Write About This ($3.99) is a great app for writing and storytelling. Please add questions or concerns in the comments.
You can find my other app 101 videos here
Quick intro to setting up a FREE Weebly site in the video below. Please note the last step which I failed to mention is pressing the orange publish button on the top right
For my Master’s course we were required to work with tools that could be used to create and e-portfolio. I picked Weebly mainly because it was a tool that I had not worked with before. I have used Google Sites, Wiki’s, Blogs and other tools in the past but Weebly was something I never got around to trying. The main benefit of Weebly is the simplicity of the process in creating a website or blog. The interface uses simple drag and drop functions that are laid out nicely and the process is fairly intuitive. Teachers that are looking for a way to have an online presence for their classroom (class website or blog) should give this tool a try.
The site allows for a lot more customization than other options which is an important feature for giving the creator ownership of their design. The other tools I mentioned before allow for customization but none of them do it is a simple way like Weebly. Of course Weebly is not as powerful a tool as WordPress as far as customization but WordPress is also not as user-friendly. Weebly is a great tool to use to introduce students to e-portfolios and to begin the process of creating one. The site has options to upload all the standard media a student might use in their portfolio such as video, audio, documents, pictures and text. For students new to the process Weebly is the perfect tool to start with but I think it is important that we give students autonomy in choosing the tool they want to use. My main concern would be the ease in exporting the content from Weebly. Technology and the tools available are changing fast and the ability to move seamlessly from one tool another is an important feature. Another aspect of Weebly that is a benefit is it shows the process of creating a website in a visual way. Of course creating a website requires a much deeper understanding but Weebly does begin that process of showing how websites are created. My hope would be that some students would take that basic knowledge and look for other options as they want to customize and add features. Weebly seems to be a good “gateway” into creating and designing online spaces.
The website created in the video can be found here if you want to see the product
This is an assignment from my Masters course with TAMU commerce.
Describing student work that you might design using blogs. Use the TPACK Model to identify each aspect of the work.
For the past two years I have used Blogger as a classroom blog in my Kindergarten class. You can read about the purpose of the class blog HERE and see example posts HERE. This year I am taking the next step and will let my kids have individual blogs with KidBlog. My first goal is to have each child share their daily journal on the blog once a week. As the kids become proficient in blogging I hope to expand the opportunities they have including blogging about other content areas. The main purpose of the individual blogs in terms of content will be growth in their writing and vocabulary. We will focus on sight words, writing conventions, vocabulary words and other writing skills. I plan to let the kids decide what to write about and how they want to share their information (constructivist pedagogy) because giving kids as much autonomy as possible is important for the success of the initiative. Current blogging sites offer a lot of accordances on how the kids will be able to “blog” in my classroom. They can type a post as is traditional or they can upload a picture of a journal page, record audio, use apps to create video or embed books for various apps and websites. The flexibility in what the kids can post will an important part of the autonomy of the project in my classroom. As I look past the initial goal of having kids use the blog for their writing journal I hope to move towards allowing the kids to blog any time they feel motivated to share their learning. In addition, the blog could be used for the kids to make connections with students that have similar interest or to ask questions of experts to further learning on topics. As with any new technology there are always drawbacks to consider before beginning. My main concern with student blogging is keeping them safe. KidBlog itself has many features that will help with this concern and it will be important for me to understand and consider all the settings in regards to visibility and security on our blogs. There is always a risk involved when allowing kids to connect and share online but I feel the benefits far outweigh the potential negatives. Digital citizenship is something that kids need learn by being part of the process in a controlled settings or environment.
As I begin the process of using KidBlog I will share posts on how I decided to set up the blogs, how I managed the project and any tips, success or failures that might help others in the process. If you are already using student blogs and have links, suggestions or comments please share!
This is an assignment from my Masters course with TAMU commerce. Responses are reflections from reading Section 7 of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology – Reiser and Dempsey
Web 2.0 has had a significant impact on me as classroom teacher and for my students in the class. As a professional these tools have provided countless avenues for me to learn and grow in my field. I use Diigo, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Blogs and more to keep up to date on technology and best teaching practices. Regardless my position in the education field I know these tools will continue to provide value to me in my learning process. In my classroom web 2.0 tools have opened up new ways to give my students a voice in their learning and provide for ways for them to share that learning with the world. My kindergarten class has a blog for updating parents about our learning (see here) and we also use twitter to connect with other classes around the world (see here). Both of those examples provide opportunities for my class to not only share their learning, but also to collaborate and enhance their learning in a meaningful way. Web 2.0 has also had a significant impact on creativity in the classroom. Web 2.0 tools like Little Bird Tales, Educreations, Popplet, Padlet, YouTube, Vimeo etc give my students the ability to create in new ways. Augmented reality is another new technology that is making a big splash in the education field. I feel AR will continue to grow in use as the capabilities are expanded (example here). These technologies are exciting, engaging and productive and their use will continue to grow in the education field. Despite this, I know as I look forward it will be important to keep the focus on the learning and not get caught up in the tools themselves.
This is an assignment from my Masters course with TAMU commerce. Responses are reflections from reading Section 6 of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology – Reiser and Dempsey
This section of your textbook focuses on jobs in the profession of instructional design and technology: lessons and tips on how to get one and organizations that can support the job search and continued learning in the IDT field. Many of you already have a job in the field or in a related field; however, based on this week’s readings, you’ll reflect on where you are, where you want to go, and what you need to learn or do to get there.