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#10 Bridging History Using Web 2.0 Tools
- by Robin Beaver and Jean Moore
Integrate Technology in Curriculum
This was a great video to introduce Webquest.org as a way to make teaching a collaboration with students. It also introduced Glogster.com/edu as a free graphic blogsite. I tried it and loved it. I thought it was easy to make and embed (thank you). I especially liked the idean that I can create a virtual classroom and the students may only see and work in that established group protecting them with internet safety yet allowing them to use technology in such a fun way. This media format allows those who are visually strong to shine and teach social skills because they can collaborate and network withing the safety of the virtual classroom. I would like to use this All About Me glog below as an intro from me to my students and vice versa. It will also help the students get to know each other better. I can group students to work together by pulling the things they like, or the things they don't like.
#9 Building Analogue Success with 2.0 Technology
- by Kelly Connolly and Jon Greenberg
#8 Options for Building Your Teacher Website and Why You Should
- by Cindi Danner-Kuhn
This was a great video with the "who, what, when, where, and whys" of a website. I decided to try yola.com to make my website. It is still in the infant stage with a title and picture only, however I am following her advice and making a list of the kinds of things I want on my website. This website will grow as I continue to work with it during the year. The author's own website, cindidannerkuhn.info has helpful tips on how to set up a website. I was very impressed with some of her examples such as
who had a great home page. I intend to use my website to hold information for parents such as links to home resources, study and test taking tips, and my newsletter. The website in conjunction with an e-mail form of the classroom weekly newsletter will help the parents know what is going on in their child's classroom and give them tips on how to support their child's learning.
Wizard of Apps
- by Joyce Kasman Valenza
This Stixy is a response to the 2009 Conference video "Wizard of Apps." It was a comprehensive informational video about info portals, research apps, creativity apps, and communicationapps. It was filled with many websites for each of the apps and I could spend the rest of the summer having fun exploring them. As a result of this vedeo, I am more knowledgeable about the possibilities of computer work in the classroom as well as more knowledgeable about the computer world and what people are talking about. One of the websites that I am particularly excited about is mathgoddies.com. I am looking forward to noodle tools to help my 5th graders learn more about researching and notetaking. I like this site better than Wallwisher.com because the length of my sticky notes is more flexible. I would highly recommend this vedeo to newcomers to the computer world as well as compter pros to add to their knowledge base.
Stixy was difficult to embed and the company did not respond with any help. Even as you are looking at this wiki, you will find that sometimes my stixy comes up and sometimes it does not. Most of my notes in the stixy response are in the above paragraph.
by Drew Buddie
Leading the Way
This video discusses at great length the different online tools than can be considered part of a portolio in an effort to expand the idea of what goes into a portfolio. The author says that it is up to the student to decide with whom he/she want to share the portfolio. I am not as comfortable as the author with putting other people's children's putting work on the world wide web. For liability purposes, that would have to be a parent task. I do agree with the author that a portfolio only has the parameters one sets and to expand the idea of what is acceptable is to allow a wider variety of learning styles the opportunity to shine and do well. I don't think I would use eportfolios in the elementary grades, but the video did talk about switchzoo as a online kids flip book which I would like to try.
Organization Learning and Technology Collide
- Ben Gray
Leading the Way
I loved this session because I can relate to it so well as you can see by the ToonDoo. I loved this tool
and am already thinking of how to use it across the curriculum. I can see it especially helpful in Social
Studies where they can have Revolutionary War or Civil War soldiers talking. Each student can take one
aspect of that time to make a class gallery page. The remainder of the response is in the cartoon.
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Google SketchUp Unleashed
- Joe Bires
This was an informative session detailing the possibilites and uses of Google SketchUp. Joe reviewed the tool bar
and the uses of each tool. I found the erase button difficult to use and found myself looking for the "undo" button.
I learned that this was an easy tool to use and would use it in math, engineering, and art. In math, I would have the
students create a 3D building using the geometric components learned in a geometry unit. In engineering, I would have
the students use this create a scale drawing or construction of the classroom, change the scale, and redraw or rebuild
the scene. This picture is called, "Castle."
#3: If You Host it, They Will Come
Little Kids Big Possibilities Response
E books to Provide Motivation for Writing
- by Collin Hill
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