Monday, December 8, 2008

Are Kids Different Because of Digital Media?

Yes! As teachers we have so much to compete with. Kids are techno savy and oftens times have to explain to teachers how to do something on their computers. Which in a way is great but it just goes to show that the days where teachers know everything are gone. I can remember being in high school using dial up bilboards, we had to use books and encyclopedias for research. We also had to actually do the work. Now kids can buy papers of the internet and between online encyclopedias and wikipedia they are no longer using books. When I assign a research paper I require the students to have 2 physical resources.

Today's students are also busy but not out of reach. I have myspace for National Honor Society and for my softball team so that I can easily keep in touch. A friend of mine has a myspace for her class in which she post homework assignments and keeps an up to date calendar that the students can look at.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Databases is an awesome resource for everything. I found this site to be especially helpful in the area of understanding databases and the uses I can find for them in my classroom. The main page I concentrated on was the using databases tab but this site also offers a blog and database basics tabs, as well as, learning SQL.

This website offers tons of information about databases. Since I have trouble using and understanding databases I feel this website is a simple way to understand and work my way through the complex jungle known as databases. The main database system works with is Microsoft Access. explains the purpose of databases and the many uses a person can find to use them. This site offers information for both beginners and those who have been working with Microsoft Access for sometime and need an ounce of assistance. For beginners there are a lot of useful tools including Access fundamentals and a screen by screen walk through of Microsoft Access. This site even offers a Access Reports tutorial that would be perfect for classroom use.

For the more advance Access user there are tips on how to convert Access files to ACCDB files and creating databases from scratch. One of the most important aspects of the advance tutorials is how to publish Access data to the web.

The website also describes Microsoft SQL Server databases for the enterprise-class user