Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thing # 11.5

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I loved the voki's and the skype traning. I will also be using the PBS website and embedding their vidoes into my activboard lessons.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I have learned about so many other ways to access important videos to use in my classroom!

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I am suprised how easy it has become for me to embed video or other codes into things. Once you get the hang of it is is super fun, and when you go to wensites now you notice user features that you never noticed before. I truly believe that this traning will make me a much better teacher. I loved it last summer too!

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? NOTHING. It is so user friendly and fun. Please just offer it every summer!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thing # 11

Digital Citizenship: I found this article and it really sums everything needed to know:
Our kids need to understand these things!

Many agree that literacy is important. (These are, except where noted, taken from the comments from my post: Digital Literacy Comes Home.)

Stephen Downes says, "Indeed, a person who reads a website and concludes that it's true, no matter what it says, is dangerously illiterate."

Tom Hoffman says, "Check the source's references. Confirm information by looking at multiple sources. Read carefully."

David Warlick says, "Instead of starting with a web page, displayed on the whiteboard, they [teachers] should start with Google, demonstrate how they found the page, the considerations and decisions they applied to select that page, and include in the presentation, the evidence that what's being presented is valuable...When we model authority, we shouldn't be surprised when students look for authority in every piece of information."

Kristin Hokanson says, "At the upper level, kids need to be taught HOW to access credible sources...via data bases, advanced google searches and other good search strategies. If we don't, they will continue to go to the first sources available".

A lesson in my classroom about digital citizenship would focus on safety. My mantra would be "don't believe everything that you read" and ALWAYS consider the source. Make sure that all websites that you are using are from reliable and reputable sources such as google, CNN, ect.

Thing #10

Second life. Wow I had no idea that something like this was out there. I named myself Alexandra Wroth. Hilarious right? It sounded so fancy. I joined a second life that takes place aboard a ship in the sea. This to me was basically like a video game where you can meet others and really have a "second life". I could see how this could get addicting! The music was so beautiful also. Flying was amazing! This was so fun!

Thing # 9

It is important for students to use slideshare because this is a GREAT way to get useful information in the form of Powerpoint or other software. You can search for many topics and it's a great resource-sharing site. You can type in any topic and get ANYTHING you need. This would also be valuable for the teacher as he or she could possibly find specific presentations to show kids and save a little time!

Here is a great one that I found:

Thing # 8

wow. I would never use screencasting in my classroom, this whole THING was confusing and I could not get the websites to open while I was on the screencast site.

I think that I was able to get my voice embedded but never knew how to navigate the web while keeping all of those windows open.

This is definitely for very experienced users. Maybe good for a computer or tech class in high school or college?

Thing # 7

Watch the full episode. See more Through a Dogs Eyes.

This site was amazing and I found so many topics on PBS that would be valuable for my classroom. PBS had many humanitarian and heart-warming stories that would be amazing to use for tribes in the classroom or just a fun example during wants and needs in social studies. I could present these on the activboard and it would be amazing.