Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
dixie.edu -- education --resources--e-portfolio examples
- When using wordpress.com, remember your signin name needs to be simple, it becomes part of your URL address.
- Hyperlinks will embed the documents right into your blog. You only will have one post, with different pages for each artifact.
- wordpress is password protected, so not everyone will see your resume etc.
- www.candruswebquest.wordpress.com/ - this website is a step by step guide on how to create an e-portfolio on wordpress.com
- If you want to change your URL address, you will need to create a new post. That is fine, just don't use the old one. But, beware that you will need to create the post from scratch.
- You can import templates from other sites
- E-portfolio -- this is the POST, then you will adding pages
- Delete the option to leave a comment!!!
Picasa and flickr both allow you to stream in your latest photos into your blog, using one of their gadgets. Good thing to remember when I set up my classroom blog!
Photobucket.com -- you can upload quotes and have them directly on your photo, get lyrics, change backgrounds. No copyright on the music -- you can just download. You can upload your photos directly onto facebook. Can do themes of your page. Can create slideshows Online scrapbooking.
Flickr.com -- need a yahoo account. Creative commons has tons of pictures you can use for educational purposes.
Slide.com -- you can create a slide show and post it on your blog.
These are public domain, so share away!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I have set up my own account at www.delicious.com.
I am loving bookmarks! It makes life so much easier -- this way I can access all the sites I need to, even if I am not on my own personal lap top. Very functional. Very helpful.
Monday, July 12, 2010
- What is a Podcast? A mix between an iPod and a broadcast.
- Can be downloaded as audio or with video (Vodcast)
- Each time you synchronize your iPod, you can put the settings to automatically download the latest version of your Podcast
Instructions to downloading a Podcast in iTunes:
- Connect to iTunes store
- Scroll down to the bottom of the iTunes Store page
- Select 'podcast'
- 'Podcast Quick Links' is located to the right of the page. You can select audio, video, new releases, the iTunes picks, staff favorites etc.
- Subject matter for podcasts include: fitness, religious, language learning, news, financial, parenting to name just a few.
- Each podcast can last from a couple minutes to more than 1 hour, depending on what you select.
- Once you have selected a podcast, you can read about it, then listen to a snip-it before you choose to subscribe to the podcast
Educational podcasts via iTunes:
- Poem of the day
- Children's Story Time
- Science show for Kids: 5 min. audio of science questions being answered
- ESL Teacher Talk - activities, games, insights
- Teacher's Lounge: teaching challenges addressed
- Bookwink: get kids excited about reading a new book
- Sixty Second Science: entertaining thoughts and provoking science exposed
Other sites for downloading podcasts:
- teacherspodcast.org: news, views, research and resources -- fun ways to incorporate technology into the classroom
- nationalgeopraphic.com/podcast: wild animal chronicles
- sonibyte.com: audio recordings of poems of the day
- epnweb.org: The Education Podcast Network - this has it all -- teaches you how to teach with podcasts, different subjects etc.
- podcastforteachers.com: adventures in transformative learning
It really is limitless.... see what I mean about it being addicting?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We created a video using Photo Story 3 for Windows. It is a free download. I really liked the program. I have purchased other programs, but they are too complicated and frustrating. This I can handle. My children really like to see themselves in these kinds of videos as it celebrates specific aspects of their lives. The tool is free -- and I am positive that students will love this software as well!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
- WWW.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/ - a site that lets any visitor become a participant, it is continuously under revision and is a collaboration of many people sharing in the creative process. The word "wiki" means 'quick' or 'fast'. Wikis are used mainly by educators to conduct or follow-up after professional development workshops, communication tool with parents or students participating in their development.
Ways a wiki can be used in the classroom (information taken from www.teachersfirst.com):
- travelogue from a field trip -- or a NON field trip the class would like to take (Our non-trip to the zoo and what we wish we had seen)
- "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Mrs. Eyring's Class" -- students can contribute to an ongoing list of how education spills over into the real world
- What I think will be on the test -- others can contribute
- FAQ or NSFAQ (Not So Frequently Asked Questions) about a unit of study
- On-going vocabulary lists and examples of words -- contributed by students
- Study guides made up by students for students
- Students write about how they used math to solve a real world problem
- Groups explain the steps to a mathematical procedure, such as factoring a polynomia or converting a decimal to a fraction
- Students demonstrate numbers as many ways as possible
- Student made glossary of scientific terms with illustrations and definitions
- Observations from field sites, such as water testing in local water streams
- A collection of propaganda examples during a propaganda unit
- Detailed and illustrated descriptions of government processes -- how to bill becomes a law
- A "fan club" of your favorite president
- A continuing story in which your class adds a sentence using a new vocabulary word
- http://aristotle-experiment.wikispaces.com - High School English
- http://terrythetennisball.wikispaces.com - Elementary school
- http://room4-wiki.wikispaces.com - learning to write in 1st grade
- http://westwood.wikispaces.com - grades 8, 9, 10 integrated with class blog
Here are some Tutorials and Guides for creating a wiki:
The information out there is limitless..... I think I now have a better understanding of how I can use wikis in my classroom.... Thanks, google.com, for your nifty search engine!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Benefits of the E Portfolio include:
- Demonstrate technology knowledge and skills-showcase your best work as a professional and demonstrate your knowledge and skill with technology.
- Facilitate distribution-- e-portfolio's web address can be given or a CD-ROM can be mailed mailed to a prospective principal or superintendent.
- Store many documents--presentation portfolio allows a reviewer to click and point to artifacts that interest them.
- Increase Accessibility--allows the reviewer to access the portfolio wherever there is a computer i.e.: on a plane, in the office, conference room or before the interview.
Creation of an Electronic Portfolio:
- Save artifacts electronically
- Document experiences electronically
Examples of Pre-service E-Portfolios can be found at:
Examples of In-service Teacher Portfolios can be found at:
CITATION: Campbell, D.M., Cignetti, P.B., Melenyzer, B.J., Nettles, D.H., & Wyman, R.M. (4th Ed). (2007). How to Develop a Professional Portfolio - A Manual for Teachers. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
Please note that the information contained below is taken from Ann Howden from UEN Professional Development at http://www.uen.org/.
A "real" web quest facilitates the transition from knowledge to understanding of a subject in the mind of a student. Tom March says this of a "real" web quest, "A WebQuest is a scaffolded learning structure that uses links to essential resources on the World Wide Web and an authentic task to motivate students' investigation of a central, open-ended question, development of individual expertise and participation in a final group process that attempts to transform newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding. The best WebQuests do this in a way that inspires students to see richer thematic relationships, facilitates a contribution to the real world or learning and reflect on their own metacognitive processess."
Okay, that was a HUGE mouthful. Here are 6 components of a webquest and sites on the web to hopefully break this process down into smaller bites:
- Introduction - Dangle a carrot in front of the student to "hook" their interest.
- Task - focus the learner and clearly describes essential questions & learning objectives
- Process-lays out individual action steps the student will take, the resources to be used and how the student should organize their data.
- Evaluation- Provide students with the rubric so they are aware of their responsibilities
- Conclusion- Bring closure to the webquest, encourages student reflection, assignments to complete and provides an extension activity as homework (optional)
- Teacher's Page- provides optional addition to a webquest, gives directions and guidelines to assist other teachers with wequest implementation and includes information about targeted learners, core standards, essential questions, lesson objectives and student work.
- http://www.QuestGarden.com -- build a quest in the "quest garden"
- http://webquest.sdsu.edu/ -- Example
- http://www.bestwequests.com/ -- Example
- http://www.teachersfirst.com/ -- Keyword search: webquest
The "Best" Web resources to use in your webquest:
- http://www.uen.org/k12educator/ -- Link Center / Curriculum Resources --Themepark, multimedia presentation resources for educators, Marco Polo, Pioneer Online Library and PBS teacher Source
- http://loc.gov/ - the Library of Congress
- Keep in mind: the webquest must link to resources that foster learning, analysis and evaluation. The best websites for student use are interactive, media-rich and "exciting"
Okay -- we are armed with knowledge --- let us go forth and conquer this Quest!