Saturday, February 11, 2012

Engaging Games - EDUC 8842 Module 6

Diigo Bookmarks of Note 11 February 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Concept Map: Static versus Dynamic Technologies EDUC 8842 Module 5

On the static---dynamic continuum, with static being the display of fixed content and dynamic being interaction with fixed content, I believe I am on the dynamic end of the spectrum. Like Mike Smart says, each tool listed in the map can be used in different ways, so where particular tools should be placed depends on how the tool is being used. For example, a wiki page can contain content allowing no interaction. The same wiki page could allow comments on the discussion tab. The same wiki page can allow edits by wiki members, who build the content collaboratively.
Static webpages can be useful-they are essentially an organization’s digital storefront and help people decide if they want to find out more. Dynamic web content on the other hand is current information meant to draw people into the static web content to find out more. Both technologies have symbiotic functions. Like the Ying and the Yang, they complement each other.
Kieran Healy does not agree. He views static tools to be equivalent to textbooks and lists many dynamic technology tools, lauding their benefits. As McGreal and Elliott remind us, using the tools available on the internet can "expand our classrooms beyond school grounds" (2008, p.158). The available tools include static and dynamic technologies.
McGreal, R.M.,&Elliott, M.(2008). Technologies of online learning (e-learning). In T. Anderson (Ed.), The theory and practice of online learning (pp.143-165).Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Video on

Take a break and watch this short video. I challenge you to actually do the five things Shawn suggests to rewire your brain!

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