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Capstone 1-7

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vanallsburgcoversI have completed my first Capstone project inspired by all of the amazing tools I was exposed to during Things 1-7.  I chose to create a lesson plan because it helped me think through how I could actually implement all of these outstanding tools into my classroom.  My lesson is going to be a culminating project for a month long author study on Chris Van Allsburg.  I have already thought of several ways to incorporate technology throughout the entire unit so students will be feeling fairly comfortable with the tools we will be using in this lesson.  I am so eager to try it!  I am thinking this will be a beginning of December lesson.  It feels so good to already have a plan in place and a rubric created so I can hit the ground running with it.

Click here to check out my lesson plan.

My lesson uses:

  • Wordle, QR Codes and Popplet from Visual Learning
  • Google Forms and Google Drive from Cloud Initiation
  • Lino from Collaboration

I just know my kiddos are going to love this!!!

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7 Productivity

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We live in a world today where teachers are expected to do more with less.  The amount of things we are expected to accomplish is increasing, but the amount of time we have with our students is not.  It is essential that we as educators find ways to be as productive as possible.  Thankfully, today’s advancements in technology give us many ways to maximize our time and be more efficient.

Conversion Tools

Conversion tools are used to convert files from one type to another.  I had no idea these existed and am grateful this class has introduced them to me.  I find I often need to convert files from word docs to .pdfs.  Zamzar is such a quick and handy tool to do just that!  It emails you the converted document in seconds!  Another thing that excites me about Zamzar is it’s ability to convert word documents into .mp3s!! HOW COOL!!! For my auditory learners or my kiddos who need reading support, I can create audio files for them to listen to.  So excited to try this out in the fall!  I practiced using Zamzar by taking a .pdf that was a long informative text about sharks and converted it into an .mp3.  It was so simple!  I wish I could post it here to share with you, but .mp3s can not be uploaded to wordpress.

A screenshot after I downloaded the .mp3 version of my .pdf from Zamzar

A screenshot after I downloaded the .mp3 version of my .pdf from Zamzar

Google Calendar

Google calendar makes it easy to keep yourself organized and on top of deadlines.  However, I utilized Google Calendar this past school year by embedded it into my classroom webpage to keep families apprised of what was going on at our school and in our classroom.  I love how I can make easy updates to the calendar through my gmail account and it would automatically sync with my webpage.  In the past, I have used Microsoft Outlook to keep myself organized with my obligations and deadlines at work.  Next year, my entire district will have gmail and chrome books, so switching over to using Google Calendar for everything might be the best option.  I can have a work, personal and classroom calendar all in one place.  Click here to see my Google Calendar embedded in my classroom webpage.

URL Shorteners

URL Shorteners are a handy tool to obviously shorten a URL. 🙂  I can’t even think of how many times this would have been useful in my classroom!  I have struggled on countless occasions to get my kiddos to enter in a lengthy url to go to particular webpage.  Between URL Shortners and Smybaloo (from Cloud Initiation) I will NEVER have that problem again!  We learned about three different URL shorteners: tinyurl.com, goo.gl and bitly.com .  I practiced taking a long url and shortening it using tinyurl.

Here is the original URL to one of my documents on Google Drive:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MKTRHcqCDJwD42noaXaOWORjZTuofzkyuiDSxIUOIl0/edit?usp=sharing   WOW!!! It is long!!!

Here is the new link now that I have used tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/oeop5yl  What a difference!!!

Evernote

evernoteEvernote is a great tool for keeping track of EVERYTHING you need to remember from lessons you want to try, pictures of special events in the classroom, to behavior management ideas and notes about individual kiddo needs.  You can take a quick picture, write a small note or even record audio.  The best thing about Evernote is how it organizes your files.  You can easily search through your notes to find what you are looking for.  It can even recognize text in pictures!  I am one of those people who has held out on getting a smart phone…however, this tool makes me want one.  What a simple and quick way to note something when you are out and about or in the middle of something with your kiddos.  Once you have made a note, you can access it from anywhere. Say goodbye to endless sticky notes!   Click here to check out my first attempt at creating a note on Evernote.

LiveBinders

LiveBinders is a marvelous tool for organizing all your online resources.  It basically makes a virtual binder.  Say goodbye to all those 3-ring binders in your cupboards!  I see myself using this to organize electronic resources for units of study.  It will help me find what I need so much faster.  I also like that you can search through other’s binders.  I found an awesome binder with 3rd grade math resources for parents.  Instead of posting the link to my webpage, I actually added it to my symbaloo which is already embedded on my classroom webpage.  Click here to check out my Symbaloo with my LiveBinder link.

CITW and ISTE Standards

I feel that thing 7, Productivity, really hits on the ISTE Standard: Model Digital Age Work and Learning.  By using these tools to keep myself organized and as productive as possible I am modeling digital age work and learning for my students and their parents.  As far as CITW best practices go, I feel like Evernote can easily be implemented with students to support Summarizing and Note taking.  Google Calendar can serve as a reminder to students and parents about  homework and other assignments.  LiveBinders can also be used to provide resources to support students and their families with homework and practice.

 

5 Collaboration

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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

—Ryunosuke Satoro

There is so much power in collaboration.  Collaboration has been made loads easier, thanks to the magic of technology!  As I journeyed through this lesson on collaboration tools, all I could think about was how wonderful these will be for my 3rd grade team PLC.  We are constantly creating and editing documents and assessments for units of instruction.  One person would work on it at home and then print it off for all of us to go over at the next meeting.  SO TIME CONSUMING!  Using Google Drive will save us insane amounts of time, but more importantly I believe with that by using this tool to truly collaborate, we will produce some of our very best work.  I was also thrilled with the idea of using Doodle to help us pin down PLC meeting times that work for everyone.

Choosing a regular PLC meeting time

Choosing a regular PLC meeting time

I really enjoyed playing around with the interactive pinboard, lino.  What a cool way to organize, collaborate and share ideas.  It is even a fabulous personal resource! I couldn’t help but imagine how helpful this would be for wedding planning or for planning remodeling projects in the home.  As far as using it in the classroom, I found it to be an excellent place to post assignments with helpful tips, videos and pictures to guide them through the assignment.  Click here to see the lino I created to help my students with a comparing fractions assignment.

Thinking of my own classroom and students next year, here are some ways I would like my students to use some tools for collaboration:

-I truly believe that I will easily be able to modify my instruction using Google Presentations.  When having my students working on a group presentation, they can each be assigned certain slides and all be working on it at once.  Group work will become way more efficient.

-My writing conferences will be completely changed by the use of Google Drive.  The ability to leave comments on my students’ writing pieces will increase my efficiency in getting feedback to students but I also believe it will make the students more engaged in the editing process.  This could also enhance peer editing.

-I am very intrigued by BoomWriter!  What an authentic way to involve kids in the writing process!  Having their peers evaluate their work and giving them a place to publish with a real audience would be very powerful!

boomwritergoogle drivegoogle pres

This thing is closely linked to CITW best practices.  Clearly, it support Cooperative Learning.  Many of the tools we learned about enable students to work cooperatively through collaboration.  I also feel that this lesson greatly supports Providing Feedback.  As I mentioned above, using Google Drive to give students feedback on their writing pieces will be very powerful.  Students will also be able to use these tools to receive feedback from their peers.

4 Cloud Initiation

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Today I ventured into “The Cloud.”  This epic place where all your data can be stored.  I experimented with Diigo and Symbaloo.  I ultimately decided on Symbaloo because I feel like it is very kid friendly.  I wanted to create a page so my students would be able to easily access sites we will use on a regular basis next year when they have their chrome books.  Click here to see my Symbaloo Webmix for my students to use.

Too funny! :)

Too funny! 🙂

I also created a new dropbox account for school.  I already had one for personal use.  Our district is really pushing us to use Google Drive as our “cloud.”  So I am not sure how much I will use dropbox, but I am glad I have it as an option.

Here are links to 3 of my documents I uploaded to dropbox:

Our Promise to Each Other

Estimation Word Problems

Graphic Organizer

This “Thing” has reminded me that “The Cloud” is a great tool for collaboration.  Using dropbox or google drive, I can share endless documents and files with my co-workers.  My team and I spent a lot of time this past year collaborating on the creation of math units.  Going through this module made me realize that we really should have used this technology.  It would have been of great benefit to us and our students.  I believe utilizing “The Cloud” this fall will make collaborating and unit creation much easier.  I am also over the moon excited to use Symbaloo with my students!  Having them type in URLs to locate specific websites can be such a hassle.  I am posting my Webmix on my classroom webpage so my students can easily access all the sites we use on a regular basis.  Using this technology will greatly increase our class’ efficiency when completing tasks online.

Cloud Initiation involves many of the CITW9 strategies.  However, the one that really sticks out to me is cooperative learning.  Using cloud technologies, teachers and students can easily collaborate with one another.  Sharing social bookmarks and files using cloud resources truly supports cooperative learning.  Cloud resources also enable us to store and share documents for homework and practice. Learning about Cloud resources supports ISTE Teacher Standard 3 (Model Digital Age Work and Learning).  I look forward to modeling use of the cloud for my co-workers and my students.

A Wordle all about The Cloud :)

A Wordle all about The Cloud 🙂