Web 2.0 Assignment:
For the Web 2.0 assignment I started with the Glogster portion on the State of Alabama facts for elementary students. This would be a great introduction for them to ease into a study on the state of Alabama in a mini social studies unit. They have access to fun facts they can take notes on and use to begin research on certain Alabama cities.
They would also view the Animoto video I created previewing certain landmarks in some important Alabama cities. They could use one of these for research purposes or pick another in one of the cities mentioned.
Lastly, I created two review games as the third Web 2.0 Resource on Classtools.net
First, a flashcard review game:http://www.classtools.net/widgets/quiz_91/Alabama_Fact_Quiz_tClqK.htm
Secondly, a matching game with Alabama facts they must know about the state:
Upon beginning this Technology in Education class, I was unsure of which types of technology we would be involved in. A bit hesitate to go all out and create a blog and twitter because I always said I would never be the one to use those forms of social media. Mainly because I am not always dedicated to staying up to date and posting on a frequent basis. I had never used twitter and had only seen social posts nothing more so I was unaware of the up to date information that could be found on educational topics. As the semester continued I stuck with the “tweeting” and reading articles and other links and slowly grew to warm up to the idea of twitter for education development.
I am not certain that I would use it with my students in the beginning, as I still have a lot to learn myself. However, this could be a good resource for teachers to use on a grade level for ideas, lessons, technology products and app suggestions. It would be great to have other teachers tweeting ideas to implement on grade level instead of being the only class to try new things. It would be great for conversation starters at data meetings and planning periods to see what works best for the students.
Three tweeters I found most helpful this semester were Punflay, Edutopia and Scholastic Teachers. Punflay was a great resource for apps for iPhone and iPad for students. They had a wealth of information on what resources are most helpful in different fields of study. Edutopia was helpful in giving insight as to what works in the classroom, how to reach students in new ways and how to work together as a teacher team to broaden teaching styles and students horizons. Scholastic Teachers gives up to date reading materials and ideas to reach across the curriculum and standards to make learning more unique and fun for all involved.
Overall, even after starting out as a skeptic of twitter; I have found interesting tips and advice to learn and grow myself as an educator. My teaching style will be affected as will my attitude. I am more open at this point to new technology. Instead of being so hard against the changes and new experiences; I am rolling in the wealth of awesome information they bring about.