I can hardly believe that it is already week 7 and that this course is wrapping up already! This week we had to spend some time exploring the work of our classmates on MERLOT and providing feedback for their contributions. I think they all did such a great job and included great technology that I hope to bring into my own classroom. Below are a list of the reviews that I've completed:
Review 1: Atoya M - Digital How-to Books Lesson Plan
Review 2: Atoya M - Haiku StAIR
Review 3: Jason M - Musical Interpretation and Personal Reflection Lesson Plan - Not listed on MERLOT
Review 4: Jason M - Carbon Bonding Kiosk StAIR
Review 5: Marcy H - Am I a Member of My Community? Using Web 2.0... Lesson Plan
Review 6: Marcy H - Writing with a Purpose: Understanding ELA Common... StAIR
Review 7: Sara G - Using Web 2.0 Graphic Organizers to Plan... Lesson Plan
Review 8: Sara G - Can You Hear It? StAIR
We also had join MACUL and participate in the discussion about face to face instructional strategies. Spicing up face to face instruction with technology can help to engage the students and make learning more relevant for them. I am a technophile and already use quite a bit of technology in my face to face instruction, including PowerPoint, Prezi, YouTube, Discovery Education videos and simulations, LCD projector, MimeoTeach whiteboard, document camera, Google Nexus tablet, and my iPhone. I am in the process of integrating Google Docs into my classroom, allowing for students to collaborate and complete assignments online. I have also started two of my students on blogger, sort of as a beta test before going to full class integration. Over the summer, I am planning to plan and organize a wiki for my students to use throughout our study of Michigan history and geography. I think this will be a great tool which will allow for collaboration and cooperative learning.
I'm Edie - wife, mom, teacher, instructional designer, home renovator,
and lover of nature, travel, technology, and vintage campers!