Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 6 blogs

Dr. Alice Christie
I really liked the section of Dr. Alice's site on GPS and Geocaching. I know a lot of people who own a gps, and use it all the time. I just recently discovered what Geocaching was, but I would definitely like to try it our soon. It sounds absolutely amazing. So the question is how can these things be used for education? I mean a gps is to get you places, and geocaching is just for fun right? Wrong!

I feel like the trick to being a good teacher, is finding ways to entertain your students and teach them at the same time. Geocaching would be a great way to do that, and integrate technology into the mix as well. Which apparently is the problem presented with today's teachers(integrating technology into their lesson plans). A teacher could set up a Geocaching trip to practice problem solving skills. They must find this "prize", which could be extra points or a study guide, and do so by using what they've given! Yay technology.

iTunes University

iTunes University is an extremely useful tool to both students and to teachers. It is amazing how much information you can get from iTunes U. I am going to go out on limb, and say it is probably one of the best invention on the Internet ever! It is like google, but for college students. Kind of like facebook was just for college students, before everyone else got invited! You can instructional video's and lectures on almost anything you could image. It is almost like going to college for free, except you do not get credit. Because we all know you must spend thousands of dollars a semester to be considered smart by the United States Government, but that is for a whole different blog.

iTunes U could be just as a helpful tool to teachers as it is to students. If a teacher is having trouble on how to teach something, they could look it up on iTunes U and take notes from other teacher! We all know that teachers are really life long learners! Not only could it help teachers learn, the teachers could use iTunes U as an assignment. Teachers could assign students to listen to podcasts or lectures or instructional videos!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Dr. Christie's site too. She has a lot of useful links and materials available. The iTunes U is pretty neat! I would have never thought that you could "attend school" via your iPhone...what's next? Great post!