Using Flickr in the Classroom.

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This is a picture from flickr that I would l use. I would use this in my classroom because I teach math. This picture is an EXCELLENT picture to use with a geometry unit. As you can tell, there are many geometric shapes within the picture. I would also be able to use this to talk about real life application.

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Wikis in Your Classroom

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The one wiki that I like was the Peru Conference wiki. I liked how the groups were broken down in order to research every aspect of the culture. I also liked how there were links from this wiki in order to view different aspects about Peru. I also liked that when you clicked on each group, they gave a summary of their topic, as well as links to more information.

I think the hardest part about doing a wiki together was getting organized. I felt a little lost at first because I wasn’t sure where to start, and someone had already made changes to the wiki so I didn’t know what it looked like before it started.

What I learned from the wiki project was that there should be clear instructions as to what is expected. There needs to be a lot of communication in order for the project to be successful. I am guessing that a lot of the reason that the Peru Conference Wiki was successful was because there was some collaboration outside of class. Because we were not able to do that, we needed to find other means of communication.

My opinion on Wikipedia has not really changed throughout the week. The resistance that I am feeling with the use of wikis in my classroom is from myself. I teach 6th graders and so first of all, I think that my students might not work well unless they get to choose their own groups. They also may not be able to completely understand how to work with wikis because they have never worked with them before. Another major reason that I don’t know if I am going to use them is because we don’t have access to computers every day. I have thought about doing it as an extended project, though…. I’m still circling thing idea around in my head!

Cyberbullying.

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As we’re learning about all these great advances in technology and how to use technology in the classroom, the rate of cyberbullying is also increasing. Students are taking advantage of their time online to bully other students, and there are many hurtful consequences because of this. One story is linked below.

http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/megansStory.php

This is a story about a 13 year old girl named Megan who felt like no one liked her at school. She met someone online and was monitored by her parents. Her parents felt that the “guy” she met online was a nice boy, so they let her talk to him via emails and online chatting. Megan became very intrigued by this guy because he gave her a lot of attention. Soon, though, things changed. He started being extremely mean to her, and calling her names. Megan ended up committing suicide. This “guy” she met online turned out to be a girl she went to school with. This website is a website set up by her parents in hopes to get Megan’s story out there and to put an end to cyberbullying.

This is a very unfortunate event that happens all too often. What do you think we, as educators, can do to stop this cyberbullying amongst our students? What types of bullying do you see in your districts? Are your schools taking any actions toward preventing this type of behavior?

Using social bookmarking with colleagues…

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I really like the idea of social bookmarking! I think this would be an ideal way for our math team at CCA to communicate valuable ideas. Although we don’t currently use a delicious.com or GoogleReader account to collaborate, I do know that all of us math teachers are on Pinterest! We do have boards that are dedicated to school, as well. I feel this is still an informal way to share school and math ideas!

If we were to formally use these websites to collaborate, I honestly think that we would come up with extremely valuable ideas. This past summer I took class that introduced us to delicious.com and I was able to bookmark many ideas during that time. (If you get a chance, you should check them out! http://www.delicious.com/lindseykidwell19 ) There are sights on here that are dedicated to many various things. I should just make the initiative to develop a math bookmarking login for our math team! I can guarantee they would enjoy it:)

 

Using RSS in the classroom!

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The RSS feeds that I am following are for both personal use and for school use. I chose to follow some crafting idea blogs, as well as some education blogs. I chose the education blogs because they’re great example of how to use manipulatives and experiments with your students. This will benefit me and my students because it gives me useful ideas to use with my students in order to get them to understand their math more easily. There are also great science experiments in some of the blogs that I am following. This will be useful to me because we work in teams at our school, and I will be able to recommend ideas to the science teacher on my team!

My comment to the student blogging idea…

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There is not a direct link yet because it hasn’t been reviewed, but here is what I wrote and a link to where it will hopefully be! (I typed a little too fast and misspelled my name… oops! )

“Thank you so much for the great idea! I’m hoping to start a project similar to this for my own class:) Here is a link to my blog that I just started creating for a class I am taking! Thanks again!”

 

http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/about/#comment-6548