Friday, April 24, 2009

Develop your Personal Learning Community

As students are preparing for future careers, one of the goals of this class is to help you develop your Personal Learning Community. The Web 2.0 tools you have used in this course will be valuable for your continued learning. This picture is a graphical representation of what your PLC might look like. You can see that your continued education will be enhanced using these tools and resources.

“Building a personal learning network requires that you not only seek to learn from others, but also that you also help others in the network learn. Even when you are a novice in a field of learning, you can still make contributions.“ (Daniel R. Tobin)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Semester is coming to an end!!

Our class is working on PowerPoint projects this week. Since this is the last week of classes, an integrated project is assigned as a final project. The project will include Word, Excel and Access activities. The goal this semesters was to increase your knowledge of Office 2007 skills for business and personal use. In addition, you should have gained some computer concepts knowledge. Finally, this course introduced many different Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs, online applications and more.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter Week

Only three days of classes this week!
Easter eggs

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcome business education teachers

This is one of the blogs which I use in my computer applications class at Bethel College. All of my students create blogs at the beginning of the semester. Throughout the semester, they blog several times about various topics or articles from the internet. For some of the students, this is their first experience writing on the web (the read-write Web 2.0). In this course, we cover Office 2007 applications, as well as, computer concepts and Web 2.0 applications. Some of the activities using web tools include:
  • social bookmarking using Delicious
  • online applications (free alternatives to Office) such as Google Apps or Zoho Apps
  • course wiki used for course management system. See article to learn about this free and easy tool.
  • creating photo slideshows, collages, videos using online photo sharing (Flickr or Picasa) and online video sites, and embedding these creations into their personal blogs.
As business education teachers, you are familiar with the using content for our many courses. I encourage you to explore some of these Web 2.0 applications for use in your computer applications or DCT classes.