Monday, June 18, 2012

Tool #5

I used Animoto to make a video of Pink Piggy Day that would chronicle the events of the day. I tried to edit the video so that the events were in sequential order, but I wasn't able to do so. I'll keep playing with it, but if anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Also, without purchasing, I couldn't choose a more appropriate song for the video. I liked that there was a choice in the style of the video. I think this would be a fun way to share our classroom happenings with my parents.

Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

Next I tried TickaTok, where students can make a variety of different books. The books can then be placed on the bookshelf to be accessed by the students and parents. There are prewritten books for the students to read and then illustrate. There is also an option of deleting the text provided and writing their own stories, which I would encourage during Writer's Workshop. I can definitely see my students using TickaTok, sharing with parents, and tracking the progess they are making throughout the year by reading the books they have placed on the shelves. The books are also available for purchase by the parents. I was not able to embed my book into my blog, however you can follow this link to the site and find my book on the bookshelf.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tool #4

Using Google Docs, I was able to make a document and send it to my team. I appreciate that they can respond and add or make changes as needed. I then made a sample multiple choice quiz which I sent to two colleagues, receiving comments from both. When I came back today to complete my blog, I tried to open my sample quiz on Google Docs and it looked nothing like my original. When I embedded it into this blog and previewed it, I was able to view it correctly. Can anyone explain to me why that happened? I like the idea of sharing documents with my team, but I'm not sure how I could make this appropriate for kindergarten use. I don't think they could navigate through all of this. I will use google docs to send request lists to parents for different needs in the classroom. The parents could easily see who has already signed up for what and what is still needed.

Tool # 3

I embedded two different videos from YouTube into my blog. These videos will be appropriate for use when we are studying plants and zoo animals during this school year. These videos can be shared with my team and with other teachers visiting my blog. I also looked at some videos in Discovery Education, noting many that I will use during the school year. As I read other trusted blogs written by my peers, I'm sure I will use their embedded videos as resources for my classroom.
I loved the A Fair(y)Use Tale and the music video on fair use and copyright. I think both would be wonderful to share with students while stressing the importance of using other people's works responsibly and giving credit to the original source. Creating the dropbox was painless! I feel certain that I will be better organized, and I will be able to readily share files with my team without having to search in different places to find what is needed. I also like that no matter what device I am working on, I can locate what I need!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool #2

In looking at other teachers' blogs, I am able to see "tried and true" learning experiences in videos, pictures and descriptions given by those teachers.  These blogs provide wonderful resources for my own classroom. Teachers are always "borrowing" from others, and this is a way to find immediate support from other talented peers in our profession.
Some of the comments listed in the blogs simply said, " I love your blog" or "Great blog," which really weren't helpful in terms of advice for the reader. However, given the opportunity to post questions would be helpful.

This blog looks like one I would visit often.  In viewing her blog, I feel that we share that love for kindergarten and the realization that that young children learn differently, and while we have to teach curriculum that not all five and six year olds are ready to take in, we try to make it engaging, with the best interest of the learners in mind.

Tool # 1

As a person who is not too advanced in the technological realm, I appreciated the support of my librarian, Lisa Branon, in assisting me with the creation of my blog and voki.  I feel that as I continue on in this adventure, I will begin to feel more comfortable with all of it.  My mantra will be Nike's "Just Do It!"