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Assignment 2: Links

Student use
National Geographic Wild Chronicles Digital Shorts

Animal Planet
Animal Crackers: Bookworm
presents information about bookworms in a game show format. Three explanations are provided, but only one explanation is true. Shows footage of real bookworms. Yuck!

Ecogeeks
Episode #6 Rainforest shows the layers of the rainforest and some of the animals that live in each layer. This would be useful when studying biomes in general or specifically the rainforest. The website for the Wild Classroom looks promising.

Personal use
French Pod Class
Podcasts to teach the listener to speak French.

Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Wesley Fryer's podcasts on technology education.

Learning in Hand: iPods
Learning in Hand: iPods has tutorials on how to do things with an iPod such as adding photos, downloading videos, etc.

Animal sounds for podcasts

American History before 1870
Episode 50: "Paradise Lost 1" discusses theories of how Native Americans came to the Western Hemisphere.
American History Before 1870: Paridise Lost 1


Professional Development
Techintegration Podcast
Podcasts have ideas for integrating technology.

KidCast podcasts
Has ideas for using podcasts with students.

Assignment 2

"Power of Podcasting" by Liz Davis
  • different kind of writing
  • natural to talk about something first
  • can motivate reluctant readers and writers
  • ideas: book reviews, book talks, poetry reading, reading "published" pieces

Assignment 4

"Teaching With Tunes: 21 Ideas for Incorporating Music Throughout the Curriculum: by Folwell Dunbar
As a teen, I was drawn to the lyrics of songs. If a print copy of the lyrics did not accompany the album, I would attempt to figure out the words on my own. (This was less than ideal as I suffer from lyricosis and create mondegreens regularly!) Now I recognize that my behavior was, in large part, a fascination with the writing trait of "word choice." If I taught teens, I think I would use lyrics as a writing prompt (Idea #21). Exploring the times in which the lyrics were written and the social commentary they make (Idea #15) would make a fascinating research project. I was a witness to such a project. When my daughter was a freshman, she created a visual timeline for the Billy Joel song, "We Didn't Start the Fire." She spent hours tracking down images of all the people and events mentioned in the song. We both learned so much through that project!

As an elementary librarian, I regularly use songs during storytimes. I recognize music helps most students learn better. With my third grade students, I would like to try Idea #3 and incorporate some folk music from the countries they are studying. Just as they learn to identify which country a flag represents, they could learn to identify the home of indigenous music. Music is an important part of any culture. Having students listening to a country's folk music would involve the children in ways beyond learning some facts.

I know we were supposed to write about one idea, but I see Ideas # 19 and #20 as having a lot of potential for my weekly library contests. My online contest could be a "Name That Tune" competition on occasion and the regular pencil-and-paper contest would involve musical Cloze activities! Oh, yes! "That's the way I like it, uh huh, uh huh..."

My first podcast

Assignment 6

Let me introduce myself

Sample VoiceThread


A talking avatar from Voki


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A RockYou slideshow



An embedded TeacherTube video


Assignment 9

My final project will entail a series of booktalks presented as podcasts or VoiceThreads. The booktalks, intended for the students accessing books in the school library, will be located in wikispaces. For my first booktalk, I created a podcast. Then I thought using VoiceThread might be better because it gives readers an opportunity to comment on a featured book. When booktalking a series of books, I think I might present the book covers in a RockYou slideshow and podcast my remarks. My plan is to put the link to each booktalk in its MARC record in the library's online catalog (OPAC). That way, students who find the book in the catalog can hear about the book as well as read the summary in the record. Since we do not have a webcatalog, I must wait until I am in the library to add the booktalk link in each MARC record. Of course, students will be able to go to the wiki directly and browse through the pages. I will introduce the wiki and put a link to it in my library blog. I will also demonstrate how to access and use the wiki booktalks during library orientation sessions this fall. PPL sample record