Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

2011 is already here in many parts of the world, and it will soon come to California. Like many people, I have several resolutions. In fact, one of them is to get more “technical”… Don’t worry! I always try to be realistic when I make resolutions, so I’m not planning on becoming Bill Gates and starting some technology the whole world will use for the next few decades! I just want to get a little more technical and find out what the features on my new cell phone are. Yes, that’s one of the big plans I have for 2011! I got a new phone today because my old phone broke. Jason, the gentleman who was helping me at Verizon, asked me what features I wanted my phone to have. Of course, if he had met me, he would have known he was dealing with “Miss Technology” and he wouldn’t have asked this question. I think he also realized this only a few seconds later when he heard me answer his question with “Any phone that’s free will do.” Anyway, I got a new phone, brought it home, and started exploring its features. I think learning all of its functions will take me a whole year, but that’s fine because I am in no hurry at all! I do have other resolutions which involve technology, but I think I’ll just share my new technological discoveries and experiences one by one in 2011.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Longest Night of the Year


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.

Happy Yalda!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Got Tools?

As you know, I'm an educator trying to learn to teach online. I've taken several classes for this and I've learned a lot! I've also shared much of what I've learned with you. I've already posted many tools on this site for everyone to explore and experiment with. Are there any more tools out there? You bet! If you feel you don't have enough tools to play with during the holidays, here are the sites that Joan Van Duzer, a professor of Technology for Online Instruction, listed for us:


Got tools?

Miss Technology

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Technology - This Week

This week, I got to create one of my favorite games, Jeopardy. My friends and I used what we learned about copyright laws to make Jeopardy-style questions. Once the questions were made, the rest was really easy: I just typed the questions and answers in the game chart in Jeopardy Labs (http://www.jeopardylabs.com)%20and/ and voila... The game was ready! The actual game created does look very simple, but you can still play it and see if you answered correctly or not.

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!

Miss Technology

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Technology & Educational Games

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
(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.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Friends with Technology

This week, I used a tool - Diigo - which is basically a social bookmarking website. I joined a group on it - EDUC 210-F2010 - and got to share some tech tools on it with my friends from class. I shared six sites that I've been using for a while now - dictionary.com, techsmith.com/jing, simplyscripts.com, blogger.com, cnn.com, and wikispaces.com.

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!

Miss Technology

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Can you believe it's already December? I started to think about the fact that it's the last month of the year and how I still have so many things I want to finish before the end of the year... Sometimes life just gets in the way!

I'm still learning a lot of new things everyday, mostly about technology. This sounds so strange coming from me! I recently learned something non-tech that I want to share: tourmaline

What is Tourmaline?

According to wikipedia, it's a crystal silicate mineral compounded with elements, such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, lithium, potassium, or sodium. It's classified as a semi-precious stone and comes in a variety of colors. The name comes from "Thuramali" or "Thoramalli", which in Sinhalese language, the language used in SriLanka, is used to refer to gemstones.
Here's a picture I found on commons.wikimedia.org.