Thursday, July 23, 2009

Playing Well Requires Practice

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Toffler

Click the link above to see the original tweet!

This quote came to me by way of Twitter. It makes me think about the power of social networking as well as the power of quotes. The content of this quote is yet another definition of of what it means to be literate in the twenty-first century.

I have certainly been doing my share of learning, unlearning, and relearning in the course of making this portfolio. Take for example my "playing" with One can't just use a new tool well on the first try. It takes practice, which comes with pitfalls. I'll just pick myself up, brush myself off, and start all over again.

It's important to understand a digital tool as a teacher if I expect my students to understand what to do. Projects become unwieldy when unexplored ahead of time.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Getting There

There is just so much I want to include in this project. I need to start tackling each question and standard, and then go back and whittle down the material.

I'm excited about the fake newspaper interview I'm making that will illuminate the challenges one faces with implementing new literacies in the twenty-first century. I'm also glad I took photos of the Fordham campus to use in the portfolio as well.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Successful Connection to Wikispaces

Do you see that orange person thinking in the corner? That's me!

You'll see the orange person on my wikispaces portfolio page, too. It's how I am visually connecting this blog to that wiki.
I decided to post a new thread, now that I have committed this blog exclusively to my process thinking about the portfolio.

It's noteworthy to see all of the comments attached to each thread; at least it helps me. If you're looking for a trail of my digital thinking footprints, then open up the comments. If you want more of an overview of certain planning session, then scan through the thread posts.

I invite other people to comment on my posts for feedback.

I was surprised when I saw a comment I posted from my iphone, all that work I did on the bus ride to the city was saved and shared! I also chuckled when I saw the notes in there about the importance of humor. This makes me think of a quote send to the staff by my school principal this year:

"If man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it." - Herodotus (Greek historian and traveler)

Until next time...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ok, so here I am thinking about my digital portfolio. By Tuesday, I hope to bring a rough draft to the group.

Will the portfolio be created on a mobile me blog? Maybe a blogger blog?

I am wondering about the artifacts to include. The current list includes:

delicious-social bookmarking site:

family podcast project

poetry project, haiuku, what media?

peace project, community unit, peace pals, what media?wiki

I will have to check on my notes and add to this on-line thinking process.

Where will Saywire fit into all of this?

What will I attach to my School Center, SMS blog?