I'm not going to post about technology and science going together or something, though I could. I'm going to write about them separately.
First ~ Technology. I read a blog titled "What it's like on the inside". If you click the link it will take you to her entry on technology. She knows how we teachers feel about technology in our classrooms. Many of us are getting more and more upgrades in hardware, but so often our hands are tied when we actually want to use it. So we fight IT (and we know it's a losing battle) or we go commit acts that are nearly criminal just so our kids can write reports online, blog in the classroom, etc... Teachers, you know what I mean.
Yesterday we worked on posters for open house. I wanted to take pictures in the classroom with my digital camera and print them out from the computer so the kids could glue them on their posters. To do this I had to bring my Mac and my thumb drive to school. I take the pictures, load them to my Mac (because IT won't allow me to download pics from my camera) move the pics to my thumb drive and load them on the school computer. This I do not understand! Why am I allowed to download from the thumb drive but not my camera? How do they know my thumb drive isn't full of porn? Dumb!
I get seriously worried about our rights, not just as teachers but as people and citizens. Husband's employer is working on taking their rights to social networking away from them. Even if their myspace, facebook, twitter, etc... is personal and in no way work related they could get in big trouble or even fired for having it.
I did not mean to rant so much. Forgive me...
On to science!
We had an assembly yesterday and the kids loved this guy!