My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 29th through July 31st

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 27th through July 28th

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 24th through July 26th

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 23rd

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 20th

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 19th

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 18th

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for July 10th through July 16th

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Teaching Tech…

Filed Under (Work) by Laura Smith on 12-07-2009

I’m new at this.  Not teaching computer skills- I’ve been doing that for nine years now.  But for the first time I feel I’m really stretching beyond my comfort zone and trying some new things with my students.  And boy, is it time.  Don’t get me wrong, they have been learning a lot- they have become so good at word processing, PowerPoint, and other software applications that their parents are frequently telling me about how much their children know and can do on the computer.
 But I’m afraid that the children know so much that they are getting bored.  So it’s time to move forward.  Time to stretch the boundaries and go beyond the basics.  For me, and I’m sure for my students, this is exciting.  But for the administration (and maybe for the parents) it’s a bit scary!  While I, being the techie geek (and proud of it!) that I am, jump into social networking and web 2.0 apps with both feet, those more practical than I warn of all the dangers involved.
But I am not oblivious to the dangers.  Believe me, I know.  I have seen it first-hand.  However, my theory is that the students are already doing these things!  They may not know the educational applications of animoto, but they are most certainly uploading their cell phone videos to youtube, so why not guide them towards appropriate usage and give them the tools to make wise decisions when choosing who to accept as a friend and what to post on facebook.Today is Leadership Day 2009, and it’s time for the technology teachers, and the administrators who love them, to forge a path to the future!

#leadershipday09

Reversing Progress…

Filed Under (Home) by Laura Smith on 10-07-2009

This is somewhat random, but I’ve been thinking- isn’t it funny that some of the progress we’ve made in the past 50 years or so is now being reversed?  Now, I’m not talking about everything.  Just some little things that I’ve noticed.  For example: Plastic bags.  Oh, they were so cool!  So convenient!  And now we are going back to using totes or sacks instead (or at least we should be!  I’m talking to you, lady at the grocery store with 20 plastic bags that you are going to throw out!).

When it comes to washing clothes, did you know that some estimates state that about 1/4 of our household energy usage comes from doing laundry?  Much of that is used to heat the water in the washing machine.  So now many people are going back to washing in cold water and hanging clothes out to dry.

With the recent emphasis on greener living, what other ways are you going “old school” to help our environment?  And how do we reconcile progress with environmental responsibility? 

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