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  1. msg Out of Class Assignment message posted Out of Class Assignment There are several of the new things you taught us that I plan on using when school starts. The thr…
    Out of Class Assignment
    There are several of the new things you taught us that I plan on using when school starts. The three I love are Poll everywhere, wikispaces and VOKI. I am taking 2 classes this summer on powerpoint, one ended Thursday and one begins Monday. I have not ever attempted powerpoint before, and have not seen most of the stuff you showed us! So my head is swimming with new material.

    The one I am going to elaborate on for this paper is wikispaces. Since I am teaching science for the first time in a while (I did an incomplete year this year) I think it will be a great place to keep everything organized. I can store info for myself and others to see.

    With wikispaces I can store rosters and grades. Students will be able to track the grades on my page. I can put a class syllabus and class rules on the page for students and parents. I will be able to put assignments on there and kids who are absent can access the page and see what they need to do to make up their work. I can put labs that we do so the kids can review or share their results. They could can share with their parents what we did in class.

    Students can use my page as a reference for assignments. With a little time, I can make it a great collection It could include blogs, extra help assignments for kids having difficulties, links to other sites and photos.


    I really think this tool will help me be a more organized teacher with a much more interesting class. I think the students will love the changes coming! I am excited to see what they will add, once they are introduced to the things that I have seen form your class.
    7:50 pm
  2. msg Out of class assignment message posted Out of class assignment This class was so beneficial to me as a person. I have two sons that are 10 and 13 and I feel so mu…
    Out of class assignment
    This class was so beneficial to me as a person. I have two sons that are 10 and 13 and I feel so much more in touch with the things that they are doing and I also am less afraid to have them explore the web and become more capable themselves in using it. Besides it's nice that they don't think I am so od and out of touch.
    I shared with my husband the Wikispaces site. He has offices in Columbus and Philadelphia and they are collaborating on a new marketing campaign and trying to solve it wth many e-mails.I showed him the movie on You-Tube about Wikispaces and he thought that it would help greatly and they are going to start using it also.
    As far as my classroom is concerned I am very excited about the web site Voicethread.com. There are so many things that I can have my classroom do from book reviews of the many books they will read and listen to. Also I thought it would be a great way for them to make a high-tech listening center that they helped to create by reading the book. I also thought it would be a great way for parents that can't make it to field trips to watch with their children at home and reinforce all that was leaned there.
    Thank you for offering this course and for your patience while I fumbled my way through and became a huge fan of Web 2.0
    5:09 pm
  3. msg Jenny's out of class assignment: Wikis and Voicethread message posted Jenny's out of class assignment: Wikis and Voicethread The tutorial on creating a Wikispace was very helpful. I will use this to set up a “center of com…
    Jenny's out of class assignment: Wikis and Voicethread
    The tutorial on creating a Wikispace was very helpful. I will use this to set up a “center of command” for my classroom when I get one. I love the idea of having a page for getting to know the teacher, classroom expectations, calendar, syllabus, and homework assignments. This will be a real advantage for the kids and parents. My son's Cell Biology teacher had a beautiful wikispace site that I used frequently this year. From a parent's perspective, it allowed me to keep tabs on his progress. Also it was extremely helpful to him when he was absent to have the homework posted daily. This is something that I would definitely want to implement as I begin to teach.
    Implementing this web 2.0 tool poses a couple of challenges that I will have to be deliberate about surmounting. First, I will need to train myself to stay daily on top of the posts so that the material stays current. This is doable and will happen more easily the more I use it! I also noted that one of my frustrations with my son's teacher's space was locating the link. The first several times it was difficult to find and not obvious to track down. Finally I wised up and added the link to my favorites. Clear communication and frequent communication with students and parents will be the best way to circumnavigate this challenge.
    Finally, I would like to embed a link to a class blog in the wikispace (if that is possible; I will have to play around and find out!) to facilitate discussions about literature and classroom media experiences and as a way to have anonymous feedback in the revising and editing phases of the writing process. The anonymity is a real advantage and frees up honest feedback.
    This has been a great springboard into Web 2.0! thank you for presenting so many tools and for giving us the opportunity to ask questions freely!
    1:21 pm
  4. msg My web 2.0 tool I'm excited to use: Karlin Hoffart message posted My web 2.0 tool I'm excited to use: Karlin Hoffart I am most excited about the opportunities of using a wiki space. I spent a day shadowing the the t…
    My web 2.0 tool I'm excited to use: Karlin Hoffart
    I am most excited about the opportunities of using a wiki space. I spent a day shadowing the the teacher I am replacing. She did not use much technology for instruction. Journaling is done in notebooks. Handouts are given on various subjects they discuss (e.g. baby bottle rot) and they punch holes and put in 3 ring binder. Pictures of new babies are stapled to bulletin board. Each student has a 20 page, stapled handout of the various agencies the girls work with or need to know how to contact, (WIC, legal, paternity, medical insurance, FASFA, etc.)

    Just with these few things I observed, I can see how a wiki account could bring the info to the teens in a easier and more concise way. I would like to start by putting the 25-30 different agencies I work with and the girls use on a wiki page. If they were on their way to WIC appointment, but couldn't remember how to get there, they could use their data pkg to look it up. If a girl is at home with a parent and they're looking at the info on how to get childcare vouchers, they could write a question and others could see and respond.

    When a teen has her baby, and I do a home visit, I can take baby pictures and put it on our wiki sight for the other students to see. Friends/classmates can see and give instant feedback. A wiki page would help the student stay connected during maternity leave. There are so many pregnancy and child dev education youtube movies that I would like to embed in the wiki sight for the girls to watch at home.

    My first step will be to design page about me and my family to provide rolemodeling to the girls. Many do not come from good family environments. It would be important to share appropriate life experinces and family moments that will provide for them a positive example. I'm very excited to learn more about all of the possibilities. I know I can make it a very functional tool.
    1:19 pm
  5. msg Wikispaces message posted Wikispaces I learned a great deal from this class. There are many things that I can use that I learned in thi…
    Wikispaces
    I learned a great deal from this class. There are many things that I can use that I learned in this class.

    Wikispaces is the one that I would get the most use in the class room. It is a great tool for communication and learning. I would use it for a student and parent newsletter. To post homework, handouts, internet sites ec...

    I would highly recommend this site to anyone.
    1:17 pm
  6. msg Web 2.0 Tool- Wiki Spaces message posted Web 2.0 Tool- Wiki Spaces I feel the most beneficial tool for me to quickly integrate in my classroom are wikis. I can see a …
    Web 2.0 Tool- Wiki Spaces
    I feel the most beneficial tool for me to quickly integrate in my classroom are wikis. I can see a vast assortment of features between the 1)possibility of parent/student communication, 2)the opportunity to display student work online to a wider audience, and 3)monitoring the daily activities happening in the classroom. There is great flexibility in using these pages in the classroom.

    When it comes to parent communication, I can post homework online for both students and parents to monitor. Our teachers find the need to provide multiple opportunities to communicate with parents who "just didn't know about events".I like the idea of having responsible students to post these assignments nightly to reduce the teacher time of maintiaining the wiki pages.I also like the flexibility of formatting on the wikispaces website in providing html, widgets, document retrieval, etc.This feature gives me more freedom from the district provided web page templates.

    Having the calendar feature allows me to prepare students for future star day student performances, unit test dates, and other school activities. The key is getting these to help students to better plan for future occasions. I know that on the school webpage, parents can subscribe to this calendar and I will continue to provide this feature.

    I have enjoyed using both video and photos to post student music performances in the past and this allows continued pages to do the same. I also like to have students use these pages to listen to prior performances and to provide peer assessment.

    Thank you so much for providing me with more technology tools to better facilitate students as creators and producers. It was nice to have a "guided introduction" to each of the sites as I continue to explore the possibilities. There is always so much that is provided on the World Wide Web and how many times when a new tool is introduced, I have thought,"Wouldn't it been nice to have the tool last week,last year, 20 years ago, etc."! Thanks again for sharing with your colleagues the discoveries that you have made.
    1:17 pm

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