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Wikis – Examples found on http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples

http://1000names.wikispaces.com/home

Wiki: 1000 Names

First and second graders wanted to know what 1000 looks like so they are collecting 1000 names. Students add their name to the wiki and invite others to do the same in an effort to see what 1000 names look like.

Through participating in this graph learners can easily see an image of what 1000 looks like, moving from the abstract to the concrete. This graph can help the teacher communicate and explain this often difficult concept to students. The visual advantages of this graph are valuable to both teaching and learning.

http://favouritesgraph.wikispaces.com/home

Wiki: Our Favourite Foods Graph

Canadian first and second graders are learning about graphs and they created this wiki to graph their favorite foods.

This wiki offers experience with graphing, broadens geographical awareness by requesting participants to include their place of residence, and heightens awareness of alternative foods besides pizza and noodles. This wiki  covers nutrition, graphing, and geography as a teaching and learning tool.

http://room2-wiki6.wikispaces.com/home

Wiki: Our Dinosaur Wiki

First and second graders are using this wiki as they learn about dinosaurs. Each student posts a description and other facts learned about his/her particular dinosaur and includes his/her digitally drawn image of the dinosaur. The students have also included an invitation for others to comment on what they know about dinosaurs and/or comment on the students’ work posted on this wiki.

This wiki enhances learning by offering an opportunity for self-expression.  The collaborating and communicating experiences with classmates and others enrich the learning experiences of all participants.  Both visual and verbal learning styles are accommodated with the design of this wiki.

Final Reflection – Assignment – Wiki – Mod. 4:

My link to my Wiki created for this class is:  http://informeddebaters.wikispaces.com/

What a whirl wind this class has been.  I am amazed at how much material has been put into this class and how many new technology tools I have been exposed to through this course. I have learned so much about the Web 2.0 technologies. These new tools are now available to me for use both professionally and personally. How life can change with the inclusion of these new tools!  My participation in the discussion forums has provided me with many new ideas, technology tips and recommendations that I intend to use in the new school year. The organization, collaboration, and communication features of many of these tools are impressive and opportunities are endless. Experiencing creating a Wiki for this last assignment opened my eyes to a new way of sharing information, collaborating and communicating with others. I look forward to using this in the future.

For me personally, each new module and its assignment presented its own set of challenges, created much anxiety, and pushed me beyond my limits; however, I have learned a lot and feel updated to the technology of the 21st/c… for now.  The world of technology changes so rapidly; I can’t imagine what this course content will be next summer!

I have one request: given the wealth of information located on this course’s website,  I would hope that this information would remain available for awhile after the course closes.

Voicethread: “I Link, Therefore I Am”

Goodreads is a website where readers can share books of interest, arrange them into lists, and write reviews to share with others. Readers can also create book groups that focus on a particular topic. Goodreads can be useful in teaching in many ways. It can encourage reading, motivate the reluctant reader, provide self-expression, deepen understanding and promote peer learning. In my voicethread, I describe a group I intend to create for my third graders.

Google Document

Gadgets include:

  • Gmail
  • Twitter
  • Google Reader
  • Google Docs (Google Drive)

Personally, having a tool such as iGoogle available is very helpful in organizing and keeping track of all ones’s social network sites.  This same organizational  feature of iGoogle I will find useful for my work as a school librarian. One helpful feature in a school setting is the calendar, which can be used to post important dates of upcoming special school/library events,  such as when library books are due at the end of the year and  the timeline of  our annual Tech Fest.   A library blog that is  linked to iGoogle can be useful  for communicating with parents and students. Once I establish my library blog, I can then link it to my iGoogle page.  I especially like the bookmark feature for quick access to recommended sites that I can use for my teachers and my students. This tool is one that I see myself using both professionally and personally. One thing that concerns me, however,  is the fact that this tool will not be available after Nov.1, 2013. Hopefully there will be a replacement available.

Vuvox Collage

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Presidential Inaugurations: Snapshots of History

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Chaper 2, Themes of Social Studies
Theme 2: Time, Continuity, and Change

“Children in early grades learn to locate themselves in time and space. They gain experience with sequencing to establish a sense of order and time, and begin to understand the historical concepts that give meaning to the events that they study. The use of stories about the past can help children develop their understanding of ethical and moral issues as they learn about important events and developments.”

Given the upcoming national election, students can be introduced to the unit on government and the electoral process by way of viewing this slide show. The chronological presentation of selected presidential inaugurations encourages the student to see each  inauguration as a reflection of a unique  historical point in time. So in meeting this standard this presentation allows them to see the passage of time and maybe start thinking about what is unique about our time. If the unit is introduced early enough in the school year, the intention is that the presentation would inspire the students to pay closer  attention to our current political process.

Flickr Galleries

Chesapeake Bay Pollution photo gallery  here.

This gallery of photos could be used with our students in our school as motivation for participation in our annual Maryland Research Project.  The purpose of the Research Project is to  learn more about Maryland, its history and current problems.  Students often write about plant and animal life and any threats to their survival. Pollution is a main concern and these photos will help them realize the importance of recognizing the problem and working toward solutions.  These photos will also serve to inspire the students to be responsible citizens who will take care of the environment.