Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
- To figure out the gist of the whole thing and to try and pick out the structure, methods, evidence, claims, etc
- In order to make specific notes on the above stuff so you can comment to the authors
- One last time to look for the details and comment on them- things like grammar, reference consistency, etc. I do a lot of this stuff in the previous reads, but I always have to do one more focused just on these tasks.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Here is a list of other places where I'm active on the web:
- Twitter. I've recently been pretty active on twitter for both professional and hobby use. It's been quite a learning experience, and I think the potential of this tool for pedagogical purposes is only just being realized. I use twitterberry from my Blackberry and Tweet Deck (very cool) from the desktop.
- The Science Education Research ning. I started this ning a couple of weeks ago and posted recruiting announcements to the NARST and ASTE listservs. So far, there are about 62 members and a couple of managers of this ning. Hopefully the discussion and groups will take off soon.
- Diigo. I've also started using diigo to grab and tag webpages, again for both professional and bobby use. As I continue to use diigo and add stuff, I'll be making some of the things shared or public.
- Facebook. Well, I guess everyone has been on Facebook for a while. I have to admit that although I've had an account for 4.5 years, I'm only now beginning to realize it's utility. I'm interested in the groups feature as a way to get some more "constrained" use out of it- I find it a bit too much of a free for all and get tired of wading through all of the crap on my main page.
- Classroom 2.0. Just joined this one- we'll see what transpires here.
- Google. I am deeply into Google and its apps, including Google Docs, Reader, Calendar, Gadgets, and, or course, gmail. It's amazing how easy it was to break free from MS Outlook and, to some degree, MS Office. And integration of gmail, contacts and calendar with my Blackberry was a snap. You can email me at robert.m.talbot @ gmail.com
As the list grows or become refined, I'll update this post.
Seeing as this is my first post to this new blog, I suppose I'd better present a bit of background and rationale for creating this blog. I am a science education doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a former high school science teacher. I taught mostly physics for 7 years in rural Indiana and Suburban Houston, TX. My interests while teaching were developing new strategies using appropriate technology, exploring students' thinking about the science topics I taught, and student assessment. Since leaving the classroom 4.5 years ago, I have become more interested in assessment of students' thinking and in educational measurement. I am also active in science teacher education. My dissertation work focuses specifically on developing an instrument to measure science teachers' strategic knowledge and knowledge of students' understanding, which I see as a part of their PCK (Shulman, 1986). Until I link things up, you can read more about this work on my webpage.
So why did I set up this blog space? Very recently, I've reconnected with my interest in educational technologies and I've been exploring potential uses of social networking in the K-12 science classroom and the science teacher education environment. I've set up this blog, therefore, as a place to record and present my thoughts along these veins:
- Web 2.0 stuff and social networking in K-12 and higher ed
- Student assessment in science
- My dissertation research in science teacher knowledge
- Whatever else pops into my head
So when I get my act together, I also hope to make this space a sort of clearing house where I can post links to my twitter activity, diigo bookmarks, nings, facebook, etc, as well as my musings on the above topics.
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