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  1. page Instructional Wiki- Kinesthetic Activities edited As stated by Marzano, Kinesthetic activities involve students representing new content physically.…
    As stated by Marzano, Kinesthetic activities involve students representing new content physically. Kinesthetic learning is one of the three types of learning, the other two being auditory and visual. Most young children start out as kinesthetic learners because they constantly want to explore new objects and are fascinated with things they have never seen before thus giving them a passion to learn about it. They have an urge and a need to pick it up, play with it, and discover it. Young children are very easily engaged and that is what the basis of kinesthetic learning is. Moskowitz-Sweet states that by about third grade is when a student's true learning style becomes visible and apparent.
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    Kinesthetic learners need to be able to touch things. Just as a visual learner learns best when they can visually see something and auditory learners can remember information just by listening, a kinesthetic learner must be physically engaged in an activity to be able to retain information as well as other learners can. They do not want to see a demonstration, they want to physically try it themselves. It is very important that kinesthetic learners are able to constantly move their bodies, especially at a young age, because that is how they are best able to keep their focus. That is why P.E. is so important; it is a whole period of kinesthetic activities which is crucial to kinesthetic learners.
    Science is an excellent subject to easily incorporate kinesthetic activities. Doing labs and hands on experiments are activities that kinesthetic learners are more than likely going to excel greatly in because they are getting to physically experience the lesson therefore giving them the opportunity to acquire the information very quickly.
    Kinesthetic activities are also valuable for visual and auditory learners because it opens up a diverse selection of learning styles for them. Students are able to retain so much more information when it is presented to them in a way that grasps their attention and curiosity and kinesthetic activities do just that. In the classroom, having the students create their own wiki would be more of a visual activity, which is also very important, but kinesthetic activities could be incorporated by having the students write a summary of the information they gathered while doing the kinesthetic activity or lesson and posting it onto their wiki page. This also allows for students to be able to read and review everyone else's wiki.
    Here is a link to a YouTube video called KinoKids
    activityActivity Suggestions for the Tactile-Kinesthetic Learner
    Kinesthetic Activities
    Tactile Activities
    Colouring books
    Artistic creations
    Body games
    Rocking and reading
    Make a video show
    Field trips
    Task cards
    Dress as characters
    Blackboard/whiteboard activities
    Sandpaper/felt letters
    Walking and reading
    Puppet shows
    Musical performances
    Science labs
    Cut-and-paste tasks
    Marzano Research Laboratory
    What it Means to be a Kinesthetic Learner
    Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Learners
    Terry Farwell, 2010
    Learning Styles:Tactile

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Tuesday, November 16

  1. page Chapter 9 Outline edited Creating and Sharing Information with Multimedia Technologies Chapter 9 Aleida Slichter Mult…
    Creating and Sharing Information with Multimedia Technologies
    Chapter 9
    Aleida Slichter
    Multimedia Technologies in Classrooms Today
    Multimedia means combining multiple media – text, data, voice, picture and video – in a single application or technology to establish a high-quality interaction between the user and the program. Multimodal learning happens when teachers combine spoken words with visuals or written text with audio or utilize simulations and models. Schools tend to emphasize single-media, noninteractive learning.
    A Multimedia Classroom
    The noncomputer technology classroom reflects how classrooms looked technologically before the computer revolution. Multiple forms of media can combine text, voice, images and sound.
    Noncomputer technology classroom
    · Chalkboard or whiteboard
    · Photocopies of material from print sources
    · Overhead projector and screen
    · 35mm slide projector
    · Television with a VCR
    · Handheld microphone
    Computer technology classroom
    · Interactive whiteboard
    · Computers with internet access
    · Educational software with multimedia applications
    · Digital projector and screen
    · Digital cameras or camcorders
    · Digital voice recorders
    · Surround sound amplification system
    Using PowerPoint in Your Teaching
    PowerPoint is a standard feature on many of today’s computers. Millions of copies are in circulation and the tool is widely used in schools. PowerPoint’s features are useful for teachers at every grade level, although there are some disadvantages to be considered.
    Provides short summaries of key points in a lecture or reading assignment.
    Cannot take the place of more in-depth discussions and analysis.
    Gives a visual dimension to class presentations.
    Some students may tune out during a PowerPoint presentation.
    Easy to use and available on most school computers.
    Teachers need to spend time entering the material before showing it.
    Text can be combined with pictures, charts, graphs, and other images in interesting and entertaining ways.
    Computer screens may contain so much information that students become distracted from main ideas.
    Tufte offers 3 main suggestions for improving the quality of electronic presentations:
    · Present meaningful content that matters to your audience
    · Use PowerPoint as a projector for showing low-resolution color images, graphics, and videos
    · Include paper handouts in your presentation as a way to effectively show text, numbers, data, graphics and images
    Strategies for Using PowerPoint with Your Students
    · Make visual presentations interactive, varied and memorable
    · Use visual text to generate class discussion
    · Promote visual analysis of discussion topics
    · Display questions or comments for short writing assignments
    · Use the slides as attention-getters
    · Develop your own PowerPoint learning games
    Video in the Classroom
    · Availability in schools
    · Students are interested
    · Abundance of resources
    · Unique learning experience
    Strategies for Using Videos and DVDs with Your Students
    · Use the pause and rewind buttons often
    · Ask students to write responses
    · Minimize the time video is shown in the classroom
    · Turn off the sound or the picture
    Using Webcasts in the Classroom
    The term webcast blends the word web with broadcast to describe streaming media broadcasts of audio and video over the internet. A high-speed internet connection allows for speedy data transfer as the videos are streamed into your computer instead of being downloaded and saved on a hard drive.
    Photo Taking and Movie Making by Students
    There are four important reasons for a teacher to become a photographer and videographer and for students to become involved in taking pictures and making movies in school.
    · Students’ experience
    · Documenting learning
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    o Filming
    o Acting
    o Editing
    o Viewing
    · Information creation
    Digital still and video cameras
    The new generation of digital media technologies invites students and teachers to be editors and publishers of educational and creative materials.
    · The basic digital camera usually has a fixed lens with a few options for manually controlling the focus
    · For the professional photo taker who wants to be able to manipulate some of the finer artistic details, prosumer cameras have high-end technical features that produce publication quality photos
    Digital Stills
    Teachers and students can inexpensively photograph virtually any instructional activity from every subject area. Literacy learning in the elementary grades is one curriculum area that especially benefits from the use of still photographs.
    · Alphabet books
    o Letter-sound associations
    o The term noun
    o The possessive apostrophe
    o Spelling of children’s names
    These language concepts become more memorable to young students because they and their friends are the stars of the photographs.
    Digital Videos
    Subject Area
    Digital Video Project Ideas
    · Classroom science experiments
    · Science news reports
    · Discussions among students about recent science discoveries and current controversies
    · Oral history interviews
    · Public service announcements
    · Mock trials of famous court cases and historical persons
    · Reenactments of historical events
    · Debates among students representing different political groups
    · Building projects using wooden blocks, legos, and other materials
    · Measurement activities using manipulatives
    · Counting games with objects
    Language Arts
    · Students reading poetry aloud
    · Performances of adult or student-written plays
    · Commercials that reveal propaganda or other persuasive language techniques
    · Presentation of student-written music and dance
    Digital Video Editing Software
    Video editing software lets teachers and students edit their video footage on the computer, deleting unwanted material and adding transitions, songs, sound effects, titles, text, etc. Successful video making and video editing requires students to storyboard their digital videos.
    Strategies for Using Cameras with Your Students
    · Use cameras regularly
    · Record events while they are unfolding
    · Use video as a way to generate, edit, and publish student writing
    · Create a video production and editing area in your classroom
    Podcasts and Vodcasts as Tools for Teaching
    · Browse all the categories at the Apple iTunes Store
    · Power search iTunes by keyword, author or title
    Focus Question #1
    Multimedia (or multimodal) learning happens when multiple media such as text, data, voice, picture, and video are used to communicate information. Schools have largely emphasized single media, noninteractive modes of learning. A multimedia classroom integrates multiple technologies for teaching and learning.
    Key Words
    1. Alphabet books- student made books designed to teach spelling patterns, letter sounds, vocabulary and reading skills
    2. Concept books- student made books designed to teach a single concept or idea
    3. Digital art making- students constructing their own art using computer tools and software
    4. Digital cameras- cameras that record still pictures and allow users to view the image, retake shots, and store the photos taken
    5. Digital projectors- a digital video machine that projects computer generated images onto a screen
    6. Digital single-use cameras- cameras designed for one use only
    7. Digital storytelling- storytelling through digital video, pictures and words
    8. Digital video editing software- software that makes possible the processing, editing, and manipulating of digital video material
    9. Digital voice recorders- small handheld device for recording voices and other sounds that can be downloaded to a computer or audio sharing website
    10. Graphic design- process of arranging words and images to communicate information visually
    11. Information presentation design- the design and management of digital content
    12. Interactive whiteboards- a touch sensitive whiteboard that interacts with a computer to enhance teaching and learning experiences in the classroom
    13. iPod- handheld music playing device made by Apple.
    14. Multimedia- presentation of information using multiple media
    15. Multimodal learning- using information and images from multiple sources to produce learning for students
    16. Pocket video cameras- small handheld cameras that record video and audio that can then be downloaded to a computer or video-sharing website
    17. Podcast- digital audio files delivered to computers by the internet
    18. Podcatcher- software that allows a computer user to access podcast files
    19. Point-and-shoot cameras- cameras, most of which have autofocusing capabilities, which produce still photographs
    20. PowerPoint- multimedia presentation software found on most computers and used to display information visually and dynamically in classrooms
    21. Shoot-to-print cameras- camera with advanced features that produces publication quality pictures
    22. Single lens reflex design cameras- high end camera with multiple professional features including the capability of manipulating images in great detail before a picture is taken
    23. Storyboarding- a way to organize material that combines words and pictures into a sequence of images
    24. Streaming video- simultaneous transfer of video, voice and data from one computer to another to create a stream of electronic content
    25. Webcast- multimedia presentation delivered on the internet and usually supported by streaming video

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Saturday, November 6

  1. page home edited Welcome Communicating and Networking with Websites, Blogs, Wikis and More Chapter 8 Aleida …

    Communicating and Networking with Websites, Blogs, Wikis and More
    Chapter 8
    Aleida Slichter
    Type of Communication Technology
    Uses by Teachers
    Instant Messaging (IM)
    Communication between 2 or more people
    Communicating with colleagues
    Messages over the internet
    Individual or group
    Communicating with students or other teachers
    Discussion Board
    Exchange of ideas about a topic
    Electronic discussions of academic material
    Teacher-made website
    Collection of web pages
    Information for students and families and publishing student work
    Online journal with comments by readers
    Personal reflections on teaching, sharing ideas with students, professional teaching portfolio
    Web page created by a collaborative group of writers
    Group projects by students
    Group projects among teachers
    Communicating Electronically as a Teacher
    Teacher and classroom websites, email, instant messaging, discussion boards, blogs and wikis are the major components of any communication system you might create as a teacher. Synchronous and asynchronous communications are forms of communication that you convey
    to your students.
    Social Networking for Educators
    Many people associate electronic information communication with social networking, a practice marked by controversy. Teachers can use educational networking in many productive ways such as:
    · Teacher-to-teacher discussions about curriculum and instruction
    · Book groups
    · Connecting to national educational policy and reform organizations
    · Exchanging information on educational research
    · Group editing of projects and writing
    Using Electronic Communications in
    Your New Wiki!
    Getting Started
    · Teaching interactively
    It can extend the impact of your teaching. Teachers can post class notes, inquiry questions, homework assignments, writing ideas, web links, suggestions, experiments and other activities
    on a teacher or classroom website. Teaching online extends the ways that you can connect with your students.
    · Sharing information
    A teacher’s electronic communication system has
    the edit button abovepotential to open a 24/7 flow of information between the classroom and students’ families. Posting information online is an advantage. Everyone receives the information the same way, minimizing confusion.
    · Building learning communities
    An electronic communication system invites students to join a community of learners who are exploring topics of interest.
    · Publishing student work
    Can be an inviting way for students to publish and display work done in the classroom or at home. Students enjoy creating something that others are going to see.
    · Energizing student writing
    Opens multiple possibilities for students to write to you and to each other. Nearly all elementary school students spend 3 hours or less a week on writing. Nearly ¾ of K – 12 students never get a writing assignment from their social studies or history teacher.
    Emailing and Instant Messaging
    Email and IM are examples of communication technologies that have become so widespread. Adults use email and IM for workplace communication, business networking, online shopping, family talk and recreational pursuits. Young students are motivated by the ways that email and IM enable them to communicate using the forms of talk they have with their friends.
    Strategies for Using Email and IM with Your Students
    · Use password-protected student communication systems to Email and IM
    · Use email and IM to teach about spelling
    · Establish email connections to libraries, museums and universities
    · Initiate email correspondence with elected officials and other public policy makers
    · Hold online office hours
    Websites and Blogs for Teachers and Students
    · Teacher/classroom website – primarily devoted
    to put your ownwork as a teacher. May also serve as an online digital portfolio.
    · Teacher blog – serves as an online journal where you post information and ideas related to your teaching. Blogs are multipurpose instructional tools.
    Differences between Websites and Blogs
    One major distinction is ease of site creation and management. Another difference is a blogger’s ability to interject a personal voice by sharing information and opinions in an informal style.
    Creating Your Own Teacher Blog
    - Student learning
    - Student/family communications
    - Professional networking
    Three basic types of education-related blogs:
    1. “Official face” blogs serve as formal information centers for schools
    2. Single-purpose blogs address one subject area within a school, such as science or language arts.
    3. Active learning blogs involve students and teachers in conversations around parts of the curriculum.
    The basic components of a blog include the following features:
    · Heading
    · Pages
    · Archives
    · Categories
    · Blogroll
    · Meta
    Design Decisions in Building a Teacher Blog
    · Content posting
    · Reader response
    · Audience
    · Authorship
    Examples of Blog Design Decisions by Teachers
    When creating a blog, you must decide among the various design possibilities for
    content posting, reader response, audience and authorship. One tool that will assist you greatly in creating your blog is a digital image scanner.
    Analyzing Teacher-Made Websites and Blogs
    Parts of the Site
    Key Questions
    · Is the site clear to read and navigate?
    · Does the structure of the site follow a logical pattern?
    · Does the site draw people in?
    · Are there pictures or other visuals?
    · Does the site look complete or does it appear “thrown together?”
    · Does information
    on this page.
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    the site relate to a class and its educational content?
    · Is the information easily available?
    · Is there a variety of information?
    · Are there links to related sources and sites?
    · Are there too many links without providing needed information for students?
    Contact information
    · Is there an easy way to contact the teacher?
    Discussion options
    · Are there ways to leave messages, ask questions, or discuss information and topics?
    Up to date
    · Is the information up to date in relation to class work?
    · Does the page contain a reference stating “last updated on…”?
    Class logistics
    · Are assignments posted?
    · Is a class syllabus or outline posted?
    Overall impressions
    · What do you like most about the site?
    · What do you like least about the site?
    Strategies for Incorporating Reader Response
    · Focus
    on Manage Wikiissues that have meaning and Invite People.
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    relevance to your wiki's colorsstudents
    · Stress the importance of active, thoughtful participation
    · Emphasize rapid vs. delayed feedback
    · Establish clear rules for online conduct
    · Respond directly, but tactfully
    · Develop an online reading response form for your students
    Wikis as a Collaborative Learning Strategy
    · WikiTravel, a worldwide travel guide
    · Wictionary, a collaboratively developed dictionary
    · Cookbook Wiki, a compendium of information about global cuisines
    · WikiEd, a wiki for educators
    · WikiHow, an effort to create the world’s largest how-to manual
    · WikiIndex, a wiki featuring information about wikis
    · Wikibooks, a site that hosts more than 25,000 jointly created open-content books
    · Curriki, a site featuring online, open source curriculum materials
    In schools, wikis allow students and teachers to do the following:
    · Use technology in meaningful ways in their classroom
    · Collaborate with peers and colleagues
    · Synthesize and explain the content they are learning through written expression and different forms of multimedia expression
    · Publish their writing and other creative
    or theme, clickscientific work
    · Receive feedback about their learning both inside and outside the classroom
    Collaborative Learning Environments
    Collaborative learning happens when students together work
    on Managedifferent parts of a problem and discover key concepts and information for themselves. Wikis have the technological capacities to model and support student-to-student collaboration.
    Building a Standards
    The goal is to build a collaboratively developed
    and Lookmaintained collection of learning materials to use in teaching the state’s mandated history standards for high school students.
    Creating a Wikitext
    Wikis can be used in K – 12 classrooms whenever students or teachers are involved in collaborative
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    group projects. The idea of a wikitext is a promising new instructional model. A wikitext approach places students in new roles as content creators, not simply content receivers.
    Strategies for Using Wikis with Your Students
    · Group processes
    · Nature of the wikitext
    · Inappropriate or plagiarized material
    · Grades for students
    Focus Question #2
    Children and adolescents are the largest users of email and instant messaging technologies. Many teachers use email as a way to communicate with students, families, and professional colleagues. Fewer teachers use instant messaging because the kind of informal language found in IM can be misunderstood or misused.
    Key Terms
    1. Asynchronous communications- information exchanges that have an interruption or time delay between responses
    2. Blogs- short for weblog, an online journal that people
    can viewread and edit your wiki, click on Manage Wikirespond to electronically
    3. Collaborative learning environments- settings where teachers
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    students work together to investigate curriculum topics and share academic information
    4. Computer-mediated communication- information exchanges between people using computers,
    the help link aboveinternet, or wireless technologies
    5. Digital image scanner- devices that can scan handwritten or paper text and images into a digital file
    6. Educational networking- communication technologies that teachers and students can use
    to learn morecommunicate electronically about howeducational issues and topics
    7. Email- electronic messages sent between people using computers and the internet
    8. Instant messaging- real time, typed text interactions between people using computers or mobile communication devices
    9. Microblogging- a form of blogging that involves sending short text messages, photos, or audio clips
    to use your wiki.
    friends or professional colleagues, often done via a cell phone
    10. Online discussions- an electronic forum where people discuss topics of interest
    11. Social networking- using computers and the internet to share personal information online
    12. Standards wiki- a wikispace focusing specifically on educational standards
    13. Synchronous communications- information exchanges that happen in real time, as in a back-and-forth instant messaging conversation or discussion board.
    14. Teacher or classroom websites- a website devoted to the learning activities of a school classroom
    15. Textspeak- abbreviated language of letters and symbols used for quick communication in instant messaging and cell phone texting
    16. Wikis- web pages that are created and maintained by multiple contributors
    17. Wikitext- book or other collection of academic-related materials created by a group of wiki users

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Tuesday, August 24

  1. page home edited Welcome to Your New Wiki! Getting Started Click on the edit button above to put your own conte…

    Welcome to Your New Wiki!
    Getting Started
    Click on the edit button above to put your own content on this page.
    To invite new members, click on Manage Wiki and Invite People.
    To change your wiki's colors or theme, click on Manage Wiki and Look and Feel.
    To set who can view and edit your wiki, click on Manage Wiki and Permissions.
    Need Help?
    Click on the help link above to learn more about how to use your wiki.

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