Sean Andrew Durkan
Friday, March 12, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Plaxaco seems to me to be a more businesslike Facebook. You can add RSS feeds and keep a calender. There is an option for an e-card. It was easy to navigate in Plaxaco. You can add and import contacts and join groups that share similar interests. Plaxaco seems casual compared to Linkedin.
Linkedin is very business-like in their presentation. It really focuses on networking and finding jobs. Linkedin is also easy to navigate, but a person is limited by what they can add to their profile. Although both Plaxaco and Linkedin have a wide scope of what can be added to a profile, there is a limit to what can be put in.
A personal web page is limitless in what a person would like to share. To be sure, the person would have to be very creative. That doesn't describe me. A personal web page is much more creative, but more likely to be less organized and user friendly. It is also harder to get people to view your site.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Above is my link to my books in LibraryThing. This was a good site. I don't read as much as I should, but I listed some books that I really have enjoyed over the years. From now on, I'm going to list those books on LibraryThing to keep a catalog. It is interesting to see what other people have read. I wonder how they have the time. I think it will be useful to list the books on football that I have read, and to resarch what others have read in that field.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This was a fun assignment. I used the Generator Blog and Letter James to create these images. I wish the Warhol one came out better. I see these sites as being fun, but you could use them to create posters for your class. A poster for a class would show a more personal side of you, and you could have a lot of fun doing it.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I can see where podcasts can help a person keep up to date on topics that interest them. I think you could also have students follow a podcast to keep up to date on current events and trends. I think that podcasts would be very useful outside the classroom. Almost like a new form of homework.
I ended up putting a video of great football hits on my blog. Some of these are classics. I used this video in honor of the Super Bowl, and I hope it gets you fired up before the game. If you watch it after the game, maybe it will help with the post football blues.
I think YouTube can be a very successful tool in the classroom when used the right way. I can use exercise videos in an aerobics unit, and I can use videos of Lacrosse games to show the students how to play. These are just two examples of the endless possibilities of how YouTube can be used in the classroom.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I found Technorati to be very interesting. I can see my self using this site to help me find interesting blogs for fun and for research. It is a very useful tool.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I looked for education sites under the education tags. Many different sites popped up. I could narrow my search by hitting a tag, or by using the search window. I looked up sites for the Lakers and for Notre Dame. I found sites that I visit regularly and some I've never seen before.
I also took some time and looked at other people's bookmarks. Some guy had 10 pages of bookmarks!
I do see how a social bookmarking site would help in research. There are so many sites listed. I'm not entirely sure how it would help my teaching job just yet. I'm sure it will as time goes on. I think it could be useful to share colleagues sites. I can see that as being useful. I'm not sure how I'd use this with studentsjust yet. Delicious is a very interesting site and social bookmarking is an interesting concept.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Someday, I see film exchange as easy as downloading a podcast. No more driving to a remote location early in the morning. You'd have the game film ready to go when you were ready to get to work.
There are some questions to consider. How can you keep your opponent from seeing practice film? Is every team you play going to have the same technology you have?
I also believe podcast would help in my teaching job. I would like to start out with a rules and regulations podcast that could be downloaded by students and parents. It is funny how kids forget some rules during the school year. Having a podcast that would be available for a reminder would be helpful. A podcast for the beginning of each unit would be helpful as well.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
How the education world decides to handle technology is going to be very interesting. Kids at our school get their iPods taken from them if they are caught with them at school. Is it that hard to imagine that in the coming years, all kids will need an iPod to download lectures they missed, a broadcast of school announcements, high school exit exam tutorial information, standard benchmark test remediation, etc. The list could be endless.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This is the view of the sunset from our back patio. We have beautiful sunsets out here in Taft, Ca. It is nice to sit out on our patio with a glass of wine or beer, look out at the sunset, and unwind. We live on a golf course, so we should always have this view.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Neomillennial User article was hard to read at the start, but had some good information in the middle. First of all, I had to really focus on what the heck neomillennial meant. The basic idea is that the newer generation is "always on" with interactive media. Learning experiences will have to adapt technology into lessons such as RSS Feeds, Weblogs, iPods, Social Networking Sites, etc. These technologies will help develop learning communities.
The Social Software article was interesting in the fact that the article tried to show that Social Networking sites can have positive and negative aspects to using it in education. A positive is the collaboration that can happen. Students can feel like they are really working together. Unfortunately, people can be rude, vulgar, and mean on these sites. There are many examples of cyber-bullying.