Monday, July 26, 2010
1. My favorite discoveries were Bookr, Trading Cards, and image generators. Number one favorite: Trading Cards. I can think of many ways these can be used in the classroom, generated by me or my students.
2. I am always on a quest to find out new information and to bring new experiences into my classroom. This experience definitely helped with that!! Looking at the other blogs also helped me to visualize an end product that I can actually use in my classroom. The PhotoStory on Corrie Ten Boom will definitely be used this year during my Humans Rights Planner.
3. The most surprising thing was the amount of information on the Internet that I had no idea was there. RSS, Google Docs, IGoogle, WIKIs, Digital Storytelling and the list goes on. I may have heard the terms but I didn't really understand what they were and what purpose they served.
4. I actually love the concept and the way the blog was organized. The only thing that would help me more was to have the problems discussed previously presented with solutions. For example, TeacherTube where several people were having issues embedding the videos. I found the answer on a comment somewhere.
5. YES, she excaimed emphatically, "I would definitely participate in another program such as this!"
6. 23 Things is an extraordinary journey into the internet world where knowledge and expertise is only a click away!
http://www.teachhub.com/. My greatest find was a game a blogger was talking about...
http://www.lumosity.com/brain-games/problem-solving-games/raindrops. Definitely addictive but a great addition to my paperless homework wiki!!
There are so many uses for PhotoStory!! The teacher can use it for every topic! (If they have the time to create them!) The story can be used over again for homework assignments, discussion starters, review before tests etc. With that being said, I much prefer Windows Movie Maker. I found that Windows Movie Maker had the choices listed in bars to the left that were much easier to scroll through to see what your options were. I also feel that it will be easier for my third graders to use.
I searched YouTube, found my video and then signed in. However, I put the wrong year on my birthday and now it won't let me do anything. That's okay because I cannot access YouTube through HISD anyway... So on to TeacherTube. Searching is a little more cumbersome than Youtube, but I found what I needed. This is a video I love to show my students. They really have no idea of the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. until they view this video. Third grade has a planner on Human rights and we study many activists and this is a great way for the students to get to know the actual person. I have plenty of books with the speech written, but hearing Martin Luther King say it is incredibly powerful. Last year I happen to have parents in the room and they were mesmerized because they had never seen the actual speech either!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Loved Picasa! I uploaded my photos and immediately created a slide show. However, I had a little trouble with YouTube and can not post at this time. I would use the movie feature for Digital Storytelling. The students could create with titles and present using the smartboard. The collage feature was pretty interesting too. You move, delete and enlarge photos with just a click of the mouse. (click on collage to enlarge) My students would have a great time with it.
Also, I have a writing group that meets once a month and we will be using Google Docs to share writing to edit and make comments on in between meetings. Now, I think it is a great idea. I am also going to suggest it to our PYP coordinator to use when we update planners. Instead of opening and saving to your desktop just look on Google Docs. How easy is that??
Here is a searchroll of third grade websites: http://rollyo.com/nmuster1/my_onderwijzeres/
Saturday, July 24, 2010
However, I switched to Google search (because another Library2Play participant blogged about it)and found an interesting third grade blog that offers two new ways to narrow the search on Google. Great information - http://totally3rdgrade.com/wordpress/
Tagging is certainly serving a purpose for me in my de.licio.us account. I have found it to be very practical in my two weeks of using it! I just added the aforementioned blog to de.licio.us and to my Google Reader.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Five Blogs I have commented on: http://secondtimer2.blogspot.com/
New blogs that I recently discovered: http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/
http://katenarita.blogspot.com/2010/06/place-for-frogs.html (Reviews and lesson plans for classroom books) http://www.kerismith.com/blog (author and illustrator)
Love Love Love the image generators!! Found some amazing stuff on several sites... Jellymuffin was great for creating signs, but I am having difficulty transferring to the header. I tried to delete current header, but I couldn't make it happen. My new favorite is GLOGSTER!! This site is amazing. You can put videos and hotlink connections and make the collage come to life. I will definitely be using this in the classroom. My students will be making Glogsters about themselves and then presenting to the class. So excited about this new find!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
1. igoogle page - I liked Glenn's idea of using it as part of our morning routine at school. I love the Art of the Day and could use it for a writing activity. I want to tie in somehow someway to writing. Make a list of colors used. Make a list of adjectives to describe the picture etc...
2. Google Earth - I don't think I can say enough about GoogleEarth in this short post!! It is a never ending tool that can be used in so many ways. For my architecture planner we can go to visit the buildings... look at 3D representations so much better than a picture in a book. We can visit the tallest building in the world and look at the curvature of the Earth from the top. How amazing is that? That is just one idea... I have six planners and Google Earth will be used for all of them!
3. Google Docs is my new favorite!! What a great way for teachers to share and edit information. Instead of pasting and copying etc... just share the document. Love it. I will also use this with my writing group. We can share our work and the other writers can offer comments, edits and suggestions. I will be googling for some time.