Archive for March, 2013

Week 10. Mini Projects 2.


24 Mar

Looking at this weeks options for our mini projects I found myself a bit afraid. They all looked pretty challenging and time consuming. For the first one I decided to do the timeline. At first I was looking around the Capzles website and I got very frustrated with it pretty quickly. I thought the example that was given in the module was confusing and didn’t really make any sense to me so I decided to look at the next website which was timetoast. I really enjoyed using timetoast, I liked how it was set up, how easy the timelines where to read and the fact that it was very user friendly! After I found this website I actually really enjoyed doing this mini project. I picked a topic that I found really interesting so the research was engaging and fun and I even discovered some new information that I didn’t know. I think using timetoast in the classroom would be a lot of fun and very easy for the students to do. Because I want to teach 3rd grade I enjoying finding sites and activities that are very user friendly because then more than likely it will make it easy, fun and engaging for the students to use and learn the technology while also learning the material in a different way. The timeline would be fun to have the students present them to the class so that the students could see many different ways that the technology could be used.

While it was easy and fun for me to do the timeline I find that I’m having issues deciding which project to do for the last mini project. None of the options really interest me so I’m not sure which one I’m going to do. Right now I am leaning towards the google trek, that’s the one that I have looked into the most and have really been researching but like I said I’m not sure. I’m trying not to get too frustrated but I’m finding that it’s difficult so I guess I will see what happens!

Week 9. Mini Projects.


13 Mar

This weeks assignment had us working on 2 mini projects to put onto our professional web portfolio. Two of the options didn’t interest me at all but two options really interested me. I decided to do the podcast and to use the website voki.com to create my own talking avatar.

I found voki to be really fun and easy to use. There were so many different option to choose from so that you could personalize your avatar, that was probably my favorite aspect about the website. You could use animals, people or even cartoon like characters. If you chose to have a female avatar you could add jewelry to her and even makeup! The detail of the website was pretty impressive. Also, like I said I really appreciated how easy and straight forward it was to use, the website literally walked you through step by step what you needed to do to crate you avatar and at the end it provided you with the code you needed to post your avatar to facebook, twitter, or a google website. I ended up posting mine to my professional blog and to twitter! I can really see myself using this tool in my future classroom. I think it would be a great way to do a history lesson with the students. The websites offer political figure avatars that you can use. I think it would be really fun and interesting for my students to pick a political figure, research that political figure and then have them create and avatar of that political figure that presents the information they discovered as the actual political figure. What an awesome way to bring history alive again! I can also see myself possibly delivering a short lesson by using an avatar I’m not totally sure how I would do it or if it would even work but I would be willing to try. As I said I’m very impressed with voki.com and I’m glad I got the opportunity to use it.

 

For my other mini project I’ll be doing a podcast. I’m not done with my podcast yet. I found the podcast tool a bit more difficult to use than voki.com. So hopefully I don’t continue to get too frustrated with it. I think podcasts would be a great tool to use if you were using the flipped classroom method in your classroom. As a teacher I could record a podcast and then have my students listen to it at home and then come to class the next day ready to do the activity part of the lesson. Also, I could see myself using podcasts as a way to give weekly up dates to parents to let them know what their children will be doing the next week in class or what they have been working on all week. I think podcasts are a great tool and once I learn how to use it better I’m sure it will be very useful!

Week 7. Sticky Notes.


02 Mar

Fantastic. Fantastic!! I loved wellwisher website, I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed! So easy to use, I didn’t even watch the instructional video. I just went to the website and started clicking around everything was pretty easy which was nice! I also loved the auto save feature of the website, I always forget to save stuff and it can be frustrating cause I can loose all of my work so it was fantastic when I realized that I didn’t have to worry about that.

I had so much fun creating my “wall” I posted some of my own posts and then I put the link on facebook, inviting some of my friends to join in on the fun and I truly hope they do. I was really happy when I realized that we could make our wall about anything that we wanted it to be rather than having to follow the VA SOLs. I know we have to know what the SOLs are and learn how to create lesson plans around them but sometimes its nice to use the technology we are being exposed to in this class for personal, fun activities.

I love this tool. I seriously can not say that enough and I plan on using it in my classroom. It’s fun, easy, unique and can be used either in the classroom itself as an interactive tool or it can be used by the students outside of the classroom. I plan on using this in my classroom for many different lessons. It can be used for an English lesson, Science lesson, writing lesson and even a history lesson. You could use it as a way to introduce a topic by asking students what they think about the topic. It can be used in the middle of a lesson to keep track of the different ideas that the students have and it can be used at the end of a lesson as either a final project or a way to organize the thoughts of the students to prepare them for a project, test or paper or whatever the final assessment of the lesson may be. There are many creative and fun ways to use this tool in the classroom. I truly think that this is a site that the students would really enjoy using as well and since it is so easy to use a quick explanation and you could have 2nd graders using it!

Here is my board, feel free to post something!

http://padlet.com/wall/nkelleyfavoritebooks

 

 

 

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