I just saw your post about Virtual Programs and Attendance. I am sorry I missed your post and I hope it's not too late to let you know that our company, Online School Records, is in the final stages of crafting such and online application. Let me know if you are interested in piloting this application. It will be free for you because of the input that you will provide.
Let me know if you are interested by contacting me either by email, email@example.com or by calling me at (914) 861-5050.
Hi Ginger. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
With your interest in web 2.0 tools I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
Thanks for your response, Ginger. Part of my post was tongue-in-cheek and, hopefully, that came through. I was thinking exactly what you said--using wikis to archive learning for bigger projects--then you said (wrote) it .
I haven't seen anything other than "plain, informational wiki's" and, while I have decent technology skill sets (I can code a bit and set up networks/databases) the supposed "ease" of wikis is lost on me. I create one page and then think "now what?". Still working it out...I appreciate your insight. I'm going to get a Music Technology Wiki going with an 8th grade class of mine before the year is out. ONCE I learn from all of you wiki veterans. :)ATG
Do you have a network I could sign in on with my class, to "tour around" and see what's happening? These are fourth and fifth graders. They'll be responsible and respectful. I'd like to have them see what you're doing with technology, and especially with global collaboration. Would you be ok with my using a class signin "Connie Weber's Class" to do this?
Let me know what you think, or any questions you may have.
I can use all the help I can get. I want to figure a way to match what we are doing with the Kansas State school Standards. The way I am doing it know is Having the kids reteach the class what they have learnded keeping a record of it and trying to match things up. Ways to assess what they have learned would help. Just anything. I'm just taking what you inspired me to do and putting it to the test. What I learned about PBL I learned in that hour or so I spent with you. THANKS.
here's what I added to my blog.
WOW!!!! PROJECT BASED LEARNING ROCKS. We had our first project based lesson and I don't know why we teach any other way. I had to make them leave the class room they were so involved. AND GET THIS, this was the first time EVER not one child asked me "Mr. Jackson can we have free time and go on the internet before the end of class?" It's like a constant chant I here over and over and over all during computer class I have nightmares about it. Anyway, these kids worked until I forced them out of the class.
So I'm sure you want to know well did they learn any thing? When class started I showed them how to use the help in word 2003. A few weeks prior we learnded internet search techniques (finding filetype:, intitle:, using "", and a few others.) The week before we looked at the "DID YOU KNOW" video ---THANKS Sylvia Martinez --- You guys can look it up on you tube. As a class, we discussed it and began talking about how to get their parents involed. Our goal is to produce a letter that they can give to there parents. The core was to start networking, find out who can help us and if not do they know someone who can.
The first assignment was
1. Break up into groups of 3 or 4, and list your names and grade below.
2. Each of you will choose a job to fulfill. All of you will give input on the letter.
a. Researcher, this person will have to lookup things on the internet or in microsoft word help. If your team doesn't know how to do it you put your research skills to work and figure it out.
b. This person will do the typingand work close with the designer.
c. Designer, this person will have to decide what style the letter will be in and if or not to add clip art ect.
d. 2nd researcher if needed looked up statistics on the benefits of computers in the class room and whatever else researcher 1 coulnd get to.
3. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 1 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help? How did you use this information?
b. Designer what did you add to improve your letter (photos, clipart, or templates)? Where did you find it? And why did you choose it?
c. Typist was spell check helpful? How helpful where the changes your designer made? What did you learn form your researchers?
4. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 2 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help?After the "DID YOU KNOW" video We had came up with a general outline that had to be in the parent letter. So everyone on the team had to contribute some extra information to add into the letter and present it to the typist.
The first 5 or 10 min of class they asked me how do I do this or how do I do that. And I just directed them to there researcher. They taught themselves intermedate and advanced word skills in the process. Next week before we get started, each team will select someone to reteach a few skills they learned in Word. I will keep u posted please give me any advise you may have. The ship has sailed from here we sink or swim. Thanks guys for all of your help
Just wanted to touch base with you. How's it all going? Are you still interested in getting our kids to work together on some virtual field trips? We are nearly at the end of our third term (2 weeks till hols!) and then we start again on Oct 8th I think. So, that would give us time to put together a bit of a plan if you like.
Hope all is well!
Thanks - I am excited to learn all the ins-and-outs! I am ready to get a community going so that I can get some ideas for a metric unit plan.
I enjoyed your energy and would love to visit your classroom some time!
Well....I just didn't find the right time, I guess. :) I would LOVE to meet with you to find out about the "good free tools" and how to make keyboarding actually rewarding or somewhat meaningful for the kids. Like you already know, this will be my first year teaching CONNECT and only my second year teaching period...so I am up for some major ideas! :) I am not as technology savvy as I would like to be so I am desperately trying to learn and experiment this summer to get some good ideas before the year starts. I am focusing on just typing, basics of Microsoft Office, Internet Research and safety, etc... for first quarter. Second quarter or the end of first quarter I would REALLY like to start in with some COOL PROJECTS! I picked up a lot from the conference....especially from you and Kevin. For example, I had no clue about Classroom 2.0., Google Tools (sketchup, earth, etc...), the downloads to convert files to what you need them to be, Utube....the list goes on and on. I am overwhelmed a bit, but mainly excited! I have so much I want to learn and USE! Let me know how and when to meet with you is best! I am a fast learner, and I love to hear new ideas and suggestions! Thanks so much.