Thursday, April 8, 2010

Week Twelve

Okay, so this week is all about why and where students should post work.

One of the main reasons I think it is important for students to post work is that it provides a record not only for the teacher, but for the student as well. They can go back and see what they did and how they are growing as a writer, video maker, or whatever. It also makes it possible for others to see what they are doing and comment and critique. In that way, they can also help other people that they may never get the opportunity to actually meet face to face expand their learning just by a blog post or a video.

Videos are good ways to to display what you learn. You can show step by step processes or the product of something else you have done. Plus it is fun to actually SEE what is being done instead of just hearing it on a voice recording.

Twitter is also a very good way to post things. It is easy for the teacher to check (one sign-in and you can read everything at once). Plus, it is another good way for the students to be able to keep up with what they are learning and posting.

Timetoast Timelines are another good way for students to interact with different technology and learn something at the same time. They can learn how to organize things and learn about different events. It is also relatively easy for a teacher to check.

The last one is probably one of my least favorites to use, but I think it is also a good thing - voice recordings. Audacity, Vaccaro, and other things like it are fun tools for kids to use and again are also relatively easy for a teacher to check. Teachers and students alike can keep these things for years to come as evidence of work and for personal enjoyment.

~ Comments for Others ~

I got to comment on two classmates' posts about a blog post. My class had the opportunity to Skype with the author of the blog we read last week, so it was really neat not only to do that, but to see my classmates' opinions about what we had read. My comments for kids blog this week was one done by a FIVE YEAR OLD! He posted a picture and then dictated to his teacher what he wished to be written on there. My comments for teachers assignment was once again with Mrs. Kathy Cassidy, whom we also had a chance to Skype with earlier this semester. What fun it always is to read posts by others and learn from them!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    I enjoyed reading your post on last week's assignment and you made some good points. Using different technologies in the classroom helps the student learn more about different topics than just reading it from a textbook. Timetoast is a great source for learning. I enjoyed making my own Timeline and I think students would enjoy making their own too. Great Post!