Monday, February 28, 2011
Blog Post 5
THE BENEFITS OF PODCASTING
I really enjoyed the video by Joe Dale. Many of the benefits of podcasting he listed on his page, my group came up with even before we watched the video. I will admit that I didn't watch the video until after I had already recorded a sample podcast and put together our video. This was not a smart move on my part because the video by Mr. Dale had some wonderful ideas and it would have made the process much more smooth.
THE PRACTICAL PRINCIPALS
I had no idea about what to expect when I was looking over the page and the links for the podcasts. It took me a minute to understand that Melinda Miller and Scott Elias were principals because when I read the title of the podcast channel, I thought it read, The Practical Principles. Now, the episode I listened to was very long, but they discuss everything under the sun, including technology in the schools. I thought this was a wonderful way to reach staff, parents, and possibly older students (lets face it, most high schoolers would not want to listen to a conversation between two principals). All of the main topics that were discussed were listed with links up underneath the episode title. Each one of those took you to a link that can provide additional information in regard to that subject. Awesome! I think that this channel should be subscribed to by all educators!
"Sharing what one is doing, sharing what one is learning along the way, will not only allow for reflection, but it also will create a ripple effect. A ripple effect that in turn will touch the lives and the future of others." These two sentences jumped out at me from Ms. Tolisano's blog. This is what EDM 310 is about; this is what our classrooms should be about. Ms. Tolisano tracked one teacher's journey into opening her classroom to technology and while the process played out over the course of more than a year, it is a testament that it can be done. Teachers only need to be willing to step outside of the box, try something new and great, unexpected benefits will come. I absolutely enjoyed Ms. Tolisano approach to sharing literature with the students!