Thing 23: I Made It!

This journey through Web 2.0 has been a blast! It has been challenging, frustrating and rewarding. The power of Web 2.0 to give students engaging technology capable of creating and connecting to others is amazing. While I have done a blog and wikis with my students, my knowledge or skill level has grown through my journey in this class and will make me a better teacher. The emerging concept of the global school house is well on its way. I plan on checking Classroom 2.0 often in order to find opportunities for my students to experience aspects of the global classroom. Classroom 2.0 seems like an example of Web 2.0 at its best.
I plan to use podcasting with students to showcase their original works of poetry. I believe the fact that they will have an audience of their peers will motivate them in their writing.
I also love the Myths & Legends site and plan on using that straight away in a traditional literature unit.
I think Blabberize is a riot and hope to incorporate it into my lessons.
This class will help me get my IMC Wiki up to speed – I can’t wait to start working on it.

Thing 22: Digital Citizenship

“>Digital Citizenship – Who Will You Be?

I believe digital citizenship should be a huge concern in today’s world and I also believe there is way too much naiveté on the part of students, parents and educators. It is such a far reaching, complex issue. I don’t know if there are college courses on it now – but there should be. Rather than addressing the issue, there is a bit of denial on the part of educators – no student searching on Google, leave cell phones at home, etc. Students walk out the school door to a world filled with technology that they are using without realizing the repercussions and not knowing how to act safely and responsibly. They do not understand the enormity and the far reach the Internet has. Being a library/media specialist, I do think this area should be addressed in the library. My son had a course called iSafe when he was in elementary and middle school – I believe they started teaching in third grade. At the time, I recall thinking I had never even thought of such things as cyber-bullying and safety.

My ICT time score was 9/15, and honestly, I have never used instant messaging and a couple of the questions were UK specific. That said, there is always more for myself, and everyone to learn about being a responsible digital citizen.

Thing 7C: Google Reader

Vocabulix is a site I learned of in my Google Reader that lets you learn foreign languages or just improve your vocabulary in a foreign language for free! If you join the site, it will actually keep track of your scores and progress. Working in a dual language school, there are so many of us how would like to improve our Spanish, so I think I will let everyone know about this site. Google Reader is growing on me!

Thing 21: Social Networking

Exploring and joining Classroom 2.0 is a great experience. I watched a video about Wkis using “Elluminate Live!”. It was archived from a presentation in Australia. Though it was too basic for me, I appreciate the capability to go back and view video conferences using this software. I also went into a forum, “Wiki or Google Docs” which asked the Classroom 2.0 community which would be better for student collaboration. One responder noted that you cannot tell who is doing the work in Google Docs, and another responded that if student work is color coded, you may then differentiate student work. When I clicked on the “collaboration” tag, I ran into a teacher who is looking for teachers interested in joining a global project centered on “The Polar Express”. I think adaptations of the concept with different books – perhaps folktales around the world, could be a valuable collaborative experience.

Thing 20: Google Docs

I love Google Docs! It has so many features that make it easy to share, collaborate, and organize your work. Features such as creating a survey almost instantly will be so valuable. I also created a table of my IMC schedule and that will make it so easy for teachers to sign up for times to collaborate on projects. Creating a presentation with others would be so easy. In terms of students, they would need a Gmail account to work collaboratively and share Google Docs, so I am not sure how that would work. Perhaps we could start with fifth graders and see how it goes if we get the ok. Certainly students would love the interaction with other students using
Google Docs for class projects or presentations. Students could edit each others work. Managing their Google Docs alone would be a great learning experience.

Thing 19: Intro to Video Sharing

I think this video from YouTube would be a great introduction to poetry for K-1 students! However, while reading Chris O’Neal’s: “A Teacher’s Guide to YouTube” I was reminded again to be careful of violating copyright. It does say that: “All credits goes to Marc Brown and the Cookie Jar Group,” when I linked back to the creator’s page. Is that sufficient?

Thing 18: Podcasting in Education


Here is my podcast for Thing 18 about the use of podcasts in education. One of the uses I mention is having students podcast their original works of poetry. Certainly interviewing subjects and creating oral histories would be another valuable way to use podcasts in education. I am looking forward to doing this with my students. I think I will start with poetry written and performed by fifth graders. I think that sharing their work in a podcast will really motivate them do their best work.

Thing 17: Podcasting

I had viewed podcasting as kind of “whatever” prior to exploring in “Thing 17”. Sitting in front of a computer listening, yawn! However, in listening to The Downs FM Show, I could hear the excitement in the voices of the students. Creating a podcast is fun and motivational for students! Now I see that the learning is in the process and preparation, the podcast is just the final product or means of sharing what students have learned. The Downs FM Show teacher notes that they increase literacy skills, speaking and listening skills, technology skills, team work skills, and their confidence grows. That is a valuable learning eperience.

I was thinking some projects I could do in the IMC would include:

1. Readers Theater: we could begin by using scripts in the IMC and have them create their podcast, and then move on to student-created scripts.
2. Podcast their book reviews.
3. Podcast their original works of poetry.
4. Have fifth graders do a news show to share with younger students. Have them interview visiting authors or illustrators, write their own jokes, report on current events, etc.

Thing 16: Explore a Tool of Choice

I love Blabberize! I am sure students would too! You are able to upload your own photos and voice to make it appear the photo is speaking. It is kind of funny and scary all at once. I am not sure if there is a possibility of an example being inappropriate and I would worry about that with our students. It certainly would be an attention-getter to start a unit with a Blabberize cartoon!
I signed up for a trial of Gliffy and find it to be very user friendly. It is very similar to mapping software Inspiration – which I always use with my students. I think it really helps in organizing research and helps students and grownups review the flow of their work. The format of Gliffy is much more business-like than Inspiration.
I had seen LibraryThing before and would love to do more with it in the future. You can review, tag, and share book reviews and receive recommendations from others. I could see this being a good site for students to share what they have read and find new books to read.