Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A must read....

I just saw a really neat article today that I thought I would share. It is entitled "The Wisdom of the Chaperones: Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy." The article is written by Chris Wilson. It discusses how they work, what are the pre-conceived ideas that are out there about Wikipedia and Digg; it is quite interesting!

Check it out:

Monday, February 25, 2008

Convention and Other

Well all I can say is that I enjoyed one day, one session. Brutal I know, but part of it may be my fault and part definitely is not my fault. The part that is mine, is that I should have tried harder to attend the "for sure-ly interested in" sessions, instead of the ones that were where I was all day. The part that was not my fault, is that there were too many sessions, too many locations, and not enough time to take them all in! There were many I seemed interested in, but that were downtown (and I was at Prairieland), or it was backed with another good one, and not offered on a different day. UGH!

I think Mavis can comply with my feelings of UGH because I saw her in attendance at the 'Integrating Technology focusing on digital storytelling and blogging' session. The poor woman presenting had so much trouble it was agonizing to watch! She started out her session telling a packed session, of her issues about 'losing' her PPT presentation the night before; working on it for 4 hours to get it ready for that day. Then, she wanted to show us 5 online video examples of digital storytelling, discuss, etc. But the videos took forever to load, and all she had for speakers was a set of small computer speakers - from audio people at Prairieland, which obviously did not project to the back of the makeshift rooms we had. Needless to say how awful it was to have the Flute session directly to the right of ours going on during this time! Then, she finally got the videos going, got a bigger speaker from the audio guys - only to have it be all crackly! UGH! Ha Ha! Really, by this point in telling my story, all I can do is laugh - instead of cry for her, and this presenters face was flushed, she was obviously frustrated by all the issues she was having, and all the while, people are getting up and leaving! I definitely could not do that to her! I mean who hasn't had a day like that - when nothing works, it all goes wrong and you have tried really hard; who hasn't? So this poor lady trudged on, and finally we ended early and there were only a few handfuls of people left in this session. Quite sad really.

I believe that she was on the right track, that she had some good things to say, maybe not all of them would apply to my classrooms, but the tools were there to adapt to your own needs. I just think that she needed a boost of help, a better session room, some more audio help, and a bit more straight-forward way to state her ideas. It was frustrating to watch, not knowing how to help, and seeing someone struggling with technology. I have been there - I still am there at times!

With our combined knowledge, we are so far ahead! From sharing our ideas, faults, struggles, successes and AHA moments in these blogs, we have allowed a wonderful collaboration opportunity, and unlimited growth. I really enjoy this committee and have learned a lot. It is just difficult, trying to input the new ideas into my classes and programs - easy at times (certain programs/tools), but wanting to give the students the opportunity to try all the cool things that I am is quite a task!

I just wanted to share my convention story and reflect upon all that has happened in the last while. There is more, and I will post more soon - I just needed to start somewhere!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Resources.....What do you think?

I decided to do some dirty work and find some resources for us teachers. I must admit - not all are perfect - but it's a start. Post comments with more resources if you can - it will help all who read this....





SPSD - grade 1-4 online resources that integrate computers into other subjects - quite good



Browse for lessons in all teaching areas -


Middle Years:



PAA Resources:






High School:


This one is from the states - for social studies - but may have some value to it....





Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Bloglines, RSS, Interesting Blogs...

Alright, it is time to get some more work done. :-)

My bloglines account is and I have added (I believe) all of the in school tech support blogs. If I missed anyone, just let me know because I check them out ALL the time to see what's going on with everyone!
I have also added the Cool Cat Teacher blog and Cool Tools blog, which I find some good info. that is useful.
The other two blogs that I have added (so far) are "Connecting in a Connected World" ( , and a "Quote of the Day"

I have added this because I have a "Quote of the Week" on my classrom whiteboard....
Our school is implementing Michelle Borba's Building Moral Intelligence, and as part of my idea to inspire students to become moral humans, I have been putting a quote of the week up and have been getting a big response. The students really notice it, although you may be shaking your head and thinking "ya right Priscilla! Those kids just talk to you about it because they want to get you off topic in class" - Well.....maybe....but when you have students come up to you and ask you privately why you have not changed the quote (the few times I do forget), then it makes it all worth while. Just like our job of teaching; it may seem as though no one out there knows, until someone mentions what it means to them, and that makes it all worth the effort.
I find that having it RSS'ed to me daily really helps me to keep it updated and not have an excuse to say - oh well, I do not have any time to find another good quote. It holds me accountable!!

The Connecting in a Connected World blog - is by another teacher from Australia. Her blog is insightful and helpful. She comments on a lot of the same things that we discuss and I find it really interesting to read about the perspectives of other people around the world, as they struggle and succeed with technology implementation. She has some great posts on Facebook, e-learning, and Google-Bots, plus many other things. :-)

That is my two - so far - and I am looking for goodies to keep adding, so let me know if there are any!

Check it all out!