5-B-3: Podcasting in the Classroom

The podcast I explored was created by an amazing group of first graders. The students were reading a chapter book and the teacher had them create a podcast of a pretend interview with the main characters from their story. They read one chapter at a time and together brainstormed interview questions for their podcast. The teacher took turns record students responding to the interview questions. They did an AWESOME job!!! The student truly demonstrated knowledge of the story elements. You could hear in their voice how motivated and excited they were to create this podcast. The teacher also asked for listeners to leave comments for their students to help make this experience real for them by showing them how wide their audience was. I can use this podcast in my classroom in two ways, to inspire and to create. I will start by allowing my students to listen to this podcast to show them the wonderful job these students did. I will explain how we are going to create the same type of podcast based on a story we are reading. I hope to find the same results that this teacher achieved. I chose this podcast because it truly demonstrated how to use technology for a purpose and it created a valuable learning experience.

Here is a link to the podcast:



5-A-1: Flickr Possibilities



Using Flickr in the classroom is a new concept to me.  In fact, I have never even heard of Flickr before this assignment.  After exploring the components of Flickr, I immediately began to brainstorms ways in which I can incorporate it into my teaching.

1- Communication:

One way to keep first grade parents happy is to include them in the classroom as much as possible.  Using the smartphone app for Flickr will allow me to instantly upload pictures of my classroom to my class website.  It seems like it will allow me to document the learning in our classroom for parents to see instantly.  I love that I can create a group that only parents can access.  This will ensure safety for all. Parents could subcsribe to RSS feeds to the group so they can stay up-to-date with our classroom!

2- Writing:

Using the media on Flickr will be a great tool to assist the student in digital story telling.  I could also select images to use as a visual writing prompt.  The students can use the pictures as a guide to write creatively or to interpret.

3- As a Resource:

First graders are surely visual learners.  Allowing them to see visuals will assist their learning.  The images on Flickr could be a great tool.  One topic that came to mind was the life cycle of a butterfly.  I could use Flickr to show students real life pictures of the life cycle.  Seeing these types of images will promote learning.

Image Citation: Sean MacEntee. (2012, June 29). ipad. Sean MacEntee Photostream. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/7469170810/

4-D-1: Wikis in My Classroom

I think using wikis in the classroom is a valuable resource. I particularly like using wikis as a classroom website. It allows students to be active members of the classroom community. It provides parents with a view into the classroom on a daily basis. This provides them the sense of belonging to the classroom community as well.

Activity 4-C-1 was learning experience that I enjoyed. It was challenging to learn the format of the wiki, but with practice it did get much easier. The discussion tab made it very convenient to discuss ideas and suggestions before making changes to the group project. The discussion tab really allowed for more collaboration. I really enjoyed being able to collaborate from home and my convenience. It was nice being able to bounce ideas off of each other at just a click of a button.

Using wikis in the classroom is a Web 2.0 tool that I can easily incorporate into my classroom. If I take small steps, I do not believe I would encounter any resistance. Giving students, parents, and faculty valuable information about wikis will make the transition smoother. Allowing them to see the benefits will help everyone see how useful they are to the classroom environment.

3-D-2 Social Bookmarking Plan

Option B

Another first grade teacher and myself work hand-in-hand on a daily basis. We have very similar teaching styles. Our philosophies on education are extremely similar, therefore, our classrooms are structured alike. Every Monday, after much time is spent lesson planning on Sunday, we review the outlook of our week together. Not to my surprise, we tend to find similar teaching ideas through blogs, Teachers Pay Teachers, and other online resources. We then share our ideas and jump into our week. I plan on using social bookmarking with her. This will allow us to create a group and access and share each other’s bookmark. This summer, our goal is to understand and develop a plan to incorporate the Daily 5 into our classroom for the start of the new school year. I will begin by creating a Daily 5 group where her and I will bookmark valuable resources, blogs, and articles. This will be a great way for us to communicate through the summer and be on the same page when we start the new school year.

3-B-2 Learning via RSS

Because I teach first grade, my RSS feeds are primarily going to be to enhance my teaching and learning for the students. During this course, I have discovered a handful of blogs that I have found such great ideas that I would have never thought of on my own. I have found blogs of teachers who devote so much time updating their blogs with relevant learning activities that correlate with my curriculum. Following these blogs through RSS feeds will save me so much time and effort. It will help put all of these blogs in one place for me. This will allow me to quickly access all of the newest content on my favorite blogs. As an educator, this will enhance my teaching career because I will be left with all the latest and greatest ideas.

Blog Comment

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You did a wonderful job! Your illustrations are very vibrant and beautiful. You included all key information that children need to know when they are learning about butterflies. I found your amazing facts to be very interesting.

Here is a link to my blog were I discussed how useful I found your blog of your science animal report!