Archive for April 2008

Ning and Collecting Data

April 30, 2008

One of the ways I have been collecting data for my ethnography has been through discussions in forums.  While the number of responses have been limited, I have received some feedback from users on different social networks found on Ning. Classroom 2.0 Social Network “1) I decided to join NING because it is a fantastic […]

Ning…Still Not Sure About It

April 28, 2008

Making my way around Ning this morning, I’ve noticed a couple of things. One, I have not heard back from the 20 some people I sent messages to about a week ago. It makes me wonder whether they are busy with their daily work or maybe they’re just not using Ning anymore. Kind of frustrating. […]

High Tech Heretic: CRT for Tots, A Question of Balance, & Calculating Against Calculators

April 28, 2008

My latest excursion into the house of Stoll first explored the issue of exposing students in Kindergarten to computers.  He states that kids can pick up on things a lot quicker these days, especially computers.  We do not need to have kids at such a young age learning how to use them.  It is an […]

The Power of Twitter

April 25, 2008

As many who’ve experienced Twitter, I have been struggling with trying to find the value of this SNS.  Then, I came across this story.  A graduate student was covering a story in Egypt about anti-government protests when he was arrested along with his translator for suspicion of being involved in the rallies. En route to […]

Response to Hold the Marbles

April 25, 2008

I wish they had included the original study too. I have always found that concrete examples paint a picture of how the concepts relate to student’s lives and triggers prior knowledge.  Using those visual examples may work for some while the symbols work for others.  I think it should be more about knowing your audience […]

Response to Duh

April 25, 2008

I have used before and feel as though the website provided somewhat accurate reflection of the teacher’s teaching style and professionalism.  However, some of the students who get on that website have had a bad experience because they feel the professor pushed them too hard when they were used to coasting through their educational […]

Revamping NCLB

April 22, 2008

Revisions to NCLB are starting to reveal themselves to the public with statements from Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She is calling for all states to come up with a uniform way of calculating the number of students who graduate from high school by 2012-13.  According to their research, students who do not finish on […]

Ning Is Down For The Count!

April 22, 2008

After doing some networking activities last night on Ning, I wanted check for some replies to the many messages I sent out.  I typed in the URL for and to what did my wondering eyes see but an error message.  The status of Ning as of 12:30pm today is “We’ll Be Right Back” like […]

High Tech Heretic: Chapters 3, 4, & 5

April 21, 2008

The third chapter in the book entitled “The Hidden Price of Computers” discusses increasing price of computers whose life expectancy is only around 5 years.  Throughout the chapter, he mentions the subject of Science and how the cost of putting in computers could be used to build a nice physics lab or chemistry lab.  I’m […]

Thinking About Ning

April 19, 2008

Ning is a third party medium that serves as a global community for social networks created by its members.  Anyone has the ability to create a social network pertaining to just about any topic they want to discuss with others.  The website provides opportunities to empowers its members with creating these social networks and starting […]