I’m sitting in an airport cafe, typing on a laptop. Almost every person of the 100 or so people in my vicinity is either connected to a digital device or has one sitting on the table near them. My students’ lives are so entangled with their devices that, it seems to me, that even when [...]
After some issues with my edline account not working on the iPad, I am finally able to log in and enter my grades on this device. So far, I particularly like this when I am going around the classroom to check homework at the beginning on the class- checking vocab flashcards while they are practicing [...]
After watching a webinar last semester on the flipped foreign language classroom, (The Many Faces of Flipped Learning: Foreign Language: http://flippedlearning1.wordpress.com/archived-webinars/) I was very excited to start flipping. I was excited to start with the grammar lessons for my AP French class: because we are on such a tight semester schedule, I don’t like to [...]
I very much enjoyed running our recent workshops on Google Sites and Audacity. It prompted me to review some features I had not used for a while in both systems, as well as to get familiar with new features and new aspects of both systems. I saw that there was a newer version of Audacity, [...]
Digital Dilemma: eBooks and Users' Rights Article that addresses the unhappy convergence of libraries’ traditional protection of borrowers’ privacy regarding what readers check out and Amazon’s requirements when a reader uses a Kindle to access Overdrive (the Academy Library’s ebook provider)as an intermediary.
My focus this term has continued to be posting all my class notes and materials online (mspaupst.com) and getting students to access them as appropriate. I would say success has been mixed. Some students have gotten into the habit of getting the notes when they are absent without being prompted, while others still seem confused [...]
A discussion has been started within the technology group about creating a technology lab that goes beyond a computer writing lab. This would be a place where any student (or faculty member, for that matter) involved in a project requiring specialized software that is not commonly available on Academy computers, such as Photoshop or FinalCut, [...]
Thanks to Josh for helping me create a new google group for AP French teachers. This is meant to help replace the old College Board listserv, which is being phased out. Here is the link to the new group: http://groups.google.com/group/ap-french-discussion-group Please help me spread the word to other AP French teachers you might know! [...]
Here’s a simple chart comparing the legislation and issues surrounding SOPA, PIPA and the OPEN Act, prepared by the American Library Association which strongly opposes both.
A paintbrush is a tool. A computer is a tool. Years ago, when I had recently finished my study of painting at the Art Students League of New York and was working hard in my studio to further develop my skills and voice, I had a conversation with my father that has stuck with me [...]