Thursday, September 23, 2010

The World at Your Fingertips
"World at your Fingertips"
 Blogs? What's the purpose? How can they be relevant to me? I don't have time for blogs. These were questions and thoughts I had before enrolling in Dr. Zeitz's Emerging Instructional Technology course in August 2010. Since August, I have opened my mind to the endless possibilities that social media and Web 2.0 tools offer for educators. For the past few weeks, I have been following six blogs, David Warlick, Scott McLeod, Angela MaiersDavid Ginsburg, Dr. Z's, who all focus their blogs on educational issues, concerns, and technological advances.

It is very interesting the wealth of knowledge I gained through others just by following their blogs. I was able to watch relevant videos and read about practical applications. I am currently very interested in educational video games, virtual reality, 21st Century skills, and any other educational tips I can pass on to the pre-service educators who I teach. Many of the blogs I follow address these topics of interest.

Some of my favorite blogs included using classroom simulations to teach pre-service educators, unwritten rules, and Alfie Kohn and The Office. I am beginning to realize that blogs have so much more to offer than what I had ever anticipated. I am beginning to see just how much education can be changed and instruction enhanced through the use of technology. A recent article from The New York Times illustrates the potential that technology, specifically educational video games, have in motivating reluctant learners to want to learn.

I am amazed at the variety of resources I have found through blogs. It has definitely changed my perspective. Are blogs helping you put the world at your fingertips?