Thursday, January 28, 2010

Education is Fun!

Peter Fantacone Recalls His Memories Of DDay, Serving In The US Navy. I am fascinated by WWII and especially D-Day. My grandfather Clifford Johnson landed in France that day on Normandy and served an honorable tour in Europe. This particular video is very well done and sponsored by A&E. The photos that are shown during the movie are personal collections and he clarified that he is reading his own first hand account of the eventful day. A moving tribute to his friends and fellow service men and women, patriotic music played in the background with a couple voice over moments. This a great video to show to students interested in understanding a real life experience.
I liked this story a lot because it represents the significance of history!

The second video is from vimeo and is a beautiful outdoor scene. This nature scene illustrated and spoke to me about the fragile and ever changing environment we live in. The 2 minute clip has no complications or illegal problems. The natural sounds and pictures evoke an aesthetically pleasing scenario and demonstrate the changing of seasons and passing of time. Educational in a more liberal sense this video promotes the beauty and majesty of nature.

One year in 120 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

I love to learn and this activity helped me understand what is legal and ethical when creating an educational message.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Why social networking!

For all those curious friends or family or strangers.....yes I do it too, I read strangers blogs, I am officially beginning one. My Technology in the Classroom course required us to start and I thought this could be good since I have been wanting to keep a blog for months.......welcome to the 21st century! The prompt for class this week centered on the influence of technology/social networking on the Church. All of the new technology is fantastic for the church! I am amazed that my family in New York can watch conference or any talks broadcast by the Church at the same time I am. Also with social networking the gospel can be taught in numerous ways. The internet allows access to a variety sources such as youtube which plays church videos, a wealth of talks archived on the church website and the opportunity to chat with other members around the world. Facebook creates groups for members in stakes, from specific missions and enables members to strengthen relationships across the globe. Blogging is another way for families to stay connected and share the special gospel message. I am excited to get going and create a great blog so that you strangers will keep coming back! Peace and Love!