An Online Journey: Wikis, Blogs, and Web Publishing Presented by Carol Pletcher
The Most Useful Online Tool <ul><li>Wikispaces proved to be the best fit for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a perfect platform for collaborative purposes. Allows for remote participation between buildings in a district. </li></ul><ul><li>Is as interactive as the user desires. </li></ul><ul><li>Furnishes an alternative to traditional homework assignments. </li></ul>
Successes! <ul><li>I stepped out of my comfort zone of the old ways to deliver content or information. </li></ul><ul><li>The tools that I used will definitely be a part of my repertoire. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a Wiki for use with my students inspired me to create one for use with my fellow second grade teachers. We started a new literacy program across the district so my Wiki will focus on how we are implementing this program. </li></ul>
Challenges <ul><li>Building the Wiki required an immense amount of time. </li></ul><ul><li>I ‘lost’ work both on the Wiki and on Glogster. </li></ul><ul><li>The technology available at my school does not support a whole class lesson on using the Wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>The RSS is still a bit of a mystery to me. I seem to subscribe to blogs and sites that may or may not show up on my feed. I will not abandon it though! </li></ul><ul><li>I did not generate an education-centered blog. At this time , it does not supplant the eBoard tool which my district provides. I chose a personal blog about my 2010 resolution to make a unique dinner each time I cook. </li></ul><ul><li>www.nosamedinnertwice.blogspot.com </li></ul>
The Moodle Experience <ul><li>This was my very first online course. Most of the hurdles I had to overcome were of my own making. Not being very disciplined, I tend to procrastinate. Having less structure in which to meet the course requirements meant I was in charge of when things got done- yikes! Yet, the content of this course was so compelling. Once I started the first module I could hardly stay away. I woke up thinking “Wiki” or “Glogster” and of all the possibilities. I can say without reservation, I would definitely participate in another moodle, I whole-heartedly endorse anyone taking one of these courses, and most of all~ I wish my county in New Jersey made these available! </li></ul>
My Wikispace <ul><li>This is the work I am the most proud of having accomplished! I plan on making it a restricted page when this class concludes and then inviting my students. </li></ul><ul><li>www.jfcooperclassroom.wikispaces.com </li></ul>
Really Simple Syndication RSS <ul><li>I started with Google Reader and then migrated to iGoogle. I have added a few of the technology blogs and some education ones. </li></ul><ul><li>The greatest benefit to me personally is being able to subscribe to news feeds from Jackson, Wyoming, and the Space Coast of Florida where I have family. I also have included a feed to the local newspaper in Cherry Hill where I teach. </li></ul>
Glogster <ul><li>Now here’s a site anyone could have LOTS of fun using! The most user-friendly tool I worked with for this course! </li></ul><ul><li>www.jfcteacher.glogster.com/theme-13 </li></ul>
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