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Thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks to my wonderful classmates, I have spent a large amount of time today playing around with different tools on-line. I have often seen different posters where there are a number of different words all centered around one theme but I have never known how to create one myself. Thanks to Judy, I have now discovered Wordle and I love what you can do.

While discovering this tool, I have also figured out how to take a snapshot of my screen. This took me quite a while to do, but after lots of playing around I was able to figure it out. It was remarkably easy to do. On my computer I had to use a tool called “Snipping tool”, but once I figured that out, I can now “snip” anything I want. I don’t know for sure if this is how it is supposed to be done, but that was the only way I could get it to work.

Thanks to Katy, I have discovered a tool called Picnik. This tool is amazingly simple to use and so much fun. I think I might just use it to make our family  Christmas picture this year a little more interesting. I can’t wait to play around with it. For all of you who were wondering what my daughter might look like, I used this tool on one of her many pics that I have taken.

Thanks to Chelsi’s wonderful work with Xtranormal, I thought that I would give that a try also. It was really easy to use. I could have done more tweaking on my video, but I really was just playing around. The only downside that I could find with this tool is that there are Xtranormal Points needed to publish your video. Once you purchase a character you can use them over and over again, but at a certain point, if you continued to use this tool, you would need to put some money into it. Anyway, here is the video that I did.

 

EC&I 831 – trial
by: Honni

http://www.xtranormal.com/xtraplayr/12745652/eci-831-trial

 

Well, I think that is all the time I have for today to play. I have enjoyed myself. Let me know what you think of my different attempts with some really cool new tools.

 

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Winding down

This class has been quite an eye-opener for me. I first enrolled in this class because of the fact that I was pregnant and needed a class that would allow me to not have to go to the university once a week for the entire semester. The idea of technology and social media in a classroom interested me, but I wasn’t sure how much I would actually get out of it because I taught/teach Kindergarten or Grade 1 (yes, that was how I thought a few short weeks ago). I did use technology on a regular basis in my classroom but I never really expected this class to show me how much more I could be doing. Boy, was I wrong!

Now that this class is almost done, I can see the “error of my ways” and I can’t wait to try to implement these new found (for me at least) ideas into my classroom. I had slowly started integrating some of the ideas into my classroom, but I would love to do it on a larger scale. The following is few of the ways that I would love to incorporate what I have learned this semester into my classroom:

  1. Classroom blog – This was something that I had begun (thanks to this class) but I would like to develop it a little more. I would like to have parent permission to put up student’s working and copies of their work,  along with everything that I had already been posting.
  2. Twitter project – Kindergarten Around the World – Allow the students to connect with other children in a Kindergarten classroom in a different country to compare and contrast our lives.
  3. Digital Storytelling – After seeing how easy this was with my own children, I would love to do this with my students and then post it for parents to read.
  4. Incorporate more technology – Hopefully, use the SmartBoards in the school for interactive lessons with the children. My school division was also accepting applications for a “Mobile Device Project”, and if this happens in the future, I would love to submit an application.

Now, when it comes to my own personal use of Social Media, I will definitely be continuing with my blog. I find that by blogging, I have somewhat found a voice. I am able to write about things that interest me in my chosen career and there are people that will read and respond. Therefore, enabling me to hash out different ideas, or develop new projects, or create new themes, etc. Blogging has enabled me to find more like-minded individuals who have helped to encourage and support me in the new things that I have been trying.

 

I realize that there are still many things that I have to learn in regards to Social Media and the classroom. I would love to give VoiceThread a try. I have heard so much about it through everyone but that is one tool that I still haven’t wrapped my head around. I also haven’t quite figured out how I would use it in the classroom. There are still many of the Digital Storytelling tools that I would like to explore also.

I also would like to continue to explore Twitter. I know there are a lot of great chats that I could follow (and I do follow some really great ones already) but I find that I still don’t share as much as I could. I understand that it is all about learning and jumping in once you feel comfortable but something keeps holding me back. I don’t know if it is because I don’t think what I have to share is important enough or if I am uncertain how people will respond to what I say. I don’t know why I let something like that hold me back, because really if it is something you aren’t interested in, you can simply ignore it. I find that I have been taking some baby steps recently by asking for help with different things so maybe I am taking some of the all important first steps now. We will have to see.

Not too shabby!

After watching his older brother tell a story with the pictures that he chose, my four year old son also decided that he wanted to give it a try. He story is a little simpler than his brothers but he still did a fairly good job. Once again he picked the pictures and told the story himself. He was a little more hesitant than his brother’s story but still did a pretty good job.

 


Five Card Story: A 4 year old’s story

a Five Card Flickr story created by Alex


flickr photo by wonderbadger


flickr photo by dwtno


flickr photo by hummingcrow


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by hummingcrow

There was a kitty laying on the bed. And then the kitty went into the trees and found a bug in the forest. After that she found some flowers and then she ran onto the race track and she made it to the other side.


Pleasantly surprised!

Here is the story that my five-year old son told based upon the five pictures that he selected himself. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I had thought that I might have to guide his story a bit so that it worked together but he did it all himself (as you might be able to tell by all the “and then” linking words used in the story). He picked the pictures himself and linked the story in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of.

He said that his favorite part was picking out the pictures for his story and that he would like to try another story. Overall, I would say that this activity would definitely be doable in a Kindergarten classroom.

 


Five Card Story: A 5 year old’s story

a Five Card Flickr story created by Evan


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by Serenae

There was a fire in the back seat of a car. And then car ran into a building and the green books started on fire. And then the books fell off the shelf and hit the picture behind the robot. And then the building knocked over the trees behind the house.


Attempt #2 – Animoto

This would be my second attempt at playing around with the digital storytelling tools that we learned about last night in EC&I 831. I have little to no experience creating videos online so I thought that I would give Animoto a chance. One of the main reasons for trying this tool was because it was free. It took me a bit of playing around to get the right length for the video because the free option only allows you a 30 second clip, but after a few attempts I got it to work. I typically shy away from putting pictures of my kids online, but I could resist with this. I am not to sure about the music choice, but it was fun to play with.

http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1321473864&f=Z0FLQR1vVpWaFmI01rIP8w&d=35&m=b&r=360p&volume=100&start_res=360p&i=m&options=

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

Wow, that was FUN!

I had a few minutes of free time so I thought that I would try out one of the digital storytelling links that Alan Levine shared with us last night in my EC&I 831 class. My first attempt was a Five Card Flickr Story. It was amazing simple to use and quite fun. I enjoyed picking through the random photos that came up and creating my story. As I picked the photos, it was amazing to see how a story formulated itself in my mind with little effort on my behalf. I simply looked at the pictures and the story seemed to be obvious. I didn’t know for sure if I was supposed to write my story down or not but I decided that in the section entitled “About this story” that I would write my story out.

Here is the link to the story that I created:  My Great Success.

Enjoy.


Five Card Story: My Great Success

a Five Card Flickr story created by HLizee


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by katerha


flickr photo by cogdogblog

As I sit here contemplating my lastest work of literacy, I decided that it might be best to take a break. Of course there is no better way to take a relaxing break than to go out and have a piece of cake. So I make my way to the dessert shop, which just happens to be in a red caboose. A few weeks later, as I go to get the mail, to my surprise there is a cheque from my editor for one of my books. I couldn’t help but run out to the local bridge and shout for joy.