Wikis, Blogs, and Videos at Westwood these past two weeks

Needless to say, you can tell from the photo that I teach a bunch of animals! Well, not literally, but it is homecoming week and combined with personal stress, I have to keep focused and remember to “keep the main thing the main thing.”

I've had some inquiries about what we've been doing lately. Although I'm in the midst of assessing some of these projects, I'd like to share with you the main projects we've completed.

Crispy News as a model for understanding the Grassroots Media Movement
As part of my weekly question two weeks a go, I created a news aggregation site for our class on Crispy News. –

It is open and the students still don't quite have a handle of it. I want them to understand the importance that voting will have on the future of media. This is still emerging, but I believe that future models of news will include a definite “vote” factor as the grassroots media emerges. We are still working on this one and will be discussing this more when this project completes.

Higher Level thinking skills in Computer Fundamentals

It is tempting for people to relegate the learning of software to

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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