Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Comments on "What's Print?"

Having read through Bud's post on requiring research papers to have a print source and the many comments about print sources, I realize I have been using outdated terms but up-to-date requirements. For many years I have told students they must use printed material, i.e. a book, journal or other primary source, and their web materials must be clearly cited so I could review the sites for accuracy and content, something they are responsible for in their research. The printed material can be on-line if necessary. My concern, like many of the comments to Bud's post, has always been that the students don't just take the first hits off the web and use them without looking further. I thought by requiring printed material I had a better chance of getting real research. I don't think that is the case now. I think the only way I can get my students to do the required research is by putting a form of accountability in place which will allow me to monitor their searches. I don't know how to do this yet but at less I have an idea about what I need.

Why 23 things?

That's a good question. I'm not sure but I hope to learn more about something and how I can use it. I often feel like I am in kindergarten when I try to learn a new program on the computer. I am slow and struggle with each new thing. Sometimes I wonder if its worth the effort. I usually have the attitude of "I don't want to but Dino says it might be useful." So I give it my best shot. I trust Dino and his ideas and I know that I can tell him I don't like something after I have tried it. I feel like I am about to dive head first into the deep end of the pool and I'm not sure I remember how to swin. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My first blog

This is my first blog. I haven't understood how this was used in the past and so I am going to give it a try. Dino believes many of the 23 things will be useful and I fell it is important to at least try it. (Get Mikey to try it, he hates everything).