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Welcome to the HSTE Project Student Member Wikispace


This wikispace will be for the students or "members" of the HSTE project . The curricula being developed for your study of Health Science Technology Education this year will be, for the most part, what you develop. We have certain guidelines as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which you will find referenced on the wikispace page for particular class. Aside from that, how we develop the content of your class will be up to you.

Class HSTE Project Pages


Introduction to Health Science Technology Wikispace
Health Science Technology 1 Wikispace
Health Science Technology 2 Wikispace

HSTE Overall Plan for the 2008-2009 School Year
HSTE Daily Class Schedule for the 2008 - 2009 School Year

If you have read the Digital Citizenship wikisapce page, you should have a good understanding on how to conduct yourself on the internet , blogosphere ,cyberspace , world wide web , or whatever term you choose to refer to the online tools which are available to you in a safe and effective manner. I as your teacher, and your parents, would expect that you treat your time spent online purely in academic pursuit, that is, using the internet wisely to further your education.

I ran across a quote in the book Wikinomics , by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams attributed to Jonathan Shwartz the CEO of Sun Microsystems . Mr. Shwartz allowed all of his employees to start their own blogs. This shocked the company's Public Relations and Legal departments. Why? Because now every employee could now say whatever they wanted about their jobs, what they were working on and potentially anything else they had to say. Everyone thought that there would be many problems with the employees being allowed to speak their minds on their blogs. But in the first three years, there were no problems. Mr. Shwartz had three simple guidelines:

1. Don't do anything stupid.

2. Write about something you know about.

3. Make it interesting.



When you think about it, Mr. Shwartz had some good advice for his employees.

So now, as we start the HSTE Project, how do we, students, teacher, team leaders, group leaders, project manager and our HSTE Partners start the HSTE Project? We start by asking questions. I would like to give you my three guidelines:

1. There are no stupid questions. But think about your question before you ask that question.

2. Ask a question about something you DON'T know about. Once you have obtained an answer from one of our HSTE Partners or through collaboration with whatever your team devleops, you will learn something.

3. Share what you have learned with someone else in your class, and then publish it online. Take a picture, make an audio file or a podcast, make a video and publish on HSTE Project webspaces. That way everyone will have the benefit of your knowledge and your online creation.

Our Classroom

In a project such as The HSTE Project our classroom is no longer just in the CTE Building at Hereford High School but will extend to where ever you are working on the HSTE Project. So, you may be in the classroom when you are at home on your computer, at your friend's house on their computer, or anywhere else. This really turns our classroom into a Flat Classroom where almost anything you can imagine is possible.

Communication

Communication is one of the keys to being a successful participant in the HSTE Project. Share your ideas here on our class wikispace pages. Seek out health care professionals at our Ning Educational Network . This will take some time and take planning. You might want to look at what time you have available outside of the classroom and plan your time accordingly. If an assignment is due and you have band practice or you participate in athletics and you won't be home until late, you might want to see what time is available to you to complete your assignment. You might want to consider this. Could you come in to school early during tutorials, during lunch, after school, or during a free period? Time management is a skill that we must all learn in order to finish what we have to accomplish.

Your Opinion Counts

What do you think? This is something that you should consider when making your online submissions. State your opinion in a meaningful way then defend your position. Remember what Mr. Shwartz told his Sun Microsystem employees, Make It Interesting. If you disagree with what someone has posted, state your disagreement with respect.

Whatever you think, you should always "Cite Your Source". Use a hyperlink to an online resource if that is where your learned about a particular concept or idea. Always give credit to the person or persons who created what you use in your project.

Some Helpful Resources
Hereford ISD Quick Tips
Web 2.0 Tools
101 Web 2.0 Tutorials
50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Digital Story
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