Reflections on my Summer Online Web 2.0 Course

This final week I investigated just one more Web 2.0 tool – Scrapblog.com. It is a site where you can create an online scrapbook of your photos and video adding backgrounds, buttons, text, balloons, shapes, frames and music. It is a blog so it includes a comment area.
Now on to our final reflections of this Web 2.0 online summer course.

How would you describe this course to a colleague?
This course was really unbelievable. If I tried to explain all we did, I would lose them for sure. I was extremely nervous that first week creating my blog. Once I got my first lesson done, as nervous as I was, I realized I can do this. Each lesson is a success story! This course investigated some of the major tools within Web 2.0. By actually taking the time to do each lesson gives you the confidence to try that one tool in the classroom. By having this much experience, teachers won’t be afraid to teach some students and learn from other students. The facilitators have done a magnificent job to have everything you need within the lesson.
What was the best part of the course and why? I really enjoyed the podcasting even though I can’t stand listening to myself. Everything went well. I learned Audacity, and it uploaded smoothly. I was glad to be able to share a little something from the conference. I feel every grade level can integrate this in their classroom in so many ways.

What will you take away from this course to use in your classroom?
Oh, my goodness! I must figure how to use the Wikispaces AND blogs since they both have a purpose. I am thinking the one campus could use Wikispaces to develop their upcoming science fair this year.

What is one thing you would change about this course for the next group?
I was able to keep up each week, but it would be nice for a summer course to allow for vacationing. July 4th week off was a life saver. I truly think these could be mini courses and teachers could take one or all depending on their time frame. During the year the mini courses would be more feasible.
Would you recommend this course to anyone else? Why or why not?
Definitely.  Many folks need a course like this to learn the steps to create a blog for instance.  It also would provide them the resources to see how others have used these tools in the classroom.

I want to thank our facilitators for taking on this major undertaking.  It was a great success!

 

Introduction to Scrapblog.com

I once had an activity for the students in Language Arts where they made a scrapbook on a book and character they read. After seeing Scrapblog.com, I thought students could scrapblog their favorite book. They could do it using the perspective of the main character in the settings in the story or as themselves using their own imagination within the elements in the story. They could also show how the character changes as the story progresses.
Another idea is to use uploaded school pictures from Flickr to create these Scrapblogs for students and families to view and comment.
I have played with Scrapblog.com and have created just a sample to show my teachers using one of the template themes.

Media Sharing Reflections

What did you learn?
So much! I learned the difference of adding videos and embedding videos. I knew how to upload pictures, but I learned how to use Flickr and embed images from Flickr into my blog. It was like a shortcut. I learned about searching for Creative Commons images. Then, there was embedding videos and playlists. Embedding the playlist was the easiest. I had no problems with it. Also, I can’t forget the copyright and fair use laws and the Creative Commons licenses.

How will you use what you have learned?
I will embed tutorial videos in my wiki/blog for teachers. That will be quicker for the teachers. I like the idea of making a school Flickr account for teachers to upload pictures for the year. I also will start a playlist for background music for teachers to use in their lessons. I always started a lesson on the differences between the moon and earth with the Theme from Star Wars. This will be a great place to find music and store it on our wiki.

How did you feel about this tool?
There was a lot to learn about media sharing. I am sure as I use these tools, I will keep learning more. I know as I show teachers these tools, I hope I don’t have some of the same problems getting started as I did.

What do you not want to forget about this tool?
All the steps. I hope the blog/wiki on our staff development this summer never gets erased. It will be a great resource to go back and follow the steps again when I forget something.

How can this be used in the classroom or in your educational role?
Please read above on how I will use this tool.

Would you use a shared media like playlist.com?
See above for my ideas on using playlist.com.

Should you use this in the classroom or your educational role?
Yes, I will use all these ideas in my TechTip Wikispaces. Hopefully, the teachers will see the value in a school Flickr account and even the Playlist.com.

What questions do you still have about these tools?
1. I had problems with the API Endpoint when I registered my blog on Flickr. I would like to know a solution before I start getting teachers to follow those directions.
2. I can’t get my video to show up. It is embedded and shows the circle timer as if it is about to start, but then it never starts. Any suggestions?

Introduction to LOTI

When LOTI (levels of technology integration) was introduced to me in our ITS meeting, I thought this was a great way to encourage teachers to ease into improving their technology integration. Teachers should set their goals on just one level at a time and get comfortable before moving up. When frustration sets in, they fall back or quit. Embedded below is a fun video showing just the first 3 levels.

http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0fb8df6cf972fc01ad93

Big Bend

Big Bend 4

Originally uploaded by barnardb

Last Spring Break, my husband and I with one son and daughter-in-law went to Big Bend. What a great trip! We all want to go back. There is so much to do and see. What a magnificent drive with the changes in the landscape.
This picture was from the first hike we took. That is my daughter-in-law in front. Needless to say, my husband and I were way back up the mountain taking the picture! My only suggestion is get yourself a walking stick. I was very jealous of the people that I saw using one.

Introduction to Media Sharing

I like what James Tubbs stated, http://misterteacher.blogspot.com/2005/04/flickr-for-teachers-blogging-photos.html, “Integrating digital images bring a new dimension…the information is no longer just textural, but is now also visual.”

Media sharing is the interactive process of linking photos, video, or music to a website which promotes commentary between sender and receiver.  (When I email pictures of my grandchildren to friends and relatives, I always receive an email back making positive comments about the photos.  This is the “sharing.”)

When linking media, we should always be aware of the Copyright and Fair Use laws – Copyright is the exclusive property rights on original and tangible creative works with the right of control over copying.   Fair Use allows copying selected parts of paragraphs, but not chapters, of copyright works for educational purposes, as long as it is spontaneous, temporary, and not part of an anthology, and will not reduce sales for the owner.
Teachers always teach plagiarisms, but they also need to model honesty.

Creative Commons, CC, a non-profit organization, who is increasing the scope of creative works for others to share by having licenses folks can use to restrict certain rights or restrict nothing on their work instead of the more restrictive copyright.  This would be good for teachers who are willing to share their work with other educators.

My Wiki Reflections

What did you learn?
Blogs and Wikis can be used interchangeably, but if you want to be able to edit each other’s work, wikis are the way to go.  Wikis allow you to build and improve what you are focusing on. 

How will you use what you have learned?
I am leaning toward making my tech tips on a wiki.  I can have several pages, each devoted to one topic.  Teachers can save hints on the same pages too along with my tutorials.  I will also train teachers to show them how easy they are.  Once they see it, then we can start using wikis for different purposes. 

How did you feel about this tool?
I like Wikis.  I do want to see one in action in my school.  I made the first.  Hopefully, after an official introduction to it, the teachers or I will introduce it to their students.  Once the students see it, I know it will fly!

What do you not want to forget about this tool?
I don’t want to forget how to navigate and order the pages the way I want them.  It is one of those things, I remember doing it.  I know what I am looking for, but it takes time to search to find how.  I think I know now.  Once I teach it once, then it will solidify in my mind.

How can this be used and should you use this in the classroom or your educational role?
You should most certainly use this in the classroom and in my role on the campus.  There are so many uses for this from teachers collaborating on lesson plans and units to presenting projects for the students.  It starts collaboration not only between student and teacher, but student and student.  Students can work on this from home and no longer have to go to each other’s homes to collaborate.  I see this being used in an individual classroom, to grade levels, to campus, and between campuses. 

What questions do you still have about this tool?
After seeing Arbor Heights wikispace, I was wondering what are the feelings of our district on using Wikispaces for the school website instead of Expressions?

 

 

Review of 3 Wikis

1.  21CTools:  http://21ctools.wikispaces.com/  Purpose:  Integrating the 21st century tools into your teaching – technology tutorials for teachers (This was actually the home page title).  This is exactly what I want to do – gather all my tutorials into one place so they are more visual for the teachers.  There will be many things in this site that I can link to and share.

2.  “All About Math” Wiki (Marstons Mills East Horace Mann Charter Public School) http://allaboutmath.wikispaces.com/  Purpose:This site focuses on math from K through Grade 4 offering a summary of the chapters in the math book and vocabulary within each chapter.  It also provides the resources and gives the standards for each grade level.  With our new  math book adoption, this is something the district could work on for all grade levels.  This could be a collaboration between math curriculum specialists, math team folks, and instructional technology specialists for all teachers.  I also went deep into this wiki and found great technology support with information resources in http://juliazanglcolby.wikispaces.com/.

3.  Salute to Seuss:  http://salutetoseuss.wikispaces.com/ Purpose:  an online project for Pre-K to 6th grade to integrate Web 2.0 and literature.  There are book reviews, weblinks, worksheets and activities to name a few.  I thought I would show this to our librarian and possibly create something for all grades or a specific grade.  Another idea is to use a wiki for our science fair.  I could collaborate with the science team on this idea.

 

My WikiSpaces

My mentor and I made book review WIKIS last school year.  They really never got off the ground.  I went ahead and made an identical one for one of my new schools.  I am looking forward to introducing this at the beginning of the school year.  I think the students will enjoy adding their reviews to this new medium and learn about Web 2.0.

Please preview and let me know what you think.  Join!

http://kc-bookreviews.wikispaces.com/  (This one, I am waiting for advertising to be cleared off.)

http://ps-bookreviews.wikispaces.com/ 

Introduction to Wikis

Wiki is Hawaiian for “quick.”  Living three years as a child in Hawaii, we use to say, “Wiki Wiki” all the time.  It was quite habit forming as an adult with children!  Now, with a technology slant to the word, it is used as a “quick” way on the web where information can be started and edited by a collective group.  Editing can be done by anyone who visits or can be limited to members. Reverting back, or un-editing to the previous version is just as “quick.”  The Wiki starts as a webpage that by the click of the edit button it becomes a document that can be added to, edited, or changed.  By the click of the save button it returns as a webpage.  New pages can also be added by the click of the link button. It is that quick.  Wiki, Wiki – try it out!