Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tool #9 Skype and Jing these were both VERY new to me, but I think both would be useful in my 2nd grade classroom. We had penpals last year, so I think using Jing to take snapshots of things in houston,etc, and creating a slideshow etc to send to our penpals would be cool. The kids could choose what was important or critical info. As for skype...YEAH.... now my kids can talk to their grandparents! We have tried other video messaging things, but this really worked the best! The kids loved it and I can see skyping with penpals next year! I think it would also be beneficial to observe teachers teaching from a distance! What an amazing asset that can contribute so much to teaching and learning!

Tool #9 Videos in the Classroom

Purple Martins have become a HUGE part of second grade since we won several grants and put in purple martin housing. Attached is a live video of a purple martin using a video camera that we will hopefully be able to purchase in the fall with a grant that hopefully we will get! :) This video will give students and up close experience of a real purple martin!

This 2nd video is of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. We study caterpillars and life cycles in 2nd grade. However, all too often, the kids miss the actual emerging of the butterfly, so this will allow the kids to see what happened while they were away!

Videos play a huge role in my teaching because they can show children what concepts look like "live"!! These are just 2 of the videos that I have found and posted. Videos can capture what photos and words cannot!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tool #7 Photo Story

Making photo stories is so much fun! My students last year made photo stories about famous people they were reading about and presented them to the class. The children LOVED the project and all were actively engaged!My husband took my daughter on her first plane ride and they went to Seattle. I was working on her pictures, so I decided to make a photo story using them! Enjoy! this isn't working..and I am on a different I will move on and then get back to it when I get home! I am curious why it didn't work? Oh well! Will try again! :) Moving on....hope that is ok! I made that video on my husband's computer and tried to change it to AVI format. I am still going to work on it, but until then, I took photos Ihad of Dr. Suess on my Dell and made another one! Cross your fingers...