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So, I took a stab at creating an infographic.
Check out my top 3 web tools organized by category. Great for teachers who don't know where to begin with the huge selection of web tools.
My 4th grade students will be working on our school's annual Shabbat Around the World Project. Student groups will be assigned a country to research. They are using the internet and books to find out more information on the Jews from that country. How did they get there, what are their traditions, what kinds of foods do they eat, what are their customs, in what ways they like us, in what ways do we differ? Students create an audio/visual presentation for parents and friends during a special evening assembly. This year, we would like to find Jewish Day Schools or Jewish Organizations around the globe for our students to use as a primary resource. We are hoping to create a relationship with this group with whom we can Skype or e-mail. I am hoping that the partnering group will reciprocate the project by learning about the customs of American Jews so our students can provide information by acting as experts. I think this a great opportunity for Jews around the globe to get to know each other and learn together.
The project will begin in September of 2012.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating.
Twitter @jbhaze #shabbataroundworld
This has been a really exciting
semester because not only was this my first time taking a class
online but this class happened to be on my most favorite topic. I
absolutely love the internet. Since I am a technology teacher, the
internet is at the core of the majority of my lessons. I created my
classroom curriculum from my own research and felt so validated that
almost all of the topics I address with my own students were the same
as those highlighted in this course. Now that I have read additional
articles and have been exposed to more information, I can tweak many
of my own lessons to incorporate new findings, peer commentary and
suggested websites. I enjoyed all the projects in this course:
creating the website, the blog, the web quest, and especially the
digital story. By working on these projects I have so much more
insight in to what my students go through in creating projects for my
class. I realized that in some cases there are better ways to
present my lessons. For example, by using Zunal to create my web
quest, it forced me to include so much more background information
and to set up my web quest in a much more dynamic format that I will
most likely use again. The digital story took so much more
preparation and time than I had expected. I will make sure to create
small steps and deadlines when doing this type of project with my own
students. The blog was an excellent way for me to record some of my
thoughts and findings throughout the course of the semester. I have
used blogging with my own students and can now better understand why
they love it so much.
I think this is an exciting time to be
a teacher. The internet is changing the face of education and our
image of what a classroom should look like. Preparing students (ages
8, 28, 38, or 48) by opening up the possibilities of the internet
will only enhance the learning experience. I plan to be a perpetual
student when it comes to the internet and technology. The best way
to learn is to surround yourself with excellent resources. I have
many of those listed on my blog but most recently I found, much like
Ormiston, the best resource is building a professional network
through social media, mainly Twitter. As she says at the end of her
book, “The tools will change but after experiencing the power of
using social media for collaborative professional learning, I will
always value and stay connected to a network of like-minded
educators.” (pp.110-111, Ormiston.) With that, I invite all of you
to join my professional network @ssdsjbhaze on Twitter. The best
example of how my learning style has changed is after reading
Ormiston boast about her love for Twitter, I did what any 21st
Century Learner would do, I opened my Twitter account and followed
her immediately. Now I am part of her network without her ever
meeting me, I can pick her brain for new ideas and see who she values
in the Twitter Universe. Her teachings will continue beyond just her
text. That's the magic of the internet!
What is the future of the internet?
Well, for one thing, it definitely isn't going anywhere. I agree
with the article "The Future of the Internet III". I think
it is pretty obvious that the internet is becoming more and more
mobile and intertwined in every aspect of our lives. I think the
internet will make us all the more connected with each other but at
the same time has the potential to isolate us from actual face to
face interactions. The internet has made finding new information
extremely easy and accessible but that same ease has made many
students too impatient when seeking the information. The internet
has the potential to link us globally and open our eyes to new ideas,
people, and experiences around the world. I think the potential for
the internet is endless. As with any new technology, some people
will always be hopeful while others will maintain that it was "better
in the old days". The world is constantly changing and the
internet will change with it. I also read the article “Millenials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives” by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie.
This article claims that since children will grow up in a world
that has always had the internet, their brains will be wired
differently. Millenials “will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers
who will do well in key respects.” However, the same things that
may make them “quick-acting multitaskers” can also “drive them
to thirst for instant gratification, settle for quick choices, and
I am in complete agreement with the
epilogue of our book, "Creating A Digital Rich Classroom" by Meg Ormiston. “Successful teachers in the future will be
mashup masters.” (p. 109, Ormiston.) As educators, we will no
longer be ruled by the text book. With the internet we are privy to
news minutes after it happens. Why would we rely on a textbook that
will probably have outdated material in it just hours after it is
printed? For example, the book for this class, although printed in
2011, already has outdated information in it. Also, with the
unlimited resources made possible by the internet, why should we
limit our teaching to just reading a textbook? What about You Tube
videos for, Skyping knowledgeable experts to get answers, or blogging
for a global voice? It is the successful “mashup” of resources
that will create challenging, “real-world” learning environments.
Teachers must be internet savvy to not only collect the resources
but, more importantly guide the students in finding their own
resources. “Students need to own the learning” - Heidi Hayes
Jacobs (see her amazing keynote at edjewcon)
Call me an optimist but I am hopeful.
I think that the next generation will have a better understanding of
how to properly use the internet for good instead of evil. Once the
educators include the internet into a school environment and treat it
as more than a digital encyclopedia, the next generation of internet
users will evolve. I believe that incorporating the internet into
the curriculum and using it in a more meaningful way will aid in the
evolution of internet users. They will learn that with instant
answers, come more questions. Is this a reliable source? Can I
delve deeper? Can I find a real-world example? Can I find someone
to interview for current information? How can I reach a global
audience with my thoughts? We need to lead by example and help our
students get the best our of the internet and use the internet to get
the best work out of them.
Our Kindergarten students went on an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt around our school. They were on the hunt for items that started with each letter of the alphabet. They "collected" their items by taking pictures with the digital camera. They also created the letters using their bodies. I put the images to music and here is the final product:
Untitled from Jessica Jundef on Vimeo.
The 8th grade students are studying the Civil War. They were required to create a facebook page in Power Point that documented one historical figure that was influential during that time.
It was love at first sight...literally. There was something about Pinterest that just spoke to me. I am such a visual person and finally I found a site that spoke my language. I was addicted immediately! I was following my friends, posting recipes, art inspiration, cute clothing and I was having a great time doing so. Then suddenly something happened that blew my mind. I attended edjewcon and there was a workshop on using Pinterest to organize your classroom ideas. BRILLIANT! That totally makes sense!!! Of course!! If you don't believe me, check out the teacher who ran the workshop. Her Pinterest boards
are immaculate and organized and amazing. I am now in the process of disassembling all my cute doodle boards and funny saying boards in order to create digital storytelling boards and global learning boards. So excited!!