Sunday, June 9, 2013
Assignment #1: Media-Visual Mapping
Inspiration: Ancient Civilization Topic Overview
-This is a idea web that I would use at the beginning of the school year to get my students introduced to the ancient world. Many of my students know nothing of the ancient world so I feel it is necessary and worth while to give them a quick overview of some of the topics we will learn about. This gets them thinking about what is to come and raises their level of concern. We would spend maybe a day or two exploring these topics and sharing what we find out. It is a "setting the table" type of activity for the school year. The tool itself (Inspiration) seems to be a promising tool with many options and capabilities such as setting up your own class. I like how you can share and collaborate on the same project. Students/teachers could also "chat" as they work and/or look at the project. Though there are other tools like this that are flashier, this tool would definitely serve a purpose in creating, reviewing and collaborating. Two limitations that I feel Inspiration has is that you can not upload your own picture from the internet (or at least I could not find that option yet) and second, there is no "embed" option to share it on your website. The only sharing option is a link. I will continue to explore this tool further. Also, the full version is not free, where as there are many tools just like this that are free.
Prezi: Understanding how Feudalism Works
-Prezi is a tool that can be used for many different things, which makes Prezi a dynamic classroom tool for both teacher and student. The "map" I created with prezi shows how Feudalism worked in the Medieval Times. I show the four levels of Feudalism in a pyramid shape, so my students and I would then discuss that the higher you go up the pyramid, the fewer people in that group. I also show how each group is related/connected. With Feudalism, each group does something for the group above and below them, making it a unique system. I have found that in the past, students have trouble "visualizing" how feudalism works so this basic visual of the feudalism pyramid and how it works would be helpful. Prezi has many capabilities. I can share the link to this prezi, embed it onto my website, and also work with others in real-time.
Coggle: Overview of "Techno.ED"
-Techno.ED is a website I started on my own to share tools and ideas to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom. TechnoED features a variety of tools and ideas and this "coggle" helps show a small sample of the types of tools and the tools themselves that are shared. The tool I used to make this is Coggle, which is a simply yet effective tool in creating mind/idea maps. The time it takes to teach the students how to use coggle is minimal, resulting in the focus of the lesson to be on the actual content. Coggle's can be shared as "read only" or with "writers" (people who can make changes in addition to you). Coggle also offers a "chat room" for students to discuss and talk about the project they are working on, or for students to ask questions as its being presented in a 1:1 setting.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Here is the 2013 Wax Museum video. Watch the video and remember the night, remember the experience, remember how you felt when the doors opened, the people flooded in, and you gave your first speech. Remember how it felt to donate the money to Make-A-Wish. Remember the ability that you have to make a difference. Remember that you are important and valued as a person. Remember that people care about you and want to help you. Remember this night and never forget it.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Extra Credit Task: Post a comment to this blog post reflecting on your 6th grade school year. In your reflection, you could talk about what you learned in social studies, english, math, science, reading, or any other class you had. You can talk about how you felt at the beginning of the year compared to know, talk about certain things that happened to you this school year either at school or outside of school. Basically, I want you to reflect on the school year we are just completing and share those thoughts with me. The length of your reflection does not matter, the quality of your reflection is what I'm looking for... So, Good Luck!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
(There will be no audio option for the end of the book).