Slideoo

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SLIDEOO
The Slideoo presentation that I created is comprised of photographs of Smith Island. The slideshow includes images of the island life, community, and economy. The slideshow can be used as an extension activity for a lesson on how “people in Maryland depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.” The Slideoo presentation will show students how people on Smith Island have been affected by environmental factors. Students would be able to see a visual representation of what life is like on Smith Island and how the environment has impacted people, in such a secluded Maryland community. The Slideoo presentation on Smith Island will greatly enhance a lesson that addresses the above listed curriculum objectives and standards. I would show the Slideoo presentation after discussing how life on Smith Island has changed because of environmental factors. I believe that the Slideoo presentation would be effective for diverse learners within the classroom. I also feel that the presentation will grab students’ attention and also entice students to learn more about the environmental impacts that have affected people who live in Maryland and more specifically the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Since I do not have the full version of WorldPress, I was not able to embed my Slideoo presentation on Smith Island because it was too large of a media file. Please access my digital products from Slideeo from my IGoogle page. IGoogle Page- Slideoo Presentation on Life on Smith Island

Flickr Galleries

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Flickr Gallery-Pollution

I have never used Flickr prior to this course. I have learned a lot of beneficial functions of Flickr through completing the assignments in this course. Flickr can absolutely be used as a teaching tool for educators. Flickr can easily be accessed and used for classroom instruction, research projects, and even to showcase students work. Teachers have the ability to create organized collections of images on Flickr by adding images to galleries, sets, or slide shows. Teachers can also easily share images or collections of images with other teachers through Flickr.

Teachers can create a Flickr Gallery, by pulling photographs that relate to a particular curriculum standard or objective off of Flickr. Flickr has a plethora of photographs that teachers can choose from when creating his or her Flickr Gallery. The Flickr Gallery can be used to organize photographs that teachers find on a specific topic and the teacher can access his or her Flickr account to share these images with students or other teachers.

The Flickr Gallery that I created is a collection of images that show the effects of pollution on our environment. I tried to incorporate photographs of different types of pollution, including air, water and land, for my gallery. The Pollution gallery could be shared with students as a whole class in order to give them a visual understanding of what is considered pollution and how pollution negatively effects our environment. Showing students the Flickr gallery on pollution would provide a good opportunity for the teacher to initiate small group or class discussions about the reasons why pollution is a globally recognized environmental threat.

Flickr Slide Show

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Holland Island Flickr Slideshow

The slide show is of photographs that I took of Holland Island, M.D. in July 2010. I took these photographs from a helicopter as part of my research into the vanishing islands of the Chesapeake Bay.

Connects to:

Maryland State Curriculum Standard 6.B.1, Grade 4

Standard 6.0 Environmental Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.

TOPIC

B. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

INDICATOR

  • 1. Recognize and describe that people in Maryland depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.

I chose to include a slide show of Holland Island. The photographs in my slide show support the Maryland State Curriculum Standards for 4th Grade Environmental Science (Standard 6.B.1). Holland Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay, M.D. The island is a good representation of how environmental factors, such as sea level rise and land erosion, have shaped the shoreline of the Bay. It is important that students in Maryland schools learn about the Chesapeake Bay and factors that impact the Bay because it is one of the largest estuary’s in the world. The Chesapeake Bay has an effect on many people who live in Maryland and therefore it is an important local landmark that should defiantly be included in the Maryland State Curriculum.

If I was teaching a lesson on the Chesapeake Bay. I would use my Flickr set or slide show of Holland Island to show students how erosion has affected the land in the Bay. I would likely show them the photographs of the Island as a class and host a class discussion with my students. I would ask them why they think the Island has vanished into the Bay? How is it that an island that hosted  a community of more than 350 people 125 years ago has now almost totally vanished into the Bay. The conversation and Holland Island slide show will likely spark conversations about the people who lived or live on the vanishing islands in the Chesapeake Bay today.

Educator Blogs

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I will be reviewing three educator blogs for content, accessibility and organization of ideas. Since I am preparing to teach elementary school students, I will be mainly focusing on blogs created by elementary school age educators. I will also be looking for inspirational ideas and activities on the educator blogs that I visit because I believe that educators sharing knowledge is essential in order to enhance student learning in the classroom. I feel that educator blogs can be a great place where educators can virtually share classroom experiences and ideas with one another. I hope that I find insightful information from different educator blogs so that I  feel comfortable enough to create my own educator blog one day.  

The first educator blog that I am reviewing is titled, Creating Lifelong Learners, its main focus is on integrating technology into education. The blog is written a man who strives to integrate new forms of technology into the classroom in order to improve student learning. The blog highlights new forms of technology that can be used within the classroom and beyond. Many of the posts on the blog include information about current educational concerns and the impact of new forms of technology  in the classroom. Check out this blog post about  The Common Core State Standards and Technology, which is titled Understanding Technology in the Common Core Standards. This post provides insightful information about technology’s role in implementing the Common Core State Standards Nationally. Sources for how the information in the post is gathered are also included, which makes it easier for the viewer to continue researching this topic area if they wish. The blog contains posts about new forms of technology that can be used within the classroom and information on how teachers can use these new forms of technology are also included within many of the posts.

The blog also contains several tabs with links to additional educational blogs and resources that can easily be accessed through the Creating Lifelong Learners Blog. Two of the linked blogs, which are written by the same author as the Creating Lifelong Learners blog, include:

Needleworks Education

Video in the Classroom

The blog is a great source for teachers and educators that are looking to find ways to integrate new forms of technology into the classroom. Technology can be a valuable educational tool and providing information to teachers on how to implement these new forms of technology is important when it comes to facilitating student learning and engagement.

I have personally seen how technology can  be used effectively in the classroom to increase student learning and engagement. I also know that many teachers are unaware of the benefits of some of these technologies and are unsure of how they should implement them into the classroom. It is great to see new forms of technology being developed for education and to learn ways in which technology can successfully be used in the classroom to promote learning. This blog is a great resource for educators and provides information that can help teachers better integrate technology into their classrooms.  

Link to Creating Lifelong Learners: http://creatinglifelonglearners.com/

The second educator blog that I viewed, The 1:1 Classroom focuses on Ideas, Reflections, and Links from a 3rd Grade Teacher in a 1:1 Enviroment. The blog provides a great deal of resources for teachers or other viewers to gain insight about effective teaching strategies. The posts on the blog are written by a third grade teacher who shares his perspectives about learning. The blog is a great resource if you are looking for insight into how to teach in a 1:1 setting.The blog shares information through posts about both local and national educational concerns.

 Some of the posts on the blog include:

 Consumptive Technology vs. Creative Technology  This blog post focuses on the impact of technology in a 1:1 setting.

1:1 Computing and the Mooresville Example This blog post links to a NY times article about a successful 1:1 program in Mooresville, NC.

I found this blog to contain a lot of valuable information for teachers and student teachers who may be working in a 1:1 setting. The blog included many links to activities and enrichment options for teachers. I found the blog to be organized but fairly difficult to navigate. The information provided in the posts is enough reason to visit this blog and I also found the blog to be easy to “follow” because it was created under a worldpress account, which is the same server that I use for my blog. However, I think that it could be a bit more polished in order to make it more easily navigable to viewers that are not familiar to reading blogs.

Link to The 1:1 Classroom Blog:http://mrpullen.wordpress.com/

The third educator blog that I visited, Learning is Messy, was created by an upper elementary school teacher with 30 years experience. The creator of this blog is actively engaged in promoting the importance of elementary education to other educators and to the public. The blog is full of informational posts about educational concerns for teachers of elementary students. It is full of inspirational ideas for teachers and includes examples of how technology can be used successfully to enhance student learning.

The blog includes a tab with a link titled, Links to My Students’ Work,where blog visitors can see what students are up too in the classroom. This tab includes links to a Our Class Blog, Class Wiki Page  , Our “Animal Ark Wiki Page” and many other links where blog viewers can see students work.

This blog is all inclusive when it comes to an educational blog. The blog provides useful perspectives  about education from National concerns to individual classroom concerns for elementary teachers. Its name, Learning is Messy , is a perfect way to sum up the type of information that you will find on the blog. The blog contains useful insight into the world of education, covering both the good and not so good aspects of the field. If you are looking for a well-written blog about education and all that surrounds it, this is the right blog for you.

Link to Learning is Messy Blog: http://learningismessy.com/blog/

Classroom Blogs

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I am reviewing the following three classroom blogs for my SLM 508 Module 1 assignment. I will be looking at the classroom blogs to determine educational, information, and creative qualities that teachers may consider to be valuable for classroom blogs. I will also be looking at the organization of each of the classroom blogs  and I will determine whether I feel that the blog is organized efficiently and easily usable for other teachers. Since I am hoping to become an elementary school teacher, I will be looking at elementary school teacher’s classroom blogs for this assignment. I hope that you find my review’s helpful and informative.

The first blog that I visited to review is Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog. I loved Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog. I found her blog to be very thoughtfully organized and teacher friendly. I thought that it was great that she has all of her students included in her blog and that she has individual tabs where blog viewers can see each of her student’s work and progress within the classroom. Here is a link to one of her  Individual Student Page-“Gus“. I found it to be very creative that Mrs. Cassidy has each of her student’s work organized into individual categories on her blog and that each of the student’s work can easily be accessed by the viewer of the blog for the main page.

Mrs. Cassidy has included videos and photographs of her students actively engaging in learning within the classroom on her blog. The blog is continually updated with posts about classroom activities and student learning in Mrs. Cassidy’s classroom. I found the videos and photographs included on Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog to be a great use of technology and a helpful way for blog viewers to gain an understanding of her students and classroom. Here is a link to Mrs. Cassidy’s post about Adding with Our iPads  where Mrs. Cassidy has included a photograph on one of her students actively using an iPad to help him add.

I feel that Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog is also a great example of effective technology use by teachers and I feel that the blog is a wonderful place for teachers to visit for inspiration and to learn new instructional strategies from another teacher’s perspective. Mrs. Cassidy has included many educational resources and strategies that teachers can take and adopt to use within their own classrooms. The information on Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog about teaching strategies and her students is thoughtfully organized so that blog viewers can easily find out about the areas of her classroom that they find interesting. 

 Link to Mrs. Cassidy’s Blog: http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1337&l=1339955755

The next blog that I found is Mr. C’s Class Blog. Mr. C teaches digital media and keyboarding at an Elementary School in Missouri. When visiting Mr. C’s classroom blog, you can initially tell that it is very well-organized and centered around using technology. I think that it is great that Mr. C has many options for students to contact him and ways to virtually ask him for help through options such as using Skype.

Mr. C’s Class blog explains why the use of technology in the elementary school is so essential for student growth and learning. The elementary school where Mr. C works seems to model technology use in the classroom very effectively. All of the classroom teachers at the elementary school have their own classroom blog’s where they can interact with students and share classroom news or information. I think that this is a great way of incorporating technology into the classroom and that it prepares students for their futures in a digitally run world.

One of the features that I found impressive on Mr. C’s class blog are the resources that he makes available to students. Mr. C has included links to student resources such as translators, search engines,online  dictionaries and even the weather on his blog. As a future teacher, I know how important it is for students to have access to these types of educational resources both in the classroom and at home. I found Mr. C’s Class blog to be a valuable spot for teachers, parents, and students to share knowledge and to learn how to better use technology to enhance learning both inside the classroom and out. Mr. C’s student resources listed on his blog can help students independently conduct their own research for a school assignment whether they are in the classroom or accessing the blog from home.

Mr. C’s Class blog also includes a tab on the blog’s main page titled Digital Storytelling Tools where Mr. C provides tools for students to use when trying to determine how to digitally tell a story. Mr C has also included a tab titled, Keyboarding Links where students can click to find links to help them with their keyboarding skills and also fun games to help them practice their keyboarding, whether at home or in the classroom.

Mr. C’s Class blog is informative and both student and teacher oriented. It is easy to navigate and to find what you are looking for whether you are a student in his class or an outside teacher looking to find more insight about incorporating technology in the classroom. Mr. C also has several other educational blogs in addition to his classroom blog that can be accessed to provide additional educational resources and information for viewers.

Link to Mr. C’s Class Blog: http://mrcsclassblog.blogspot.com/

The third classroom blog that I looked at is Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog. Mr. Avery’s Classroom blog is the most creatively organized classroom blog that I have reviewed for this assignment. The classroom blog includes pictures, videos, and samples of projects that the 6th grade students are working on. The blog also provides many options for students to interact with one another and also with their teacher, Mr. Avery. I found the blog to be very easy to navigate and appreciated the time that Mr. Avery must put into his blog to make sure that it is accessible to everyone. One way that the blog ensures access to people who speak different languages is by including a translator option at the top of the blog. The blog viewer can select from several language options and the contents of the website can be translated at the click of a button. Schools are increasing in language diversity daily and I think that including this option on the blog is a great way to ensure that all people, no matter what language they speak, have access to the contents of this classroom blog.

Mr. Avery’s Classroom blog includes an abundance of photographs and videos of students actively learning in the classroom. Here is a link to his section of photographs titled,  Students at Work I like how he includes photos of students working on different assignments within the classroom. It is a great way for blog viewers to get a sense of what his classroom is like and what types of activities his students are working on. Mr. Avery’s Classroom blog also has tabs for videos of his students and I found his video’s of student run news teams to be my personal favorite. These Student News Teams are very creatively put together and the films are great evidence of technology being used effectively in the classroom. Here is the link to Video’s of News Team 4  where students are filmed reporting on different news highlights. I love this idea and when I have a classroom, I hope to do a similar activity with my students where they can be mock newscasters. Filming and posting the news videos on a classroom blog, as Mr. Avery did with his class,  where people can see the students at work is such a wonderful idea and great use of technology.

Another fantastic inclusion on Mr. Avery’s Classroom blog is his Homework tab. This is where Mr. Avery posts students’ daily homework assignments. Here is a link to the students Homework section of the blog. I am glad to see a place on the blog where students and parents can access daily homework expectations for the classroom. Students in Mr. Avery’s classroom have access to their homework at all times. It is great because if a student is absent or forgets to write down their homework for the day, they have the option of checking to see what it is on Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog. Parents can also use the Homework page on the blog to make sure that their children are completing their homework assignments on time.

Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog is one of the best classroom blogs that I have visited. I feel that it provides the viewer with a comprehensive overview of classroom expectations, activities, and accomplishments. The blog is accessible to all viewers and I am glad to see that it accommodates for the diversity in language among viewers by providing access to the blog’s content in different languages. Making sure that all people have equal access to educational tools, such as Mr. Avery’s Classroom blog, is essential to facilitate educational success.

Link to Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog: http://mravery.edublogs.org/

Welcome to my blog!

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My name is Haley Long and I would like to first thank you for visiting my blog! I started this blog as part of a requirement for one of my graduate school classes at McDaniel College, called SLM508 (hence the reason for the title of my blog). I am currently working towards obtaining my Masters Degree in Elementary Education at McDaniel College. I am looking forward to learning new ways that I can facilitate learning through technology use. I hope you enjoy reading my blog!