March 25, 2010
This blog post was entitled "Last Child On The Web," it was about all the connections technology has brought about for Jabiz Raisdana and all the others who've taken a liking to his daughter, Kaia's blog.
This is what I commented about the post:
Hi my name is Jessica Purvis. I'm in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class and I'll be reading your blog for the next 3 weeks and then posting on my blog about what I've read and the comments I will be leaving.
I really liked how you expressed that technology is a way to share your non digital life digitally, and how it brings about human connection. It's great how your blog about your daughter has brought so many people together and talking.
"We must teach them to look critically at reality and find ways to share what they see with others so as to have a better understanding of the human experience. I see the Internet as the new novel, except that we are all authors and we are all constantly writing the chapters one blog post, one tweet, one Facebook update at a time." When I read this, it just really spoke to me and moved me. A truly inspiring and thought/idea provoking statement.
April 1, 2010
This blog post was entitled "Nature of War". It was about the things he has been teaching and doing with his ninth grade history class. The topic of the class is 20th century warfare and conflict. Instead of learning the who, what, when, and where, he has his students take a more analytical approach of the topic. They have to research and be collaborative. They also made a narrated video of images of warfare the class has collected.
This is what I commented:
Hi, my name is Jessica Purvis. I am a student at the University of South Alabama studying to be an Elementary/Special Education teacher and I am currently enrolled in Dr.Strange’s EDM310 class
Wow, I think it’s great what you’re doing in your class. You really make them think, analyze, and be creative. To do otherwise, I believe, would be an injustice to your students. This is a great way for them to learn, most of my history teachers maintained learning at a who, what, when, where level. No wonder I have a difficult time remembering it all. I also really enjoyed watching the video your class made, the narrator is excellent in expressing the intensity of the subject and images being shown and discussed. You hold your students to high but reasonable standards of learning, and this video shows the great outcomes that have come from that. I believe that this video is only one example of many to come of what your students will be able to do.
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