https://blizzardspage.wikispaces.com/

I have developed a Blog and a Wiki for my classroom. My class Wikipage will contain my syllabus, links to the school district calendar, an announcements page and I have created a page for every class period. Each class page will include a brief summary of my lesson plans for the week, assignments and due dates as well as any grading rubrics.

I would like to explore more about VoiceThreads and how they may be used, but I am feeling very overwhelmed by it all right now. Next year I plan to develop literature circles composed of 3-4 students per book. I can see a real use of VoiceThreads and book talks. I truly need more hands-on time playing with the information. Often I feel frustrated and have questions that I encounter later on when trying to put into place what I have learned in class and must just muddle through until I figure out how to solve the problem. The class is excellent with a lot of good information, however, there is so much to absorb and so little time to play with it. Yes, I also want step-by-step written instructions. Also....I definately want to create WebQuests...what is the best tool to use for this?
I will be playing with the VoiceThread more on my personal page to learn how to use it.

Introduction

My name is Sherry Blizzard and I will be teaching 8th grade English next year at Randy Smith Middle School. This will be quite a change for me because I have been teaching Special Education for the past 11 years.

Before developing a Blog and Wiki for my classroom, I played with a personal Blog and Wiki. I love to grow veggies and herbs and to cook, so I am developing a blog titled "Midnight Sun Mamma" and this is my playground to learn to use the Web 2.0 tools.

I would like to explore more about VoiceThreads and how they may be used, but I am feeling very overwhelmed by it all right now. I truly need more hands-on time playing with the information. Often I feel frustrated and have questions that I encounter later on when trying to put into place what I have learned in class and must just muddle through until I figure out how to solve the problem. The class is excellent with a lot of good information, however, there is so much to absorb and so little time to play with it. Yes, I also want step-by-step written instructions. Also....I definately want to create WebQuests...what is the best tool to use for this?
I will be playing with the VoiceThread more on my personal page to learn how to use it.

Favorite Web 2.0 Tools

Here is a list of some of my favorite web 2.0 tools.
  • Blogger
  • Wikispaces for Teachers
  • VoiceThread
  • Flickr

Web 2.0 Integration Project

I have developed a Blog and a Wiki for my classroom that is coming along very nicely. My class Wikipage will contain my syllabus, links to the school district calendar, an announcements page, and I have created a page for every class period. Each class page will include a brief summary of my lesson plans for the week, assignments and due dates as well as any grading rubrics. Next year I plan to develop literature circles composed of 3-4 students per book. I can see a real use of VoiceThreads and book talks.

Purpose

I am a firm believer that the more communication a teacher has with her students, parents and guardians, the better chance a student experiences success. Students are more familiar with technology than most adults. They use it every day in their lives--why not in school. English is the perfect place to use these tools to read, write and communicate. Students take pride in their work when they realize that people other than their teacher will see it.

Audience

Our class blog and wiki is for students and parents.

Essential Questions

Who can we share our class blog with, how do we exchange information with others throughout the world to create critical thinking, meaningful, life-changing projects?

Standards


Alaska State Content and Performance Standards - Reading:
1) apply elements of effective writing and speaking; these elements include ideas, organization, vocabulary, sentence structure, and personal style;
2) in writing, demonstrate skills in sentence and paragraph structure, including grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation;
3) in speaking, demonstrate skills in volume, intonation, and clarity;
4) write and speak well to inform, to describe, to entertain, to persuade, and to clarify thinking in a variety of formats, including technical communication;
5) revise, edit, and publish the student’s own writing as appropriate;
6) when appropriate, use visual techniques to communicate ideas; these techniques may include role playing, body language, mime, sign language, graphics, Braille, art, and dance;
7) communicate ideas using varied tools of electronic technology; and
8) evaluate the student’s own speaking and writing and that of others using high standards.

1) comprehend meaning from written text and oral and visual information by applying a variety of reading, listening, and viewing strategies; these strategies include phonic, context, and vocabulary cues in reading, critical viewing, and active listening;
2) reflect on, analyze, and evaluate a variety of oral, written, and visual information and experiences, including discussions, lectures, art, movies, television, technical materials, and literature; and
3) relate what the student views, reads, and hears to practical purposes in the student’s own life, to the world outside, and to other texts and experiences.


Alaska State Content and Performance Standards - Writing

Alaska State Standards for Technology and National Educational Technology Standards
Alaska Technology Standards
1) convey ideas to a variety of audiences using publishing, multi-media, and communications tools;
2) use communications technology to exchange ideas and information; and
3) use technology to explore new and innovative methods for interaction with
others.

Thinking Skills

Application: Students will use information and knowledge, technological tools, methods, and concepts to solve problems. They following cues will be used:

Apply
Demonstrate
Calculate
Complete
Illustrate
Show
Solve
Examine
Modify
Relate
Change
Classify

Analysis:


Objectives

What do you expect students to learn and do as a result of this project? What skills do you expect students to develop?

Activities

What are the procedures will be followed? What tasks will students complete to accomplish the project's objectives?
Are there any preliminary steps such as securing permission to publish forms that you need to address before starting the project.

Assessment

What is your assessment plan. How do you plan to assess students' contributions, performance, and accomplishment of the project's objectives.

Links to Project Resources

What are resources that will be useful in accomplishing the project? If the project is to be published and made public, you may want to include a link to the project.