Tuesday, March 6, 2012

C4T 2 - Langwitches - Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Langwitches is a blog run by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. The first post I commented on was titled, "Perspectives and Talking at Cross Purposes." She discusses how, luckily, our perspective is not set in stone so we can change it as we learn new things and meet new people. She asks some very important questions about education and asks the reader to consider them from different perspectives, such as: "What does it mean to be educated? ... Where and how do we learn? ... Where do we go for information? ... What does a classroom look like? ... How do we write? ... What does collaborating mean for you? ... How do we communicate?" All of these are important questions when considering perspective. An older person might say they get their information from books; however, a teenager might say the internet. Then when teenagers think of writing, they might think of text messages, e-mails, and posts on walls. Where older people might think of writing a letter. These a just a few examples, and are by no means saying that all older people and teenagers will respond in this way. Regardless, we can see that perspective is an important, and it is especially important for education. We need to keep our perspective open because we will need to be able to see things from the student's point of view. In this way, we will be able to better relate to our students.

The second post I commented on was titled, "How-To-Guide: Recording Audio Files and Generating QR Codes. In this post, Tolisano has given screenshots with step-by-step directions on how to record audio files in garage band, and then turn them into QR codes. She also has a previous post where she incorporates QR codes in art. I never knew too much about QR codes. I especially didn't know that they could be incorporated into the classroom, but she proved they could. Through this class, I'm learning about a lot of unexpected technology that can be effectively incorporated into the classroom to make learning a richer experience for the students.

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