EDT 650 Goodness

My classroom blog: wordpress

Articles regarding blogging in k-12 education:
  • http://weblogg-ed.com/2010/nine-years-of-blogging/
    • This blog is written by a pioneer, Will Richardson. This post is especially noteworthy since it marks his nine years of blogging. He reflects on how the journey has shaped his thinking - and how some of his core beliefs about technology in education remain static.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRyh4UeP-IY
    • A CNN video about blogs being used. I find reading about and seeing the products of others' work with blogs and technology is so much more useful than reading about the "could be's." I hope my cohorts quickly get past the fact that 'technology is good' and move to 'how does technology improve student learning?' Evaluating other teachers' works is a great way to get to this point.
  • http://janeknight.typepad.com/.services/blog/6a00d8341c887753ef0115710db15f970c/search?filter.q=micro-blogging
    • I linked to a search on Jane Knight's website - the search string was "micro-blogging," which refers to using websites to host units of blogs, such as with a classroom of students. This could be done with Twitter or Facebook or Edmodo, among others. I think this search offers a nice list of sites that one could use to get started with micro-blogging if he/she didn't want to create a new blog for every student in a classroom or grade.

Technology Lesson Examples:

  • http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=664
    • I think this guy, Dan Meyer, is one of the best out there at infusing technology into quality lessons that relate to kids, hold their attention(s), and meet instructional objectives. He does so with a somewhat small bag of tricks - often just a well-composed image - and a key question or three.
    • In this example, he shows high school algebra students two images of different rolls of duct tape along with prices. He then asks, "which is the better deal?" The lesson infuses measurement, proportions, and a good deal of reasoning and communication.
  • http://www.thwt.org/historychats.html
    • This is from the site titled "Teaching History with Technology."
    • The lesson could be for any age - it simply infuses a chat-room method of delivery with history topics. The chat room medium works well for book talks, and you can e-mail or print the entire discussion for grading/archiving.
  • http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/techlp/techlp054.shtml
    • From EducationWorld.com, a host for innumerable resources for teachers.
    • This lesson, called "Scriptwriting with a Wiki," requires middle and/or secondary level students create a script for a video or play using a wiki. All students are able to contribute to the script in the way they choose (of course, others can negate those changes later). I think a lot of us use role playing in our classrooms, and this allows the small groups of kids to transcend the paper-pencil approach. Students can even work on the script from home and you don't have to worry about them "forgetting" it at home and now the rest of the group can't do anything or has to start over.

Assignment #6 - Web 2.0:
This is a FREE collaborative mind-mapping website. It is browser-based, so you don't have to download any software.
I have students mind-map their behavioral choices when I have them process a bad day or rough class period. This would be a way for us to do that together without me having to get close to them. This inability to allow me next to them often delays the healing and moving forward.
Of course, most people would just use the mapping to brainstorm for writing assignments, class projects, fundraisers, etc.

Assignment #7 - Favorite Teaching Tool:
You customize a t-shirt and other people can send texts to it that you can receive online or on your phone.