I really enjoyed this class and interacting with my classmates!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I really enjoyed this class and interacting with my classmates!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
My digital story will be about students at my school following our code of conduct to be a Bridgeway Bulldog. I have been taking pictures and videos of my kids, as well as recording their voices for this project. I've told them about the project and that I will put it up on our class website when it is finished. They are really excited about it and can't wait to see and hear themselves in the final product.
but I really feel like the kids just think it is silly and really miss the message. While the video is clever in how they were able to put together so many video clips form Disney movies, even I am distracted by the cuts and jumpiness to understand the full meaning.
Giving credit to the source is an extremely important topic to teach students-especially in the information age we live in now. I feel like the younger-and more basic-we teach this concept the better students will understand it in their middle, high school years-and beyond. I found this article from kidshealth.org that I feel does a nice job of explaining plagiarism in more basic terms. It explains plagiarism as a form of stealing and cheating-concepts elementary age students would understand better. The article poses this question-
- "Would I know this if I hadn't read it on that website or in that book?" If the answer is no, list the source.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
One of my obstacles is the preferred platform for creating websites in my district. It is a web-based application that gives instant updates when you modify your site, but it is not intuitive or user friendly. Here is a link to my current site...Believe me, I know it needs work :). Honestly, I have not done much at all to keep this site current. Everything about the application is frustrating to use.
We also have access to iWeb on our district provided laptops. I have created a website using this program that I feel would be a lot more useful and interesting to parents of my first graders. I have useful links and blog posts ready to go. I have photo albums and slideshows loaded with pictures of the learning we have been doing this year. It will also be really easy to upload media like movies and podcasts. This site is ready to go live. The frustrating part is that the tech department in my district has been dragging their feet and giving me the run around as to when someone will actually link it up. It is actually a site that I am proud of...and if it ever goes "live", I will post a link to it and would love any constructive criticism.
A class website has so much potential! My goal is to make it a place that parents will bookmark and visit often. I would use a newsletter-style blog to keep parents updated on our learning; useful links would be provided to help parents at home; digital learning and projects can be showcased.
**As I was searching the web on this topic, a came across an interesting article from the Kappa Delta Pi Record.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
|created using www.wordle.net|
- When students type any piece of work, they can copy and paste their text into Wordle. The end result gives students a visual of which words they might have used the most (or over-used) in their writing (I copied and pasted this blog post to create this Wordle).
- Use the application to create word family Wordles.
- Welcome students to their new class.
- Since Wordle makes words that are entered more often bigger, use the application to take a class poll. Students can enter their choice into the text box, then create the Wordle as a visual representation.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
- What are the advantages or disadvantages of a networked classroom?
- How can you slowly transition your classroom to become a networked classroom?
- How could a networked classroom address the diverse needs of all learners?
I just have to say...I loo-O-oove hashtags! When I first started Twitter last week, I had no idea what they meant in the Tweets. Now that I understand how they work, it has helped me organize conversations to follow rather than feel overwhelmed by sifting through my feed. I absolutely see the value in following a # and using it to ask-and answer-questions, as well as focus your PLN.
Some hashtags I follow are: #ccchat & #commoncore (Common Core State Standards), #3rdchat, #teachchat, and of course #MBU543. There a couple I followed but quit pretty quickly because they were so "busy" that it was too difficult to keep up.
I just wanted to post my thoughts about this part of my journey. :)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
and the article that started the blog post-
I thought both were timely and interesting.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I will be honest and say that when I saw Twitter was going to be a part of this class, I had my doubts. My only experience was the celebrity world of tweets and I wasn't sure what the value would be. When I logged back into my account, I first "unfollowed" almost everyone on my list. After visiting the twitter4teachers I was able to find other educators to follow that were active tweeters. It was easy to decide who to follow-and who not to follow- by looking in the top left corner of their homepage to see how many tweets they have created, and to scan through their recent tweets to see if the topics were of interest to me. If I found someone really helpful, I also looked at who they were following and who was following them to expand my network. I have also gone back to some of my favorite blogs to see if any of them have a Twitter link and I follow them there too.
In a search for more Twitter help, I came across a post from this blog http://www.thelandscapeoflearning.com/. Now I am following him.
Now my goal is to find the balance. I have already found myself spending a lot of time on my Twitter feed clicking links and finding more people to follow. Since I am on spring break, I have the time right now to get comfortable. I will have to take the advice from our earlier reading-set a time limit for myself...and don't feel like I have to read EVERYthing.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wow. To say that the information in the first 2 chapters was overwhelming for me is an understatement! I thought I was pretty technologically literate, but the first two chapters made me realize how much more is out there for me to learn.
· On page 20, the authors described two snapshots. One black and white depicting the more traditional role of a teacher/student relationship. The second was a full color video of the same student not only learning from their teacher, but also interacting with teachers from all over the world.
· This quote from page 24 really spoke to me and how we, as educators, really need to get on board with all that technology has to offer in order to prepare and give our students the skills they need to function in this fast changing world: “What is defined as literate today may not suffice tomorrow, given the fast-paced changes in technology.” If we take too long to embrace the current, new technology is right around the corner to make us feel even farther behind.
· In the traits listed beginning on page 27 of schools immersed in global networks, trait 6 really spoke to me as an elementary teacher. The trait discusses how “students are safer” and how to go about teaching students beginning in the lower grades how to be safe when they are online including what information is appropriate to share.
· I appreciated how the authors spoke of having balance (p. 36) in this “constant access to information” world we live in. While I think this balance is SO important, I don’t know what I would do if I did not have online access. I feel strange if I go more than a day without checking my Facebook, Google Reader, Pinterest, email...everything. It certainly can get overwhelming to say the least! The “regular reflection” noted on page 37 reminded me that I need to weed out some of those Facebook pages that I “liked” a while ago that I no longer need to keep up with, as well as the MANY blogs in my Google Reader that either do not post anymore (or seldom) or just don’t fit my life interests anymore.
· I loved the tips on using Diigo starting on page 36. I came across my first website with sticky notes from other Diigo users. I looked up the website for the tree octopus http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ and saw several stickies on the page.
Chapters 1 & 2 were difficult for me to get through simply because I had to wrap my brain around all of the different tools and strategies mentioned. Chapter 3 was a breeze! I loved reading about the many different ways teachers have created wonderful learning experiences for their students through networked learning. I wrote down so many websites to check out...as soon as I get this blog entry posted J.
· I love the analogy the authors used on page 76 comparing teaching students how to make smart decisions when they get behind the wheel of a car and teaching them how to also drive on the web. “They have to know that almost all of the rules that apply to face-to-face conversations apply online as well.”
· I had the chance to look at the Creative Commons website http://creativecommons.org/about and read a bit of information. I am really interested in getting deeper into this topic. The librarian at my school always spends a few lessons at the beginning of the year (and sporadically throughout) talking about copyright. To be honest, it goes right over my 3rd graders heads. As a future librarian and technology specialist, I want to find a way to explain this topic to kids at the elementary level that makes sense in their world.
· I appreciate the reminders and hints at the end of chapter 3 starting on page 81: it starts with you; start small; embrace uncertainty and failure; model, model, model; remember the goal. Oftentimes, I find myself wanting to jump right in to something new.
After reading these three chapters, I understand that this is a process I must take step by step for myself before I can begin the journey with my students.