February 18

Ipod app and blogging

For months I have been bemoaning the poor state of my blog. I’ve been so busy at school that it seems like 2009 has gone with the wind and taken with it almost two months of 2010.

So, my March resolution for this year is to focus on being a better, more efficient and effective blogger. With this in mind I have spent th last couple of weeks trying to find the perfect blogging app for my iPod touch(which is a new gadget I haven’t blogged about) followed by exactly zero blogs for the month of February so far.

Eventually, I found a wordpress app, not an edublogs one, that really seamlessly integrates with my blog. This is the first post I’ve tried on it however, so if you can’t read this, please email me. It is also a great price (free) and really easy to set up. I’m thinking of replacing my calendar with this snazzy app in my 4 most commonly used apps.

Let’s see how it goes for the rest of february

September 27

Jamie Mackenzie Questioning Scaffold

I just found a great article from Jamie Mackenzie on questioning presented concepts called “The evidence gap” http://questioning.org/oct08/evidence.html He gives three different examples of how this now permeates our life, and gives a scaffold for students to evaluate ideas at http://questioning.org/oct08/Wait.pdf

He uses the example of how Captain Cook “looked after” the indigenous people in countries that he visited, the Obama vs McCain Oil debate, and an example from the Medical field.

He breaks down each argument from McCain and Obama and finally determines (from facts rather than speeches that):

It turns out that the biggest problem is our dependence on oil, not our dependence on oil from “countries that don’t like us very much.” Once we close the “evidence gap,” a very different picture emerges than the one McCain hoped to evoke.

The scaffold would be a great tool to give students to discuss web based resources and the authenticity of such, and also to increase critical analysis of ideas.