I <3 Diigo

For this week’s discussion,

Discuss how “Diigo.com” is or can be used as a resource / research tool for a modern day professional.

Share an item that represents a current technology issue or interest and can be linked to Diigo.

I love Diigo! Besides, email, it has probably been one of my most long term social applications that I’m using. I belong to several groups and share resources with them on topics of interest. I use these group notifications to help me filter through the billions of potential resources that are online. When I am looking for a resource, I’ll use my library of tagged resource for a reminder of resources that I have bookmarked and then I go to the greater community of Diigo users and search through relavent tags. I usually find somethiing helpful (and a lot of other cool things that aren’t necessarily what I was searching for) can read users comments and continue my task.

I have not yet been active in discussion behind topics, I haven’t had the need to work beyond my personal cohort, but I know it is there is I need it.

Diigo is not be my first place to go when doing academic research, I do that at the library. But when it is possible, I do create a diigo bookmark on online journals. I think its a great way to 1) share resources with others 2) help to keep yourself organized.


ED 650 Final Project

I decided that if I were to actually do a proposal for such a project, the final product probably would not be in the form of a paper, but it would be online on as a website. So I created a google site for my final project proposal. I would have preferred to use wordpress as the platform because I think the available themes for design and the available plug-ins to add functionality are much more sophisticated then what is available in google sites…but I took liberties with some of the images and claiming fair use for educational purposes for this project so I wanted to keep it private and only available to those I chose to share it with (this class).

The project can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/treadwell-area/

If you have any issues with opening the files, please let me know and I will recheck the shared settings.

I uploaded my presentation to YouTube (in an unlisted format). It can be found here: http://youtu.be/ZSYB22BT9AA

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Kindle self-publishing

Well, this is a little bit of a “stretch your creativity” experiment – identify a Pinterest item of technology interest and attach the url in the discussion forum – how would you use this tool in an educational setting?


I was just down south visiting with my six-year old great niece and while we were visting I got to see her book that she was writing and illustrating. She has this thing with bandaids and uses them like jewelry, decoration or tatoos. Her dad doesn’t like her to “waste” the bandaids. She has about four pages completed with a story line and some interesting illustrations of things covered with bandaids.

I think there are alot of great resources in this user’s Pinterest Board about publshing a Children’s book. This board has a variety of “pins” that give resources for publishing as well as tips for writing or activities you could use helping children write their own stories.

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew

View the following TedTalk by “Sir Ken Robinson – Bring on the Revolution” and post your reactions.

My first reaction to Robinson’s TedTalk — what a funny guy! He is a speaker that is able to speak with passion without appearing zealous or with negative acquisition. I think his main point about needing a revolution has been talked about in many of our previous discussion posts, the need for reform in the classroom towards a more customizable curriculum for individual students. His analogy that we’re stuck on a manufacturing structure in our school systems, when we should be using an agricultural model is a wonderful comparison. We’ve got an assembly line and we’re cranking out students but we’re seeing more and more students being taken off the line due to quality control. Students should be treated like a farmer treats his crops. He figures out what makes his field’s flourish. He adjusts his quantity of water based on the plant: lettuce requires a lot more water than kale. He doesn’t equally give the vegetables equal amounts. If this approach were applied to our education system, we have a better chance of cultivating students who enter the workforce with passion about their future.

I was curious about the quote from Lincoln:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

This quote was part of an annual message to Congress, delivered December 1, 1862 one month before signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Podcast Slacker

Please respond to the following discussion item. “Which podcasts or weekly subscriptions do you listen/subscribe to? If you don’t subscribe to a topic – why not? What are the potential uses for integrating weekly podcasts into a learning environment?”

One of the disadvantages of working at home is that you don’t have dedicated commute time. When I drove back and forth to work I used to listened to a lot of public radio. I’ve been working at home for over seven years now which even at a 20 minute commute can add up to a lot of available listening time. I’m a terrible multi-tasker and can not listen for more than a few minutes without starting to look around for something else to do. If I’m at my desk, I look at my computer and start checking email my calendar. If I’m relaxing in the living room, I find that I pick up the iPad with the urgency to check something. When I’m exercising, I’m usually with someone else or I’m outside and don’t want to be plugged in. So, I don’t listen to many podcasts. I do listen to a lot of audio books, but they are titles that are entertaining, and not on topics where I might need to retain information. That being said, if I was taking a class that had audio lectures, I would force myself to listen and would probably need to take notes using a pen and paper instead of writing online BUT I can only image that I would hit the pause button so that I could google something that was said or a reference that was talked about in the lecture. At one time, I listened to and ED-TECH talk that usually had 3-5 teachers talking about technology. What I found was that I came away from listen for 45 minutes with an additional 4 hours of research and software exploration after each talk. I just could keep up.

I do think there is merit in integrating podcasts, or at least audio recordings, in a learning environment as an alternative or in addition to other types of media. Alternatives to reading texts or other text-based materials is always a nice alternative. I also think that an audio recording could replace many video recordings as it doesn’t always matter if I can see the speaker or not. If file size can be smaller by eliminating the video feed, than audio might be a better alternative. I don’t necessarily think the audio recordings need to be podcasts which I define as a schedule series of audio files.

Discussion Comments

Integration, not segregation

“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.” – April Chamberlain

Access to the internet brings more opportunities to the classroom and to learning than a classroom has had in the past. Being able to access information that might answer your immediate question or curiosity is much more rewarding than having to wait until you can visit the school or community library, even if the information you seek is available in that location. I would agree with Chamberlain’s statement that it isn’t necessarily that the curriculum has to change, but rather in how students interact with the curriculum that maintains their engagement. But using technology can’t seem like an afterthought. It needs to be just another tool or option that students have access to in order to fulfill a learning objective.

Discussion Comments

Keyboard skills

Please respond to the following discussion prompt. “Should/Is it necessary to teach keyboarding skill in the classroom setting anymore?

I’m a little out of my realm with this question. I’m not really familiar with what is being currently taught or at what age level. I do know that the devices that young children have access to take most advantage of swiping and a touchscreen, of which neither would be helpful when writing in a long format. I noticed in one of the last version system upgrades on my iPhone, when I typed on the onscreen keyboard, predictive word choices appeared. I had seen this on an android tablet but it was new to me on the iPhone. At first I thought it was an interesting option, but soon found that it really slowed down my speed by stopping to select the word instead of continuing to type. If I was used to this process and was using it to type out a lesson (or a response to a discussion post). It would take me a lot longer to use that method, then just using the keyboard, regardless of how small the keyboard is.

It seems that since so many K-12 schools are moving towards Google Apps as a classroom management system, that at some point not being able to type on a keyboard is a barrier for a student being successful. That being said, my Dad was a mad two-finger typer and could make the Underwood portable manual typewriter sing. He seemed to get along quite fine. I often wonder how he might have done with his thumbs on a mobile device.

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Need for Technology Literacy in Higher Education

Please respond to the following discussion question. “Should there be ‘Technology Standards’ and outcome assessments similar to other core subject contents? Or, should technology skills be integrated into everything that takes place in a learning environment and thus be ‘invisible’ expectations?”

If there aren’t technology standards created and defined, how can you be sure that all teachers are incorporating or integrating technology at a minimum level? I think for some teachers and administrators it might be obvious, but I’m not sure that one can expect or assume it is happening. I don’t really know what is going on in the K-12 realm but I do see a big gap in what students in the higher education are missing. It is very hard to require students at an open enrollment university to have a prerequisite and defined technology competence, especially when students aren’t necessarily enrolled in a specific program. Having an technology literacy class to accompany a library science research class would sure make a big different for students and for teachers. Seems like this might be a good place for a MOOC to be created. Take a few class on technology literacy, get your certificate and then enroll in a course!

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