Hi Kim. Do you remember me? well, we were going to plan a collaboration of some kind. (see comment thread below :) ) well, are you still interested? let me know. my email is Daniel.Klumper@k12.sd.us my skype is: dan.klumper my blog is: http://waterforsixthgrade.blogspot.com
Hi Kim. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you taking the time. Wow, laptops everyday, that would be so sweet to have that. you are lucky :) i am familiar with wiki (though don't use one), glogster (which i really think is cool) and voice thread (which is a great tool, i agree) I am not familiar with animoto or prezi.com but will check them out. my main focus is our blog. my philosophy has been instead of doing a whole bunch of technology things, just to focus on a couple and do them really well. My blog is getting to a point where i can now start to bring some other web 2.0 things in. I have not skyped, but last year we communicated with students from scotland, england and turkey through my blog. it was pretty cool. we actually got to shareing video's and slideshows. yeah, we should definately have our students collaborate on something. I like to get my students thinking and interacting beyond the walls of my school. the world is so big but with technology and the internet we can shrink it and learn all sorts of things about the world that would have been nearly impossibly 10 years ago. Keep me posted on what you are thinking about the collaboration.
Have a great Day
Hi Kim. Thank you for the comment. you have a good blog as well. I enjoyed looking over it. how often do you take your kids to the computer lab? it's tough getting my students to the computer lab as often as i wish. It sounds like you have a lot of good technology elements going on. good to see. out of the list of technology tools you have used (from above) what three tools do you like the best besides blogger? just curious. i will check them out.
have a great day, keep in touch.
Thanks for that KIm. I will be visiting you blog and wiki later this weekend. I am sorry if am not having a presence her but it is bc I've been doing other things ( ning for our schoolteachers, blog, new website for SAT prep class, workshop for teachers, apart from carrying my responsibilities as an English coordinator). It's good that you are working on your PLN and connecting with other educator; we learn from each other. I will be back to you later this weekend.
Opps, thanks, Kim, that comment WAS intended for you. Appreciate the response. I am always interested in how we get kids directly involved in this stuff while maintaining safety, inclusion and such.
No I do not have a blog per se, but the class and I do almost everything on our Moodle site. Very little paper involved. I can give you a guest account if you want to look around at last year's course.
I am currently in the process of making improvements (I hope) based on our experience last year and the kid's feedback.
I came to ECFS four years ago from the Brentwood School in LA where I had started using Moodle with teachers, and I had used it with clients during my consulting years with schools. I have really come to appreciate this tool as it has a very flat learning curve for teachers (passes my ten minute Tuesday night teacher test - we have 200 courses K-12 on Moodle now), is an environment the kids take readily take to, is secure and is free (or nearly so even if you outsource the server and support as we do). If you take a look at our MM page, I have a podcast there with some other thoughts about Moodle - http://www.ecfs.org/multimedia.aspx .
I use a variety of tools in my English class. Moodle as you noted is really the core. It is the online station through which all online work passes and all work is accessed, posted and published. In there we also have links to projects using Voicethread, LibraryThing, Quia, LibraVox, other audio, video sites and or posts. I am working on linking a teacher Twitter account there for last minute changes or thoughts each day.
I'll get back to you with more as I get a bit more time. BTW, I really like your blog. Very effective!
With your interest in Education Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!
That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.
Do you mind passing my message along to students and your HS colleagues again?
Thanks for the compliment on my artwork. Your class of boys would probably like my 5' rock spider! I am taking a class right now through my school on how to create and set up a page such as you have with all the sites and information. I am very new at this but being an art teacher I like all the visual stimulation this creates for my students. I too like your page.
I love your page! How did you do it? I'm justing learning how to customize the codes and things, but I have a long way to go. I too teach grammar in the context of writing though this year I'm not teaching English, but a research/support class for the AVID program. Thanks for the friend invite. I will look forward to learning from and with you!
That is so exciting to hear, as I know with my three children (especially my 10 year son) sometimes it is hard to motivate them. Therefore, I do hope that it is motivating to them that not only are people around the world are able to see their work, but that future teachers (college students) are learning from it and how to now use this type of activity with their future students. Technology is something that seems to be a good motivator, but that so many other people are interested in what they are doing has to be fun for them.
I am sure that you have it covered, but I also teach a kidsU “How to Make a Movie” class in the summer at UT for kids 8th-12th grade. Please click on the link and you are welcome to use any of the materials or ideas. Also, at TETC in Nashville this year I learned about Tennessee eTales. So check this out too.
Just to clarify...the digital natives wiki is a project that a colleague at UT (grad student named Elizabeth Bradley) is working on concerning a co-worker of hers and her quest to prove that children that age are digital natives and more than capable (especially to do PPTs). Anyway, please visit her wiki, she would be thrilled for you to participate and add her as a colleague in classroom 2.0.