Thursday, May 12, 2005

Blog Pod

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Here it is, the long promised podcast Bud and I did. Go get a cup of coffee or tea and sit down for while, we go on for about 30 minutes. ;-)

This was a real experiment for us. We were both experimenting with Skype and it's my first foray into using Audacity. We had a great talk and learned a lot about the technology at the same time.

I'd suggest leaving this window in front of the one that will open for the mp3 file you're about to hear. That way you can follow along with the links below which are arranged in the order they were discussed. I hope you find this as much fun to listen to as Bud and I had making it. Either way, let one of us know your thoughts, questions, concerns, comments, complaints, compliments, confusions, anxieties or any good jokes you've got to share. ;-)



The Blog Pod

Show Notes: The Blog Pod

Blogging on Blogging

Where Have We Heard This Before

The Difference Between Now and When

Seize The Time!

Bouncing Around

Students Wiki, Teacher's Wiki

Mr. K. I Have a Question....(^_^)

Alan November's Webcast

Flickr

Writing HTML

Thanks for listening.....

5 comments:

Douglas said...
13/5/05 10:28  

Ok guys...

Going to use a classic student comment here, "But, I don't GET it."

Before you start responding, let me tell you what I do get:

-blogging (internet access aside) is a good deal more accessable to a wider audience than a sheet of paper is, so collaboration/feedback is streamlined

-despite all your admonishments that students need to protect themselves online, I assume that there is the 'anonymous factor' to the work that allows otherwise reticent students to share and communicate in ways they would not have before

My question is to the concreteness of this endeavor. Specifically, what assignments are being completed online and how?

Thus far in all the edublogs I have read I haven't gotten the merest hint of the content and goals that blogs contain.

I taught HS Anatomy and Physiology several years ago. Except for some obvious read only type uses I can't see how I would have incorporated a blog or wiki into the classroom.

Douglas

Mr. Kuropatwa said...
13/5/05 12:46  

First let me preface my reply by putting our experiences in context. Both Bud and I are fairly new bloggers. We've been at it only a few months. As we continue to adapt the technology to our teaching styles and curricula (it's important to me that that is not the other way around) we will continue to learn and see what more will come of it.

Nonetheless, there are examples of the "concrete" assignments/work you mentioned. Check out Mr. Fort's blog, Shapes, Patterns, and Proofs - Oh My!, in Georgia. On my classroom blog, Pre-Cal 40S, I post blogging prompts that encourage students to extend what they are learning in the classroom. Take a look at this, this, this, and this.

Given where I am on my "blogging learning curve", I'd say you do get it. ;-) It largely serves as a type of formative assessment, or rather, assessment for as opposed to assessment of learning. I think you were asking about that second type of assessment.

At this point of the game, blogging serves to open the door to communication between students and between the teacher and students. As I learn from them where they are experiencing difficulty I am able to adapt my teaching to the needs of the class in a way I never was before -- now I have a better idea of where each (participating) student stands in their learning.

In our original recording, some of which was lost as we were learning Audacity, I made the comment (I had read somewhere, I forget where) that MacKenzie King said "Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription." Adapted to our context this would be: "Technology if necessary, but not necessarily technology." A reasonable motto I think.

Anne Davis said...
14/5/05 17:06  

I think this is my favorite podcast! I really like the way the two of you set it up. Good refective thinking tied with the links to the respective posts is great. I think podcasts like this are going to push the blogging community forward in good ways. Generally I don't listen to podcasts, just read many blogs quickly and stop and reflect on the different posts. However, I will be listening to your future podcasts. Thanks for making the time to make a difference! Both of you are doing excellent work on your blogs and the very best part is what you are both doing with students!

Douglas said...
17/5/05 09:48  

Thx Mr. K.

The examples went a long way to demonstrating what it is that some teachers are doing with blogs.

In fact, I was mildy inspired to concoct something of my own along these lines, but didn't...err, haven't.

I keep thinking I could teach SQL to students in some form or another, but haven't arrived at anything more concrete than 'an idea'. As far as I know most schools don't have a curriculum for teaching students about databases and that surprises me. Its such a great 'language' to have experience with and forms that core of much of what it means to have technology skills in this day.

If I come up with something, I will let you know.

Mr. Kuropatwa said...
17/5/05 11:23  

That sounds like good content for a computer science course. Do they offer that at your school? If so, you sound like the right man for the job. ;-)

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