we have already licensed.
  2. Talk to my principal about the Adobe project this year.
  3. Get the software installed.
  4. Try and get my fellow teachers interested in the project.  There are really some amazing things that you can do with Adobe.
  5. Get the AYV club up and running.
  6. Talk to those teachers already involved to let themknow about new due dates so they can adjust their planning.

As you can see, lots to do, but very, very exciting.  I am anxious to see what the process will bring and the final projects.

Adobe Youth Voices – Day One Training

Posted on July 20, 2009 by mrstoxopeus.
Categories: Web 2.0.

So my quest for Web 2.0 in the classroom has begun in earnest. 

For the next four days I am participating in the Adobe Youth Voices workshop.  Adobe runs a wonderful program that outfits schools with software to allow students to produce media works.  The purpose is to, as the title says, give youth a voice in our modern world.

It also buys into my exploration of Web 2.0 in the classroom.  They will be proucing content and sharing it with the world.  Adobe is also promising a new portal that will allow for students to communicate with each other about the project.  I am anxious to see what this looks like.

So here’s hoping this turns out to be what I think it will be.

Personalizing the Learning Conversation

Posted on May 29, 2009 by mrstoxopeus.
Categories: mentoring, Practice, Web 2.0.

This article really lines up with where I think education is going.  Sage on the stage is gone.  We are simply mentors and rolemodels.  We must model the learning that we want the children to show us.  We must lead them down the path to the unknown, even if it makes us uncomfortable and is hard.

Food for thought.

Not Just About Web 2.0

Posted on May 17, 2009 by mrstoxopeus.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The thought occured to me that while this blog was started to deal with my exploration of Web 2.0 in the classroom, it needs to be about my whole practice.  What am I reading?  What new thing have I tried in Math and why?

Really, I need to model what I expect of my students.

Web 2.0 in My Practice

Posted on May 16, 2009 by mrstoxopeus.
Categories: Practice.

Returning to work after a baby is full of issues.

  • Finding the right daycare.
  • Dealing with guilt and separation anxiety.
  • Getting back into a rythm
  • Buying clothing to fit the new post baby body
  • Learning how to make dinner while the one year-old tries to terrorize the cat

But for me, I am faced with another reality.  While at home, I immersed myself in Web 2.0.  Initially, it was practicality.  I needed something to keep me awake during the 2 am feedings.  Twitter, Facebook, Digg and GoogleReader fit the bill.  As time went one, it became a wonderful way for me, a housebound new mother, to “get out and about” and talk to real live adults.

While doing this, I started to ask how I could use this technology in the classroom.  I had always used technology in my teaching.  The lab was a regular part of my program.  The students seemed to like that.  But I needed to take it further.

My one foray into blogs in the classroom ended in its infancy when I got very sick towards the end of my pregnancy, but I knew that I could go back to that again.  The question becomes, how.

This is the purpose of this blog.  I am going to push forward my efforts to integrate Web 2.0 into my class.   Here is where I will record my attempts, celebrate my success and analyse my failures.  I am about to take a big leap.

Hold on to something.  The ride is about to get a little bumpy.