Amy Hertzberg writes on November 6th about using Discovery Education Streaming videos. My school has just recently started using this program and I think it is off to a slow start. Teachers easily get overwhelmed when asked to try something new and then throw them all into a mass training for 30 minutes. I can understand this. Teachers need practice with something before they will feel comfortable enough to try something in their classroom. I think if my staff gets some more training with Discovery Ed they will come around to it more easily.
Sarles Patricia shares a great resource on October 8th for our music teachers out there. It is a link to a virtual piano. Students can play chords or single notes and learn about different keys. I like the idea of an online resource for the music student out there. Pianos are a bit expensive but this would be a way to share the experience with the whole class.
The question has been brought up time and time again about when media specialists are supposed to find time to play with everything that is available out there on the web then learn how to integrate it into lessons and share resources with others. In a guest post from Mary Mehsikomer, on Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk blog, was sharing her own complaints on this topic but also how she was told “You’ve no longer a choice.” That’s one way of putting it I suppose. J Perhaps, that is what it has come to. Media specialists will need to become more flexible and start re-thinking the way we do things so that we can adapt and change into our web 2.0 world.
In another post from Doug Johnson, on November 16th he writes in response to a NY Times article about teachers selling their lesson plans. This bothers me a little bit. In education, we have always shared our ideas freely and without charge. Don’t enough things cost money already? I know we don’t get paid much and teachers should be allowed to make something extra for all their hard work but I don’t want this to get out of hand.