Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
5. Monitoring networks to gauge application usage
Not exactly in the style of Big Brother, but more so to see what applications teachers and students are using most to make future purchasing decisions.
4. An extra day for teachers to plan and collaborate
Students would be on a four day schedule and teachers on a five day, with the fifth day dedicated to planning and collaborating with colleagues. I think there is a district in NJ that has something similar in place. It might be a half day once or twice a month for professional development. I'm wondering out loud if a four day week would be viable. Assuming an 180 day school year, a four day week for students would extend the school year through the summer (10 additional weeks to make up for the one day a week for collaboration). There were be less learning loss due to summer vacation, and the time to get back into learning mode/classroom systems would be decreased as well. Maybe a half day every week would accomplish the same.
3. SEED Math Program (Special Elementary Education for the Disadvantaged)
2. Reading as a high school graduation requirement
I would add effective communication skills to the graduation requirement
and the number one education practice that should be replicated nationwide...
1. Tablet computers and electronic interactive textbooks for students
Technology would certainly help districts go green, and would absolutely engage the students, but would it save money in the long run as proposed in the article? Obsolescence is always an issue when dealing with technology, whether it is purchased or leased. Cost of maintenance another. Would students bring their own technology? Would bringing their own create a digital divide? Can the district's infrastructure handle the number of users that result? Hmmm...
Saturday, November 19, 2011
MindMeister is a free web 2.0 tool that allows users to create beautiful concept maps with text, icons, links, and images. It has historical playback, which records all the changes made to the map (infinite undos!) and collaboration capabilities. You can also access Mindmeister from anywhere- who doesn't love that?! A free account entitles you to create three mind maps. Sorry Web2.0BP classmates, I do not like Mind42. I created my concept map of fifth grade communication skills using MindMeister, which by the way, I love! I mapped our fifth grade writing projects, the type of writing, and the Web 2.0 tool used to complete the project.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It was pretty easy to create a timeline. I made one on the cheer competitions that we have between my daughters' teams. I could see using this tool with elementary students for their biography, the colonization of America, Civil War, family tree, mapping a story's plot, and maybe even planning a project.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Okay, that's a bit harsh, but Dvolver is unfortunately not a tool that I'll be using with elementary students any time soon. Dvolver is a free movie maker where users get to choose their setting, characters, background music and dialog. Sounds great, but the setting descriptions are a little PG-13, the characters are racy (I would even think twice about using it with high schoolers), and dialog is limited to 3 lines of text per character, 100 characters per line. I think it would be useful for quick videos to demonstrate a point, because you'll definitely keep the kids' attention, but having elementary school students use it would raise many questions.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Here are some of my ideas for elementary students: (I did not read Sean's 105 ideas, just a peek at his wall)
* Star Student creates a wall for their Star of the Week poster and during the week, classmates post stickies and comments to it
* Students do preliminary research for a project and post links and commentary to websites they find valuable
* Class Word Wall
* Compliment Wall
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I am so loving the iPad! Check out this cool app of the day!
Check out this application on the App Store:
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Each year, I try to update or introduce class projects when the projects are no longer fun for me to teach. Now that I'm familiar with the curriculum, the part I enjoy most is figuring out the logistics of pulling off a new project. Of course, sometimes we choose to scrap it as soon as we're done. Most of the time, teachers are open to change, but I do run into resistance too.
Monday, October 17, 2011
While I currently use KP on many occasions in the classroom, i am looking forward to a thorough overview of the software. I think I'll be looking for online options as well since this year, my approach to technology is Web 2.0!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
AS: How will we display your web 2.0 projects throughout the year?
Objectives: Students will use Dreamweaver to create an online anthology to describe and display their web-based projects throughout the year
Subject: Technology, Web Page Design
Creating the website:
Students will launch Dreamweaver CS3 from the Start Menu
Students will choose a webpage template from File> New
Students will name their site so it can be easily identified as their own
Students will create a page for each subject area and set page titles for each page created
Students will develop their anthology website throughout the year as curriculum units are completed
Students will include static and linked images in their site
Updating the website
Students will open their anthology website to update it with links to their new work
Differentiation: Creating a class website
Students will create a class website that links to each student in the class' work
Students will update the class website as each project has been completed
Vocabulary: website, links, title, images
Materials: Dreamweaver CS3, URLs to online work
Evaluation: Teacher Observation
TEC.K-4.8.1 - All students will use computer applications to gather and organize information and to solve problems
TEC.K-184.108.40.206 A - Basic Computer Tools and Skills
TEC.K-220.127.116.11 A.1 - Use basic technology vocabulary.
TEC.K-18.104.22.168 A.3 - Input and access text and data, using appropriate keyboarding techniques or other input devices.
TEC.K-22.214.171.124 A.5 - Produce and interpret a simple graph or chart by entering and editing data on a prepared spreadsheet template.
TEC.K-126.96.36.199 A.7 - Create and maintain files and folders.
TEC.K-188.8.131.52 A.9 - Use basic computer icons.
TEC.K-184.108.40.206 B - Application of Productivity Tools
TEC.K-4. - Social Aspects
TEC.K-220.127.116.11 B.2.d - Personal security and safety issues
TEC.K-4. - Information Access and Research
TEC.K-18.104.22.168 B.7 - Locate specific information by searching a database.
TEC.K-22.214.171.124 B.8 - Recognize accuracy and/or bias of information.
TEC.K-4. - Problem Solving
TEC.K-126.96.36.199 B.9 - Solve problems individually and/or collaboratively using computer applications.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Assets Panel- Maintains a listing of all the asset types (images, colors, links, movies, scripts, library items, and templates) within the current site
Spell check- SHIFT+F7
controls the line spacing
Property Inspector= Formatting Toolbar
Linking can be accomplished by browsing for the file, using Point to File or highlighting text and holding shift while pointing to a file in the asset box. Links can be made to html files, PDFs or zip files. Anchors can be created to link to specific areas on the page.
Point to File icon prevents linking to misspelled urls. Click, hold and drag to file in Files panel
Image maps can be creating by clicking on the whole image, and using the image map section of the image properties box. Hot spots can be square, round or polygonal. Alternate text must be provided for each hot spot.
Cascading Style Sheets
Finally, something I have no prior knowledge of. :)
CSS2- second recommendation of cascading style sheets containing about 120 properties.
Cascading- how the browsers interpret your style sheet
Rules consist of two parts- the selector (specific tag) and the declaration (how the specific tag should be displayed- property, value)
The easiest way to define a style sheet is in Page Properties.
Chapter 6 has to do with CSS, which I've never really understood. Looking forward to learning a lot and getting how to use it.