Go outside and make friends

Last week I sat down with the kids in my elective class who run teentek.com and podcasted a session with them about the class and the Microsoft Surface. At about the 8 minute mark one of the students says something to the affect that: “Parents don’t get it. They think we need to go outside and ride our bikes to make friends like they did. We make friends by blowing each other up.” We were talking about MMORPG and how these social-games are different from the everyday flash games that kids play to, in their words, “waste time.” It was an interesting conversation for sure. [tags]teentek[/tags] Technorati Tags:...

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Student controlled learning

The little experiment of mine called teentek.com just produced its first video podcast. Now some of you might be wondering why this is so amazing to me. I mean we’re 3 1/2 weeks until school’s out and they just now produced their first video podcast? Because the class sees new students every quarter (8 weeks or 20-40 minute classes if there are no assemblies), it’s hard to get any momentum on projects that take time. I never new 40 minutes was so fast. This quarter 3 students decided they wanted to produce product reviews for students on the web site. Of course the site is completely ran by them, so they can decide to do whatever they want. They did ask me for advice (which was nice) and I pointed them to CNet.com to watch product review videos. From there they controlled the learning. I have not seen, talked to, or interacted with these three boys in 3 weeks. They checked out the video camera themselves, they taught themselves how to run it, they taught themselves how to import it into Windows Movie Maker, how to edit it, how to render it. I uploaded it to our school’s YouTube account (although they could have done this as all three have their own account) So when you watch the video keep this in mind…this is student controlled learning. I hope to sit down with them next week and debrief what they have learned and what they plan to improve for their next video (which was my challenge to them with 3 weeks of school left). I can’t help to think what this would look like in content area classrooms. If students were in control of their own learning. Why is it that in a tech rich class like this 3 students can go off by themselves for weeks and produce a video learning more skills than would ever be assessed on any test in the process. Yet in the classroom we have a hard time motivating students to learn, to be in control of their own learning. They want to ‘sit and get’ because that’s what they know…that’s how they’ve been trained. What is it about technology…about a free flowing class like this that allows students to be in control, produce products that they are proud of, and of this writing have been viewed by 28,915 people since September. When...

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Teentek, Twitter, and Teachers

It’s been too long in between podcasts, but I did have a lot on my mind walking home on Tuesday. I work through some thoughts I had on my students and their teentek.com site, Twitter and what does it mean, and some amazing work from teachers. This Also spilt over into my post today for techlearning.com where I go even deeper into what teentek.com is doing and how it applies to students today. The post for teentek, basically came from my being able to think out loud in this podcast about what’s happening on the site. Hopefully you enjoy both. [tags]twitter, teentek, teachers[/tags] Technorati Tags: teentek, techlearning, twitter,...

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Student 2.0-Creating content for the world

I love reading student writing on the web! From teentek.com Forget about visiting websites! Make them come to you! For all you people out there who are so busy you don’t even have the time to visit websites, here’s something for you! Netvibes is a website where you can create and personalize your own website. It’s not like myspace where you blog and stuff, instead, you add websites to your own. There are tons of items you can add, from calendars and weather forecasts to news and blog pages. Basically, it helps keep you organized. From Science Geeks: ?Trained Bees can sniff bombs?-Bibliography Scientists at the U.S laboratory. “Scientists say trained bees can sniff bombs.” October 28, 2006. Rotero. 15 Jan 2007 . -Summary After reading this article, I realized that trained bees can sniff out bombs. Scientist at the U.S laboratory says that they trained bees that could sniff out bombs for the U.S security or the Iraq war. Also, the researchers at the ‘Los Alamos National Laboratory’ said that they trained bees that could stick out their proboscis (a tube to feed on nectar (a sugary liquid made by many flowering plants)). Let’s take me for an example, if I was a fuel researcher for Iraq at the U.S Army Center, I would choose the trained bees to sniff the fuels, or the bombs in order to destroy the bombs in Iraq since there are a lot of explosive things in Iraq…….. I have nothing more to say! This is it…this is what Student 2.0 does! (More on Student 2.0 later) [tags]SAS, teentek, sciencegeeks, student blogs[/tags] Technorati Tags: teentek, sciencegeeks, blogs,...

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How do you embed video on a drupal site?

Looking for a little help. We’re trying to embed YouTube videos on teentek.com. Anyone know how to do this?  Thought is was as easy as copy and pasting the code, but that doesn’t seem to be working. The best part is the students just keep saying: “It works that way on xanga.com, you just Ctrl C, Ctrl V the code and it works.” I’ve looked all over the web it looks like it should just work. The administrator downloaded a video module and installed it, but there aren’t any setting that he can find that explains how to use it. Any help appreciated! Thanks! [tags]youtube, teentek[/tags] Technorati Tags: drupal, teentek,...

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