Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Storm of Ideas

August 29

In today's class, we discussed and practiced brainstorming. To explore the topic further, I have asked you to read two items (and provided links to two more great resources, by the way) and then participate in an on-line conversation about them.

By 9:00 A.M., Friday, September 5, post (below) your thoughts as triggered by the reading. Your comment should reflect your engagement with your reading about brainstorming. Here are some options:
  • With your own students, how will you overcome the potential barriers to effective brainstorming?
  • Which brainstorming techniques seem best suited to the subjects that you are likely to teach?
  • Describe a teaching scenario in which you use a brainstorming technique productively with your own students.
To post your comment, click "Post a Comment" below and then type away! (Further instructions on posting comments are available to the right.)
Then respond to at least one other classmate's post by 9:00 A.M., Friday, September 5, reacting to or expanding upon his/her ideas and explaining connections or realizations that occur to you as a result. Your response should reflect your engagement not only with the reading but also with your classmate's ideas.

To reply to someone else, click "Post a Comment" below and specify in your own writing the person to whom you're replying (e.g., "Shannon, I like your idea about ___ and have a suggestion for you . . .").

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 9:00 A.M., Friday, September 5; you will not be able to post a comment after that time. In order both to post your own comment and to comment on someone else's, you will need to tend to this assignment well in advance of this deadline.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Technology Stories

August 26/27

In today's class, I asked you to write about an example of the use of technology during your own years as a student. Your story could be about a teacher's effective use of technology in teaching, or about your own effective use of technology to learn or to demonstrate your own learning, or about an instance of the ineffective use (yours, a fellow student's, or a teacher's) of technology in education.

By Thursday, August 28, 3:00 P.M., post here what you wrote--and, as you post, please revise for clarity what you wrote in class. To share your story here, click "Post a Comment" below and then type away!

Then respond to at least one other classmate's post by Thursday, August 28, 3:00 P.M., reacting to his/her experiences and explaining connections or realizations that occur to you as a result. To reply to someone else, click "Post a Comment" below and specify in your own writing the person to whom you're replying (e.g., "Shannon, I agree with your suggestion that . . .").

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled Thursday, August 28, 3:00 P.M.; you will not be able to post a comment after that time. In order both to post your own story and comment on someone else's, you will need to tend to this assignment well in advance of this deadline.