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Wikis, blogs, and web publishing

  1. 1. Wikis, Blogs, and Web Publishing James E. Conolly Pennridge North Middle School May 31, 2011 [email_address] *Feel free to contact me*
  2. 2. About James Conolly <ul><li>Science Teacher for grades 7 and 8 </li></ul><ul><li>I took this course to update my technology skill-set to be a better teacher in the age of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>I am interested in using wikis and blogs to prepare my students for future learning environments </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pro’s and con’s of the tech savvy teacher <ul><li>Pro’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting and unique platform for teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adds a pertinent skill parallel to the curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases communication with parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows students to share ideas in a safe environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows communication outside of the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses more learning modalities such as visual data ( i.e. diagrams, colors, movies), interpersonal dialogue, intrapersonal reflection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More easily allows communication outside of school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save on paper…and easily edited for mastery rather than completion of assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So much more…Exciting! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Con’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students need access to the web outside of school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downtime to teach tech skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy/paste plagiarism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network / hardware / tech problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students must be motivated to complete work at their own pace. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of privacy to the outside world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Misinterpretation of connotation when compared to live communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overwhelming amount of information at your fingertips. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. A little pre-reflection and babbling <ul><li>The curriculum for my 7th grade science class is new this year. I thought that this class would be an excellent opportunity for me to develop some new resources to share with my colleagues. Wikis, blogs, etc are an excellent avenue to share with our peers. I need only to send a link to my website and I instantaneously have access to the opinions from teachers in all buildings within my school district. This has proven invaluable as we continue to :tweek” our new curriculum. I have actually designed a wiki in which I shared the use/password so that anyone can edit/improve or resources. It has proven to be an excellent venue to share ideas. One of my greatest complaints about my career as a teacher is that I am constantly reinventing the wheel because I have no idea what my peers are doing in their classrooms ( And they’re smart). This wiki has been a great way to share ideas, edit one another’s work and share resources. </li></ul><ul><li>I also want to find a place for students to edit their work toward mastery. Discussion forums have proved a valuable resources for this. The students can write, read my comments and rewrite all of their assignments. Students have been able to work and rework their assignments; and I can give immediate feedback. Awesome. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some of my resources * some are old resources that have been updated <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is my new, most favorite tool. It is going to be one of my most important tools for developing authentic assessment and communication with my students as well as my parents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am still working to develop useful resources, but the security protocols and the design of this site is an excellent. I tried blogster…equally useful, but my school has not made this possible yet.  . Maybe next year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>COOL. Next year, I will pay a few bucks to add this to my site. I never fully integrated it into my webpage, but it is an active link into a new window. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I developed this site specifically for this course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am still working on some of the privacy and web blockers for my school to make it a tool for my students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is my primary work for this course to develop discussion forums for my class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a diamond in the rough. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I found a cool fish animation that the students like enough to visit from home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If you build it, they will come.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is the bridge between my old web pages and my new ones. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This has been built and edited by my team. It serves as a venue to communicate with students, parents and one another </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is one of my older web pages, but I can no longer edit as the school has pulled the plug on funding. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This class is very useful because it is showing me some of the free/cheap resources to continue using the web in my classroom hwere I get to be the author. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great animation site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possibilities as a student project on a community based performance task to show the work being done. I am going to use this site to build an “end of the year” slide show for the school to watch students in the science classroom. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More to come…I love this stuff. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resource Reflection <ul><li>I have more resources, some of which failed to be useful. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like the voki. But if I pay the small fee to make it longer…I see a lot of potential </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I have had fun building my sites and learned a lot even in my failures. </li></ul><ul><li>My latest adventure has been adding discussions to my wiki page so that that students can hand in their assignments online to save paper and allow open editing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I have had a few problems and I think I am returning to for designing discussion threads and grading papers without paper </li></ul><ul><li>A missed opportunity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I would like to add podcasts and mass text alerts to my students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you imagine the educational potential of adding mass texting to our toolbox. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I could send out homework, missed assignments, links to worksheets, answers to exit slips and more to each cell phone on my list (including parents). The educational potential is limitless. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I plan to make cell phones an educational tool in the coming years…Matbe even a part of the lesson during class if I can get the school to allow cell phones in the classroom. (Could you imagine getting upset at a student for not having their cell phone?) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Final Slides <ul><li>This class has been fun </li></ul><ul><li>I have integrated many ideas into my classroom this year. I have already begun building tools for next year. </li></ul><ul><li>I have begun a dialogue with the IT department for getting what I need for next year (A key ingredient to making this happen) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Final Slide <ul><li>The pro’s heavily outweigh the con’s for including this in my regular habit teahing science </li></ul><ul><li>My google sites, my wikispaces, and wordpress are quickly becoming a part of my classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>I have only shared a small window into how I am using these tools in my classroom right now. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Final Slides <ul><li>I am still working to overcome privacy and tech problems...but I am getting closer to solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>I am using these tools for absent students, students on vacation, gifted extensions, special education modifications and notes for myself. </li></ul><ul><li>I see these skills as a necessary component of teaching in the next decade. </li></ul>
  10. 10. To Mr. Kiker <ul><li>Thank you for all of your feedback and exposing me to new technology. </li></ul><ul><li>My parents will thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>And eventually…my students will be better prepared for their futures. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>James E. Conolly </li></ul><ul><li>215-499-0494 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  11. 11. PS <ul><li>Only if it’s possible… </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to learn how to work with Google to develop new educational tools. Let me know who I could contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>