Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Lab Reflections

Another Monday lab session has transferred new knowledge through the conduit of fellow classmates with their presentation. A new tool on the SmartBoard (random name chooser) and a spectacular website in the concept of "Virtual Education' offers spectacular 360-degree perspectives of world landmarks (in place of the ever-popular 'field trip'). Now people can experience places like the Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal almost up close and personal. Cool stuff!
We were also provided extra insight on the different tools and options associated with SCRATCH. While I experienced some success with it over the weekend, viewing this application from another perspective has answered many of my questions, and has prepared me for the next level. Regardless of the age or grade level being targeted for use by an educator, I can see where this has exciting potential both inside and outside the classroom.
I also look forward to giving and receiving input on the IWB lesson. When one is enjoying the experience of ascertaining new knowledge, the height of the workload is not to be considered as overwhelming. Rather it is all the more reason to dive in deeper with enthusiasm and vigor. This is a very special time to be alive!

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