Friday, July 15, 2011

Technology in Education

As I sit in my office reading Rebecca's post about learning technologies on my Viewsonic gTablet. I look around to see what technology surrounds me. I am listening to iTunes on my laptop (while surfing 3 different browsers), texting an address to my wife so she can get driving direction from her GPS, I am editing video on a third PC and requesting an e-book for the Statistics class I am teaching in the fall. After posting this blog I will put a link on my Twitter and  Google + accounts.

So yes, Rebecca technology has drastically changed the way we work in education. I am not sure what we will be teaching with in 5 years I am still trying to wrap my head around the vast changes that are trying to get my attention today.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Google +

Well I got an account yesterday and created some circles. Today I tried to set up a hangout. and sent out some invites. Here are my preliminary thoughts...
Google+ is a mash-up of Facebook, Twitter and Skype. I realize Google+ is in its infancy so not very busy yet, but I think it will surpass Facebook and Twitter as the in social media site.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why start now? I'm not realy sure ...

Having lurked in the EduMOOC all week,I think it is about time for me to say something.

I am reading Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal. Good book but I have to disagree with her about everyone heading off to MMORPGs and finding fiore. I played WoW and hated it, I found it to be an incredibly boring game. I didn't enjoy wandering around the world, killing creatures/monsters, doing the chores, and I almost never found anyone to go on missions with. I did play games when I was a child and do play games now with my children but do not find i have a sense of fulfillment when I am done.

That being said I am still trying to think of a way to bring gaming into the Statistics course I am teaching this fall. I think I will try to make gaming the focus of the final project, as long as the students have an interest.

Well that's all I have for today. I will let you know how I am doing and any suggestions will be appreciated.