I enjoyed learning all the different aspect of Weebly and how easy it is to create. I can see using links and podcasts in order to help struggling students and to extend student learning. By using Weebly I can create some extension activities that will allow me to put in approved websites the students can access. This allows me to use my Kindles more effectively in my classroom also. I plan to go home and play with it some more. I would also love to get my team members on board and using it so that we can be more unified with the parents.
I learned how to use Dojo and Remind 101. I am excited to give them a try in my classroom to track student behavior and to increase parent contact/communication.
With Weebly, I learned how to make multiple pages and link buttons in my website. I also figured out how to link my pages to make a "functional" webpage for my classroom. AWESOME!
My plan to ensure that I continue to use my website is to use it as my main source to post necessary info for my class. I plan to let parents know it has an update by using Remind 101. I REALLY hope my student's parents will cooperate and help me use these technologies in the classroom and to keep them better informed.
Today I learned how to link different websites to my website for parents to access. I also learned how to set up text messages to parents for reminders and how to use Class Dojo for classroom management.
I learned the skills of finding pictures on Google images, putting them in my website, and then linking a web address to the picture. I also learned to create columns to organize my content. I linked a page to my homepage so parents can access my website page from the home page.
I plan on working on my website with my colleague at school and also at home on my own. I want to get my first five pages completed with resources for my parents to access.
I learned out to organize my pages and how to link a page to another page. I learned how to create a button. I like that I can use the same home page for library and my other school responsibilities. I found the ability to create a contact form very useful--this will cut down on the number of sticky notes on my computer screen. I feel like I have finally found a product that I can build on year after year which I don't feel like I can accomplish with Sites or a wiki. The interface makes it so that it is easy to organize publish and unpublished information in one forum. I feel like because of ease of use I feel like it is something that I can continue to update each day instead of waiting until the summer when I have more time.
-how to manipulate pages on weebly
-intro to audacity
Skills to Manipulate Weebly:
-how to create new pages
-how to add buttons
-how to put a link on an image
-Whenever I come across a good website I will add it to my sites page
-I will make a list of future pages I want to add and work on at least one a week, as well as update old pages
Today I learned how to make a DOJO for my class. I imported my students and created several new behavior icons. I also, learned a few new things that will help me navigate through the building of my web-site on Weebly. I learned how to use the tabs at the top of the page to select the task I want to do. I spent most of my time learning how to build pages within my web-site. After I created my pages, I learned how to link an image and text to the Raz Kids Web Site. I also learned how to link an image and text on my home page to a page within my website. I am excited to share my web-site with my students and parents.
Once I have mastered how to add and edit items on my web-site and once I have completed the basic web-site, I know it will be fairly easy to revise and add to the website gradually as the need arises. I feel that the web-site will be constantly changing and evolving over time.
Today I learned how to add a link and a blog to my Weebly. I found that Weebly is easy once you do it a few times. I will use Weebly for my school website to make book recommendation and post a sign-up list for Battle Of The Books. I came to this class with a fellow librarian so that we could continue to collaborate on our websites. I will use her as a resource when I have questions or have ideas.
I learned too much. I learned that I want to practice on jigsaw, dojo. I am very excited about remind me as a tool for my students and parents as to what is happening in my classroom. I will also try the behavior website, dojo with some difficult students as they may really pay attention to making points on the computer
It is amazing to me how much technology is available to teachers. To make a website with all this information will be so helpful for parents and teachers. I definitely want to have text messages for parents. Though not a tech wiz, this class inspires me to complete my web page. I have invited my two children for Sunday Dinner so they will hopefully give me a one-on-one hour of instruction. I want to try Do-Jo in November.
Today I learned a snippet about using DoJo classroom and different ways that I can use it in my classroom. I'm excited to use DoJo because I teach Art and have students that think it is an extension of recess. Ha Ha! Now I have an easy, visual way to keep track of their behavior which will help determine who gets to participate in the final "Fun" project which I make the students earn.
As far as navigating weebly, I was able to start a page for each grade level 1st - 6th. I still have a ton to do, but am starting to feel a bit more comfy working with it. I was able to add more to images and text to my home page, and I added a button.
I think once I get more comfortable using weebly, I will be able to keep my website updated by adding more and more lesson plans, links etc. However, I first need to get way better at it!
I enjoyed learning today about how to use Audacity with webcasting software to supplement a podcast. I am excited to learn how to use Camtasia. I plan on using it to enhance my own podcast that I am doing. I would like to have a podcast for each letter of the alphabet. I plan on suppllementing my podcast by adding images of the letters and possibly pictures of things that start with the letter that I am teaching. I think that this will be a great help to my students so that they can learn visually as well as auditorally.
Today I was able to see how I can take pictures and merge them with audio. I learned to use jing, slideshow software, and Camtasia. This technology is so great and I am excited to use it more. Being able to create projects like books that are being read to the student while they can also see the picture is such a great tool. I would use this with literacy centers, guided reading, and having the students create projects to show things like book reports, science projects, and readers theaters along with so many other things. I am excited to learn more about it!
I am excited to have my kids record a book. I have learned how to merge pictures with the audio. I have to decide if I'm going to have each child read a separate book or several kids (one reading group for instance) each read a page of a book. I'll take pictures of the pictures in the book. Actually before the story starts, I'll insert a picture of each reader. Then they'll read the book while the pictures show. I know it will really motivate my less fluent readers to get a story "ready." Oh--I'm going to start with my most fluent readers. I am excited to use sound effects to add to what the kids will be reading.
I have several great new ideas for using this technology. I plan to create audio recordings of many of our homework-assigned reading texts to support the ELL students in my classes, I plan to have students record and edit their presentations for their research projects, and I plan to have the students use the technology to support their learning in my Film as Literature class (as you will see in my lesson plan). This particular tech is simple enough and practical enough to use in support of classroom learning without a huge cost in instructional time.
My energy has really been focused on finding a way to get information to students in an effective way considering that I don't actually have consistent class time with any students. As a teacher librarian, I feel like that my role for students and teachers is to provide resources. Sometimes I get class time to do this, but more often than not I must find other ways.
My professional development has really been focused on this dilemma. The solution that I have come up with is to access student using screencasts. This class has helped me along in that pursuit. I have learned how to edit files for podcasts in Audacity and how to mix/edit multiple tracks in Comtasia. I feel like I have the resources I need to launch an amazing offensive of learning next year.
My next step is to publicize my work using social media.
Today I worked on designing a presentation on Bullying that I can present to the students during Flex time. I produced a podcast while reading the Book entitled, Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon. It took some playing around with Audacity to master the program. I found it was easier to put each page on a different tract so I could add sounds. I will continue to work with Audacity as a tool for me and students to record book reviews or to have chapters for my book club to review at a later date.
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