Friday, October 30, 2009



WEB 2.0!!

Web 2.0 is having the world at your fingertips. The ability to access files from anywhere in the world is amazing. I love being able to store documents, keep in touch with friends and family and make and create pojects online.

For instance: a couple days ago for a class, I needed to great a graph for a presentation. I googled "make a graph" and clicked on the first website and made a killer graph. It was awesome. Before, it would have been a time consuming thing to use a program that I probably didn't have or couldn't afford.

Facebook: say what you want about social networking sites, I absolutely love being able to keep track of friend all over the world and communicate quickly. If I have a question about homework, I post it on facebook and I have 12 SOE peer responses within minutes. When I first went to Brasil at the age of 5, it took weeks to get communication from the US. Now, it is seconds away.

I also love blogs. I'm pretty new to them, but my wife has kept a blog of our family for a while. Once again, there are pictures and video that are stored on the internet that my parent in Brasil, her parents in Seattle, and my brother in North Carolina can all access and comment on. I love the idea of a class blog that I can use to communicate with students and parents about what is going on in the class and what things are coming up.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 is a great website that allows you to broadcast yourself (or anything you want to stream through your computer). It is incredibly easy to use. All you need is a computer, a webcam, and a microphone (my laptop has a webcam and microphone built in). By going to and signing up for an account, you can create your own internet channel. I find this incredibly useful for doing a live presentation. You could give a presentation from anywhere in the world. also gives you the ability to stream video files from your computer, so you could do a viewing of a video that you created. On your channel's page, you can set times for your broadcasts to let people know when to check back to watch you. You can also set up a chat function to allow people watching your channel to chat with each other and to allow you to chat with them as well. You could also have people text you a question that you answered live.

Watch live video from liabi's channel on

Monday, October 19, 2009

Charts, Graphs, Horror

After analyzing this data, it was interesting to see that the majority of the class scored above the average. Also, by analyzing the google spreadsheet, I realized that I have a lot to learn about spreadsheeting.

Google Spreadsheet Link

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Scribblar and Dabbleboard!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


After looking at the ODE website, there were a couple things that really stood out to me. The first was R. Paul's elements of thought. He had some great ideas about how discussion could really be enhanced in the classroom. One of the things he talked about with regard to discussion was to have an objective or goal. So, making sure that the questions we ask students are leading to an objective that ties in to our overall objectives for instruction is so important. Also, looking at your point of view and then considering the pov's of other is an essential part of the elements of thought. We should be challenging all our students to become high-end learners and so these elements will help do that.

Graphic organizers are another great tool to help present information and even to get students involved in. At the OTEN conference I went to a seminar on concept maps and had some great ideas about about how to integrate those. Vue is a great tool in preparing concept maps that is free and easy to use. In a social studies class, students could create concept maps to show the relationships between events. A Venn Diagram is another great tool that can be used across all the different subjects. KWL charts are valuable as well. Organizational skills are greatly lacking in our students these days, so anything we can do to help them will assist them in higher thinking.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yodio - OTEN CONF Yodio by liabi

Uses for Bloggings

Blogs are great for getting students involved with technology. They are easy to use in a variety of ways. I could see blogs being used as a journal that can be read, reviewed and commented on by other students. It could be a way to get creative writing assignments peer reviewed. I can be a way for students to get help with math problems. It can be a way that the teacher communicated with the students and parents/guardians. With a little creativity, the options are endless!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Post 1

Hi...Welcome to speedythorpedo. I'm sure you will be very impressed by my blog. I created it by myself. Are you impressed yet? So, what would you like to know about me? I'm 5'10. I always wanted to be 6 feet tall but I'm 2 inches away and I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. I found out today that I'm really old. I thought 28 was pretty young, but I was wrong. Thanks, Julia. I am married with 2 adorable daughters. I grew up in Brasil. Yes, I am aware that in English it's spelled "Brazil" but I wrote it in Portuguese, so...
I really like sports. Soccer is my favorite, but I also enjoy tennis, volleyball, basketball, ping-pong (it is absolutely a sport). I play guitar. I really like apples. Pink Lady is my favorite. I've never owned a Mac. My dream vacation is Rio de Janeiro. I like making top 10 lists. I love my family, my friends, and my MAT buddies (I made you guys a separate category because you are my friends, but I spend time with you like we're family). I'm still annoyed that Bret Favre un-retired 12 times in the last 3 years. I'm extremely competitive and it usually is one of my least likable traits.
I'm dying to become a teacher. The wait is killing me :) I will be teaching Middle School Math. I absolutely love middle schoolers. I'm not sure why I identify with them so much, but it's my favorite age. Not that I want to relive those years! One of my greatest challenges with teaching will be to keep myself from being the students' friend.
The picture I included is me with my daughter Makenzie. She is the one hanging upside down. It was this summer at the beach. BTW, I LOVE the beach.