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wikis in general April 8, 2010

I tend to think of wikis more as actual websites compared to weebly or blog websites. Wikis are great resources for group work as well as individual work for students. It allows them to colloborate when nessicary as well as work on the project from virtually anywhere. Wikis are also very user friendly and allow work to be divied well, for instance each person could be repsonsible for a page.The students are also learning authentically as they create the page, by determining what is necessary information as well as how to organize it.

One of the most important features of a wiki is the history feature of it. It is essential to be able to view the history and edit changed made for the product to be successful. The history tool is also a great resource for te teacher to monitor student accountability and contribution.

I also like that the teacher can grade and monitor the wikis from anywhere and throughout the whole creation process. The wikis are also great becasue it gives the students ownership and the feeling of real accomplishment when they are done. One last great feature is that the information can be shared with grandparents and aunts and uncles, etc.  anywhere, as long as they have access to the internet!

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Language Arts Genre Wiki

Here is the wiki I created. It focuses on language arts and genres of reading, which is what my second lesson will focus on!

 

Abby Jo Tabblo March 23, 2010

Click here to see the tabblo I did on Abby Jo, who is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

I could really see using Tabblo in a classroom for older students to use to tell their own story. For younger and older students I think that it would be a great way to show the progress of something. I am specifically thinking that it could be used in science to show the progression from caterpillar to butterfly.

 

Snow Day Snow Day! February 10, 2010

Filed under: Planning Lessons,Policies and Education — meganmeyering @ 1:13 pm
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As a future teacher I am beginning to realize how problematic snow days really are. I mean as a teacher there isn’t really anything we can do about snow days.

My placement school today was supposed to have their science fair today, but with a snow day everything needs to change. It really throws a curve into how the science fair was planned. I am sure that my CT and the school are  getting numerous phone calls and emails concerning this matter. Lesson plans that were to be taught obviously cannot be. Tests and due dates scheduled later in the week may also be affected by the day off of school.

Not only are snow days an inconvenience for teachers but for parents as well. Childcare for younger children has to be taken into consideration. It may be difficult for parents to find childcare on short notice and given the job market and economy it may be difficult for the parent to take a day off work or even pay for child care all day long.

I am not trying to say that snow days are not fun or that teachers cannot recover from them, but there is so much more that goes into a snow day than i had one thought.

 

Google Earth February 8, 2010

I decided to research Google Earth as my technology of choice this week. Google Earth is an interactive look at the world. The user can zoom into various continents, countries and states. The user can even type in specific addresses to zoom in on. Although Google Earth does zoom, the clarity suffers as the zoom increases, which is not completely terrible since it does help to protect the identity of the home occupant.

As far as Technological Pedagogical Content and Knowledge goes Google Earth fits very well into social studies and science. Google Earth could also be incorporated into language arts lesson.

  • Pedagogical knowledge- Teachers know that in order for students to retain the most knowledge from the lesson different learning intelligences and styles need to be incorporated.
  • Technological knowledge- the teacher would need to be somewhat technologically literate to find resources such as Google Earth to use in the classroom. In order for students to get the most out of resources like, Google Earth, they also need to be able to understand and perhaps even use the technology on their own.
  • Content knowledge- Google Earth could be used to explore tectonic plates for science or perhaps the trail that Louis and Clark traveled.
    • Pedagogical and Content knowledge overlap in the use of Google Earth since the content would be enhanced with the interactive tool, helping the students retain more knowledge.
    • Technological and content knowledge overlap when the teacher chooses a technology to use. She or he has to determine what type of technology would be most beneficial for the content that is going to be taught. If the technology and the content do not go well together some of the effectiveness will be lost.
    • Pedagogical and Technological knowledge overlap in the presentation of the material. It is not enough for the teacher to have the technology available she or he ahs to make sure that pedagogically it will benefit the students and that the presentation will be clear.
 

Teacher Resources February 2, 2010

Filed under: Planning Lessons — meganmeyering @ 4:50 pm
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We tend to think of technology as a resource within itself, which it is, but using technology to find more resources is even more useful.

Many of us find ourselves trying to create lesson plan after lesson plan and after time may find that our creativity is burned out.

Recently I googled a certain type of lesson plan that I need to create for my TE 402 class- there is a wealth of information out there! Granted some of the results that came in were complete junk, but there are also some very valuable sites out there that are worth looking at for lesson inspiration.

Consulting with other teachers is very valuable and important to do as a teacher, but it is also incontinent at times when lessons are being created at midnight or the weekends. It is not as though I have not used the internet as a resource before, but I had not really thought of it as an extension of technology in the classroom.