Do what you wanna do

E-WOT Image: my image via befunky

I have just used Wordle to make an image of my E-WOT blog and then I have customised it by going to the BeFunky site. I did it because I wanted to. That’s the whole point these days. We can do what we want with technology and use it to produce, create and offer whatever we wish. There is no longer one size fits all in terms of use and content creation. That being the case, nothing in the use of educational technology should be set in concrete nor should it be mandated in terms of use because we are still in the process of  discovering what there is in terms of technology to benefit education. As we use technology with teaching we shouldn’t have the market economy or human capital head on. We should be looking through our education lens as we always have. Now, though, more than ever , I think , teachers are in the position where they can test and try all sorts of devices, OS’s, software, sites and sounds. We are pioneering still. We are partners in learning with our students, parents and colleagues. There is so much to discover and so much to unfold and unpack as an educator, there is no way we can be lone ranger in the classroom. We need to connect with each other and our students so we are constantly creating a feedback loop which will eventually, assuming technology doesn’t keep developing at this rapid rate, settle on best practice. We ended up with textbooks, workbooks and pens and pencils for quite some time once we moved away from inkpots and pens. We had reached the colourful highlighter and texta phase when the ground shifted and desktop computers took off. At the moment the internet shifts and resettles about every 6 months so you have to change your approach to a certain extent. About every two years devices and OS’s have significant changes . What did we do before iPads which are now tablets? We have to connect and collaborate because it is a rapid change phase and the ideas burgeon and grow into useful and usable classroom tools. My next post will look at how I think we are managing this. Some people think we aren’t. In terms of education there is a lot to consider and take on board. It’s not just a matter of using laptops or Photoshop or iPads. It’s much much more and it is fun. So, until the next post, just do what you want to do with technology and if it is being processed through your teacher head , it will have a good impact.

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4 Responses

  1. Cathy, thanks for sharing your WordsPrint, or words print. The image reflects your interests clearly. Nice work. I would remove hanging words such as always and also so that focus will be on the more relevant words with better reflection of their importance (I assume in your case it is the font size).

    • No, this is what Wordle created for my blog picture! I agree with you, though, that maybe I should have got out the paint brush and blacked out the words which do not promote anything in particular. I hadn’t ever used Wordle before to get a word image of a site so now I know what it does. Thank you for dropping by to comment.

  2. Cathy, I think Wordle has the facility to filter out undesired words. I used it sometime ago for this purpose. It is always my pleasure to read your posts. In fact, I read most of them.

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