Thursday, April 23, 2009

WebQuest, Thinkfinity, and more

We are beginning to work on our WebQuest projects. Today, we're starting off by searching for current WebQuests that we can use as an example. I found one on math for grades 6-8 on cell phones.

We were also introduced to Thinkfinity. This is an amazing site that houses thousands of lessons plans, games, and resources for educators, parents, and students. VERY handy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Catching Up

Today, we created a calendar on our Google account and made it public.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Embedded PowerPoint


Today, we're learning how to link a Power Point Presentation to our ftp file. All we did was find an already made presentastion based on our subject (I used Google), saved it as a 97-2003 compatible file, then moved the file to our ftp. From there, we can link that presentation so anyone can view it.

We also uploaded the presentation to Google Docs and published it. You can see mine as a published document here.

To embed my presentation, I had to create a new blog. Grrr. Technology is "wonderful"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lesson Plan & Photos

I did my lesson plan based on a 5th grade math class. On this particular day, we're working with graphs, so I used the KidsZone Graphing tool.

I also [finally] just uploaded a photo album through Picasa. Sorry it took so long!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Crappy Graphics

I tried creating a new album on Google photots, but the computer I'm on right now won't let me download Picasa, so I don't have my photos yet. BUT, I do have my crappy graph. Like most everything else for this class, I based mine on math. Now that I'm taking Calculus I see how Geometry, Algebra and Trigonometry all share some similarities. So that's what my graph is based on.

The name "Crappy Graphics" is misleading. You can create some quality graphics on there that's easier to save and publish than using programs like PowerPoint or Word.

I don't think I'm very likely to have my sutdents use this tool in my classroom, but I'm sure I will. Venn diagrams naturally come with math, so I'm sure I will be using them in many of my classes. Either I will use some graphs during my teaching, or we will create a graph together as a class. Either way, I'm sure I'll use Crappy Graphics in my classroom one day.

Looking at the ISTE Standards I believe incorporating the use of Crappy Graphics will cover Standards 1 (Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity), 2 (Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments), and 3 (Model Digital-Age Work and Learning).


Today was all about photos. We started uploading photos into our Google photos (which is called Picasa Web Albums). We tried to create an account with the free online edition of PhotoShop, but it didn't work. So, for right now, all we can do is upload our photos. We can't edit them! I need to go back and create a new album and make it public before you can see my slideshow. Sorry! Didn't realize that until just now. It will be up soon!

We also talked about lesson plans. He saw Dr. Smith's lesson plan, and pretty much told us to use whatever we need in ours! We will not have class next Tuesday, so we are to create a lesson plan involving some of the technology tools we have used thus far for next class. More than likely, mine is going to be about math and involve the graphing tools!

I'm still playing catch-up with some things, so I don't have my "crappy graphic" or Venn Diagram complete yet. But, as soon as I do, they will be posted!