Flat Classroom Project/ Thin Walled Classroom

January 31, 2009 at 4:21 am (Uncategorized)


Through the use of Web 2.0, classrooms can connect without being isolated to one classroom with four walls.  This is an interesting project where different classrooms from around the world connect to meet a common goal using Web 2.0 software.  The scenarios are based on Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat.  It is interesting to think how people can unite and educate one another.    The virtual world is amazing…so many things can be learned and gained through the use of our cultural resources. 


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Cultural Message- Social Networking

January 31, 2009 at 4:09 am (Uncategorized)

Cultural message…different people equals different perspectives.  To Danah Boyd, she was thinking in terms of sites.  To others, the term went far beyond sites.  The Economist’s are more in tune with the overall aspects of technologies (looking more at social software, etc).  I think the message taken from her definition is that people look at one given term in numerous ways based on their own personal experience and beliefs.

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January 31, 2009 at 3:59 am (Uncategorized)

CRAZY WEEK IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!  To make a long story short…3 inches of ice and 2 inches of snow, trees and power lines everywhere (more drastic conditions in other parts of the county…no electricity, etc).

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Variation in Culture Effects Technological Adoption

January 31, 2009 at 3:57 am (Uncategorized)

I think it is fair to state that culture has a great impact on the effects of technological adoption.  Sometimes it seems technology is pushed on cultures because of the norm.  Different cultures have different beliefs on what is acceptable within their culture.  There are many cultures that do not accept technological advances and do not wish to further their experience (for example, some religious organizations do not use technology within their daily lifestyle; they would rather utilize their natural resources).  Should these adoptions be forced due to the norm? 

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Interesting~ Access Could Become Obsolete

January 24, 2009 at 2:48 am (Uncategorized)

I ran across this interesting post about internet usage in the future.  Considering that we’re discussing educational access, I can see how this could be a problem for future access.  Thought it may be interesting to some…check out the link below.  Your comments on the subject????


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Article- Educational Access

January 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm (Uncategorized)

This is a very interesting article about bridging the digital divide.  It gives examples of how others globally are working to have educational access.  The article is Educational Blog Carnival found at Global Citizenship in a Virtual World (see link below).  The article explains how many are making educational access available.  It gives examples of what others are doing to provide computers and net access, free online resources, and many other topics related to educational access.  This article relates to Solomon’s precepts for educational access.  Many of the key points were addressed in the articles within the blog. The statement was made that “there’s lot of great stuff out there, but you can’t access it till you find it.”  Similar to a classmates post, it’s not a real tool unless you share it.  That may be the partial key to educational access; yet, there are still many more aspects that must be addressed.


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Educational Access

January 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm (Uncategorized)

Is there really a problem with educational access?  Can it be fixed?

How can we bridge the digital divide when there’s not equal access for all?  In my opinion, that is a problem with educational access.   In many areas, there are still children with no computers and limited access to other technology (such as televisions, telephones, etc).  In our society, in order to have true access and bridge the gap for all, we must be near the same page.  In my opinion, it seems way too diverse in order to be fixable.  Yes, there are many things we can do to help, but to really call it educational access…that seems to be a problem.

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My Thoughts- Solomon’s Precepts

January 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Access to up-to-date hardware, software, and connectivity

The internet is full of useful resources that are available to us for limited or no cost (such as Anti-Virus software).  Throughout the technology program, I’ve been exposed to numerous free online resources that are available to any (i.e. Audacity, etc).  Connectivity on the other hand is not as powerful.  There is limited access due to location.  It is still much better than in the past.  Digital cable now offers modems for high speed internet verses dial-up (in rural areas). 

Access to meaningful, high-quality, and culturally responsive content and the opportunity to contribute to that content

I don’t think access to low income families is met as much as it could be.  Low income families can go to the public library for internet use; however, what would be the case if they had no transportation?  Educational issues are addressed via internet but having access to that information (especially those that live under the $14,500 per year) is limited to the user.  This being an aid to bridge the digital divide (maybe with our new president) doesn’t seem so relevant when you look at the conditions of some living in poverty. 

Access to educators who know how to use digital tools and resources

I think teachers are expected to use the tools; however, little effort has been placed on training.  Yes, if you beg you may get assistance; however, you must first have some background knowledge.  Many teachers don’t have the background knowledge needed to use some of the digital tools available.  As far as access to educators who know how to use the tools…learning by doing is the only way that some become experts.  I don’t feel this is as important as having access to useful resources…teachers can be resources without knowing how to use the digital tools.  For example, I received an Airliner for my classroom this year.  I had no idea how to use the tool; however, when my students and I worked together, we realized it was a wonderful tool to use for every subject.  We learned together!  Having access to me was not the benefit; rather, having access to the tool. 

Access to systems sustained by leaders with vision and support for change via technology

I think the author means having access for ALL people will make a difference with leaders having visions to change via technology.  Having support to stay updated on the latest technology will help overcome barriers for the digital divide. For example, in the classroom, if we’re still solely using the outdated overhead projector and have no other forms of technology to use to better serve our students; we do not have the support needed to make the change.  Support within a school district to stay updated via technology is a very important in meeting those barriers (not that we use them all the time; however, technology can benefit many in the classroom). 

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Education, Technology, Culture

January 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm (Uncategorized)

Education, technology, and culture seem relatively connected.  In my opinion, technology enhances education which in return enhances the culture.  Instruction based on the methodology of technical knowledge of tools enhances shared beliefs of our culture.  We use a variety of tools (technology) to help us instruct and learn.  As they work together, they impact our culture by cultivating the social behaviors of our society.  There are many ways to use technology to impact education.  Technology can refer to any tool we use to communicate; therefore, technology relates to education because it requires communication. 

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Introduction /EDUC 628

January 13, 2009 at 12:40 am (Uncategorized)

Hello, my name is Diana Jackson and I am a second grade teacher in Montgomery County.  I have two children (boys) Landon and Bryson.  I had my second child the day after Christmas.   We’re adjusting well and I’m enjoying my time off (but still a little slow).  As far as hobbies, I am usually busy taking care of my family.  I enjoy spending time with my kids and watching suspense movies.   I’m looking forward to watching  the upcoming movie “Taken.”   I also love photography and enjoy taking outdoor photos. I had a similar course last semester with Dr. Lowell and I learned  a lot.  From this course, I suspect to learn how the three areas work together and how I can use the information in my field of study.

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