Welcome to Modern Educator

Here on this blog I hope to get a conversation going amongst students, teachers, administrators, and parents about who, what, when, why, and where we should teach technology skills for the 21st century. I am technology teacher at Truckee High School in Truckee, CA and currently teach classes like digital media, e-learning, applications, and keyboarding -- yes...still important! :) Please Join the Conversation!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cyber Safety Means Talking about Life Online

A Scary Reality

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Take Action!

Do you care about something and think that there is a need for action on its behalf?
From http://www.causes.com/ to http://www.facebook.com/ groups, social media is changing the way people advocate for change and share their voice. Below is a campaign to support public schools that was started by grassroots efforts to organize people nationwide to take action on behalf of education. What is your cause? Social media has provided powerful tools to anyone with Internet access to start a conversation. So, what are you waiting for?

Save Our Schools National March and Call to Action: July 28 - 31, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photo Storytelling

"A picture is worth a thousand words" .... so, what about using a bunch of pictures to tell a story!  Special or ordinary events can be captured on film to create memories or to share the experience with others.  Taking photos has never been so easy either since most all of us have a camera on our cell phones.  So, give it a try and tell a story with pictures. 

To get you started; I have included a link below to an article to read and a video tutorial to watch. 

The Secrets of Storytelling Photography - http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/storytelling-photography/
Read this article to learn about how to take good pictures for telling a story that share similar techniques and structure to any good storyteller by including photographs that speak to our emotions.

Photo Storytelling Video Tutorial

Digital Media Students: Assignment 5pts - Your Story Topic
Digital Media students, please comment below and share your topic that you selected to tell a story about with your 20 pictures.  Make sure to include your first name only in your comment post so I can make sure to give you credit.  Next, take those photos that include an introduction, middle, and ending to your story.  Have fun with this and good luck.  We will share each of our stories with the class, including myself!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Technology Today - What Does it all Mean?

Watch the video below and then comment on what this all means to you as a student.  There is no right or wrong answer; just explain in detail what your reflections are after watching and processing this video.  Make sure to include how it relates to you as a student and your learning needs in school.

Friday, April 1, 2011

DJs and Web 2.0

Today in my web 2.0 class we explored a social media site for DJs and music mix affectionados - http://www.mixcrate.com/  Here, DJs and music fans can like, comment, share, download, and upload their favorite music mix playlists.  Just another example of a web 2.0 site created for a specific segment of society that allows them to interact around their shared interest; in this case, mixing music.

Student Reflection Assignment
Class, please comment below on how you think this site, mixcrate.com, could benefit DJs.  Also, do you think the site has potential to make money?  How so in addition to selling advertisements?  Last, for extra credit you can post the link here to your favorite mix you found today when browsing the site.
Just sign your comment with your first name. Mr. H