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Your welcome videos seem long ago, but I know that being introduced to the TED videos was lovely. I have since watched several and find the topics and format quite engaging. I did peak into videos here and really liked the one about a day in the life of a sign interpreter...very fun. I have some deaf friends that would love it.

bombarded is precisely what I felt, too Roslyn...I don't own a television and don't watch videos or movies so that style of presenting information leaves me stunned.
Roslyn L. Goodman said:

I watched both Did You Know? and Social Media Revolution. I felt bombarded with bits and bytes of text and images and had to replay both three times to even come close to grasping it. When do you have time to think about the info presented? Where do the facts come from? By the time I can even process one image or the text, at least 5 more have zoomed by. For me, this is not an easy way to learn something. However, I have to admit after 3 viewings I think I got the message…loud and clear. Social Media is here to stay, it’s going to be changing all the time, it’s a powerful way to communicate, it seems to be the communication mode of choice and if you are an educator, you’d better do all you can to stay on top of it.

If you didn’t see Gwen Ifill’s PBS news interview with Erik Schmidt (Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman) you might want to have a look.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/10/eric-schmidt-on-google-...

I was very interested in the the video with Sugata Mitra and his study of child-driven education. I found it very interesting that in every situation the kids instinctively formed groups and are totally open to sharing their information. This is a change from the traditional thought that your work should be your own and that you should arrive there on your own as well. I am interested to explore the possibilities of incorporating this into my Spanish classroom.

If I watched the correct videos, the one that interested me was "Sheena Iyengar, How to make Choosing Easier".

I found this very interesting and it seems to relate to your most recent "welcome", Frank.  If faced with making a choice for purchase or perusing videos, for example, she explained 4 points to make the choice easier. 

1) Cut the choices- Less is more.

2)Consequences make it feel more concrete or more real.  Explain or visually show the consequenses of the choices.

3)Categorize the choices-more categories, fewer choices.

4)Condition for Complexity-gradually increase complexity.. Go from the easiest choice to the more difficult.

In other words, "Be choosy about choosing"

 

I hope this is what you are looking for.

3)

I have to admit I spent about 2 hours, watching and exploring the Common Craft, Useful Handcrafted Videos today as I sat out on the terrace in 80 degree weather in Mexico.  They are simple and cleverly done and helped me to have a little more insight into some subjects I did not really understand.
 
Dianne Sullivan said:

bombarded is precisely what I felt, too Roslyn...I don't own a television and don't watch videos or movies so that style of presenting information leaves me stunned.
Roslyn L. Goodman said:

I watched both Did You Know? and Social Media Revolution. I felt bombarded with bits and bytes of text and images and had to replay both three times to even come close to grasping it. When do you have time to think about the info presented? Where do the facts come from? By the time I can even process one image or the text, at least 5 more have zoomed by. For me, this is not an easy way to learn something. However, I have to admit after 3 viewings I think I got the message…loud and clear. Social Media is here to stay, it’s going to be changing all the time, it’s a powerful way to communicate, it seems to be the communication mode of choice and if you are an educator, you’d better do all you can to stay on top of it.

If you didn’t see Gwen Ifill’s PBS news interview with Erik Schmidt (Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman) you might want to have a look.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/10/eric-schmidt-on-google-...

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Teresa J. Hura said:

Well, this first page was a LOT of information at once and a bit overwhelming for me.  I have been very limited in what I use technology for, and sometimes avoid it to keep my sanity.  However, I do see much value in all of the new resources available and hope to find the best to use in our school.

The TEDx video with Chris Anderson was interesting to me illustrating the increasing interconnectedness we have in our world today.   The dancers learning dance moves from all over the world was interesting to think about, and I found the new collaborative science sites to be mind boggling.  What an amazing way to share what we know with others to benefit all!  This talk also made me think about education, and how this interconnectedness is changing how we do business in schools.  My daughter is taking an online class this year that meets twice weekly in a real time online classroom that has video and audio available for all the students and the teacher.  There's an area for slides and/or white board writing as well as a text chat running nonstop.  The students in her class are from all over the world.  It has been fascinating to watch...and a real eye opener for me as an educator in a "brick and mortar" school.

The Kahn Academy site was another favorite.  My daughter has used some of the Kahn Academy material downloaded from itunes, but we hadn't visited the website.  The lessons we have found have been helpful for my daughter when she gets stuck on a concept in math...she can watch another teacher teach the concept and is often then able to get what she was missing.  This website is a wealth of information and a peek into the future of education.  Amazing!

 

I was surprised on how much info was on the Ning site and I liked the hands on WIKI tutor.  I have not done much with wikis.  I still have more exploring to do. 

Thanks for the info.

I have seen the "changing educational paradigms" video in the past, and really find it to raise some important questions about how we are currently educating students. The video on how to manage social media and children was interesting to me as well. I loved the visual of the "twitter" bird befriending the child after knocking out the tech-weary parent. In conferences with parents I occasionally run into parents such as these, ever weary of technology and bent on avoiding it at all costs. I feel bad for their children, not because technology is the answer to everything, but because it is a necessity to understand it in this day and age for most professions.

I'm not sure yet if this is my favorite since it is the first one I viewed from the "Welcome" list, but I do know that watching Eric Whitacre express his vision and listen to his vision of this amazing unity brought me to tears.  One of my passions is sound healing and from that I have learned that sound can be a carrier wave for emotion (from Manfred Klein's work in Sentics).  In working in with Tom Kenyon, my teacher and mentor in sound healing, I have experienced this intentional use of sound by participating in "Harmonic Choirs" where the participants all hold a coherent emotion in the heart and tone whatever sound comes to them.  The result usually sounds and feels like angels singing.  What if, this same sort of virtual choir were a "harmonic choir" intentionally sending the emotions of unity, gratitude, peace, love. 

I posted this video to FB on both my personal page and my healing business page and got this immediate response from one of my virtual friends..."Wendalynn wrote: "... thank you for this. I adore Eric Whitacre. He has opened our eyes and ears to a whole new dimension of unity ~ and by doing so, our hearts have also joined in a way unimagined a decade ago. ♥"

With so much to browse in just the Welcome email, I wonder if I'll ever make it to the actual lessons.  I spent the last 45 minutes checking out udemy.com.  Who knew such resources for instructors and entrepreneurs was already out there.  I am sooooo excited.

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