Sunday, May 31, 2009

Valuable technology in our classroom setting!

Exploring the Web 2.0 award lists was exciting. I really can utilize all the new technology skills that I now posses in my classroom. Here is a example: I was looking at the website when completing the other assignment and had a great idea. How about if I gave the students a assignment to log their weight and information at the beginning of the year and had them keep track of their progress throughout the year. I could also incorporate journal entries as they analyze their personal progress on a monthly basis and have them create goals in terms of weight loss and personal fitness. WOW! I am getting excited just thinking about the possibilities.
Another great idea I had was using a official school blog to keep the parents updated about what we are doing in class and the progress of the students in general. I know some parents would really love that idea. It would make the parent and teacher relationship so much stronger. Technology will make my class much more efficient and effective. Mahalo

Google Docs.

The frustration of sending documents that canʻt be opened is OVER! I canʻt count the number of times I have sent a vital document to a fellow teacher that needed a quick response,only to be e-mailed back that she/he cannot open it! Talk about frustration. I will start using this program immediatly to send my documents from now on. Itʻs great to have computer programers think of ways to actually make it easier for us instead of always just trying to make a extra buck from all the confusion with different software. I think this program will be very valuable to all teachers on a everyday basis as we send and receive important document. No more wasting time on programs that are different on every computer in the WORLD! YES!!!

Web 2.0 Awards list!

WoW! What a line-up! I didnʻt know there were that many great sites that I didnʻt know about. I explored craigslist. I have heard about the website from friends but havenʻt had the time to personally explore it. I found some great deals in my community. Itʻs kind of nice to cut out the middle man and buy things from people who want to get rid of it at a GREAT Deal! I have some things around the house that I will actually try and sell on craigslist this week. So many opportunities, so little time to make some side cash! :-) This was a great assignment and a great page to bookmark for future reference. I will explore other sites on the awards list when I get more time. Mahalo!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Great technology to use. I especially loved the fact that you could use bloglines for research. I was pretty much jumping between sites using my bookmark feature but this blogline is soo much better. I really enjoyed this assignment and am learning alot about what is out there and how to use it properly. Canʻt wait to see what other technology is coming up in the future! Mahalo

Monday, May 25, 2009

Relaxing in O'ahu

Just chilling like a villan on O'ahu today as we pay tribute to our Military for their service to our country! Freedom is something to be cherished and truly appreciated. We need to always remember the price paid for freedom. Freedom is NOT Free. My Dad served 20 years in the Army and I am proud of Him. Mahalo Dad!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Interesting Things from the Articles!!!

Social Networking/Alfred/Benjamin
WOW! I can clearly see the tremendous impact that the internet has had within social circles! WOW! It stated in the articles that an evolution is happening in social interactions larger in scale than anything before. I belive it because I am a part of it! Just look at me. I am in a Masters program with cohorts from all around the U.S. at a college in Frenso, CA while I am in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean on a Island called Hawai'i. If that isn't amazing then I don't know what it! We are all apart of this amazing movement in social interactionas as we pursue Higher Education.

Examing Social Software in Teacher Education/
Richard E. Ferdig
One very interesting topic that was brought up was the foresight and the knowledge that educators need to have about what is out there and what are our students doing with that education. On the 3rd page it stated that we as educators need to create a constructivist learning enviroment that provides oppotunities for students to publish artifact of learning and then promote feedback which results in reflection. Using technology such as facebook in a learning enviroment would be great! With our students being soo very computer savvvvy, we as educators need to use their strengths and interests to promote positive learning experiences through the many social software opportunities at our disposal.

Utilizing social networking media to support "always on" learning styles
Derek/ Mercedes

How we learn, changes what we learn and in turn changes how fast we learn things. The changes in learning has drastically changed the expectations and the perspective of our students these days. I loved the statement that said "the convergence of social networking is changing the face of education." How and Why is the question I asked myself. The how is through the computer. Being able to converse, brainstorm and exchange ideas with a click of the mouse is Marvelous. No time or distance can limit this type of communication. Why? The youth, our students live in a world of FAST paced food, information which enables them to become accustomed to the speed. We can harness that speed and use it for the benfit of our students! If we ourselves can keep up! :-)


IMG_1192, originally uploaded by Flying Hawaiian.

Great Assignment! I have really enjoyed learning about this new technology to treasure and share photos! It is truly amazing the things we can do with computers these days!

Very, Very Interesting Technology this WEEK!


I really enjoyed the Flicks assignment this week. I will probably use that program to download my pictures from now on. It allows me to share my personal photos with friends and families. Being able to tag the photos with details is also a great feature. Also having the connection betweem flicks and my blog is GREAT! Mahalo nui loa! Take care and God bless!


IMG_1199, originally uploaded by Flying Hawaiian.

What a GREAT DAY in Pahoa chapel in Hilo, Hawai'i. My First born son was baptized into the True and living Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints! Our whole family was there to witness it also. That was also a miracle!
April 26, 2009

Dance Competition DONE!

We finished our dance competition in honolulu this past weekend! The kids were great and did wonderful! We can enjoy the BREAK! YES

Thursday, May 21, 2009

So you think you can dance!

My favorite show started tonight! Had some great dancers!!!

Living and learning!

All the new things that I am doing on the computer is amazing me! I am getting good! Perfect practise makes perfect! :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Technology! WOW

I am learning alot about all the types of communication on the net! Facebook, flicks,blogging, twitter.Some great, some a waste of time but it is nice being exposed to many options!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Starting my Masters Program! Yaa!

Aloha from Hawaiʻi,
It has truly been a exciting week of working on my Masters program. I have really enjoyed the new ideas and concepts from my readings and also personal insights from classmates all around the world. It is really nice to be able to communicate with other teachers in the same field and toss around ideas. It is inspiring and very helpful. I am looking forward to the many new and exciting things I will be able to learn from this program.
Ke Akua pu a malama pono.
Maika Woods