Thursday, October 25, 2007

notebooks & blogs, part 1

I'm not in a one-to-one computer classroom, so my students don't always have access to Web 2.0 tools. This quarter I've had my students do both the traditional writer's notebook (pen on paper) and blogging when we can. As I have them write their reflections on the two different media, I'm interested in what kind of differences they see. My commentary can be heard by clicking "writer's notebook reflections" on the audio player on the lefthand side of this page or on my GCast channel. Photo by Rosalie Sloan.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

learning something new every day

It is nice to see someone be willing to end their show before it jumps the shark and begins losing its fans.

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I came across this on one of my student's posts today, so I asked him about it since I admit I've never heard the term "Jump the shark" before. This image and the accompanying article from Wikipedia enlightened me.

Evidently the phrase dates back to the '70s when The Fonz jumped a shark while waterskiing in an attempt to revive the show's ratings. Funny I'd never heard that before. I guess I would have been one of those viewers who had abandoned the show.