Friday, December 31, 2010
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The longest night of the year is called "Yalda". It is the winter solstice, an astronomical event that happens each year, when the sun's maximum position in the sky is the lowest. Yalda occurs around December 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, depending on the shift of the calendar. Although, it lasts only a moment, Yalda has been celebrated all night in different cultures worldwide since ancient times. The interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures recognize it as a symbol of rebirth. The term also refers to the first day of winter which has the longest night. The seasonal significance of Yalda is that it is considered a turning point in that before this night, days get shorter and nights get longer, whereas after this night, the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days begins.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Another fun thing I did this week was create a Venn diagram on Class Tools (http://www.classtools.net/) for my class assignment. Now, this was a little challenging! Although creating the diagram itself was easy, I couldn't use the embedding code to post it on my blog. Also, when I saved it as a website, it didn't reflect all my work. The only way I could show my Venn diagram exactly the way I had made it was by using Jing (www.techsmith.com/jing).
There is still so much more to learn!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
(Joseph Chilton Pearce)
Play is one of the most important elements of education. Play has an important role in the physical and mental development of children. Many studies have been conducted in this field.
Play isn't just for children, though. Adults can benefit from playing games as well.
Games are very beneficial for adults in that they diminish the stress of learning, they use repetition, they engage the learner in a fun activity, and they create a desire for winning which leads to motivation.
Technology has made creating educational games very easy for instructors. There are many websites that can be used free of charge to create crosswords (http://eclipsecrossword.com/), flashcards (http://quizlet.com/), and even games such as Jeopardy (http://jeopardylabs.com/) for students.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Some of the other sites I've been using - wikipedia.com, voki.com, wordle.com - were mentioned by some of my friends.
I spent some time looking at all the other sites everyone else shared with the group. Wow! There are so many good websites out there that I've never even heard of. So I explored most of them.
I got to use - and really liked - these ones:
I haven't had the chance to learn how to use these ones but they do seem very useful:
This is only the beginning. There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned!
Thursday, December 2, 2010