May Digital Sharing Space

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  • Our new book club for staff just launched. By setting up a series of blog posts with no content (just a subject), the home page acts like a table of contents, and each staff member comments at the end of each chapter. We wanted each person to reflect without being guided by a facilitator. Last time we tried this, we found that newer comments often referred to earlier comments. A face-to-face discussion, which goes beyond personal reflections to consider implications for our school community, concludes the book club. We found that our busy staff liked this approach.


  • This is a graphic organizing site that is just like Inspiration but can be shared between students. Students or teachers invite member to work on a common "web." This can also be accessed at home while our Inspiration cannot be accessed unless they own the program.




  • As an extension to the Sun, Moon & Earth wiki pages, my students made a short video in movie maker. This is just one of the groups examples (more vidoes on the Sun, Moon, Earth main page). Their task was to take 1 important fact from a short United Streaming video, cut it and put it into movie maker. They had to add a title page, and 1 additional page with another fact from the video. They added a credits page at the end.


  • There are no big projects being worked on right now since I am trying to cram in all the stuff we haven't gotten to yet!. :) A "yay"-one teacher in my last MSU class was inspired by the use of Wikis and wants to start Wiki-tastic book reviews in her third grade classroom. I am helping her set that up. I forget where she teaches ( I don't even know if it's in MI or not!) but I thought that was kind of cool to see it start to spread.


  • This file is the mothers day gift template my students used last week. Students created a calendar and inserted pictures either from a flash or pictures that were scanned in. This was the students first experience with publisher and with scanning. Students also used microsoft word or kidpix to create a cover. They had to layout the page as landscape so that it would flow with the calendar. With kidpix, students had to learn how to export files and create a jpeg and place it on microsoft. The calendars turned out very well, even though they were more work than I thought.


Curriculum Link
  • This is a wiki for teachers to get and share lesson plans. Thanks to Sarah Meyers who showed me!



  • Making a list is usually straightforward and requires little thought. But when it comes to ordering and prioritizing items in that list, higher-level skills of analysis and evaluation are put to use. The Visual Ranking Tool brings focus to the thinking behind making ordered lists. Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus”.


This is one of my students who moved to Germany. She has kept in touch with us through email and the wiki since she moved! It is pretty cool to see another way these tools can help us learn and communicate. I thought is was so cool that she asked if she could take part in something we are doing in class through the wiki! Any ideas on how I or any of us could use this in the future if/when our students move away?



  • I set up a new how-to wiki with screencasts and links to other how-to sites. My question is how (and maybe when) we should introduce next year's teachers to such a resource? On the one hand I think this can really lessen the burden on a teacher and their feeling like they need to know all about the technologies their kids are using. On the other hand, I think the kids learning to be self-reliant as a group and individually is important. They have a great opportunity to work on their problem-solving and persistence. If we aren't careful, I'm fearful of losing much of what your kids got from this year's experience.


  • The pdf is a blogging guide created by a teacher for the parents of students in her classroom. Her students were busy building and molding the learning network of their classroom - adding posts, creating pages, making connections to the world beyond the walls of their community. In an effort to increase parent participation and voice in their learning network, this teacher created a 2-page Blog Guide for parents, complete with screen captures and step by step details. She noted in a recent interview, "this type of guide is particularly useful for parents who are quite unfamiliar with the technology". Included in her "how-to" topics: subscribe to email, use category links to find posts written by their children, leave comments, and navigate between various pages, posts and widgets. Perhaps a screencast Blog Guide for !gnite parents could be among the additions to our new HowTo Wiki.
  • Be sure to check out the class blog itself and take a moment to look around - I noted a blog guidelines page that compliments the hardcopy handout above, and several interesting videos and activities - all from a community of 22 second grade students.
Students researched the geography of Saudi Arabia and became experts. Then working in a forum, shared their expertise with the other experts.
On the SAMR scale, it would be modification because it has integrated technology to jigsaw student learning.