Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool # 4

I created a document and shared it with my team mate Sally Janacek and Lisa Branon, the librarian. I have asked them to comment on the document with me.

I also created one form and sent it in Google docs.

I can immediately share this with my team. They can go into my account and have direct access. This will prevent not having to resend out attachments.  We can all access to edit and respond.

I am excited to try using Google Docs to do shared writing between my class and another fourth grade class.

Tool # 3

Some video resources I plan on using with my class at the beginning of the year. Students have trouble remembering the 4 types of sentences and using them in their writing. I learned it is ok to use videos in your classroom as long as you add value and repurpose. I created a Dropbox and added files. I think this will be beneficial so students can get in from any device, like an IPad.

Tool # 2

Today I visited some of my colleague's blogs. Sally Janacek uses her blog for stations in math and science. I also like the fact that some students younger siblings can use some of the games. By younger siblings getting on the blog and playing games it will teach them the value of technology and encourage them to keep learning. I believe the PLN is crucial so that we can learn from others. At first, I think sharing thoughts publicly is challenging. I agree with Malissa Downham when she said that public access could be scary for parents and students. I think sharing your thoughts through blogging might be less intimidating than in person. Building a technology community will help us encourage each other. In the future I plan to visit this site http://booksforellkids.blogspot.com/ I think it will be very helpful teaching Language Arts and helping my students find books.