Saturday, January 21, 2012
Week 2 tasks.
Our tasks this week were to explore different web search engines, describe the class for the project, and elaborate an ABCD objective.
I have to admit that I took web searching for granted. I thought I knew everything I needed to know but I realize now that there are some many search engines out there. I learned a lot this week about different search engines that are specialized in specific subject areas. There are some for kids, for example AskKids, KidsClick, and Twurdy. Some academic like INFOMINE and Intute. I find this information to be very useful for my students and myself.
The second task was a little difficult for me because I did not know what kind of project I wanted to carry out. Therefore I did not know which class to choose. After some thought and planning I decided to use voicethread.com, which is a site that allows everybody to collaborate by recording a voice message, a written comment, a video recording about a picture, video or slide. I finally decided on the class that is going to take part of the project.
About the third task, writing an ABCD objective, I also have to say that is the first time that I learned about ABCD objectives. I studied Bloom's Taxonomy, but I never actually used it. I think ABCD objectives are very useful in order to focus your scope and measure observable behaviors. Sometimes some behaviors are very subjective if you do not have a clear and specific objective. I have to say that I was difficult to elaborate the ABCD objective. I elaborated one but I still haven't gotten any feedback yet. I definitely need more practice, but it's great to learn how to elaborate ABCD objectives.
In conclusion, week 2 has been a great one. Learning about web search engines, ABCD objectives and planning my project are enriching experiences.These experiences can only broaden my horizon and I consider myself a lifelong learner. Now, I can't wait to start week 3.