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Our Changing Brain

Friday, May 28th, 2010
Being involved in the exploration of using web 2.0 tools in classrooms as a part of inquiry based learning is really exciting. With all the instant gratification via quicker responses and more purposeful searching we may tend to believe we are actually doing more in depth work. Since we can scan, clip, note, save or post nearly anything we find instantly we may begin to feel somewhat like an authority in certain disciplines. However, this is not what research is telling us. The article I clipped the attached section from shares further information about brain research in the area of mapping neurological response of people as they interact with google based searches. Although there is a lot of brain activity, as measured by Whole Brain MRI machines, this does not mean that more is better. We may be making new connections but are the new connections beneficial? Will students benefit from web-based inquiry explorations? what do you think?
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What kind of brain is the Web giving us? That question will no doubt be the subject of a great deal of research in the years ahead. Already, though, there is much we know or can surmise—and the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts of information, it is turning us into shallower thinkers, literally changing the structure of our brain.
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Heroic Games

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This video poses a very important question  about video games. Can we use online video games to solve real world problems? Jane McGonigal believes not only is it possible but she has created online games based around generating social networks around critical global issues. Make sure to watch the video to decide for yourself but here is what we (I watched this with two of my sixth grade classes today) think… the majority of the class believes that games can be used to solve world problems. What a hopeful group of students! These students have made good progress and although the other students may not believe in  the power of games it does not reflect their love of playing all sorts of games. As the rest of the classes  watch this today check back for comments and further thoughts.

Here are the links to the Games mentioned in the video:

Play it before you live it!

World Without Oil



Check out the into video for Evoke.

Social Media revisited

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I have seen an increase in student participation by using social media. There are some students who don’t talk in class and now have elevated their grades b/c they are the main contributors to our site. Some of their pictures are the starters to our class and their blog posts about study skills and question forums has created a whole new venue for them. I do have the site on full lock down with members having to be invited to access it. Also all posts are moderated by myself to limit the ability of students to bully one another. They know the Shumay watch dog is out there and will deal with any deviance from the prescribed interactions. I have modeled in various ways how students should use the forums and keep adding content and comments just to let them know I m out there.
I did have one incident of a student joining twitter and following me. He posted an inappropriate word, one that is acceptable within his peer group but not that of mainstream society. I had to think as to my role in dealing with this… I finally came to the conclusion that I should talk with him. I ended up telling him that twitter is something that the world can read and what we post is a reflection of how we want people to see us. I asked what his parents would think if they saw or heard him use this word. He knew they would be mad and it was a bit of a clarifying moment for him. I left it with him by saying don’t say anything on twitter that you wouldn’t want your parents, grandparents or any one else you respect to read. Twitter is what the user makes it to be. It can be as trivial as following celebrities to the best source of information in bettering us as professionals, the choice is yours.