Ending on a good note

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If you read my techlearning article this week you know the kind of week I’ve had.

It’s interesting that you can have a week like this where nothing goes right and one good day can make all the frustrations worth it.

Friday was that day (Maybe because I was wearing jeans) I had three great classes on Friday. In my 6th and 7th grade classes we have been playing with Elgg. I installed our own installation and using the Elgg to Moodle module connected the two systems creating one large learning system for students. Friday we discussed blogging, what it means and how do you blog successfully. We talked about commenting reading Vicki Davis’s How to comment like a King (or Queen) posting. We had a great discussion around comments, about the power of words and the power of text (Thanks Clarence). We then headed over the Clarence Fisher’s class of bloggers and evaluated their blog posts and practiced our commenting there. The students really enjoyed reading the postings and the thinking of other 7th and 8th graders.

I was feeling good about the two lessons and then headed over to the 5th grade classroom to help a teacher there get all set up with blogs. We also talked about becoming a successful blogger, and commenting. We looked at the list of comment starters that Clarence Fisher had posted (although originally Ann Davis’s). We then headed over to Gordon Burne’s 5th grade bloggers and practiced commenting there. Later in the day I came back and we started to learn how to podcast. Using Audacity students played around with the program and of course listened to all the funny noises they could make.

All and all a successful technology day, maybe the technology gremlins are leaving us.

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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

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