Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Courtney Mathis, Bailey Abston, and I did our final project 16 together. We made a website which was inspired by the EDM 310 for dummies video that we saw at the beginning of the semester.
CHECK IT OUT!
This is a screen shot for my EDM 310 PLN. I have become obsessed with symbaloo, so I have several pages. This is my EDM 310 section. I have tabs for all of the sites we have accounts for in this class. I also have links to several blogs we were assigned too as a class, along with blogs I was individually assigned too. It makes it so much easier and faster to get to my class blog, the EDM 310 class blog, the University home page, and my online classes. It is also faster for me to get to my social networking sites and email accounts this way. I have other pages that other teachers have developed with educational resources and other teacher blogs to follow. Everytime I find a website that I find more helpful or visit often, I replace a tab I don't use often or add it to one of my other pages.
My EDM 310 page has the following quick links....
1. EDM 310 CLASS BLOG
5. SCREEN JELLY
6. USA ONLINE
9. TIME TOAST
10. THE FISCHBOWL BLOG
11. ANNMERRITT'S CLASS BLOG
12. SCHOLASTIC BLOG
13. DIGITAL ETHNOGRAPHY
14. ALEX WEBSITE
15. CAREN CARRILLO'S BLOG
16. MR. McCLUNG'S WORLD BLOG
17. DANGEROUSLY IRRELEVANT- SCOTT McLEOD'S CLASS BLOG
18. AT THE TEACHER'S DESK
20. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
21. THE EDUCATORS PLN
22. ACCESS DISTANCE LEARNING
23. SPEAKING OF HISTORY BLOG
25. TOM JOHNSON'S PENCIL INTEGRATION BLOG
26. SOUTH ALABAMA HOME PAGE
27. CLASSROOM 2.0
32. RSS FEEDS
33. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY BLOG
34. FUNKY MEDIA
35. NET VIBES
36. FRIEND FEED
37. FUNKY IDEAS
38. BOARD OF INNOVATION
40. BLACK BOARD
41. AMERICAN VIRTUAL LIBRARY
42. SCREEN TOASTER
49. COLLEGE BOARD
50. WALL WISHER
51. 100 WAYS TO STUDY WITH YOUR IPOD
I did not comment on Tom Johnson's post, because I like a few others misinterpreted the instructions. However, I did read the post and I definitely understood that it was a metaphor.
I think it would be hard to miss it. Maybe if some people did not understand the exact metaphor that it was about computers, I would assume that they at least noted that it was an article pro-technology and advancement in the classroom, thinking that the article was just picking fun at pencil usage and the people whom are anti-technology enhanced classrooms.
The first hint that it was a metaphor was "Tom, Tom, you cannot have students bring home pencils and paper." Well, you obviously can have students bring home pencils and paper, so that was shouting something was up from the get go.
A second example was " 'Is this about damage of property? I've had parents sign legal waivers.' 'It's not that, either. I have a journal article about how students who use pencils at home have lower standardized test scores.' " Firstly, no one would be worried about property damage of a pencil. Secondly children who use pencils at home certainly do not have lower test scores. Children who have t.v.'s or computers in their rooms do. Which one would children be using at school t.v.'s or computers? Computers.
Another hint was "Because the poor are often marginalized, clever marketers tailor pencil use in poor areas toward entertainment. So, they come into my class thinking, 'Cool, this is a toy.' But we can change the paradigm." Firstly, who is marketing pencils these days? Unless it's a new kind of pencil which is greener or writes for itself or something, no one. Secondly, who thinks "Cool, this is a toy" about a pencil? No one, but people DO think that about computers all the time.
The final hint was "But if they choose to play Hang Man or go on the pen pal networks, I'm okay with it. There's probably some learning that's taking place that we don't realize." Hang man is obviously a metaphor for all of the games which are on computers and pen pal networks are obviously talking about social networking through technology like skype, twitter, facebook, etc.
I encounter tons of metaphors on a daily basis. It is a common part of American communication. A short list of some of the metaphors I encounteres were....
"The grass is greener on the other side"
"He's not the brightest crayon in the box"
"I'd kill for an Ahi Crunch roll from Stix right now!"
"Your definitely getting coal this year. Its only April and your already on the naughty list."
"She's about as stong as a 3 year old girl."
"I'm going to die if I don't get some sleep soon."
"Oh well. No use is crying over spilled milk."
As educators we can help our students understand metaphors by teching them to use context clues. If they are reading something that doesn't make sense, or one word doesn't fit, they should consider that they may be reading a metaphor. Think about the other words and parts of the story and see if something else would fit and make it make more sense. Metaphors are comparing two things which usually do not go together. So students should consider trying a word that is the opposite of what is written.
We use metaphors to make our writing and speaking more colorful and entertaining. Using metagphors is a great way to use our imaginations. Sometimes metaphors make something more relateable. If we know someone doesn't understand what we are trying to say, we can compare it to something they are familiar with or something that is an extreme version of what were feeling.