When I first heard we were going to create blogs for this class, I was a little ambivalent. I don't tweet, never had a myspace, and have used my Facebook less and less. Posting things online makes me uneasy. This weekend I wanted to take a break from school and started playing around with it. I changed my background a bit, and added a profile pic. This made blogging a bit more exciting. So I'll give it a try :)!!!
Technology is cool to me; for awhile I was responsible for keeping up with the specifics of current and potentially future Apple products as a sales specialist. I am not naturally a "techie", but I do have a little bit more knowledge than when I started. I basically say that now no one can up-sell me on a computer because I know about RAM, HD space, and processor speed. Yay!!! Also, I can't fix your computer; I wasn't a Genius (people typically respond with a disappointing "oh").
Speaking of technology, the Sheskey article discussed how technology can be used in a classroom setting outside of the typical Youtube video, article from the web, or song. A digital camera was used to document student work. I thought this was cool because students could see their work from a different perspective. The teacher then showed the photos to the whole class. I know for me, like many other people in the class, knowing that my work was going to be displayed for everyone (a high school classroom can feel like everyone) to see can be nerve wracking. I would try really hard to make sure it looked good. Someone in class mentioned how at this point the grade did not matter, it was what your peers thought that had more of an impact. I think this is interesting because this is a moment where grades aren't driving motivation.
The article on Bloomberg banning Coke sparked passionate conversation. I liked how the teachers allowed us to talk about whatever we wanted. It was as if the teachers knew that many of us had a burning desire to talk about the different issues related to the article :D. I am excited to see what fun things I can do with technology that I wasn't aware of before this class. Kids today grow up with technology and this class will hopefully help us keep up.
Guess: What product did John Pemberton invent in the late 19th century?