Monday, May 4, 2009
My WebQuest is one that I definitely plan on using in my classroom. I created it to go along with my own personal experience of meeting the Inuit people and learning a great deal about them on an extended stay in Alaska several years ago. It will also serve as an excellent launching point to show my own Inuit artifacts to further help them in the creation of their own Inuit sculpture.
One thing that I do want to say though, as sort of a personal criticism. When I found the example WebQuest on webquest.org, I thought... "so cool! I can do that!"... and then as I began struggling I realized that it would take MONTHS to create a WebQuest of that magnitude! So my WebQuest is no-where near the awesome-ness of my selected example work. But I certainly gave it my best shot!
Overall, a terrific final project. A great way to finish this course!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
As for embedding the powerpoint... I am still working on that... I have tried and tried and tried... now I am emailing for help.. so hopefully it will be done by this evening.....
** A great big THANK YOU to Debbie for helping me! It was so simple to embed it with your instructions!
Now for the PDF Presentation. I read in Google Docs help that it is not possible to publish a pdf file, so I hope everyone can see this!
I find the whole process of this powerpoint "saga" to be exhausting. I am definitely learning things I didn't know. But I am tired and frustrated with links that don't work (not just my own!), and attempt after attempt to get one little thing to go right. The assignment asks to post the issues I experienced, but I don't think that there is enough room in my blog space for all the issues I encountered! This entire powerpoint month (it seems) has definitely kicked my butt! I just hope to have met the requirements.
I do think that this is something that would definitely be useful in the classroom, but does the amount of effort expended give equal return in the classroom? That is the real question here.
Then on Friday I happened to click on the link just to see what the example looked like and that is when I realized that the actual requirement was to fix that "broken" template... now, as I stated in my previous blog, I do not have powerpoint on my PC at home - so, try as I might, I simply didn't have enough time to fix the broken template and redo the entire thing! Sorry, Dr. Pierce! I tried! I would like to say, though, that under the "Required" heading on the Action Buttons project description it does not say anything about fixing a broken template. I noticed that several others in this class also did not know that that was part of the requirement either. So enjoy my jeopardy game! I can't wait to try it with my students!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The first part of this assignment was to quickly research and evaluate the NAEP mathmatics test results for 4th graders in WV and Nation wide. We were to compare the averages from the year 2000 through 2007. The results didn't really surprise me, although the one thing that I must say for WV is that in almost every instance our scores did increase... and they NEVER decreased... which I think is a small victory for us. At least we're making progress.
Here is the graph showing the data results:
The second graph that we needed to create was one about WV's number of students with IEP's versus other low income states. I viewed this information and determined the best way to create a graph showing this data was to show the percentage of each state, because WV has a much lower population that the other states, and the information related to the exact number of students appeared to be misleading. I again was not surprised by this information. It seems that we as educators are constantly jumping through hoops to meet the needs of MANY students with IEP's. I was, however, shocked to see just how large the percentage of students with IEP's was in comparison to other low income states.
Here is the graph showing the data results:
The sources used to gather the information needed to create these graphs are as follows:
The Kids Zone graph creator used is :
Monday, February 16, 2009
I had alot of fun making this self-portrait!
The specifics of my picture process are as follows: I took a jpeg photo of myself that was 640X 480 pixels and copied and pasted it into the paint program, then I cropped my head and copied and pasted in onto a new paint page. I then erased around my hair and any background in the photo, and began to create my body and background. I used the eyedropper tool to try to match my skin color in the photo to my hands (although they seem alittle dark!). If I had more time I could have improved the image... but it will do for now.
I definitely plan to use this as a mini project to teach self-portraiture, technology integration, symbolism, ect.... Great Idea!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I also utilize pictures of student work as both examples and non-examples. Here are some examples of a students work in progress and then in it's finished state:
While I usually save the examples that I have personally created to show "in person," sometimes I do include my personal examples in the digital introduction to the lesson. This is a picture of one of my watercolor paintings:
I am also well versed in PhotoShop, and was specifically the CS2 edition. Unfortunately I do not have PhotoShop on my PC, and only 1 computer at my school has Photoshop... so finding a photoshop project that I have made that I can upload has proven difficult. I created our school-wide Positive Behavior rules poster using Photoshop, and the posters currently hang in every classroom in our school... If I can't find a way to get the project file, then I will simply include a photo of the poster that I created using PhotoShop. I hope that will work!
The pictures that I take with my camera create very large jpeg file sizes, so I utilize a program called IrfanView to resize the file to a more manageable size. I save the smaller file to 640X 480 pixels. I uploaded my examples for this assignment using Google Docs because I was unable to get FTP to work this evening... weird... it worked just fine yesterday... and Google Docs was fast and easy. To further make sure that I have met the requirements for this assignment, I will add that the file that I linked to in the FTP assignment is, in fact, a Word Art document, and is technically a graphic example.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I hope you like it! I think I still like the Movie Maker program better to create a digital story, because you have more control over the specific animations (zoom in, zoom out, ect.) for each picture. The only thing that Photo Story has that I wish Movie Maker would have is the panorama animation for pictures. I also must say that Photo Story is considerably easier to use, too. All in all, another great learning experience.