In recent discussion of Web 2.0, a controversial issue has been whether sites are strengths or not. Sites can be educational, but sites can also contain wrong information at the same time. On the one hand, some argue that sites can be educational, such as Class Dojo, Khan Academy, and Cool Math. From this perspective, people think sites are helpful for students. On the other hand, however, others argue that sites are bad for students. According to this view, they are talking about specific sites, but not all. In sum then, the issues is whether we can figure out what are helpful sites and what are not.
My own view is that one thing to consider is which grade levels are you going to be in, because some sites might not be suitable for all age levels. Furthermore, before having students use the sites, teachers should know the sites really well. In addition, teachers should create lesson plans, and state the reasons for using sites. For instance, is Facebook suitable to be in elementary classrooms? I honestly think Facebook contains information that elementary students are not allow to look. Though I concede that it might be a good way to connect with parents. I still maintain that Facebook is kind of personal, and teachers can connect with parents through email. Although some might object that there are lots of other sites that are suitable with all age groups. I would reply that I agree, but it is the teacher’s responsibilities to choose appropriate sites to use in the classroom. The issue is important because it affects lots of people.
I chose a site call Animoto, and it is a simple site. Most students should be able to figure out pretty fast once they get going. It will be a helpful site if we have a video project in class, and the student will be able to use the site. You really don’t need to know a lot in order to use this site, and you can sign up for free. There might have some limits for the length of video though. I think this site will be most suitable for junior higher. Additionally, there is another site that might be helpful for making video as well, and it is GoAnimate. For making video, make sure to check out both sites.
In recent discussion of presentation, a controversial issue has been whether PowerPoint is a good way to present your information. On the one hand, some argue that PowerPoint is great. From this perspective, people usually put a lot of words in a slide. On the other hand, however, others argue that PowerPoint is good as long as there aren’t lots of words. According to this view, people prefer to see only images in slides. In sum then, the issues is whether we should have more words or pictures in the PowerPoint.
My own view is that it is better to have more pictures, because we cannot learn things when we write and listen at the same time. Though I concede that I am a note taker. I still maintain that teachers should contain more images in their PowerPoint. Although some might object that students have to take notes. I would reply that students will learn more if the PowerPoint is more exciting. The issue is important because it affected the ways students learn.
In recent discussions of sources, a controversial issue has been whether the websites are true or not. On the one hand, some argue that they trust book and journal better than online sources. From this perspective, sources contain false statements. On the other hand, however, others argue that online sources are helpful. According to this view, there are benefits in online sources. In sum then, the issues is whether the online sources are helpful.
My own view is that online sources can be beneficial. Though I concede that there may contain some false information. I still maintain that it is great to do some more research. For example, look up for different websites, and compare the information. Although some might object that you will never find the right answers. I would reply that sometimes there might be more than one answer. The issue is important because we are in the environment fill with technologies.
In the recent discussion of digital citizens, we can see how Mr. Pane engage his students from the video. From this perspective, he continued to remind the students that it is your own choice to make decisions. On the other hand, Mr. Pane had the students design their own characters, which made the students engaged with the class. In addition, students would go around and look at each other’s characters. My own view is that it is really helpful to have students do the comic strips in the classroom, and will help them learn at the same time.