Assignment 2

Maureen's Podcast Resources
1. Use with students
  • Lit2Go - Collection of stories and poems broken down by grade level. Teachers may want to use these for their listening centers. Various extension activities can be done, including 2.2using the Paint program or create a Power Point slide show to illustrate the story.
2. Use for professional development
  • Voices in Maine - Collection of podcasts from Jim Moulton around technology integration topics such as web pages, blogs, and information literacy skills.
  • Digital Text in Maine - These podcasts desribe ways to support digital literacy which is a component of one of our district literacy goal
  • Ed Tech Talk Conversations about technology education
  • Teaching with a Smartboard - lessons using with a Smart Board (interactive whiteboard)
3. Personal use
  • Stuff You Should Know - I have a 4 year old; need I say more! I need to be able to satisfy her curious little mind! :)
  • The Mighty Mom's Quick and Dirty Tips - Again, I'm a mom - now that I have 2, there is no time to sit & ready all the parenting magazines that are collecting dust next to my exercise bike (that is collecting even more dust!

Assignment 4

Reflection of Teaching with Tunes
This article solidifies the reason for using podcasts in education. Podcasting is a powerful tool that meets the needs of students with multiples learning styles. The examples given offer students a way to use their auditory skills and use all of their senses to demonstrate and refine knowledge. One of the ideas presented in this article really made me think of how using podcasts can help support literacy skills in a way to reach all learning styles. Students can create a podcast of a story (or chapter) they read aloud, put music to it, illustrate it, and then play it for the class. The teacher can then use this narration to model retelling a story. Then other readers workshop activities can be modeled such as the process of coming up with critical thinking questions and answering them with details and specific evidence for support. All of this can be done on a podcast in a way that is more motivating than a typical pencil/paper task, not to mention utilizes the multiple intelligences of all learning styles.

My Delicious Bookmarks

Assignment 6

Final Project

Overview: My final project is to take my existing blog and incorporate what we have learned this week. The purpose of my blog is a place to showcase student work and to allow students to comment on each other's products. Currently I manage it entirely. I decide what goes on, I upload it, and moderate comments. The biggest aspect I am changing is creating a student account so that students can upload their own work and adding categories so that there is essentially a "page" for each grade and another for whole school happenings. In addition, I will use the following online podcasting tools to provide students with an alternative way to acquire, refine, demonstrate & celebrate knowledge: voicethread, bubbleshare, audacity, and Rock You. Here is a link to my blog site: Dyer Technology Blog.

I am working on setting up a voicethread account for each grade level. Each grade needs an email account, so I've created a gmail account for each grade but will have a different password for the email so students can not use it. All emails to those accounts will go to me as a precaution. Below is an example of the voicethread I will do with each class in the beginning of the year as a teambuilding activity and a way for me to get to know the students a little better. In the past the kids have made power point slides either about themselves or a partner, so I think the kids will love this new twist. For this assignment, the voicethread will be private. After that, each student will create an avatar so that we can make the voicethreads public. We will allow for comments with moderation.

The way in which I will use Bubbleshare is similar to Voicethread and Rock You. For audacity, I think I will use that for straight podcasts that act as a "Peek of the Week." I will definitely use planning sheets with my students for podcasting, as I myself STRUGGLE with "stage fright as soon as I press record! Radio Willow has made an excellent planning sheet that could be used with one of their podcasts to help teach the process. Radio Willow Web Guide Traditionally these "peeks" were video taped interviews with students about what they were learning or photo slideshows about school events. These video productions took too much time to film, edit, and upload to produce every week. Training the fifth graders to go around to a different grade level each week to interview kids is much more manageable. We can upload a photo of the interview or even the avatar of each person so there is a visual. The bigger videos can be done once a month as more of a showcase.

Dyer School Back to School "Peek of the Week"

I have learned so many new and excitng tools this week and also had the opportunity to fine tune some of the tools I've already been using. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from everyone in this class and had the gift of time to explore and develop new ideas to use in the fall. Thank you to everyone - especially you, Alice! Hope to see you all at ACTEM! :) Maureen

I'm still trying some of the things we learned in class, here is my Voki practice - Paula the Pig

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