Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Picture it, you are riding on a magic carpet and you get to see and experience all these new "things". Make sure while you are on said carpet you hear "A Whole New World" playing in the background. That is what this experience with the 14 things to tame has been for me. What did I like about it? EVERYTHING. Well, maybe not the part where I recorded a screencast three times only to realize the computer didn't have a microphone built it. Oh, well. What will it change about my teaching? A lot. Being exposed to a wide array of sites, apps, and general information has been phenomenal. I look forward to the summer months running around after my children and then relaxing with my iPad and the new tools in my teaching arsenal. What would I recommend to others? All of it. You never know what is going to work for one person the point of collaboration to get an idea of what works for others, seeing what works for you and merging the two. This experience has been rewarding (who said candy?), and enlightening (the light is on near the microphone!). Thank you for this journey on the magic carpet.
As we bid adieu and farewell to the 14 things to tame I would like to look at two of the final sites that I looked at. Wallwisher was introduced at the faculty meeting about Edcamp, two AWESOME ideas. I liked the Wallwisher because it is so easy to use. Following the link and then just making a post it was great. So then I took a look at the other sites and thought picmonkey sounded interesting and I was correct. Sara you have not disappointed with the "things" you have introduced us to. Ok, I was intrigued by the picture of cupcakes but who wouldn't be? I played around with it a little bit and enjoyed what I saw.
Monday, May 7, 2012
At first glance I like the look of Prezi. I definitely want to take a closer look at this and test it out. After I had a good handle of it I would introduce it to my students. I think the students would like an alternative to the PowerPoint, I know I would. One thing I liked about it from the first video I watched was that it is like a map that you set up and can change. It also appeared to be all laid out in front of you at one time which appeals to me rather than going through slides back and forth. I will explore this "thing" more.
In looking at the videos and sites about Creative Commons I found the information extremely enlightening. The fact that there is a plethora of information accessible to everyone now is a great thing, however sharing and using that information can get tricky. Educators have always tried to be careful and teach students how to make citations correctly and to give credit where credit was due. As technology changed and we are started driving on the information super highway the delineation of what was acceptable to use and how to cite it became blurry and something new to figure out. As educators we have to know where information is coming from, if and when we can use it and in what capacity. This will give us a clear indication of how to direct our students on how to navigate the web and all its information correctly. I also like the fact that there are sites that can be accessed with material that is accessible and usable.
VoiceThread is an interesting tool. I liked how we are all able to add our proverbial two cents on a single item; it's like collaboration without being in the same room. This can easily translate into the classroom because you can post an item for homework and have students add to it in a variety of ways for an assignment. I think it would be fun because I think the novelty would have kids trying to upstage each other because of the creativity it lends itself.
This is a glog I started about believing in yourself. Students having confidence in their abilities is something we need to help them develop and maintain. This can be something that is added to on a regular basis as a little pick me up. We all need a pick me up sometimes.
Here is my ThingLink on the Statue of Liberty. This would be great in many content area classes and for the presentations to students in different subjects. It is also a great tool for students to learn because it forces them to become more involved in the research of a particular place, picture, person, or landmark. I really enjoyed doing this "thing"
After many attempts and some tech help from Sara here is my screencast. I think this can be a lot of fun in introducing students to new concepts or even how we want things done in class. It may sound silly but maybe a screencast on how to set up their papers may just do the trick to have them do it the way the teacher wants all the time. Sometimes its the extra thing they see or hear that will stick with them.