Revising the Essential Question

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My original EQ when starting LIS635 was: How can transliteracy become an everyday part of the educational experience for students?

My reason for constructing this original EQ was that, in today’s world, it is necessary for students to be transliterate. Students today are expected to knowledgable in a wide variety of areas by the time that they graduate high school and it is necessary that we, as educators, be aware of that in our daily practice. However, this need for transliteracy can also tempt us to incorporate cool new “gadgets” into our teaching that really have little educational value in an attempt to encourage that transliteracy. That being said though, students certainly do love the gadgets! I admit, I sometimes love working with them too! We just have to find the balance where using the “cool” stuff is engaging, but also boosts the educational value of our lesson (think SAMR model!).

This new outlook has led me to do a minor tweak to my EQ. It is now: How can transliteracy become an engaging part of the everyday educational experience for students?

Flipped Instruction

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When starting the Flipped Instruction project, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. I was not nervous because of the content, but because my partner (Amanda Glenn-Bradley:http://glennbradley.net/blog/ ) and I were working from two very different places. While I will be starting a new position as an elementary media coordinator in the fall, Amanda comes from the college level, working in academic libraries. To complete this project, we somehow had to find a tool that could be used with students that ranged from Kindergarten through college! Though this was no small task, we eventually decided to do a flipped instruction professional development on Wikispace Classrooms. This is a platform that educators can use to set up assignments, blogs, etc. for their students. It’s also free!

To do our flipped instruction, we went with an educational platform that we had used previously in LIS635: TedEd. We both really liked the layout of TedEd tutorials and found them to be very efficient and user friendly. Using TedEd allowed us to create an introductory video, multiple choice quiz, curated resource collection, and a discussion board.

In the end, I think my partner and I created an excellent resource together! Check out the link for our TedEd lesson on Wikispace Classrooms below!

http://ed.ted.com/on/1hNILA3K

Wikispace Badges

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Badge

As one of our Wikispace tutorials walks the user through how to create a project, I thought this would be an appropriate badge! This badge might be earned after one of our professional development participants successfully creates their own classroom project in Wikispaces.

Openbadges was very easy to use. I simply created my badge, saved it as a media document, and uploaded the document to my blog. It would be fun to use these in the media center as a way to mark students reaching certain milestones (contributing to a blog, finding a research document, etc. )

QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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Blog QR Code

 

This is the QR code that I generated to lead users to my blog page. I created it using https://goo.gl/. Generating a QR code is very easy and took only a few seconds. I have created QR codes in my job as a middle school teacher before. I once created a QR code that parents could scan with their smart phones as they entered my classroom the night of our school open house. The QR code immediately generated my contact information and parents could instantly save it to their phones. This was a fun way to show parents that I value technology use/parental contact and it was interesting to see how excited parents got as they scanned the codes and had my information pop up! I can also see using QR codes in the classroom or library as a way to search for similar resources (scan a code on a book and other related sources are generated), provide access to enrichment work, or allow students to easily access research sources and sites.

After exploring the sources on Augmented Reality, I am so interested in using this in my new job as a media coordinator next year. The students would love it and it would be a great way to really make the library come alive for them. I like the ideas that School Library Journal suggested such as students scan over reference computers and tutorials pop up. This makes accessing information so fun and easy!

Digital Storytelling

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For my single image digital story, I chose to do something of an advocacy piece for school libraries. I wanted to show how today’s school libraries are used to teach students to read and write but to also help them use technology efficiently. I thought this topic would tie nicely to my EQ: How can transliteracy become an everyday part of the educational experience for students?

To find an image for my digital story, I used Creative Commons to find a Google Image that did not have strict copyright ties and that was available for use by others. This search was very easy and provided a lot of great options! After that, I used one of the storyboard templates found on the digitalstorytelling website to create my storyboard. There were quite a few storyboard options here so I was able to find one that fit well with my topic. From there, I decided to use my VoiceThread account to make my digital story. This program made it very easy to add images and voice and not having to tie the two together using another program. The only issue that I had with VoiceThread was that I could not directly imbed my digital story. Instead, I had to post a link to the story VoiceThread. I did enjoy the ease of using VoiceThread and the fact that it allows others to comment.

In the future, I hope to do some digital storytelling in my new job as a media coordinator. I think, with some support, this is something that even quite young students would be capable of using (depending on the program used).

http://voicethread.com/share/5895448/

Dig. Story Storyboard

A Floral PhotoStream

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After reading the posts of others and trying for hours to figure it out myself, I came to the conclusion that embedding my Flickr photostream to my WordPress blog was not going to work. From what I saw, one or both programs have changed and directly embedding a photostream is not as easy or even as possible as it once was. Instead, I installed the Flickr widget to my blog so that you can see my pictures in the side panel and then have the option to also click and see more pictures.

The pictures in my photostream are from a trip that my husband and I took to Tanglewood Park. There are multiple flower gardens there and I thought I would be able to get some beautiful shots. While I am certainly no professional photographer, I tried to use some of the tips in the tutorials about filling up the majority of my screen and being aware of the lighting. In the end, a few shots did turn out to be quite nice.

Finally, here is the link to my photostream…just for good measure!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125963733@N04/

From Pinterest to Twitter

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For this curation project, I decided to use Pinterest to create a collection that might be a useful tool for teachers who work with ESL students. On my Pinterest board, I pinned videos, tutorials, apps, and websites that I thought would be useful in this context. Overall, Pinterest is a great and very easy to use tool for curation. The only helpful improvements might include a way to create subcategories and re-organize pins.

I used Screenr to share my collection. I decided to use this tool as it seemed as though it would work easily with my Mac as I sometimes have compatibility troubles. I did not really need directions or a tutorial for Screenr as it was extremely easy to use. One thing I loved about Screenr as opposed to a regular screenshot is that it gave me the ability to crop out parts of my computer screen that were irrelevant. Screenr was also easy to save to my computer and publish to Youtube.

Essential Question

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As an educator, I am used to formulating essential questions for my students to guide the instruction for the day, lesson, or unit. I always try to make their essential question one that does not simply have a yes/no answer or only one specific answer. I also want my students to be able to easily answer my essential question and maybe even have a discussion about it when instruction and activities are finished.

For my own essential question, I will attempt to answer: How can transliteracy become an everyday part of the educational experience for students?

This question will be extremely relevant to me as a teacher and a future media coordinator. In today’s schools and society, it is an absolute must for students to learn and function from a variety of different platforms. Students must also hone their “digital native” skills to be functional in a future workplace.

 

Avatar

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This is an avatar created on doppelme.com. I liked that doppelme was generally extremely easy to use. However, the options for creation are a bit limited. Also, some of the more “fancy” add-ons were not free.

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