Thing 23: My Reflection on Web 2.0 Course

As I stand at the end of this Web 2.0 Summer Course, I look back to the starting point and travel a nostalgia tour. I started this course at a point of time when I had hectic work: both personal and official . I was a bit nervous and was not confident whether I will be able to go through this course successfully.
Thus, with a lot of uncertainty I started with the course. But as I started to doing the assignments, I was not in a hurry; initially I was slower than others but soon I found myself on the track. Ms Jerrie Cheek, the Coordinator of the program was keen about giving feedback whenever I sought for the same.
I have found her very systematic in her approach and I benefitted immensely from her demand for perfection, critical counsel, and timely interventions.
The course as such is well designed, and linearly arranged from simple to complex. Being online, all modules are of self-learning nature. The support and guidelines given in the module each are crisp, clear, and direct.
Since this is a technology course, and of direct relevance to the teaching profession, I immersed myself into the course, and I did reap the benefits.
What I learned in technology integration to teaching and allied activities does not stop here with the completion of the course. Actually, my work begins only now. I am keen on implementing what I learned in my profession.

Thing 21: Pageflakes

Thing 21: My Pageflake Experience
In this task, I learned about Pageflakes and I present below the knowledge I gained.
Pageflakes is a personalized homepage wherein you can have all sorts of information and/or data and have the facilities of RSS feeds, embedding tools, and search options. One can also have all such common entities such as Calendar, Notes, Web search, weather forecast, del.icio.us bookmarks, flickr photos and user-created modules. 
From the teacher’s point of view, I find that Pageflakes would be found immensely useful in both instruction and professional development.
1. Instructional Purposes
Scaffolding, making learners responsible for learning is an important requirement a teacher has to fulfill in the educational process. I would use Pageflakes can be used for this task of scaffolding. The easiest approach is to use teacher-sponsored shared pages.
There are four ways for sharing a page:
1. Make it world readable (read only for all)
2. Make it world readable and team writable (read only for all ) read/write for team)
3. Make it team readable, i.e. your students (read only for team)
4. Share it with a team, i.e. your students (read/write for team)
I would create a page for each group or student. Optionally, and to speed up configuration for all pages except the first, I would create a template (click on share) and then reuse the template. The steps to follow include:
o Click on ‘share’ in each page tab
o Select the 3rd option (Share page with a group).
o Make sure to check the Allow these people to edit box.
o Then enter emails for each student. Students must have an email address, since they will receive an invitation to register.
In fact, there are many ways of using Pageflakes for the instructional activity as listed below.
· Post homework, class assignments, reminders (Sticky Note or NotePad)
· Class Calendar (Calendar, Google Calendar, 30boxes)
· Post Links to Class Documents (Box.net)
· Have a group discussion (Message Board)
· Post instructional videos (TeacherTube, YouTube, embed a specific video using the Anything Flake)
· Post class pictures or photo albums (Picasa, Flickr, embed a specific Bubbleshare or RockYou album using the Anything Flake)
· Post pictures from a specific topic or theme (Flickr)
· Post PowerPoint presentations (embed a specific SlideShare or Google Presentation using the Anything Flake)
· Share current events or topical items (add any RSS feed by clicking Add RSS feed and pasting the feed URL).
· Share podcasts (add the “Mother of all podcast Feeds” flake, then click edit to change the feed URL to ANY podcast you want)
2. Professional Development
For Professional development, I can employ Pageflakes effectively
3. Themes
As such in chemistry, I can explore all themes through Pageflakes. Some topics of special interest to me are:
Green chemistry
Humor in Chemistry
Phytochemistry
Photochemistry
Environmental Education

Thing 22: Ning in Education: Using Ning for Educational Social Networks

Thing 22: Ning in Education: Using Ning for Educational Social Networks

School is a miniature society. As an organization, the functions of the school are solely social in nature embracing the immediate as well as the larger communities. The key advantages of Ning in educational social networking are the following:

1. It offers a platform for exchange of views and opinions on a chosen theme or topic. Teachers can best benefit through this.
2. It enables direct rapport with the parents of our students.
3. It helps
4. Community contact is an inevitable requirement for successful school functioning. Most of the activities (for instance: fund raising) with the community can be effectively carried out through the social networking opportunities provided by Ning.
5. Ning is a great news portal, latest news both close and distance is available at it .
6. Ning offers scope for recognizing the members’ achievements including greetings on their birthdays.

Thing 20: Google Docs

It is a great knowledge to learn that Google offers Google Docs as a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application. For a chemistry teacher this comes highly handy, because collaborative practice is essential in chemistry both for teachers and the students.
The chief advantage of Google Docs is it allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. This I consider would be a great advantage for teachers supporting in preparing collaborative lesson plan, lecture materials, hand-outs, and question papers. In the case of spreadsheets, users can be notified of changes to any specified regions via e-mail.
All these can also be saved to the user’s computer in a variety of formats, including:
Open office
Html
PDF
RTF
Text
Word
The service is officially supported on recent versions of the following browsers:
Firefox
Internet Explorer
Safari
Chrome
Automatic saving and automatic revision history prevents data loss from open documents. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes. The application supports the following formats:
ISO standard Open document
Doc
Xls
Docx
xlsx
It is also possible to upload and share PDF files. Students can be best served this way with instructional back-up and other supplementary documents.
Mobile Google Docs allows browsing of Google Docs documents in a mobile phones, Thus students can view and edit spreadsheets.. Certain versions of Google Docs like iPhone and Android include functionality both for editing spreadsheets and viewing presentations.

Thing 7c – Back to Google Reader

As earlier, my search consisted of three parts. General search on milk allergy; search in edublogs on milk allergy.; and search on humor in chemistry.
Part I: Milk allergy
Reference 1
http://ezinearticles.com/?Lactose-Intolerance-Cure—Does-One-Exist?&id=469321
This reference talks about an option for cure for lactose intolerance. A product by name lactagen has been proven to show a drastic reduction in common lactose intolerance symptoms. This reference talks about a case study in which in 9 out of 10 test subjects participating in the 3 month long trial, there was a dramatic reduction of symptoms after completing the 38 day long program.
Reference 2

http://digestive-system.emedtv.com/lactose-intolerance/lactose-intolerance-treatment.htm

This article discuses the methodology for treating lactose intolerance; one such method includes use of lactase enzyme as a dietary supplement.
Reference 3

http://pharmacyreview.blogspot.com/2008/07/lactose-intolerance-treatment.html

This article also deals with the treatment for lactose intolerance. According to this article, lactase enzyme is effective in treating symptoms of lactose intolerance. Lactase enzyme is available as a liquid (Lactaid), caplets (Lactaid), capsules (Lactrase), or as chewable tablets (Dairy Ease). It is also added to some commercial dairy products.
Reference 4
http://www.medicinenet.com/lactose_intolerance/page7.htm
This article proposes three viable methods for treating lactose intolerance:
(1) Dietary changes
(2) Lactase enzyme supplement
(3) Calcium and Vitamin D supplements
Reference 5
http://www.nutralegacy.com/blog/general-healthcare/lactose-intolerance-causes-symptoms-and-treatment/
This reference presents that products like Calcium Magnesium, Acidophilus Assorted Chewable and Daily Enzyme Complex are great supplements to add into your diet to promote overall digestive health.
Part II: Edublogs
In Edublogs, my search on milk allergy continued.
Reference 6
< a href=”http://dietplan.edublogs.org/2008/12/10/top-five-weight-loss-scams/”>http://dietplan.edublogs.org/2008/12/10/top-five-weight-loss-scams/
This is the same reference as I saw in Thing 7b, on “ Top Five Weight Loss Scams.” The content is the same.
Reference 7
http://obese.edublogs.org/2008/04/24/acidophilus-acidophilus-supplements-may-help-million-people-with-digestive-diseases/
In this article I gained a new knowledge in the area of lactose intolerance. The new knowledge is: Acidophilus Supplements May Help Million People with Digestive Diseases
Acidophilus contains bacteria that have a symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationship with the human stomach. It is a nutritional supplement product, which is often added to milk or other dairy products or it is also sold as a capsule.
Reference 8
http://www.canadatop.com/article/Lactose+intolerance
This article suggests that food stuff that is free of milk and its products. There are three videos embedded in this article.
Reference 9
http://body2envy.com/you-should-know-how-to-tell-if-baby-allergies-are-signs-of-intolerance/
This is a very useful article, which teaches the parents how to recognize and report if food allergies are signs of intolerance.
Part III
In the humor in chemistry search, I found the following link:
Reference 10
http://www.lonsteins.com/blog/2009/07/05/chemistry-humor
This link is in the pipeline.

Thing 19: My Youtube Teacher Tube Experience

I visited the TeacherTube segment of the You Tube and looked for sites related to science education. Among the different videos I saw the one on Phases of Moon captured my attention. Phases of Moon is an important lesson for Middle School Science. In order for the students to get a wholesome perspective of the phases of moon, video is the best option. This video is produced taking into consideration minute details and keeping in mind that the video is meant for the students and not the teachers.

Thing 17: My Initial Thoughts about Podcasting in Education

Podcasting in Education
I visited the following websites for learning the relevance and importance of podcasting in education.

Podcasting is sound-broadcasting or voice over. What is the relevance or application of this tool in education is the key question we need to answer first.
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Apple – Podcasting in Education
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Learning in Hand – Podcasting in the classroom
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Get started podcasting with < href="http://audacity.sourceforge.net/">Audacity and other free tools.
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OEDb – 100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better

Audition is a faculty, that is always almost open for learning. we hear different kinds of sounds composed both of voice and noise. Any sound for that matter is a tool for education. Sound is such a sensitive sense that both benefical and damaging consequences of sound can be realized.

Think of those Silent Movies which were produced at the early stages of development of cinema. And think of teacher who maintains silent without speaking and he teaches the class only through gestures.

It is needless to say that visual items become functionless without voice over. Therefore, it is needless to say that sound as a medium of communication is the most powerful of the communication tools available. In other words, we as educators should recognize and appreciate the usefulness of sound. Podcasting comes handy here.

To many it would appear as if podcasting would serve a great deal for language, fine arts, and so on. However, podcasting would be found invaluable in sciences too. The one comes handy is the instructions for lab work, project work and guidelines for collaborative actiivities and tour to industry sites and places of scienctific importance.

Podcasting can do a great deal in definitions, statement laws and principles, and certain constants and formulas that need to memorized by the students. since it offers portability and sharing/multiplication, podcasting comes handy in terms of the investment requirements and economy of maintenance and multiplication.

Thing 7b – Revisit to Google Reader

In my revisit to the Google reader, I found a collection of multitude of feeds; from which , I was able to shortlist most pertinent ones
As before, there are three parts in this revisit:
Part I: Milk allergy
Part II: Humor in Chemistry
Part III: Edublog feeds
Part I: Milk allergy
Reference 1
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10817

This reference provided me with a definition for Milk allergy (cow) and the symptoms of that allergy:
Milk allergy, cow: Casein and whey are the two major proteins of human milk and most milk-based formulas. Some (less than 8% of) infants have a true allergy to the cow proteins that are in milk-based formulas.
Infants with true cow milk allergy can develop abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, skin rash, and wheezing when given milk- based formulas. These symptoms will disappear as soon milk- based formula is removed from the diet. (Allergy to cow milk protein is different from lactose intolerance).
There were 10 comments for this article and three doctors have provided Suggested Reading. More importantly, there was a slide show supplement to this article.
At the end of this presentation, links are provided for latest medical news
Reference 2
http://food-allergies.suite101.com/article.cfm/information_about_milk_allergy
In this reference I found a lot of information about milk allergy. It was brought to focus that dairy is one of the most common food allergens. Diagnosis and treatment of milk allergy has also been provided for the readers.
More importantly the article carried a list of items in which milk and milk products are present in the content. I represent the same thing for your immediate reference:
· Artificial butter flavor
· Butter
· Butter fat
· Butter oil
· Buttermilk
· Caseinates (ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium)
· Cheese
· Cottage cheese
· Curds
· Cream
· Custard or pudding
· Ghee (clarified butter used in Indian cooking)
· Half and half
· Hydrolysates (casein, milk protein, protein, whey, whey protein)
· Lactalbumin
· Lactalbumin phosphate
· Lactoglobulin
· Milk (derivative, protein, solids, malted, condensed, evaporated, dry, whole, low-fat, non-fat, skim)
· Nisin
· Nougat
· Pudding
· Rennet casein
· Sour cream
· Sour cream solids
· Sour milk solids
· Whey (delactosed, demineralized, protein, concentrate)
· Yogurt
I learned that it is extremely important to be careful with processed foods and restaurant meals. When in doubt, the consumer should ask questions or choose something else that is known to be safe.
Reference 3
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mksg/pai/2007/00000018/00000003/art00015
This reference is a research article from a journal titled, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. This article is highly informative and technical in the sense that the spectrum of cow’s milk allergy is presented and discussed.
Reference 4

http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymhn/article/PIIS0194599805015007/abstract

This reference pertains to a highly interesting article on how milk allergy can cause combined influence on beef and/or pork allergy.

Reference 5

http://planetlactose.blogspot.com/2009/06/goats-get-lactose-intolerance.html
This article projects that there is accumulation of misleading, contradictory and self-interest based articles in the web. Taking the example of allergy toward goat’s milk, the author of this article presents this state of affairs. Excerpts from this article:
· Goats Get Lactose Intolerance
· Remember the old joke in which a teacher gives a class assignment to write about a pet peeve and some future delinquent writes about his pet, Peeve?

It’s not very funny. I know.

Not funny. Just relevant. To me, at least. You can’t imagine how many times I go on the Internet and find people dumb or oblivious or self-interested enough to proclaim that goat’s milk is acceptable for people with lactose intolerance.

Here are some examples I pulled off of Google News, just this month.

FoodBizIntel: Meyenberg Goat Milk Products
· Goat milk has a delicious, gourmet taste, is easily digested, and is a real milk alternative to lactose sensitivity.

Tabbouleh Chavrie Salad
· Healthy tips about our all-natural cheese include goat cheese contains 30% less fat than sour cream and many cow’s milk cheese. It is gluten-free and is easily digestible for those who are lactose intolerant.
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Editors’ Picks: Automaker offers goat with purchase
· Goat’s milk, he added, “provides a nutritious alternative for the growing number of lactose-intolerant people …

Milk, it was good for you as a kid, it is good for you as an adult
· There is goat’s milk which has slightly different properties than cow’s milk. Those who are lactose intolerant may be able to drink goat’s milk.

Not just kidding around
· Goat’s milk contains a different protein base than cow’s milk and so can often be tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant or have other digestive sensitivities, Heather said.

That would be no, no, no, no, and no.

Goat’s milk has almost exactly as much lactose as cow’s milk. Some people who are allergic to cow’s milk can drink goat’s milk because it contains a different set of proteins. But that is almost exactly opposite to what these nitwits claim.

How do I know that goat’s milk will affect the lactose intolerant?

How about a lactose intolerant goat?

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2000 Aug 1;217(3):372-5, 340.
Secondary lactose intolerance in a neonatal goat.
· Weese JS, Kenney DG, O’Connor A.

Department of Clinical Studies, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada.

A 2-week-old Toggenburg kid was evaluated for persistent diarrhea and poor body condition. The herd had high morbidity and mortality associated with diarrhea in neonatal kids. Lactose intolerance was diagnosed on the basis of results of a lactose tolerance test and glucose absorption test. Clinically normal herdmates were used as control animals. The kid responded to lactase supplementation. Cryptosporidium organisms were detected in feces of several affected kids during episodes of acute diarrhea. Lactose intolerance was presumed to have developed secondary to intestinal cryptosporidiosis.
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In other words, this poor baby goat got an intestinal ailment, and developed secondary lactose intolerance, in exactly the same way that so many humans, especially infants and babies. do when their intestines are attacked by something like the “stomach flu,” actually a gastrointestinal ailment. The cure was also exactly like that of a human: use lactase to digest the lactose and reduce the symptoms.

Everybody. Please stop saying that goat’s milk is for people with lactose intolerance. That’s not true. Even the goats know better
Reference 6
http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/07/serious-cheese-tolerating-la-tur.html
In this article posted by Jammie Forrest, I learnt that more acidic the cheese, the less the less lactose it has and therefore it becomes more tolerable.

Part II: Humor in Chemistry
Reference 7
http://organicchemistry.wordpress.com/2007/05/13/now-that-finals-are-over-a-little-chemistry-humor/
This humorous article is titled, ‘Now that finals are over, a little chemistry humor’
Most of you are familiar with basic high school chemistry and all this is enough for enjoying the jokes presented in this article:
This will probably brand me as the uncontested, all-knowing, chemistry nerd overlord of the world, but here are a couple of jokes that I found humorous…enjoy.
Outside his buckyball home, one molecule overheard another molecule saying, “I’m positive that a free electron once stripped me of an electron after he lepton me. You gotta keep your ion them.”
A chemistry professor couldn’t resist interjecting a little philosophy into a class lecture. He interrupted his discussion on balancing chemical equations, saying, “Remember, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate!”
 One day on the Tonight Show, Jay Leno showed a classified add that read: “Do you have mole problems? If so, call Avogadro at 602-1023.”
Q: Why do chemists call helium, curium and barium the medical elements?
A: Because if you can’t helium or curium, you barium!
There was one comment to this post from a viewer by name Lynale, who says:
Funny, but weird. Good laugh anyway!
Part III: Edublog
Reference 8
http://metabolismboost.edublogs.org/2009/03/22/ways-to-increase-metabolism-%E2%80%93-the-carbohydrate-connection/
In this post titled, “Ways to increase metabolism: the carbohysrate connection”, I learned the importance of carbohydrates in our metabolism.
Reference 9
http://dietplan.edublogs.org/2008/12/10/top-five-weight-loss-scams/
This post is titled, Top Five Weight Loss Scams”
For your perusal I present below the abstract of the post.
“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days! Experience the fat-burning power of Green Tea!” “Burn 35 pounds a month! The only effective Swiss natural fat burner formulated from seven unique and powerful ingredients for both rapid fat burning and appetite suppressing without any side effects!” Sounds good doesn’t it? Anyone wanting to lose weight would jump at the chance to lose 30-35 pounds of fat a month, right? Well, before taking that plunge and parting with some hard earned cash, there is something you should know. Claims of natural fat loss pills and herbal weight loss supplements are more than likely scams. This article will discuss the top five weight loss scams including natural metabolism boosters, fat and carbohydrate blocking pills, weight loss teas, diet patches and jewelry, body wraps and sauna suits.