Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
-Does a lot of school visits and will help with the grant if writing a grant for an author visit
(*ordered Penguin Chick, How Animals Shed Their Skin, Baby Sea Otter from Follett)
Fiction Writing Workshop
-kids in pairs to write a story and share in readers theater-style
Penguin Day/Writing Workshops
-all students dressed in black and white
Interesting fact of the day: Some frogs were never tadpoles: http://www2.philadelphiazoo.org/zoo/Meet-Our-Animals/Amphibians/Frogs-and-Toads/Dwarf-Surinam-toad.htm
Since I skipped the first session (to prep for my session) and spoke at the second session (7:30-9:45 last night!), I'm in my first "real" session with Sharon McElmeel--author and librarian. She writes a monthly column for Library Sparks and Picture That. Authors in the Kitchen (recipes/illustrations from many authors and illustrators)
The session didn't live up to my expectations, but my sketchy notes are below...
-primary vs. secondary sources
-Finding out what we know and using what we know are different.
-Carol Gorman (Sumptown Kid) (Games)
Art Pennington--Negro League baseball player (With: We Are the Ship)
"I learn much more than I could ever use in my stories. I think all that I have learned helps me choose and shape what will eventually be in the story." --author of Snowflake Bently
(Just what students need to do when using the Internet for research...or just about anything really.)
Chicken Joy on Redbean Farm
Sunday, February 8, 2009
--Music can change the meaning of a clip
Story mapping instead of a storyboard--Stay away from linear storylines
1. Engage the story
Be aware of conscious objects of desire and unconscious objects of desire
"Mountains"--Ups and downs of a story (24 example) that create tension in the story
*See Ken Adams map for lesson starter..."because of that..."
Media Development Process
media planning-story map (use power point) (1 page/16 font=2 min of speech)
pre-production-media list/gather raw media components
Personal Museum--look around to determine what makes a good story
*A good first step is to use something personal, then make the leap to academic topics
Suggestions for assessment: http://jasonohler.com/storytelling/assessment.cfm
Students should tell about something they still think about
Literacy: comsuming and producing media forms. Students should bea ble to write whatever they read. They should create what they want to consume/thoughtful and creative media.
Literacy is changing. Web 3.0=Read/Write/Paint/Think Rather than coding the web as a lot of text statements, the web will be tagged and a search will bring a "media report." It makes all of this information intelligable for machines.
9 Digital Literacy Action Guidelins
1. Shift from text to media
2. Value writing more than ever
3. Adopt art as 4th R---Art as a literacy
4. Follow DAOW (Digital Art Oral Written) of literacy
5. Attitude is the aptitude
6. Practice private and social literacy
7. Develop literacy about digital tools--learn how media persuades
8. Fluency, not just literacy--Understands what tools can do and can use/lead with that (doesn't have to be the best techie)
9. Harness both report and story...embrace the story! Students want a story
*Story first...Tech second*
Assessment must include the writing/research/reflection as well as the final product.
Story core includes Problem(tension), Transformation (growth), Solution (resolution)--Focus on how the character is different at the end of the story
8 Levels of growth/change
1. Physical--realizing how to do something
2. Inner strength---courage, potential
7. Intellectual-problem solving
Report-story=problem, visual, audio, collaborative effort, animation
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Diigo and Delicious are similar, but Diigo allows you to create groups and share annotations/bookmarks with others. Diigo will also automatically post to blogs.
I had to tune out because there are dozens and dozens of other resources Jen is sharing, so I am going to focus on posting to Diigo and Delicious, signing my students up for accounts in Wikispaces for collaborative purposes and beginning my blog on the DEN web site...and cross-posting here and on blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary.
Oh, Drop.io looks pretty cool too. I'll check that out also. Jen rocks!
Here is the link to all of Jen's resources: http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/digitalstorytelling
Public Service Announcement
Breaking News or Olds Broadcast
Story told from the perspective of an object
-Stories from one image--have students make up a story based on one image or a series of images in a sequence
-Stories from a muted video clip
-Stories with student-found images and set narrative
Write, Develop script, storyboard, locate resources, create, share
Innovators in the field of education...according to Steve.
Darren Kuropatwa (Created class Scribe Hall of Fame), D'arcy Norman (first educator to begin podcasting), Jerome Burg (created Google Lit Trips).
Camstudio, Prettymay, Odeo, Aireset--Horizons Project with Vikki Davis...Those are the sites I didn't know
YackPack--acts like a walki talki on a web page
The KinderKids page--Kindergarten blog--Uploads pictures to BubbleShare for parents to see what happened during the day
Jenuine Teach--Creative projects for the PreK-6 Elementary Class
*Good ideas for kindergarteners and younger students
Riptide Furse's podcast safe music/audio
Andy Carvin--created his own version of dialtest using twitter and plodt
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The first weekend after school let out, I headed to Denver, CO where my mom had two large events happening (she is an event planner) and so when she asked if I would be willing to help, I said, "Yes!" We stayed in downtown Denver and were even able to go to a Rockies game. I was in awe by the Rocky mountains & being one mile above sea level.
The following two weeks were spent teaching at the Young Writers Institute where I was again inspired by the talented young authors in my class. Those Foster students made me proud!!
I then headed to Silver Spring, MD to join 49 other teachers (by invitation only) at Discovery Channel Headquarters for an intense week-long technology conference. I have SO much to share this year! I was even asked to come back for the second week as a staff member to teach sessions on geocaching (thanks to our MLFE grant). We were able to do some actual caching around Maryland and even found the original Silver Spring! It was exciting to work with such dynamic educators.
After a brief weekend visiting friends in NC, and catching up on tutoring, I spent the last week in Boston where I learned more about American history than in any course I've taken. The Freedom Trail was inspiring and would make the perfect field trip! ;-) My brother's wedding in Cape Cod followed and even though I was 25 hours late (thanks, USAirways), I am now back and ready for the school year to begin!
(This is the first post cross posted on my school blog, http://blog.mtlsd.org/cybrary/ )
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The good news is that with tools like Twitter, Ning, and Plurk, it's easy (and free) to connect to educators all over the world to share ideas and informal professional development so we can keep up. It's up to the teachers to take it upon themselves to do so, and embody life long learning.
Steve's speeches are always so dynamic and inspiring. Thanks, Steve, for reminding all of us that we are our best resource.
To try: Google Lit trips that are mapped out on Google Earth for a visual representation of the content with embedded images, videos, etc.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Steve Dembo and Hall Davidson were stellar keynote speakers. Stellar. They live on the bleeding edge of educational technology and are quick to share it with the rest of us. Now, I want to write a grant for a class set of cell phones. Who knew?
(Ok, this is why blog posts don't get published on time...I'm going into the other room now...brb)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Down the Rabbit Hole
I Ustreamed this session, so these are the MOST important sites...I'll embed the video from UStream as soon as I find it...
seesmic--for video comments on the blogs
can embed any flash object into ppt--google maps, etc
Virtual Conferences--October 18 and April 25
DE Streaming Boot Camp--September 30, October 7, 14, 21
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
4 Corners Intro...Dirt Road, Paved Road, Super Highway, Yellow Brick Road as an ice breaker. Have "dirt roaders" choose the next topic and move to the appropriate corner of experience.
Have students begin with a 30 second video. First round, students' poems included personification. One day, photos. One day, titles. One day, sound. Export.
Digital riddle: choose an "idea" and include text slides and ONE image...just use parts of the image to reveal portions of the image.
Digital documentary: Transforming Oregon Trail journal into video...Apply sepia effects but concentrate on text and voice. Combine journal entries to create a documentary.
Digital report: Student write the report and voice over with Discovery Streaming clips.
Fast Fiction: Choose 5 images and write sentences that incorporate those images and create a story. Put images in a Picasa photo album for student access
Comic Life: Now available for PCs-Add photo effects and narration
Tips for success:
1. Start with a digital kit (have materials ready...just begin with images)
2. Stay together--(at least the first time through)
3. Pre-Production--planning is everything
4. One skill per session
5. Scaffold projects
Key Learning vs. Muddiest Point for an evaluation tool--collect on the way out
Mike Bryant's Power Point on the way...
When adding placemarks, the latitude and longitute coordinates are listed there.
Pull images from Discovery Ed Streaming, get the url, and insert the address into properties. Add code to embed the image.
Embed video clips by copy/pasting address in DE Streaming with the Mac...Not yet with PC...
-Record audio in Audacity and Google Reader and embed in GE as a tutorial...Embed code in Power Point.
-WiFi and Geotagger in the card (eye fi card) from a digital camera and photos automatically upload through Flickr. Works with the "Wayport" connection at airports and McDonalds or your own personal WiFi.
Save everything in the folder so that all is together under the kmz file...
Monday, July 14, 2008
I've only been in Silver Spring 10 hours but I've learned enough to fill about 10 days already. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week will bring! : )
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
It was a bittersweet day. My very first class "graduated" from elementary school and are headed for middle school. I looped with this class for kindergarten, first and second grades because there were 3 sections of kids and I was the new hire that didn't have a "permanent" spot, so I've known these kids since they were 5. Naturally, they are very special to me. Just as those students have been an integral part of the beginning of my professional life, I can only hope I was just as important to the beginning of their school life.
As I watched teary eyed at the awards ceremony this morning, one of the kids (who I had in my class in kindergarten and second grade and then 4th & 5th for library) walked to the podium and thanked me for teaching the way he learns best. Wow...Did I really do that? How did he even know? Another student called the library a "magical place where Miss Belardi makes things come alive." Really? Did I do that too? Was a highlight of their six years at Foster really when I helped a student get a poem published in first grade and when I "let" them use the handhelds? Will they really remember the time we raised butterflies? Presented Power Points at the local mall? Had Readers Theater with the disco ball? I doubt it, but I find comfort in knowing that I will have those memories and watching these 50 kids learn and grow has been (selfishly speaking) the most rewarding and happy experience. Even if it is time to let them go.
This is a crazy and completely stressful time of year. Purchase orders, inventory, and IEP evaluations demand my time and it's the time I miss being a classroom teacher the most. However, listening to the words of my now former students, I am thankful to them for being the best teachers I've ever had. I already miss them, but today, as I saw Blake's pre-school sister look at her mom with the same attitude Blake looked at me when I asked her to re-write her "f"s in Kindergarten, I look forward to beginning the cycle all over again.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
A huge thank you goes to Jim Hopton, Peggy Barger and Lance Rouguex for all of their help and for making the day so memorable! We already started to plan the next event in the fall! Click here to see more pictures from the day.
(Some of the backgrounds didn't transfer, but you get the idea!) : )
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Who: You and any other person(s) you choose to bring with you (They do not have to be STAR Discovery Educators…just have an interest in educational technology!)
Where: Fallingwater-Free tours available after the training
When: 9-1 on Saturday, May 17th
What: Sessions will include Geocaching (we will use real GPS units), Google Sketch-Up, Animoto and The Best 2.0 Websites/Tools (Twitter, VoiceThread, Google Maps, etc.) plus a tour of the Kaufman house at Fallingwater.
Lunch will be provided.
Why: Because “good” technology training is hard to find!
**Reservations close May 12th!!**
To reserve a spot or if you have any questions, contact Bridget Belardi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Monday, April 21, 2008
My favorite section is "Expired, Tired and Wired." Today, I noticed Google Earth in the "Expired" category, and I did a double take. In it's "wired" place was the WorldWide telescope from Microsoft. I'm a big Google Earth/Google Map fan, so I had to check out what trumps them! I'm about two months behind the big announcement, but I think it's definitely worth pointing out to prepare for the big release.
Basically, it's a virtual telescope that allows exploration of the universe. Take a look at this video that shows the footage from the telescope. Students will be able to explore the constellations, just as though they were driving a space satellite. When clicking on the image, data is displayed for further investigation. Wow! It's due out (free for educators) this spring. It's a good thing I subscribe to Wired (and don't tolerate abuse for it)!!! : )
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I would recommend this course to all of my librarian colleagues and hope that there will be a 2.0.2 "advanced" class, because there is still so much to learn! Thanks to Marg Foster, my 2.0 "advisor," Joyce Valenza for her help and advice at PETE&C and the rest of the 2.0 team.
I find podcasting and easy way for students to express themselves and "show what they know."
We implemented a podcasting program in our district elementary libraries last year. Starting with 4th and 5th grade, students wrote and recorded book reviews using Audacity. These reviews are stored in a common server for all students to access. I noticed that the books with reviews were checked out more frequently than the ones without. You can listen to the district podcasts (my school is Foster) here: http://multimedia.mtlsd.org/podcasts/library/ Some fourth grade students created their own podcast show and write the script to record news, updates, etc. Audacity is easy for them to navigate and save on their own.
These book reviews are now being written by all grade levels and some are transferred to VoiceThread. Here are reviews written by the first graders:
My goals are to help the classroom teachers to implement podcasts for students who are absent, readers theater, etc.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
While testing LibraryThing, I couldn't help but to see several similarities with GoodReads. I like GoodReads because of the recommendation option and the RSS feed (I receive updates when one of my contacts reviews a book). However, LibraryThink makes it easy to view tags and organize books. I also like seeing the "popularity" of the books.
I hope to use LibraryThing on my school web site to "publicize" new books so students can "see" the covers and even click on them to read a summary. It's proven that seeing the cover image prompts students to check that book out more often. I might try and set that up now...I'll post a link if I get it done.
The image to the right is a screen shot of some of the books I entered that are found on my book shelf at home that I'm looking at right now! :)