Sunday, October 31, 2010

Programing in Robolab - My first Jing recording

This tool is amazing, I was looking for something like this for my class and now I found Jing, it's easy to use and it has everything that I need.
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LEGO Sensor Light

Many times for students understand how working the light sensor is hard. The "audio boo" is a great tool for them listen again all about this sensor.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Record a Video in YouTube

Well this is my first Video, I have a little unashamed my English is not good sorry for that, but I enjoyed a lot record the video and thanks to my husband helped me with the Dinosaur it was great.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Using Flickr in Robotics Class

The Flickr is a good option to students ponder in different areas through  observation of images , I thought in two activities that I want to share with you:

1.The activities in my class always is developed in team work but it is hard that students understand it, sometimes one of the members wants to build and program the robot without help. Last Week the rescue of the Chilean Miners gave to world a wonderful example that everything it is possible using Technology and Team Work. I founded in Flickr good photos about Chilean Mine Rescue and I think to use it in my class.

2.In Labor Day's holidays my family and I went to San Francisco, it is a beautiful city and took many pictures one of them it is about the  street in zig zag it's amazing place. I will show this picture of  Street in Zig Zag to my students for give to them a challenge: "build and program a robot that go down for street in zig zag, you robot must be use light sensor for that ". I think it will be a good challenge.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Social Networking Sites

1. The target audience for this social networking site is Anyone 18 years old or older. Orkut is an online community designed to make your social life more active and stimulating. orkut's social network can help you maintain existing relationships with pictures and messages, and establish new ones by reaching out to people you've never met before.  The website was created by a Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten for that is named  Orkut  .

2. This site launched on January 24, 2004.Google then internally commissioned Orkut Büyükkökten to work on a competing independent project. The result was Orkut. 

3. This site is popular because is the fastest, easiest to use social network. It's all about speed; you can browse photos, check out friend profiles, and view updates faster than ever. If you use video chat in orkut, you can video chat with your friends in high-resolution! It’s like talking face-to-face with them. Actually it’s working. As of August 2010[update], Alexa traffic ranked Orkut 73rd in the world; the website currently has more than 100 million active users worldwide. It is one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil

4. Orkut's competitors are other social networking sites including MySpace and Facebook. Ning is a more direct competitor, as they allow creation of social networks which are similar to Orkut's communities.

5. I consider create an account and using it, because this site is faster, simpler and more customizable and it’s the most important in Brazil and I worked there four years ago and I Think is the better way to retake friendships and talk about the news technologies in projects with robotics educational in the elementary and high school.

Steve Hargadon - Classroom 2.0 Article

I want to comment about those two points:

Point 4: A network must fulfill some compelling need(s). 
The people use social network looking for something they need or wanted and for explain that this point use a good example the Facebook,  many use this site for meet with friends or relatives that didn’t see long time ago and now the students use for share pictures and  opinions. I think it is important consider the network must has a good topic that people need for stimulate to participate, share information and opinions, we don’t forget a nice environment with a simple way to use the different tools  it’s important also for people feel comfortable.
 Point 5: Focus in important to having a good conversation.
I consider this point basic for a good participation, there are networks that offer a topic with different sub topics but without link and you lose the focus and the interest, it’s a good idea in Classroom 2.0 exists groups of discussion , this way the people with same interest can development  the big topic but with specific focus.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Using Wiki for LEGO ROBOTICS Class

I enjoy doing my first Wiki MGRobotics, it was fun. I think it will be fun for students also.
In my LEGO ROBOTICS classes the students build and program robots to solve problems, often they obtain creative and innovating solutions that they present in a report, this last part it’s boring for them. I want to use the wiki for give them the new challenges and to request for students to publish the solution in the wiki site, as a report, in this site they can use videos and other tools for one better presentation. I believe that it is a dynamic way to make the report; furthermore they can use links to connect their solution with application in the real world. I consider that they write their comments are wonderful to prepare critical people.
I hope the students feel stimulate to research in other wikis before to make the report, increase ideas for better work in class, share ideas and activities with other students from other schools, states or countries.

About Me

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I'm from Peru, the land of Incas and I studied informatics in my country, after finished my studies I worked in LEGO Robotics projects, it is a wonderful way to teach technology and development students skills in different areas of education. I had the opportunity to work training teacher in Uruguay, Mexico and shared the great work development in Brazil for two years. I'm married and have two busy boys, I love my family and I'm so happy for share about the technology in education and LEGO Robotics.