Have you noticed yet that there are exclamation points behind every one of my topics in these postings?? It’s only because each and every “thing” I encounter is better than the last, and I’m SUPER excited about sharing all of it in my classroom! The newest, most exciting thing of all was found at Voki. I was able to create my own ultra-cool avatar at www.voki.com, I included a background image of my favorite place in the world, Aruba, and I recorded a welcome message before posting it all to my Weebly site. Take a look at that!
I plan on including the link to my Weebly site with the orientation letter that will go home to parents in mid-August, and I’m anxious to hear reactions from students when they encounter my Voki!
This is another site that I can imagine using frequently. My Student Council representatives take a lot of pictures for the yearbook, and I have typically stored everything on my classroom computer. This year, the switched out my computer halfway through the year, and I ended up having to download all of the pictures all over again. With a photo-sharing site such as Snapfish, this would have been so much easier! As I am looking at this site, I see that there are so many gift options and projects to create. The possibilities are endless! I uploaded a beach scene, taken from our last vacation. The site below should take you to my saved Snapfish photo.
I have heard educators talking about Photopeach before, but I was never sure what all the fuss was about. Wow! Yet another amazing “thing” that has immediately sent my mind racing. With students always wondering where in the world they will ever use math outside of the math classroom, I put together a few slides that will get students thinking about the fact that math is indeed everywhere! This is a quick icebreaker that I would like to start students with on the first day of school, and perhaps they could even add their own photos to upload to me. That would definitely make the Photopeach slide show even BETTER next year! You can find the brief show by clicking here…
1a Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness – My Voki avatar that appears on my Weebly site will be the first indication to students and parents what kind of year it will be experienced. My intention is for my students to be more engaged, opening up that innovative and inventive thinking.
2a Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity – With the photo sharing and editing capabilities of the resources that were shared, student creativity has not limits.
3b Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation – Again, the photo sharing and editing resources will make for an excellent yearbook this year. Academically, students can use their own photos to create unit projects that will speak volumes as to what they have learned.
4b Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources – When students are allowed to edit and share their own photos, they quickly become aware that they are in charge of their own learning.
CITW – Best Practice
1 Non-linguistic representations – Working with photos, editing them, and even creating their own avatar, students will be working with the best practice of non-linguistic representations. There are no words, but each pictures if worth a thousand of them.
2 Identifying similarities and differences – Students could take a look at two different pictures, determining what the similarities and differences are in each set of pictures. Furthermore, they could create a Photopeach slide show that would highlight the similarities and differences in two different math concepts, such as linear and exponential functions.
3 Cues, questions, and advanced organizers – The instructor of a math classroom could have students create an advanced organizer that will show real world connections that can be made when discussing integers. There is just SO much that can be done with this “thing”!