Interesting Read part 2

25 02 2009

I found this immediately after I posted the last entry.

Why Social Networks Are Good for the Kids

Which side are you on? Good or Evil? Black or White? VHS or Beta?

Interesting Reads

25 02 2009

Social websites harm children’s brains: Chilling warning to parents from top neuroscientist (from Daily Mail)

Social networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned.

Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are said to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centred.

The claims from neuroscientist Susan Greenfield will make disturbing reading for the millions whose social lives depend on logging on to their favourite websites each day. Full story here.

The value of teaching 21st-century skills (from The Boston Globe)

THINK strategically. Use technology wisely. Work collaboratively. Communicate effectively. Recognize how the world around you connects to everything you do. Employees are expected to be steeped in these and other skills their first day on the job. In today’s weak economy, the resumes of those who don’t speak the language of the 21st century are quickly passed over. Full story here.

Students tap into technology (from Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Since 2003, Penzera has invested a great deal into technological advances for her classroom, including “smart” whiteboards to remote-control quizzes and videoconferencing.

English teacher Diane Penzera rarely uses books these days.

Instead, her students at Greater Latrobe High School use their laptops to read “Don Quixote” and Dante’s “Divine Comedy” on the Internet, then organize their notes with a computer program. Full story here.

Getting Started with GarageBand ’09

25 02 2009

Grade 3s at my school will be creating sound effects and background music for a mime project they are currently undergoing. They will be using GarageBand ’08 but…

Here’s a good tutorial showing the basics for GarageBand ’09.

Apple also provide excellent video tutorials here.

GarageBand allows you to create music, podcasts etc. I also have a basic video and PDF tutorial on how to record voice/interviews under the Tutorials For Mac tab (located above) for the ’08 version. You may also watch the video here via YouTube.