Social and Collaborative Media

20 Feb

Social and Collaborative Media Voicethread

Voicethread is a collaborative space where anyone can comment on a piece of media through voice, text, or video.  It can be used in the classroom in many ways.  An art teacher can share a piece of artwork and students can make comments about the medium, design, form, etc.  Primary students can create an alphabet book and each student can read the page they published.  What a treat for parents, grandparents, and other family members to receive a link to this project and comment, too!  The commenting feature is what gives this collaborative media value.


Learning Log – Goodreads

20 Feb

Reading Group Books

I plan on using Goodreads to organize books I have read for instructional as well as personal purposes.  I may decide to join a discussion group.  I will use the book recommendations to find other books I may be interested in reading.  Students can use it for the same purpose.  For example, if they like The Dark is Rising, they may also want to read A Wrinkle in Time.  Students are required to read 25 books independently each school year; so, Goodreads is a wonderful way for students to log, share, rate, and write a review for each book they have read.  (This would beat collecting reading logs every week, for sure!)  We could even have online literature circles if we started a group!

Learning Log – Twitter

13 Feb

So far I am really enjoying this module.  I am thrilled about my iGoogle homepage.  I love having everything in one place.  Google docs & forms are going to revolutionize how I collaborate, assess and gather data.

Regarding Twitter, I had no idea how essential it could be for my professional development.  I already feel like I’m “in the know” and I haven’t even really begun.  In Ernie Cox’s article, “Building a Future-Ready Professional Learning Network”, the idea of coordinating or being a part of a “tweetup” with other educators to discuss the 21st Century Learning Standards, for example, is awesome.  I know this is probably rare but it still intrigues me.  Now, I don’t have to feel alone in my thoughts about what I’m studying.  I can blog, tweet, comment, post, or whatever about it.  That’s a good feeling . . . knowing there are other professionals out there who are passionate about the same things I am passionate about.

Learning Log – iGoogle

12 Feb

iGoogle can support me in teaching and learning in many ways.  First, I can check in with several professional and social networking sites at a glance all at once.  I added ALA’s Librarian’s E-Library search engine, A-Z Kids Stuff, and TechLEARNing in addition to Google Reader, Twitter, and Google docs to my homepage.  I won’t have to waste time typing in the URL.  I will stay current and be able to apply the content on my “gadgets” to my teaching.  Overall, it makes everything more accessible.

Learning Log – End of Module 2

6 Feb

I have to say this was a challenging module, too.  I know I spent 3-5 hours daily working on processing, understanding, and completing the tasks.  I was totally intimidated by the screencast and digital story.  I kept thinking, I have to do what?  Well, using PhotoStory was so simple!  Oh, and Donovan will be completing one for his autobiography project.  I’m also going to do a screencast on how to use PhotoStory even though it is super easy to use.

My favorite resource is the University of Houston’s site on digital storytelling.  I love how it suggests other programs to use like Audacity for audio.  I can’t wait to listen to the screencasts of each groups recommended Web 2.0 tools.  The NETS and 21st Century Student standards have really begun to hit home with me.  My own children and students need to be taught these skills and see them being demonstrated by me.  Anytime there’s a teachable moment, I need to grab it.  My mission this week is to find out what is and is not allowed in school regarding these Web 2.0 tools.  However, that won’t stop me from teaching other skills like digital citizenship and research and information fluency.

Digital Story

5 Feb

This digital story is intended to be used as an activator/preview for Unit 1 of the fifth grade social studies curriculum.  Students will get a glimpse of some of the events leading to the American Revolution.  Students could record notes on a KWL chart while they view this digital story.

Learning Log – Flickr Slide Show

3 Feb

For the Love of Food

My Flickr Set supports MSDE indicator:

4.5.A.2 Compose oral, written, and visual presentations that express personal ideas, inform, and persuade.

Students will write an entrée description for a menu, either at home or at a restaurant,  containing enticing  words to describe and persuade the reader to choose that food.  In previous lessons, students would have learned the techniques used in advertisements to persuade readers to buy.  They would have also analyzed many advertisements to identify the “razzle dazzle” words and other opinionated and persuasive language.  Now, it will be their chance to apply that knowledge.  Students will view the slideshow, choose a food from one of the slides, and compose the tantalizing entry.  Students must include vivid language.

As I am learning about the different literacies students will need to engage in as 21st Century learners, I was wondering what visual literacy is and Flickr is it!  Flickr has a myriad of uses in education: virtual field trips, creative writing, an alternative to PowerPoint, digital portfolios, maps, and teaching copyright and fair use.  In addition to the creative writing, I would like to try Flickr maps to show students where current events are occuring in the world.