Week #5

So, the course is about over!!  That is the nice thing I like about summer courses, it’s overwhelming with the assignments that you have to do in a short amount of time, but it is a short amount of time, before it is over.  This course was informative and helpful for me with understanding and learning more about programs on the Internet.  I liked that we got to use groups for a couple of the assignments and that helped me work with others over the Internet.  I enjoyed exploring different (free) programs that are going to be useful with my teaching practices.  Some of the exploring was challenging for me, but once I got the hang of it, it was easier to go through the tools and information that was being provided.  I just can’t believe that there are so many different ways to make slides, presentations, sharing information with others, and creating new ideas that others will use in their professional careers.  It was exciting to learn new things in this course.

I also liked that we got a whole list of websites that I will be able to use in my classroom or planning for lessons.  It was a great way to further my websites to choose from, rather than using Pinterest all the time.  It was an enjoyable class and hope to take the other two courses in the future to finish my certification for online teaching!

Week #4

This week seemed to go by so quickly!!  I worked with a partner for the online presentation project.  We had a good time exploring the different sites for the digital storytelling assignment.  It was nice to look together at the different programs then really choose which one we both liked the best and wanted to learn more about.  We first started with the Haiku Deck program, but once we were in the program for about 30 minutes, the whole website just shut down and they were having problems with it.  Then, we went to the Prezi site.  That program worked well and we thought it seemed a little easier to understand, so it was kind of nice that the Haiku Deck stopped working for us.  The Prezi slide show is really fun to us and easy for me to figure out when I have a partner to help me not be afraid to explore the program.

Our partner and I have done a story about apples.  We are excited about this presentation because we will be able to use it for our preschool class in the fall.  Being employed in Franklin, PA, there is always a need to make Applefest a BIG deal in October; so we are taking advantage of this class and others to prepare for some upcoming events for our next year of preschool.  Once we watch this and do many different apple activities, we will then process to make applesauce or apple cider with the children.  They always seems to enjoy the cooking activities we do with them in class.  Here is our digital storytelling presentation that we will be using for our children in the fall.

http://prezi.com/tzk3zr7n2e-t/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Hope you enjoy the presentation, I know that my children in class are going to love it!!

 

Week #3

This week has been about group work with peers.  It has been a very long time since I have had to complete a project where the members of my group are peers I don’t know personally.  This is a challenge for me because I am VERY shy and don’t like to make myself too vunerable.  Being online, has helped with my anxiety because communicating back and forth through email or the Remind app has helped make things easier for me as a quiet person.  Most of my friends and family would beg to differ, but I continue to tell them that I know them!  I am comfortable with them and am willing to communicate and act the way I want to in front of them, because I know they will accept me for me.

If this post, I am sharing information that explains the benefits of group work.  (Even though I don’t always want to do it, it is beneficial.)  Here are some sites I feel are helpful to help understand group work and the skills to make it successful.

https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/design/instructionalstrategie/

groupprojects/benefits.html

Here is another website shows you some good skills for group work.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/structured-groups

Even though we are online and working in groups, it is still beneficial to us to work together as a team.

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Week #2

This week has been a whirlwind of information!!  There was so much information about Google, RSS Newsfeed, and Web 2.0 Tools.  In addition to all these sites and materials, we continue to look at our Personal Learning Network.

I wanted to get more familiar with the Personal Learning Network with week, so I decided to go through different sites to get more information about it.  I was using Google Scholar to receive some viable articles about the Personal Learning Network.  There were various articles that I researched that helped me understand the importance of having and growing a Personal Learning Network.  Check out this article to help you build your Personal Learning Network.

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/12/31/3-steps-for-building-a-professional-learning.html

If you need to find some helpful tips for you PLN, go check out this website for 10 tips to growing and developing your communication network.

Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips

It was a site that was helpful for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginning

I will be known as the “senior citizen” of this class.  I grew up with not many opportunities to use a computer.  I have taught myself many different programs, with the help of great friends and family, but I didn’t receive much help from school.  The was in the “between years” of not having a computer versus having a computer and knowing everything.  This class has been an eye opener for me to say the least! (And we are only in the first week of it!)

This week as been a bit overwhelming, but with the “tech savvy” friends and classmates, I know I will be able to get through this!  I have learned about the Invisible Web, creating a blog, and exploring various kid freely websites.  I am very excited about the websites and searching through new sites to learn and use different materials for my classroom.  I want to be able to use more than Pinterest, although I love the site, everyone uses it.  I like to do different activities each year, and this site has a lot of the same activities.  I am excited to learn new places to find information.

It will be a blessing to have a Personal Learning Network where everything can be stored and organized so find information easier.  Having various sites in one area will help with time management, as a teacher.

Check out the website: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2008/04/5-things-you-can-do-to-begin-developing.html

WOW!! Is all I can say!  Such an easy site to get accurate information about the Personal Learning Network.  You will come to find out the I LOVE EASY!!  This site was perfect for me!

In addition to the site, this video was informative and easy to understand.

Another good site to look through: https://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/pln-challenge-1-what-the-heck-is-a-pln/

I hope that these sites and video helps you to understand a PLN better.  It did for me!