Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Been in training for the SMART Board! :) So much fun! I've attached a link to the notes that I was taking. They'll be updated with each day. It's mostly just the little tricks that I didn't know.. :)
Hope your summers are going well. I have been thinking about doing a family tree project with my students next year to get conversations going about where they come from, how they are related to others, and how interconnected families are. I am looking for a good way to create a family tree that is both free and easy to use. I am sure there are websites I can go to, but is there a program (non-internet based) that anyone has used, like a graphic organizer-type program that might be just as easy? Let me know if you have any thoughts.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
See the full PicLit at PicLits.com
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I just got off a video conference call with my family back in Washington state. For Father's Day we all chipped in and got my dad a new archery bow. My mom called me earlier today and told me that she wanted us all to be on the phone when he opened it. I suggested that we use Skype instead. Luckily my brother (super computer savvy) was able to set it up from home. Without him, I never would have been able to convince my mother. After a 3-way conference call and 2 cell phones, we were all back together again! We had successfully connected my hometown of Granger, WA, Spokane, WA, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Denver!!!! For some reason we couldn't get video with the 3-way phone call, but we took turns watching the baby and the big kid open his present. Skype made it possible for me to spend Father's Day with my daddy. Wow, I'm constantly learning and amazed by technology!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
They claim that the are rolling out with a new student access model next month and we will be able to create classrooms and assign access to streaming starting this July.
Will we have access to this feature?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information.
And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for.
But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner.
Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter."
Enjoy your summer.... Doug
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The company says the free feature is "a new model for communication and collaboration on the web." Google Wave runs in a web browser and combines elements of eMail, instant messaging, wikis, and photo and video sharing in an attempt to make online communication more dynamic.
Some are touting Google Wave as a breakthrough that will dramatically change education?
Worth your time to view this 1 hour 20 minute video.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Live Binders is still in the development stage. Presently, only one user account can edit a Live Binder. (We can't share editing rights.) Hopefully, this will be an added feature down the road. To work around this, I have created a GL account on Live Binders so we can all add to the GL binders. The username is global. If you don't remember the password, email myself or Dave.
I have started Live Binders for our Global Learner links. It is on the side bar of this blog, below the archive. If posters add the websites they post about, we will have a permanent place to look for those addresses and we won't have go back and look for that post in the archives.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
So, here is my idea...What if the Global Learners offered a a monthly workshop for families on how they could use technology to help their child learn? Many families now have the internet at home or can find a way to access it. Kids want to be producers and we can show so many more options than myspace.
What if families learned how to help their child create better ways to learn difficult vocabulary by using VUE?
What do you think?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hi all. Here is the start of a list of links for collaboration projects. Please post others as "comments" and I will edit the post to include them. Lisa K will create a livebinder for this at a later date (thanks Lisa!)
voicethread for educators wiki spaces
ning group for voicethread
global education collaborative
global school network
Monday, June 8, 2009
However, he also showed me an even COOLER feature to use Twitter, TweetDeck. I signed up for Twitter 2 months ago and haven't used it. It seemed pointless and annoying, to be frank. Todd encouraged me to try it again using both twitter4teachers and TweetDeck and I have spent all evening on Twitter! (I guess it can be addicting).
TweetDeck allows you to organize the people or organizations you follow into groups. This makes everything more visually pleasing to me, and far easier to use. You can post your tweets and reply to direct messages through TweetDeck, as well as search for topics that you are interested in following.
Check it out, its pretty rad!
Here is a link to a presentation that I had put together for a PD session on Clickers (CPS). Clickers in the Classroom Google Presentation.
This presentation describes how to navigate through the CPS program as well as showing how a power point presentation can serve as a learning tool and assessment all in one.
The CPS program can be downloaded from eInstructions' website.
I have found this technology is useful for engaging more passive students and helping pace lessons to keep motivation high throughout the class period.
You may start your own blog using one of these:
Sample blogs with materials and suggestions for teachers:
http://teach-with-internet.blogspot.com (Teacher Training)
You may start your own blog using one of these
Sample wikis with materials and suggestions for teachers:
Index of Wikis:
WHAT CAN YOU ADD TO YOUR BLOG or WIKI?
SOUND AND MUSIC
http://librivox.org/ (Audio Books in public domain)
http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=781704&pageno=6 (Online reading and downloads)
http://www.storybee.org/4through9/4through9.html (Downloadable stories and songs)
http://www.songsforteaching.com/ (Educational songs at low price and free Newsletter with downloads)
Voice Recorder Programs
VIDEOS and SLIDESHOWS
Upload – download videos
http://www.teachers.tv/ (Online programmes and vodeos – some exclusive for UK)
http://en.yappr.com (Video, scripts, slow repetition)
http://www.eslvideo.com/ (Videos with Quizzes, make your own quiz)
POST YOUR STUDENTS’ CREATION
http://www.glogster.com/ (Message boards with images, embedded sound and video files)
http://goanimate.com/ (Build your own comic)
http://voicethread.com (Upload photos and narrate a story)
http://www.voki.com/ (Create your own character, choose hair, eyes, clothes, etc. and make it speak)
http://sketchcast.com/ (Draw a sketch and record a story while you do it)
http://www.smilebox.com/ecards/ (Make an online mini book with images and messages you choose)
http://www.gizmoz.com (Use given videos and characters, change faces or add voice to them)
http://www.mixbook.com/ (Build a photo album and add text)
http://animoto.com/ (Use pictures to create a video and post it to You Tube or download, free samples)
http://www.slide.com/ (Create your own slide show with music, especial effects and remix)
http://www.screentoaster.com/ (Broadcast video of what you see in your pc screen)
http://earth.google.com/ (Travel virtually around the World. Record your trip)
Sample Social Networks for Teachers
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2420726129# (English Teachers Network)
http://www.buddyschool.com/ (Contact with chat or skype, good Schedule control and MSN when a lesson is requested)
http://www.wiziq.com/ (Good Whiteboard screen, you can upload files and videos right there, offer public lessons)
http://www.moodle.com/ (Especially for institutions – Online support at http://www.moodle.org )
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This time of year is typically my time to look back on the school year and reflect on things I thought went well as well as identify areas of growth for me. I incorporated a great deal of technology in my classes this year, which was falls into both categories. I still have some growing to do and kinks to iron out, but I definitely did a lot more experimentation in my classes than I have in the past. In addition to the technology piece, I did a great deal more group work than I ever have. Typically, I've found group work to be a bit of a management nightmare, especially when working with freshmen, but this year I bit the bullet and pushed myself to let go a little bit and let my students take the lead. I'm glad I did. The live blog collaborative sessions revealed a great deal about my students and their capabilities, and their presentations went quite well.
Which brings me to my next point. Ignite is an amazing format for student presentations, especially for students who aren't used to doing presentations. The 15 second time frame for each slide really discourages the reading of slides, and sticking to the 20 slide/five minute format definitely ensures that students will reach the time allotted. Sticking to the 15 second per slide format also means that those students who would normally rely on videos to fill time aren't able to, and it keeps the more... verbose... students to a reasonable time frame as well. I will definitely continue to use it, especially for underclassmen. We even got an invitation to join IgniteDenver, which is pretty cool. I plan to check out a few presentations on my own first, then open the door to my students to attend and present at an event. Here's a great blog entry that I'm going to share with my students on how to put together an Ignite presentation.
Other things I will continue to use next year: Google Docs, TurnItIn.com, blogs, podcasting, Google Sites, Ning, Edmodo, CoverItLive, TextTheMob. I want to add: OpenZine, PhotoStory, MovieMaker. I'm sure there's more I'll end up using, especially with the trainings coming up this week and in August. Should be fun!!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Students are required to go up to the SB and physically decipher an unfamiliar word through the context of the sentence or paragraph it is in. Students circle or highlight the word, and then talk/circle/underline their way through figuring out the meaning. Simple and highly effective.
- Discovery Education (AKA, United Streaming) has been a fantastic resource. Certainly the video segmentation is great, but there are loads of other features and tools that could easily fit into a collective or differentiated framework. You may create video writing prompts, in which students watch segments and then write to a specific question created by you. There are also online activities that could easily translate to your classroom.
- Renzulli - This was an iniative at Hanson and served as a backdrop of several of my lesson plans; the idea is to streamline a bunch of online resources specific for student abilities and learning styles onto one website. Teachers could assign "virtual field trips," online scavenger hunts, and other activities based on student need, interest, and progress. The site helps track student completion and scoring, and provides each student with their own learning profile, which teachers could readily access. While we got a grant at Hanson, the program costs money to run. I thought several of the features were useful (learning profile/Meyers Briggs, accessible email, user friendly), but most are accessible (for free) through other programs and a little time to find the resources.
Still, Renzulli can be fun to explore, and makes finding interesting learning websites a snap.
Collaboration - During the UNITE! PD, there were a lot of wonderful collaboration ideas thrown around regarding Glogster and Voicethread. While I have shared classroom podcasts and the like, the birth of my son in the last few weeks of school managed to wipe any real collaboration efforts with fellow global learners (as well as any consistent sleep patterns!) out the window; I am excited to get back on track in the upcoming pd.
I'm also getting used to the three-hour baby wake-up rule!!!!!!! =)
Friday, June 5, 2009
One thing I liked about VoiceThread was the ease of recording comments and deleting comments if they made a mistake. This lesson would have been better if we had done it a little earlier because it would have given more time to reflect more deeply and to do some experiments from the seed stage rather than starting with potted plants.
Kelly set up her VoiceThread in a more student and inquiry-friendly format with each student group posting on a separate VT. What made it fun was pausing the VT after her students explain their experiment and having my students record predictions about what would happen then resuming the video to check the results.
Overall a great lesson for Science Standard 1 (process of scientific inquiry) and appropriate for this age of student.
It's been challenging without consistent access to extra computers. I feel we have a stronger foundation for student-led technological products in the coming year.
I will be revamping my classroom page to reflect "Tech Wars-A New Hope" and will keep each of you updated.
The last thing we did before they left for summer break was share one thing that they would never forget about third grade, something they will take with them. The two things that came up consistently for my students was going on field trips and using technology. Those experiences will stay with them and held the most meaning for them. I'm reflecting on that!
cross posted at: http://mstaylorsthirdgradeclass.blogspot.com/
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This is an interesting look at what can go wrong in a technology lesson. We had several interruptions, a camera problem, and a computer missing the bookmarked site. I left these parts in the video because it’s a realistic part of teaching. We were filming using the Small Wonder video camera but the batteries died. We improvised by taping the webcam to the tripod and filmed for a while using that until we could get some more batteries. As a result the video quality and sound quality is very poor at about minute five.
The lesson plans for this lesson are at https://sites.google.com/a/adams14schools.org/mrfisher/lessons (Animals Internet Inquiry.doc). The student artifacts are posted on my blog at http://mrfishergloballearner.blogspot.com/2009/06/animals-internet-inquiry-student.html