Friday, September 28, 2012

AHF: Let Freedom Ring

Here are all the links mentioned in the Web.2.0 technology integration portion of the October 2012 PD session

I'd recommend using one of the following services if you're interested in blogging with your students.  They are both aimed at education blogging and don't require student emails in order to set up your class.  KidBlog in particular also let's you determine how open or closed your student blogs are to the outside world.


Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sharing Student Work for 2011-2012

As mentioned early on in the year, you will be presenting student work samples year instead of putting together a PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. Since the original plan for attaching documents to your blog posts isn't going to work quite as hoped, we've worked out an alternate plan.  You have a couple of choices as to how you'd like to share your student samples.

  2. Livebinders - If you choose to use a Livebinder, please place a link to your Livebinder on your page of the wiki.
You can embed or link documents, images, videos, or whatever else makes sense to show what your students have done to demonstrate their learning and growth related the Foundations project. You'll be sharing your student work via the wiki or Live binder at the May18th session.

More information about wikis and sample wikis- Wiki Wiki What?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Student Writing Reflection Part 2 - Analyzing Creatively

Wordle: Untitled
Sometimes, it is nice to change-up the way we reflect on our writing or thinking. A word cloud is one visual way to do a more creative analysis. Wordle is just one of those word cloud tools.

1. Select and Copy your writing
2. Go to or another word cloud program
3. Click on "Create"
4. In the first box, paste in the text you copied from your writing
5. Click on "Go"
6. Adjust the color, language preferences, layout, etc. 
7. You can now either print it, take a screen shot of it to use elsewhere, or post on a blog or website.
     7a. To post on a blog or website, you'll need to save to the public gallery (bottom of the page)
     7b. Once it finishes, scroll to the bottom, select and copy the HTML code
     7c. In your blog post or site, make sure you have enabled HTML editing.
     7d. Paste in the HTML code
     7e. Add any additional thoughts

Student Writing Reflection Part 1

Now that you have taken a close look at and discussed your student writing, take a few minutes to do a quick write about what you've observed. The following are some guiding ideas :
  • What does it show about their understanding?
  • What does it show about their writing skills?
  • What is the connection to the rest of their academic/intellectual growth?
  • What does it show about your growth in teaching writing and/or social studies?
  • What does it show about their challenges?
  • What does it show in a positive way?
  • What would you do differently?
  • What would you make sure to do exactly the same way?
  • Other observations
After the quick write, we'll be using a tool to analyze what you see.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Follow That Blog

For those of you who would like another way to access the blogs from from your colleagues and/or new blogs you may find, there is a way to do this by setting up an RSS reader to collect any new posts from blogs you select.  You can find information on RSS (Real Simple Syndication) and how to set up an RSS reader on the SMUSD website in the Technology Department blog Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) under the title Keeping Up With Your Reading.