Mission Statement

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Evaluation 11.5

Hooray for me!!! I am still ahead of my kids in my knowledge of things available on the computer.
1. My favorite discovery was Skype. While I tried it in the past, I had completely forgotten about it. It will make staying in touch with my family fantastic. As for my teaching persona, I think the image generators are the most accessible for thinking and learning. Wordle is fantastic for pieces of writing but I also like glogster for better projects. But I am also excited to learn screen cast for presentations.

2.Well my learning goal of staying one step ahead of the kids (my own and students) was definitely achieved. I also am becoming more comfortable with my own computer literacy. Collaboration is definitely becoming more important to me as a component for my teaching.

3.The most surprising thing to me was that I knew how to do 2 things prior to the class. I knew about Skype and Facebook. I felt so proud that I was learning without a class and enjoying it.

4.As for the class, I love the structure and format of learning. While I did not participate in the face to face options, I like that they were added. My biggest challenge is always the number of things and time. The lack of specific directions or discovery learning is very time consuming-more powerful but time consuming.
Since the subject matter is so intriguing it would be nice to be rewarded for really delving into it.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thng 6 Ipod Touch

I went to the Apple store to learn about this product. Thankfully they were very helpful.

Two that I found that could work in a group setting were Toddlers Flashcards and Preschool Adventures. Our school is getting more and more ESOL students from foreign countries. This would be a great way to introduce some of the vocabulary they would need for reading. You could have them show it to you or read what they find. Both apps would allow a great medium for kids to learn something basic. Also the books section might have easy readers. Shared reading could take on a new look-cool!!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thing 11 Digital Citizenship

The idea of teaching digitial responsibility methodically and completely is, of course, appropriate and necessary. Just as I teach reading strategies, I could do it using the computer and obtaining information. Our school still has a computer lab which I think should utilized for such discussions. A class blog could be used for evaluation, both in computer skills and reading strategies. Instead I find little explanation of discerning fact from fiction. Depth not breadth (spelling?). With the push for interactive notebooks in Social Studies, this class could be an excellent opportunity for students to use one.
More importantly we must continue to teach our students the value of their views. Plagarism happens one because it is simple but two they don't believe we value their thoughts. Learning information from the internet is powerful but what you do with it is more important. Perhaps I need to coach teachers with their projects. Doing a project that simply regurgitates the information they read has little purpose. Putting information together and moving forward with it in a different light is better. It teaches thinking as well as the idea that their thoughts are valued.

Thing 10 Virtual Worlds

Okay you had me until now. I worked on my shoes for 15 minutes to finally discover I need money to do this...Yikes. I look like someone that might make me lock my doors at night. The sterile looking people are kind of creepy.

I want to understand this more and I would appreciate an inservice on this so I could show my kids cool things...Virtual worlds seem to be coming regardless...although I am now wondering about my job security. I mean exploring something deeper is intriguing. But would I have to make it or are there people who are more proficient?

Kids, especially my son and babysitter loved this. I wanted to say "Go read a book!! Leave me alone." but I fear I would have looked worse. they were fine with everything especially if I messed with it.

Need more info!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Thing 9 Slideshare


First off I wish I had done this with my husband next to me yesterday. He made a presentation and now is trying to do it via the phone and the other person on their computer. He could have added audio and made a webinar for them. Definetly a time saver...

As a SIS, I could now create webinars and post them. Think of how our minds could grow professionally if we did this for inservices...

Of course for students, this would allow students and teachers to view and comment on in a public way. However not really for elementary students.
As for the letting kids search and view others' slideshows would do so much in expanding their definitions or ideas. For example, Barns offered a wide variety of barns. So many times kids have a set view of things and this allowed them to see different ones, each with a different purpose.

Thing 7

Screencastle: I always wondered how they did this. I can hardly wait to do this with a presentation.

My clip is how to make an appointment on your Outlook calendar:


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thing 8 of L2P2

My first video is an interview with the author Patricia Polacco. I am using her work as a study for the personal narrative. I think understanding how the author thinks leads to insight for the students. Most of her stories are little topics to adults but kids view them as big. She fleshes out a lot of her thinking.

My second video involves Jane Yolen's Devil's Arithmetic. I found two very different book reports on the story. I think it offers a perspective for kids as to how powerful videos can be. Since our 5th graders read this book, I thought doing a video would be relevant. But more importantly I want them to see how an assignment like this should be carefully thought through so as to capture the essence of the book. I see many objectives could be covered. Most importantly the idea of critical thinking could be taught. I am excited to write this up. I think it could be used as a technology goal too!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thing Facebook

I have been on Facebook since January and I have contacted many old friends...I am concerned about the issue of people asking me to friend and I don't want them...some are very persistant. I would love for more info to float around about who should not 'friend' you...for example-parents of students...I can't see how this is going to work well all the time...
I would love to do something about a bookclub but I fear elementary students are too young for facebook;just stick to the blog idea.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thing 4 Library 2Play2

You tube...
Well I uploaded my Animoto of my kids. I think in August I will change it from public viewing, though. It was simple. So simple that I also added a view others to my account.
I added my niece's first music video to my favorites. I need to find my other video and play around with making it available to only a few people.
As for the classroom, first the animoto then on to youtube!!

Thing 3 of Library 2Play2

Well I liked Skpe when I first learned about it. My mom bought all us kids a webcam for Christmas...It spoke loudly to how anyone can learn on the computer as she was 82 at the time. We had trouble with using it with MACs and PCs. That has been solved. My European relatives are as close to me as I am to my American relatives as a result.
As for school, if a student is home sick, they should be allowed to heal. Skype would be okay for those who have say a broken collar bone and come to school...

Monday, July 20, 2009


Well as usual I found some new things I really like. The Wordle was interesting! I put in several of my writing pieces and was surprised that main ideas were in little type. As I put in more revisions of the same piece I saw the important words becoming bigger and bigger. I can see great things coming from the program.
Of course I loved and made another quick video on Animoto for my kids. I love this. I get constant stream of updates so I think I am staying on top of this learning.
I was challenged with the voice thread. I see lots of things being recorded-classroom conversations for others to hear...I have to play with this some more. Since I don't have a classroom I need to find out more before challenging others to try. I could be used as an interactive notebook, I think.
Voci was fun although I don't like how I sound.
Bookr is great choice over powerpoint. I hope we spend time teaching it. I see a lot of good for projects.

On to the next thing...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thing 1 Things 2 Play2

I think about the David Perkins quote, " knowledge comes on the coattails of thinking. As we think about and with the content we are learning, we truly learn it."
This is much the same. Letting go of the framework that the teaching we recieved as children is the correct way, can we only begin to accomplish this learning and utlize technology. The world is not black and white but shades of gray. It is how you justify and prove your gray that matters.
I don't see primary teachers doing away with books but certainly some of the intermediate teachers should try. Librarians I hope you are up for it!!