Well guys, Summer B is officially in full swing. One project down, many more to go!
We began class on Monday with a few housekeeping notes:
We are going to continue to observe Ramadan; therefore no snack list will be necessary for this class. We all have exchanged contact information already but Michael and Andrea need to be in this loop! Make sure you all put your phone number into the notes app on the iPad. Tiarra and I have already done that, so you can just add to that note! For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity this summer to participate in a mini camp that is centered on technology. The camp will be from August 11th-14th and I think from 9:30-2:30. The camp is in Wayne County so you would need a car! If any of you are interested just contact Michael for more information.
In discussing the online class we took part in last week, Michael and Andrea were “thrilled” with our work on blackboard. So, great job guys!! We had a brief whole class discussion about our experience and opinions on the online class. I thought that the time frame provided was nice and easy to work with. Eric agreed and added that it gave him a longer time to reflect and think deeply about what he wanted to post. Alanna thought it was nice to talk about personal experiences on a private online space. She also finds it helpful to read in her own environment, which the online class allowed. Jess noted that it was nice how everyone’s post received a reply, which is not common in other classes that use the discussion board forum.
There were also some negative opinions on the online class. Jess found it difficult to frame an actual discussion and missed this aspect of the real, in class setting. Ryan and Ceb found it difficult because everyone had a personal thread which made the discussion feel quite separated. Ryan also noted that it would be nice to have an edit feature for your own post. Michael thinks this may have been a default in blackboard, which can hopefully be switched. In receiving notifications of us posting, Michael would have liked the notifications to have the actual post in the email. He felt that he would have been more connected to our discussion if he could have read our posts as they were being uploaded.
After our debriefing session about the online class, we moved into our mini professional learning presentations. As you all noticed, I was very excited that Ryan and I were able to present first =)
Ryan and I presented a mini professional learning session on probeware. We definitely went over on time, which was a slight issue, but we were glad everyone was able to link the iPad to the DataHub and ask any other questions about the probes. I know Alanna said she wants to try the Vernier probes because of her interest in turbidity; I’ll be really interested to see if the measurements work better with the Vernier probeware!
Alanna and Eric were up next to present. Their professional learning session was on the SmartBoard. They showed us some really neat tricks and heavily emphasized the basics (which was really helpful) of the SmartBoard. Props to both of you for an incredibly smooth presentation despite the Smartboard misbehaving!
Tiarra and Ceb were up next with their professional learning presentation on video integration. We were all given a homework assignment before class to watch a quick video on editing videos on YouTube, which despite some complaints (just kidding about that), was very helpful. We got to work in groups and edit our own YouTube video with pictures from 487… we’ll hear who the winning group was on Wednesday! Tiarra and Ceb noted that it would be cool for the campers to edit a video in a similar fashion with pictures from each camp day.
The last pair to present was Jessica and Kaitlin; they focused on the iPad. Jess and Kaitlin introduced us to some really cool apps that will be useful for camp. These apps will definitely help to make technology a larger piece of the camp experience. Eric liked the Dragon Dictation app and Ryan thought that the NGSS app will be very helpful in creating our lesson plans for camp.
Just a few last notes from Monday’s class:
A big thank you to Jo Ann for coming down to watch all of our presentations! We really loved having you in the classroom for that!
Michael and Andrea were really impressed with our mini professional learning presentations. Michael said that we had an, “outstanding technology fair” and that it will be really useful having “mini experts” in each piece of technology.
Also, if you have free time, feel free to poke around on the donor’s choice website… but this is not mandatory at this point in time!
See you guys on Wednesday!