Sunday, June 21, 2015

Project #3: MTI 562

I created a Haiku Deck to introduce my 2nd grade students to nonfiction text features which they can use as tools to help them when reading nonfiction. This serves as a good starting point. From there, they participate in nonfiction scavenger hunts and work collaboratively on text-mapping. This web tool was pretty easy to use. I downloaded the app to my iPad, but you can create "decks" on the web site as well.

Nonfiction Text features - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

I also created a Haiku Deck about butterflies as a model for my first grade research lesson.  Next year, rather than put their final product on paper, I'd like my students to create a Haiku Deck about the butterfly they researched. They are focusing on identifying the butterfly, describing the color of it, and describing what the caterpillar looks lilke.  They will then compare the butterfly studied in Library class to their live butterfly in the classroom. This is a simple project, but between the reading involved and the use of technology at this level, I feel it is age appropriate.

Butterflies - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hello MTI562!

I am creating a slideshow presentation on my Mac for our Second Grade End of the Year Celebration.  I was thinking that my best bet would be to use Google; as the photos are already saved in my Drive and I am playing a variety of background music from a separate file. 

I would like to insert a folder of photos that I have in Google Drive.  I am having trouble selecting all of the photos to insert at once.  I have tried clicking with the shift key held down, control click, and option (alt) click and nothing is working. How can I add all of these photos at once? It seems easier to add all photos, then rearrange the slides and add animation.

On another note, the person running the audio/visual booth has requested that I save it to a flash drive.  I have hundreds of photos, and I am wondering how many I should use to create the slideshow? I was thinking that I should create more than one slideshow so that the photos don't change too quickly, and it would be easier to save. 

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I'm beginning to see what Jacqui means about being a risk taker-trying and failing then trying again!  I find myself going back to what I've done this week and making changes. After reading and rereading the class schedule, I found that what I thought I had done right was not, or was it?
Simple things like embedding a code were trying my patience.  I attempted to embed the code for my Voki so it would show right up on my digital portfolio.  Whenever I tried, nothing came up.  I then watched Jacqui's video on How to Embed and found I was doing everything right.  After several more attempts, I realized that I had not paged down enough and therefore was not copying the whole embed code! Lesson learned.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello MTI 562!

I am currently finishing my 5th year as a library media specialist. I teach Library classes to students in a PK-2 school. For the first time, I will be attending the ISTE conference in June.  I am hoping that my experience here will make me feel less overwhelmed with the all of the technology that I will be presented with at the conference!

Up until now, my focus has really been on the librarian part of the job. I enjoy sharing my love of reading and work hard to develop lifelong readers. Next year I will be taking on a bigger role in terms of the "media" part of the job.  In addition to teaching my Library classes, I will also be required to assist teachers with technology.

I am excited to learn new technology skills that I will be able to share with classroom teachers in the Fall. The first and second grade teachers will be equipped with a cart of ChromeBooks and looking for help to make the best use of them! Our Kindergarten teachers will have access to iPads to use in their classrooms, and will rely on me to provide them with new ideas for integration and support.