My old, er... I mean former boss at Hot 103 in Winnipeg posted the link to this article on his Facebook the other day. I think that it is a great follow up to the ECMP 355 Tech Task 5a discussion(s) about the Coffee: Good for you or bad for you? article, in that it gives six examples of how the media manipulates or omits facts to present the version of the story that they feel will get more attention. These (bad) examples can help us make our own writing as clear and as credible as possible. My favourite example is probably the one of the politician who's preparing dinner for his family. What's yours?
Let me tell you a (picture) story that's based on recent events from my life. See if you can tell it back to me in words, please! Once upon a time...
You know what's better than giving your students fun and engaging assignments that incorporate technology? Giving your students fun and engaging assignments that incorporate technology that are already planned for you and ready to go! Introducing DS 106 - the coolest site for teachers to find ideas for multimedia projects on.
This week I read an article entitled Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools by an English and digital media teacher named Paul Barnwell. In his article, Barnwell discusses how students do not use certain social networking sites, such as Twitter, to their full potential but, rather, they use them as a distraction from their school-work. Barnwell also argues that certain web services, like Poll Everywhere and Prezi, do not offer any educational value because they allow students to use gimmicks, such as colourful graphics and fragmented text, to convey their ideas, and their novelty only lasts for a short amount of time.
I've been thinking a lot about relationships lately - and how different cultures and different generations all have different relationship values. Specifically, I'm wondering how I will teach about healthy relationships with the amount of diversity in today's classrooms. I'd like to know what you think the key to fostering healthy classroom relationships is? How can I say that a certain action is wrong if certain people consider it acceptable? How do teachers navigate through this complex relationship realm?