My mind is in the clouds right now. I’m on information overload after taking a whirlwind tour of wikis,blogs,docs,forms,readers, and social bookmarks. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed something, but thanks to my delicious bookmarklet (which I had to find and install because I use Camino) I’m okay and can return and spend more time with things when I’m ready. Many questions arose during and after class today…
I was very interested in Dean Shareski’s skype visit to our class, although I’m still not sure what educators can do to ensure parents understand this new open, on-line social world. Any ideas on how to involve parents (particularly at high school)?
Another issue that came up for me today is that with so many choices how do you know which on-line tool or website is best used for a particular task? The example that comes to mind is when we looked at Google Docs and at Blogs. My understanding (at least for this course) is that the Google Doc reflection is really a more private communication, while the blog is for all. I’m not sure if it would help to have some specific examples of “use” first to help provide context. I felt a little bit like I was rushing to learn something, but really didn’t fully understand why.
Lastly, I really do want to know how people manage the amount of time spent on computers or similar mobile devices. Right now, it seems that to keep up you have to keep on (the computer). What’s an educator to do?