Question 1: CKV – taken care of, video is on the Ning website.
Question 2: Final-Edudemic
My two favorite resources from the edudemic site were Skype and Netflix. Not only are these great sites for personal use, there are many ways to use these sites in the classroom. Skype can be a great way to have a presentation or speaker who can not be physically present. Also there are great resources of educational and children TV available that could be utilized in the classroom. These are both great resources to include creativity and diversity into a classroom to keep learning interesting.
Question 3: Final Semester Favorites
My favorite activity by far this semester was the Wordle resource! There are many ways to use this resource in my future classroom; such as a beginning of the year activity with all the students names, vocabulary words, spelling words, and also introducing a new topic to the class. I also enjoyed learning how to use GarageBand on my computer. There will be many ways to use this by creating music or creating podcasts for extra resources to future students. Both of these resources are ones I can foresee myself using in my future classroom. These resources can both help to keep learning fun and interesting.
Question 4: Final Wow Moment
I never knew what a QR code was, so learning what they were and that I could scan them from my phone was a wow moment for me. There are QR codes many different places I go and I can now take advantage of these very easily by scanning with my iPhone. That is a very interesting concept I am excited to explore more about. I also think just looking back at everything I accomplished over the semester is a wow moment as well. I would never have explored this much into technology and now I have more resources to try and incorporate into my future classroom.
Question 5: K12 Online
I watched the clip of “Let’s Get Ripped” on the K12 Online Conference site. These students seem to be very passionate and excited about this subject. The music was upbeat and encouraging. This teaser made me more interested in the topic. They say that Rigor, Innovation, and Passion is the backbone of creating and learning. This is true in many different areas of learning. These students are very encouraged and passionate, that is how I hope I can inspire my future students to be!
The first blog I explored was Langwitches Blog by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. This blog explores the magic of learning. Her main goal is to use technology integration and globally connect learning. Her blogging is used as a journey. The writing on this blog is easy to read and interesting. There are many links to different 21st Century Learning resources. I would recommend this blog to another educator because it has useful ideas and resources, it is also very easy to navigate.
The second blog I explored was Practical Theory by Chris Lehman. This blog is a view from the classroom. It has many posts included that have very useful information, tips, and resources for educators. The only concern I see with this blog is the length. Holding interest after so much information would be a downfall I see for this blog. On the other side this blog has a great aspect of the information being told in stories. This will help educators relate and enjoy the given articles. This is definitely a blog educators should check out!
We created a Glogster that is an interactive poster for creating awareness for Facebook safety. Students need to be aware of the potential dangers on social networking sites and how to avoid these risks. It is very important to make students aware of risks associated with using social networking sites such as Facebook. Preventing bullying and teaching safe and appropriate use of Facebook is very beneficial. An interactive poster is a great way for students to become aware of Facebook safety tips!
The first podcast I viewed was 3rd Grade Math, Kelley Randall by Kelley Randall. The Episode was titled Trade First. This episode was teaching students the algorithm of trading first. There was only one link to a website listed and information about the author is she is a third grade teacher trying to help further her student’s understanding of math. I chose this episode because the opening picture was cute and intriguing. I learned that podcast episodes are a great way to give extra resources to students to help their learning.
The second podcast I viewed was ABC’s of Education by the University of Alabama Faculty. These podcasts have different stories and tips from cyber-bullying to helping tweens succeed. There are many tips in different education issues. The episode I viewed was called Tween Friendships. This episode was giving advice for encouraging friendships in children ages 8-12. They give advice to parents to encourage friendship building. I chose this podcast again because the title and picture looked like an interesting topic I wanted to hear more about.
The third podcast I viewed was also from the ABC’s of Education by the University of Alabama Faculty. Once again these podcasts give advice and stories on education issues. The episode I viewed was called Middle School – The Critical Link in Dropout Prevention. This episode was giving good advice to help prevent students from dropping out of school. A key in this prevention is to get students involved!
There are many podcasts for all different education topics! This is a great resource teachers should utilize to gain more knowledge, advice, and ideas.
This Celebrating Kansas Voices Project turned out to be a neat project but took more work than expected. CKV has very good potential and has some very nice projects. The downfall I see to this project is it takes way more time than would be given in a classroom. Also it was very involved even for me. The process was more time consuming than I would have liked. But overall, I feel my project turned out well.
A new topic in education is to include iPads into classrooms. I have very mixed feelings about this new idea. There could many uses to integrate using iPads in the curriculum as explained in this PDF about 1:1 in schools. There is also a useful site that helps to get tips and advice with getting started with iPads. Some advantages to using iPads in the classroom could be a good way of incorporating technology into the classroom. Also since the younger generations are becoming very technology centered it will make learning easier for them. Another advantage would being able to have access to textbooks on the iPad. Some disadvantages is the fear of damaging the iPads. A classroom teacher would need to set good guidelines to help avoid this damage. Also using an iPad could be distracting in a classroom. A teacher would need to have very good classroom management and be able to monitor the students and make sure they are staying on track. There are both advantages and disadvantages to incorporating iPads into classrooms. I have not decided which side of the debate I am on yet because I have not personally experienced including iPads in a classroom or even really played much with an iPad myself. If they are included in my future classroom it will be an adjustment I need to figure out the best way have successful learning through using iPads.
This slide show introduces 50 sites that can be useful for educators about education, creativity, organization, and more. This slide show presents many links with pictures included to easily utilize and find good, useful resources. One of the first sites I viewed was Cacoo which is an interactive site to make charts and diagrams. This is a free site that seems to be user friendly and is free of charge. This looks like a great site to incorporate collaboration in the classroom. The second site I reviewed was art pad. This is a digital art website that lets students be very creative. There are many different functions and tips to help the use of the website. This could also be a fun resource for students to introduce new ideas to a class. The third site was comic master. This resource allows you to create your own short graphic novel. This is a great creative way to change up normal reading in the classroom. This will really help to engage students in reading! Another digital reading resource I explored was My StoryMaker. This seems to be a great resource for young developing readers! A great aspect of this site is children can be active in the story telling and control the characters. The animation and colors are great and intriguing for students! The last site I explored was Culture Crossing. This seems to be a great resource for social studies and helping students develop understanding about different cultures. There is an abundance of information packed into this map website that is usually hard to find. Teachers should explore this slide show to find many useful resources to incorporate in their classroom!
Larry Ferlazzo has a Website of the Day site. This site is for teaching ELL, ESL and EEF. This is an interesting blog site that brings together many different resources for educators to utilize and explore. There is a link on that site connecting to Brad Patterson’s Blog Challenge of compare and contrast. This is a very interesting blog site that encourages deeper thinking including a visual aid. The idea is very simple; there are two images presented and then questions that follow that require some deeper thinking. This concept could be implemented through many topics in the classroom. This could be an interesting introduction or ending to a lesson topic to help students brainstorm ideas and facts in the pictures that are shared.
Here is an example of a photo challenge:
What are the differences in the two piano players?
What is a hobby they share?
Name some similarities and differences in the two pictures.
Garage Band has many interesting features available. This has not been the easiest resource we have used so far in class. There are many different things to work around and has taken some patience to complete this podcast and upload it. There could be many different uses for this resource once it becomes a little more familiar and easier to use. If I knew I was going to be absent from teaching I could create a podcast to teach a lesson to students. Also if there is a student who has had extended absences I could create a podcast for them while I am teaching the class to help them stay up to date. I hope to continue to feel more comfortable using Garage Band to successfully use it in my future classroom. We also learned how to make a quiz using Google Docs. This is a very simple way to make a quiz for students to access. I also enjoy the function of it automatically being graded! That will help save time as a future teacher.