Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Session 6: Assessment

  1. Share your thoughts about your blogging experience in this course
  2. Post questions and ideas about how you and your students could use a blog to share ideas and questions about course projects in your class.
  3. There are many more Web 2.0 Tools that we have not discussed, please feel free to share some of them that you use in your teacher toolbelt so others may be know what they are and might try out.


Julie Yearego said...

I have enjoyed reading the blog posts in this blogger page and our class discussions which to me is a blog as well. I want to thank my peers for so many great recommendations and tools to use in the classroom. I really appreciate it and have many more bookmarks to reference!

I hope to create a class blog using Edmodo and allow(require) students to discuss content issues on a higher level and also to encourage students who may not "speak out" orally but are more comfortable online.

One Web 2.0 tool that I do not think anyone else has mentioned yet is a great grab and note tool that is free: Jing. Many of you may already be aware of this - but you can take a "snapshot" of something you want to share - add notes (written or audio) - it allows others to "see what they see" and also helps when URLs get broken so you can still see and explain your point.

Deborah Vasicek said...

This class blog was helpful in that it helped me to become familiar with blogging. However, because we have a class discussion board, it did seem somewhat repetitive.
If I were to use a class blog for my math classes, it would problably center around discussion for problem solving of brain teaser type math problems. My students love these, and have fun with them.
As far as Web 2.0 tool that I have used. They are: and

Tina Ballengee said...

I have really enjoyed reading everyones' posts here on the class blog and on the discussion board. I have MANY more sites bookmarked for future use. I have really enjoyed learning more about Animoto and Rubric makers.
I hope to use more rubrics as grading tools in the future.

A great history site that I have used while tutoring is:

It has tutorials and games dealing with geography, presidents, US Government, etc. Many of the games are leveled from tutorial,beginner, intermediate, and expert.

Jody said...

I had never blogged before. It is very simple and I think it is accessible more so than our discussion board because anyone can blog if they know the site. At least that's how I understand the difference.

Unfortunately I probably will not use a blog with my students. First grade is a little young for that! I do use lots of technology and could use Kerpoof in my class. When I put my lesson plan into practice, the blog will have to be closely monitored. It may not work at all; time will tell!

Melissa Mohr said...

I enjoyed the blog for the experience of it. I have read alot of blogs, but never participated in them.
I also have used blogging with my middle school students in the past. I would upload a video from teacher tube, youtube or godtube and then pose some questions to my students. They were required to respond each week. My main goal (other than changing up the educational technique) was for my students to get practice at writing intelligent responses using technology. I wanted them to get the experience before getting to high school. Unfortunately,at the time, we had many tech problems and it took a good bit of time for our tech lab to get back online. I let the blog go after that, but our tech teacher has picked it back up!
I have not used any other web tools, but in the last several weeks I have gotten my students in the lab and have tried sascurriculumpathways and animoto! Hoping to try out museum box too!

Jim Jones said...

I have enjoyed the blogging and sharing of info. I think this is what helps me most is seeing what others are using and working for them. The one tool I have started using since the class started is Edmodo, which I have shared with other teachers at my school and some have started using as well. I use it to give quizzes after watching Channel One news. I do use it as a way of blogging as well and can keep it all in house, lots of good features and easy to set up and get going.

Some sights I like and use follow:

1. file conversion tool
2. Itunes U
5. Text to speech
9. online image editor
10. image editor

ashley said...

This is the first time using a blog. I found it informative and a good way to communicate. I think a blog would be a good way for students to communicate with each other and their teachers, but I think it may be hard to find the time to blog at school and some students do not have a computer at home. I think a blog would be a good thing within a school for teachers and administrators to communicate. I have been using kerpoof with my daughter and it is a huge hit. It is very user friendly.

Jessica Gagich said...

I have really enjoyed participating in this blog during this course. I think that it is a great way for others to give advice and share information. A blog is a great way to receive information and to receive others personal opinions. Some really great topics were discussed using the class blog during this course. I think that using a blog in my classroom will be very beneficial to my students. By using a class blog we can share ideas with one another, give one another informaton, and give each other advice on concepts. I think using a blog to help each other edit and revise is a great way for students to help one another. I know that a blog does not compare to face to face interaction, but it can embedd technology into the curriculum. Using a blog is a great form of communication for students.

susan cochran said...

I really enjoy blogging. I have been an avid blogger for a while now. This blogging experience has been a good one because I love to learn and I have learned so much from all my classmates. Because I am new to the 21st Century Skills, I have so much to learn. I have picked up on quite a variety of Web 2.1 Tools right here. I foresee having a blog for my future class. Feedback is important and there is so much we can learn from each other.

Aimee said...

This has been my first educational blogging experience. I've done a blog for non-profit but it was more used as a website instead of a real communication tool. I have really enjoyed learning about different educational sites and think the blogging has really helped get that information out there. I will definitely use blogs in the future to share information with other teachers. I would use blogs with upper elementary students through high school but not with K-2.

S. Skeen said...

I learned a great deal from participating in the blog activities. Many of the tools mentioned in previous blog discussions, I had not heard of before. Using a blog in the classroom could definitely be beneficial as well. It would be nice if as a daily or weekly discussion activity, that students could respond to a blog post. The only 2.0 tool that I've used that I don't think has been mentioned previously is This is a social bookmarking site.

Keith said...

I have blogged before, and I imagine at some point I will have my students blogging. Just like any use of technology, access to working computers and internet seems to be the only restriction.

I like the format of this blog and enjoyed reading everyone's posts. The only improvement I would wish for would be a reply feature to create sub-comments, similar to the discussion board.

I really appreciated a lot of the technology suggestions from everyone during the course. I know we have discussed Google Apps before, but I will give it another nod. It really is transforming the way I teach and interact with my classes.

Another application for getting around YouTube bans in school is imTOO, which will download YouTube videos. I also use whenever it's relevant to a lesson. Vimeo has been great for our in-class website when kids want to find related videos to go along with their journalism articles.

Holly said...

This was actually my first blogging experience in a class setting, and I found it to be extremely helpful. Before I even fully understood what some of the resources and web tools were, I began making lists of ideas for future use. Needless to say, I now have more suggestions than I know what to do with!

Engaging students in a class blog could be very beneficial. First of all, everyone involved has a documented record of an on-going conversation. Secondly, it can be accessed at the teacher’s/ students’ own convenience. Lastly, it enforces thoughtfulness and responsibility, as it will be published on the web for others to see. As I teach 7th grade language/arts, I could easily use a class blog on a daily basis. Ideally, I’d like to create one to foster book discussions for not only the novels read in class but for any books my students are interested in/currently reading.

rdobson said...

I enjoyed the blog and reading the experiences of everyone participating. I think that blogging is a great idea for high school teachers. This is why:
In middle school the team meets each day during planning and problems/ideas/controversies/strategies are discussed. On the high school level no such animal exists. We are isolated for eight hours a day and there really isn't a way to share concerns/problems/ideas except for faculty meetings which are formal, structured, and timed with an agenda and IS days which are eliminated in WV because of weather and power outage. A blog could be the solution as it would be an informal way to make connections/solve problems/collaborate/innovate. I have learned much from this class and its participants I will use many of web tools highlighted. I am using edmondo, voki and prizi next week. Thank you, Rose

Danny Caufield said...

In the past, I've always read a lot of blogs that aren't necessarily educational but more music, politics and entertainment oriented. This has really been the first time I've officially been so involved in a blog, and it's been wonderful. I have learned so much from our course and my peers. I remember our first post, and I can tell you that I have learned and retained so much since then!

I really like this Google format of blogging. I have already made steps in starting up a class blog on Google, the parental permission forms have been sent, and I'm just waiting for confirmation from our board office.

As I have bookmarked so many great sites recommended by our instructor and my peers, I'd like to pose an interesting spelling site that I have used for a number of years. It's called 'Spelling City'. It's merely a site where students enter their spelling words for the week, and the site inserts the words into many different games and activities for practice and review. My students love it, and it's especially great for home use.

Good luck everyone!

Stacey Yuhase said...

I think the blogging has been a nice component of this course. I know that blogging is now a Requirement for WVU's teacher education program. It is good to know that current teachers are keeping up with our soon-to-be colleagues!

I think a class blog could work very well for some of my classes. In larger groups I often have a tough time keeping up with all of their questions. A blog would allow them to receive immediate feedback from myself or classmates. This would be especially nice for students who are too shy to speak out in class.

My concern about blogging in class is that students would need a specific "format" to follow, at least for the first few blog posts. I wouldn't want the blog to turn into a place where they discuss what they did over the weekend, etc. I need to figure out how to guide blog discussions without giving them Too much.

Overall, blogging for this class has been an interesting way to learn about everyone else's ideas and experiences. I learned about Glogster from another teacher's blog post and had my biology students make one this past week. Other than a few minor technology issues it worked great and they really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and ideas!

Joe said...

The use of technology has made it possible for me to renew my teaching certificate when it would have been so much more difficult in other method. The blog format to me is kind of a ties off and blue jeans day so to speak. I like the use of it in that it allows so many thoughts and ideas to be shared on a given subject. The format of the classes allow for fast paced learning and yet effective learning. With me being out of education for such a long time, I can think of no other way I would have been able to gain the information and the personality, of methods of using web2:0 in another format. I have looked at several sites that have been brought out by all. They have made me think of methods and ideas that I would have otherwise over looked.
Thanks to all and Godspeed.

Kristina Palumbo said...

I thought it was a nice way to get familiar with using a blog by incorporating it into the class. I often read blogs, but have never posted before.

It seems like a blog would be a nice way to have a class interact with each other and be able to actually read what every student has to say. For instance, I could have my students research different artists, and post on the class blog about what they found out. Then, the whole class would be able to access the written information, instead of having a student just turn it into me.

ytannous said...

1. Share your thoughts about your blogging experience in this course. I like the informal nature of the blogging and I was able to pick up some additional tools to use from other participants.

2. Post questions and ideas about how you and your students could use a blog to share ideas and questions about course projects in your class. My idea was to use a blog at the end of a project, it make sense, though, to use one during a project as well. It would give students a safe place to ask questions and communicate with each other and with me.

3. There are many more Web 2.0 Tools that we have not discussed, please feel free to share some of them that you use in your teacher toolbelt so others may be know what they are and might try out. I learned a lot from this class, so many things I didn't know about before I started.

Rachel said...

Throughout the course of the past six weeks, blogging has been a new experience for me. I have enjoyed becoming familiar with the new Web 2.0 tools and plan to incorporate them more into my daily role as an educator.
I believe students could use blogging as a means to communicate and share information with one another.

Matt said...

I have become much more comfortable with blogging because of this class. I’ve enjoyed reading every ones posts and have learned of many more Web 2.0 resources that I can use. I especially like how blogging can help pull thoughts and ideas from shy students who may not raise their hand to contribute to the class.
I think a class blog is a great way for teachers to post assignments. This gives parents and students a center finding answers, asking questions, and providing feedback. I also intend to start a blog for my coworkers and I to address technology problems and findings that require prompt attention.
Some of my favorite Web 2.0 apps are Google Sites, Google Forms, Blogger, Jing, PortaPortal, and Edmodo

April Nicolls said...

I have have never really been a blogger. But I have definetely found this blog to be helpful when learning about Web 2.0 skills and programs.

I am not completely sure I will be using a blog within my classroom. I have a rather large class of 4th graders and I am not sure that it will be suitable for them. But I will be developing a student/parents centered website where parents can leave comments or ask questions (maybe that is like a blog. haha).

I also am not really familiar with a whole lot of Web 2.0 programs, but I definetely will be researching them a lot more, thanks to this class! :o)

Tina Braden said...

I completely agree with Kristina Palumbo that using this blog has been a great way to interact and share ideas.

This could easily be incorporated into the classroom.

Tina Braden said...

I have used blogs before to some extent, but was not overjoyed with them. I did get a lot out of our blog for this class because it was a great source of sharing information with other course participants that did not necessarily meet the discussion criteria.

I think I could use a blog, or something similar to a blog with my students to gather information from my students on how they like activities in class, to do a weekly reflection, and many other things. It would also be good for students who have internet access at home and are on Homebound or OSE.

Live Binder and Edmodo are two tools are getting ready to start using in my classroom with my students. I hope to teach some organizational skills for my older students with Live Binder and make simple assignments easier to collect using edmodo.

Kelly Harris said...

I’ve enjoyed reading the blog postings and learning about how technology is being used by other teachers at various levels. It’s always helpful to get reviews, tips, and ideas from people who have used technology tools with students.

I’ve had several ideas for how to incorporate blogs into my job as a librarian, and I have two that I am considering implementing. First, I am thinking of creating a blog on which I write about new books I’ve received in the library. Students would be invited to add comments, but I would set up the blog so that I have to approve replies before having them published. Second, I’m considering setting up a blog or perhaps a wiki on which students can ask and respond to research questions. Students always need so much help with research, and an online forum on which teachers and students can communicate might be helpful.

Some of the Web 2.0 tools I find useful are Edmodo (educational social networking/collaboration), Google Calendar (for scheduling lab time and school events), Google Docs, Crocodoc (sharing and editing PDFs), Wallwisher (like an online bulletin board), Glogster (interactive posters or graphical blogs), and Dropbox (file management and sharing).

Thank you to everyone for all of the great ideas posted during the course.

Britany said...

I am a huge fan of teacher blogs. I have found so many neat ideas for activities and lessons from blogs. It is also nice to know what there are other people out there that are experiencing the same stuff you are as a teacher.
I am currently using a blog-like online learning platform with some 5th grade students. They really enjoy responding to the questions I ask them to answer as well as responding to their classmates answers. We have had great discussions out of blog comments. I have also found students will get online at home and reply and answer other students questions.
As for web 2.0 tools.. I LOVE THEM...I hope I dont mention any that others have mentioned above... (text to speech) (online learning) (Classroom mgmt) (presentation) (digital stories) (digital stories) (lesson plans) (webquests)
(text to speech)

helen071 said...

Blogging was a new experience for me. I am unsure whether or not that I see the use for this since we use the discussion forum. But I do like knowing how to blog now.

Jennifer Parker said...

This is my first experience with blogging, and I found it to be easy to use and helpful. I have to say that I preferred our discussion board to the blog because of the ability to post comments to particular posts as sub-comments. As a school counselor, I can see the potential for benefit from utilizing a blog with teachers and other school staff. I think it would also be beneficial to create blogs for members of therapy groups in order to foster communication outside of the group setting.

R Stewart said...

I enjoyed becoming more familiar with blogs and how they work while in this class.

I have bookmarked so many websites and I am excited to share them with the teachers I interact with. I hope to bring my group at the WVDE onboard with some 21st Century Web 2.0 Tools as well. With our group being spread all over the state and very little face time with each other - a wiki and a blog could fit into everyones schedule nicely and allow us to learn so much from sharing information we learn each day or questions we have.

I don't have a classroom of students, but I like Kristina's idea about having students research an artist and then blogging it instead of just turning it in. Less paper, more technology - lots of good things!

Thanks for sharing all of your websites! Two of my favorites for all grades and ages - are and Its a lot of problem solving and its so fun you don't realize you are learning so much! We use them on the smartboard for the whole group to do together sometimes.

Leslie said...

I always enjoy blogs. I use them regularly.

Blogs can be used in many ways to access information. This is a great way to put the homework that you assign on the web so they have no excuse as to what is assigned.

I use survey monkey occasionaly.

Jeremy Metz said...

I think blogging is a great way to communicate with students and parents on a regular basis. The comment system also provides a good way to create collaboration during projects. It can basically be used as a message board to with a topic being posted and students responding. It can also be a good way for students to publish their work and get feedback. I think the simplicity of it is one of the benefits. I really enjoy using Google Docs with students. Their is so much that Google Docs can do to promote collaboration in the classroom.