The New Worlds We Stand Before

There is good news I can’t help but share, yesterday I opened my email to read,Wess,I’ve been given the go-ahead to officially welcome you into the PhD program…I’ve been assigned as your mentor, so I’m thrilled to be working with you for the next few years…I couldn’t be more pleased to have you in the program — I know you will make a strong contribution.RyanSo it all begins again, a new adventure, a new world of ideas, possibilities, and struggle lay before us. I can taste the fresh air of excitement, but I can also feel the hollowness of fear….  But hey, I didn’t know anything about what it would take to come to the point where an email in my inbox reads “Congratulations…???Everyone has their own journey, and story about how they got where they are and the struggles they overcame to get there.

Using Rojo For RSS Feeds and Educational Use

Here I am mainly interested in saying a few things about its uses for the classroom.Note:There are many other services that are also great, but since I use rojo and really like it that’s the one I’ve decided to focus my attention on.The reason I am writing is mainly to point those of you who are not using a feed-readers to keep track of blogs to one that is easy to use and has great features….  It is also a great advantage that its web-based, so you can access it anywhere whether you have your primary comptuer with your or not.As a teacher’s assistant I have to grade a lot of student’s blogs; rojo makes this very easy by letting me go to one place and one category to get all the posts for a specific class.

Some Web 2.0 for Educational Technology

Writely – free word processor, blogging API and collaboration tool.This application is great because its free (though I think they may have closed invitations for the time being), offers tons of editing options, allows you to tag your documents, and blog directly from their interface to your blogger account offering you a way to easily back up your posts.3….  They also have a desktop syncing tool, which will make your computer and the box.net server work as if its a local hard drive when connected to the internet.

taking the classroom outside

This could happen in any classroom and does from time to time, but because of such a focus on creating “group content” for their wiki’s – and because of their own individual research they found and placed on their own blogs they as a group were forced to work through real issues – that resembled the kinds of troubles that face churches…. Juan Martinez and Mark Lau Branson are also starting a class this quarter that is fussed with both the cyber and real-life classroom experience.What we need is students and administration who are willing to incorporate new ways and old ways together to create useful learning experiences.

following wise guys

today emily and i taught our Sunday School, and the lesson today was on the three “wise guys” as I like to call them and how they followed a star to find the baby Jesus. It was a lot of fun, we dressed up, well the three boys in our class dressed up as the wise guys and then for some reason I decided to be a fourth guy, kind of like a tour guide around the classroom – the catch was that I had a pirate like accent (I have no Idea where that came from).

thoughts on class

Taking his lead I thought I would do something similar.First I wanted to post the links for their group work, which consisted of ten groups creating wikis (and some groups did podcasts for extra credit) that dealt with an issue in today’s world, a background to the issues, and how Jesus followers (and congregations) might respond to these issues.1…. In this class the students became specialists of their certain fields, able to at least in some degree offer knowledge, resources and possible ideas about how congregations can go about educating and responding to these issues.For me it was a lot of work to keep up on all their individual blogs, group blogs and work on their wikis – but because of their work I felt like I got to see learning in action.