Monday, November 23, 2009

My research paper

I was very happy to hear the two reports on Thursday. I have been leaning towards my research paper being on classroom technologies and Kindle/Reader and Twitter are two technologies that I wanted to include in the paper. I was worried that there would be no information about either of these technologies being used for education. The reports gave me an indication that there is information available. Now I just need to create an outline and get to work. I always have a problem organizing papers, this one will be no different. I might divide the paper into two parts, one hardware (Kindle) one software (twitter/blackboard). Or I might divide it into useful technologies and worthless ones. Both of these black and white categories are problematic, sometimes hardware and software are bundled and most technologies have advantages and disadvantages. Maybe I can divide them by the cost of the technology or possibly by the newness of the technologies. Again both of these are problematic. Maybe I will seperate the report alphabetically, not exactly grouping like technologies together but it would be simple. Maybe my problems with organization can be ignored because Shirkey wrote that ontology is overated. If I created the report on the web, something I have no experience with, I would just be able to tag everything and not worry about categorizing everything.

I will just have to pull out a sheet of paper and brainstorm. Once I know exactly what I will include in the paper I shoulod be able to organize the information in a coherent way. That is my hope at least. Maybe it would be easier to learn how to create the report on the web. I doubt it. Next step deciding what technologies will make the cut.

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  1. I read the first sentence of your blog and felt a sense of joy and honor. I continued reading and realized you weren't happy because we did a good job. You were happy because you were enlightened. Ha! Just a joke!
    Anywho, you sound like me - so many possibilities for topics yet not quite sure which avenue to take. After you right your thoughts out on paper and brainstorm, you still might be unsure. Overall I think you should compare and contrast today's technoligies (Kindle, twitter, and/or blackboard) to the lack thereof in the past. Has it helped society or has it ruined society? Then maybe dig under the surface about its capabilities, costs, pros, cons, etc. I hope that helps.

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