It would seem this is the year of the Voicethread. I was pleasantly suprised to receive an email from Ms. Bryant earlier this week. She had taken pictures of her students as they demonstrated and explained positional words and wanted to create a voicethread.Â She had all the equipment that she needed in the classroom integration kit that she’d checked out.Â The only thing she didn’t have was a Voicethread account.Â I was very happy to assist her with the final piece. She had already done all of the hard work – planning the activity, taking the pictures, practicing with the children – all I had to do was upload her pictures and push “record” a few times.Â I didn’t even have to bring any equipment with me!!Â What cute little KinderKids…Bravo Ms. Bryant!!
Both of my fourth grade intiative classes have tech enthusiasts for teachers.Â We introduced sensory words – many of which are adjectives – and asked them to put their knowledge to work.Â Here is their first attempt:
Not to be outdone…Team leader Stephanie Bass has her students interview each other and then indroduce each other to the class using Voicethread on the first day.Â This looks like it will be quite a year…
Yesterday was quite something.Â I had 6 teachers do classÂ introductions using Voicethreads.Â Here is one for you to see…First year teacher Ms. Roberson joins in enthusiastically with the rest of her team to do this project:
One of my teachers, Debbie Daniels, asked for a one-on-one session to learn about Animoto.Â So we spent some time this morning (yes, I met with her BEFORE school – so you know she’s special) working on an Animoto.Â We got the images from DE Streaming.Â We were suprised at how well it turned out considering we were rushed and had dome no prior preparation…She’s trying to get me to add Animoto to my TEACH Academy session…
Clif MimsÂ has some great ideas and I’m glad he’s a part of my PLN.Â Today he has challenged those of us who follow him to set some professional development goals for the summer.Â Here’s the memeÂ that he started:
Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance oneâ€™s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Letâ€™s make Summer 2010 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.
NOTE: You do NOT have to wait to be tagged to participate in this meme.
Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/06/2010).
Post the above directions along with your 1-3 goals on your blog.
I went to this session on using literacy and reference skills to develop vocabulary.Â Some of the ideas were good, but there really was nothing thatÂ I could use.Â When one of the speakers began to make disparaging remarks about technology, I knew why.Â I have the notes and the speakers’ PowerPoint on my flash drive if either of my librarians are interested…there are some ideas for ready made lessons using certain books as well as ideas for lessons with whatever one might have on hand…
I first became aware of Dr. Don Leu’s work at the VSRA conference about 4 years ago.Â Someone dragged me to the General Session and said they thought that I would enjoy the speaker.Â I was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised.Â So whenÂ I saw that he was featured for this conference, I was determined to go to one of his sessions.Â During this session, Dr. Leu gave 15 ideas on how to work on online reading comprehension.Â This was a great reminder, as some of the ideas were too forward thinking for many of us the last time that he came.Â I certainly wasn’t ready to go back and help teachers integrate some of them the last time…too many of the teachers weren’t ready.Â Many still are not ready, but some of the ideas are part of our everyday practice at this point.Â You can find his handout herein electronic format so that you can use the links…Â LeuKeynoteHandout
Some ideas that I would like to try:Â
Using Internet workshop as an instructional model – I think 6th grade social studies would be perfect for this – Ms. Hamill, Â Mrs. Mitchell, and Ms. Underwood – I would be happy to help you try this out.Â I think given a structured problem and a simple worksheet would make the idea appealing to the kids and it wouldn’t take too long.
Using search engine results to teach students to read to locate information – this would be great in both all of the intermediate grades.Â Mrs. Hunter-Lowe, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Wesley – I would specifically like to work on this lesson with you.
Internet Project – Send/Receive and international morning messageÂ of the day – I think fr 2nd andÂ 3rd grade, this would be great if we set it up in the begining of the year and worked with schools that represented the countries that you study.Â Mrs. Heil, Mrs. Bass, Ms. K. Brown; Mrs. Rowson, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Sheppard, Mr. T…we should all work get together and plan on doing this for next year.Â I’m going to tag Luann Smith while I’m at it – this would be perfect for foreign language as well.