I am very excited about this class! You have already given us some neat tools to play with and learn and I love to play. I think that blogs, wikis and the podcast are certainly the way of the future. As an upcoming technology teacher, the possibility of allowing my students the opportunity to have true collaboration where they are reading ideas, and truly take the time to absorb these ideas is truly what it is all about. I believe that as our students become more connected on the internet, it will enhance their depth of knowledge, understanding. For example, if working on a project, they are getting ideas from classmates, teacher's and possibly experts from all around the world. Not only do these tools enhance the learning experience, they help us reach learners with different learning styles. Students who would normally not contribute verbally may contribute in writing. It is slightly more autonomous.
My mind actually starts to spin about the wonderful possibilities. I am enjoying this class and am looking forward to learning more and having more fun. I am still taking it all in and not sure about somethings, for example, Twitter and twirl, who has the time? I have left it running all day yesterday and did get some great clips from Jeff, but some of it just seems liked journaling, another wonderful tool we can teach our students as I believe the act of writing in wikis and blogs can be a great way to journal as well as reflect on previous thoughts or pieces of work, but as a working adult in school, I am not sure how much I will use it, but, I do watch the posts from time to time. I'm having fun and looking forward to the rest of the semester.