1. Keeping Literacy in the 21st Century
2. 2009 Getting Started
3. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=444
4. See Google Presentation
5. How do you access the texts (literature) shown online in the Screen Toaster, Diigo, and Prezzi presentations?
6. I was familiar with the reading instruction such as think alouds, annotating text and mind mapping but had no idea of how to use these with technology. My think alouds were always done orally, annotating text was using colored sticky notes, and graphic organizers were on transparenciesor hand drawn on the white board. Now I am excited to move up a little in the world of technology and try Screen Toaster, Diigo, and Prezzi to actively engage my students reading instruction. Even my first graders would be attentive to seeing these activities used digitially and projected on a big screen or Smartboard.
7. If I could locate the stories we read in first grade then I would record the screen in Screen Toaster and pull up the text. We could read aloud in class, stop-think-predict as we read, make comments and pause as we travel thru the story. Using Diigo I would project the text and use different colored highlighters to identify vocabulary words we know, vocabulary we need to learn, highlight sight words in another color, etc. We could use the sticky note feature to record words we need to look up meanings for and other questions about understanding the text. It would also be cute to use Twitter or Facebook to notify parents what we are reading and possibly new vocabulary words their child has come in contact with during the particular story we were reading in class. In Prezzi there would be so many ways to make engaging graphic organizers for children to make connections to the text using what they already know and what they want to learn. With the ability to add pictures, media, texts and lines the possibilities are endless for creating student engagement in reading
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Gabcast! Building Your Own Website #1



1. Options for Building Your Teacher Website and Why YOU Should by Wesley Fryer and presented by Cyndi Dannar-Kuhn
2. 2009 - Strand 479
3. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=479
4. See Gabcast (Other Widget)
5. I am excited to get started on building a website for my class. How easy or hard is it once you get started? I will just have to begin and then I am sure I will have tons of questions. Weebly sounds like the best one to begin with but I do wonder if it's as easy as it seems? Can video and sound be presented on the website such as a student giving a book report or presenting a project? How much technology is required?
6. I have always been envious of teacher's who have a website for their class, so I am so happy to possibly be able to build one for my class. Most of my parents work so I would love for them to be able to see their child present a project or book report by visiting the website.
7. There are so many ways I could use a website for my classroom. One way would be to display homework on the site so parents and students could easily see what is due and when. In first grade we do a book report project each month as well and several science, social studies, and Bible projects. I would love to be able to photograph these projects and display them on the website. I teach in a private school so it could also be used as an advertising tool. Prospective parents could possibly view the website to see what goes on in our first grade classroom. There are many more ideas but these are just a few I thought of. I can't wait to get started!



1. The Google Gamut: Everything you need to get started
2. 2008 - Strand 272
3. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=272
4. See Google Presentation
5. How do you access pictures to insert into the presentation? I tried several ways but could never access any pictures for the slides.
6. I have always wanted a word processpr which could be accessed from any computer. I start something at school but can't continue work on it at home. I start something at my desk computer but can't work on it anywhere else. I love the idea of the online word processor and the use of Google Gears in order to be able to work offline such as on the soccer field, in the car, etc. and then have the document added online when you can.
7. I would use the calendar in the classroom with project dates, homework dates, birthdays, holidays, etc. and have it posted for parents to share. The calendar could be set up to use collaboratively so parents could receive email reminders of upcoming activities and due dates. I would also use the blog collaboratively in the classroom so parents could provide imput on assignments and any other ideas for the classroom. I would possibly use the Google Sites to create a web page if it was easy enough for me to navigate. The calendar could be a part of the website as well as photos of class activities and projects.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.



1. Engaging Our Youngest Minds by Angela Maiers
2. 2009-Kicking It Up A Notch
3. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=572
4. Mrs. Maiers describes finding a flyer asking for donations to help endangered animals. She tracks the flyer to its creator - a 5 year old preschooler named Haley. Haley had already collected over $200 to help save the pandas in China. Haley had designed a t-shirt for every day of the week that described her passionate plea to help endangered animals. Seeing how passionate Haley was about helping endangered animals has us as educators think about how much passion we see in our classrooms. Passionate learners seem to be the endangered species. Educators must learn to see what students are passionate about and use technology to further that passion or "kick it up a notch." Haley could use technology to publish a book about endangered animals, be put in touch with a real life scientist, or read many books and articles about endangered animals. In conclusion Mrs. Maiers reminds us that "nothing great in the world has been or can ever be accomplished without passion."
5. How do you get administration off the published curriculum merry-go-round? I find it very difficult to do anything outside the box or move in a direction the children may want to explore when I have workbooks, worksheets, assessments, 2 grades per week per 9 subjects, etc.
6. Somehow you must get off the treadmill of daily instructional teaching curriculum and find the direction your students want to go. The curriculum can be used as a guide but when interest is at a "fever pitch" about pandas after visiting the zoo, the teacher must go in this direction in order to get the passion for learning expressed in the video clip.
7. I can remember learning "seize the teachable moment" in one of my education classes. I may have forgotten this most important phrase in the last few years due to an amazing amount of paper work required to maintain the classroom - newsletters, lessons plans, notes to parents, tons of worksheets and assessments that require grading, filing, retaking, reteaching, etc. I would like to be able to carve out some time during the day for children to research what they are interested in. Let children select books from the classroom library that may not be on their reading level but are on their interest level. An extra visit to the computer lab could allow children some freedom in researching a topic they are interested in. Mostly I would like to take time to let my students show me the direction they would like to go with a topic instead of me giving directions and them producing an exact copy of what I want.

Gabcast! ITouch in the Classroom #1



1. The iPod Touch in the Classroom by Wesley Fryer, December 8, 2009
2. Briding the Divide 2009 Strand 464
3. http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=464
4. Listen to Gabcast
5. How do you organize all students to obtain the iPods? Is it difficult to maintain control of assignments with students or is this something just for the teacher to use?
6. I am always thinking I need to be more technologicially advanced in my teaching and use more technology in my classroom as we all do. I am thinking the iPod Touch would be something as a teacher I could use to store information about my class that would be easily accessible to me at any time. This conference made me think about a different way of doing things and in a streamlined way.
7. I teach first grade so I was thinking of the children having the iPods themselves and I would use them for interesting assignments. For writing I would try to get the children to create a story using the Story Kit and Brushes Image applications. It would be fun for them to do with their parents and then share with their classmates via the IPod. As an enrichment activity I would download a piece of music from a composer that we are studying about in class. The children could listen to the music and become familiar with the composers type of music and then we could visit the Atlanta Symphony to hear the piece played. As a teacher I could use the IPod Touch for writing memos, reading text, using the dictionary, and keeping track of my students emails, phone numbers and grades.