SLM 508 Learning Technologies

Learning in the 21st Century

Flickr Slide Shows July 2, 2012

Filed under: Lesson Plans,SLM 508,Technology — Mrs.Hamilton @ 12:17 am

This is a continuation of my post last week on Flickr galleries.  This slide show was created with my own photos from Snowmageddon 2010.  This would tie in with the 9th grade memoir unit.  In this unit we talk about how (and why) writers focus on one moment of their lives and choose to write about them.  I would use these photos as a writing prompt as we talk about honing in on the memories.  With each photo, I will have the students write about what they are reminded of and what they remember from that snow storm.  I will also have my own story prepared.  After we have viewed the photos and jotted down our memories, we will share our thoughts with the class.  What the students will see is that we each have different memories from that day.  Our age, location, and family roles played a huge part in our interpretation and reaction to the snowstorm. We can later refine our stories into our own vignettes about Snowmageddon 2010.

Link to Digging out of Snowmageddon 2012 Slide Show on Flickr


Stretching my Boundaries July 1, 2012

Filed under: Lesson Plans,Personal,SLM 508,Technology — Mrs.Hamilton @ 4:30 am

So this week, my boundaries have been tested by a piece of technology.  My classmates and I have been experimenting with new technologies that we can use in the classroom.  I had a lot of fun designing a lesson in Voice Thread (I am not going to go into too much detail because I will be posting about that later this week) and thought I would share with you a tutorial that I created that walks a user through how to create a voice thread presentation.  Enjoy!

Voice Thread Screencast


Flickr Galleries June 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mrs.Hamilton @ 12:56 am

Flickr Galleries

Flickr is a great way to display a gallery of examples to students in your classroom. As a librarian part of my job will be to help teachers from all content areas meet their own curricular goals by using the media center.  This gallery of cupcakes can be used to show the different techniques used by bakers when decorating their goods.  It would be a great addition to the Food and Nutrition class’s unit on baking and decorating.

This exploration of ideas would fit under the NETS-S Indicator 1:

“Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities”

This would be a great preview of the different styles and techniques that would be learned throughout the unit.


The Holy Grail of Library Blogs June 20, 2012

Filed under: Blog Reviews,Library Blogs,Technology — Mrs.Hamilton @ 2:54 pm

I just came across the blog A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet as I was looking for a good resource on infographics and had a minor geek out moment.  There are a ton of great resources that span many genres of Education.  I am considering turning my course syllabus into an infographic next year and have been doing some preliminary research…I will let you know what I come up with.


Communication Technology…Old School June 17, 2012

Filed under: About Jen,Technology — Mrs.Hamilton @ 6:26 pm
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So this weekend I had the opportunity to earn my HAM Radio Technician Class License.  For those of you that do not know what HAM radio is, it is the amateur practice of international communication using two-way radios and antennas.  It is not something new (my grandfather used to be a HAM and speaks fondly of his time on the radio) but it certainly has given me a new perspective on communication.  One of the things that struck me while I was taking the test was the variety of people testing.  To my left was an adorable little boy (about 8 years old) and to my right was an elderly woman.  We were all there for different reasons but it was neat to think that a technology could bring such a broad spectrum of people together.

HAM radio is governed by the FCC and is operated in conjunction with the AARL.  When you become certified you receive a unique handle, my husband for example is NF8I, that identifies you on the air.  You use this handle to contact and talk to people around the world. HAM operators are also responsible for the safety communication of parades, marathons, and other massive community events. In the event of an emergency emergency officials use local HAM networks to maintain communications in the event of a communications outage. I am excited to learn more about it as I delve into the world of amateur radio. I have been contemplating creating a radio club at school that would allow students to try out HAM radio and maybe earn some community service along the way.

To learn more about amateur radio check out this New to Ham Radio link.


A Blog Post Worth Reading June 15, 2012

Filed under: Blog Reviews,Library Blogs,SLM 508 — Mrs.Hamilton @ 11:21 pm

Ok.  I know that I have already posted my blog reviews but I had to share one more post.  This post is from The Adventures of Library Girl and it is entitled 5 Conversations [About Libraries] I Don’t Want To Have Anymore.  It is like she went into my brain and wrote a blog post about it.  Definitely worth reading.


Libriarians Rocking Technology

Filed under: Blog Reviews,Library Blogs,SLM 508,Technology — Mrs.Hamilton @ 10:08 pm

I have always loved the library. It is one of the key reasons that I decided to become an English teacher.  I love the books, I love the freedom, and I love to escape to the magical place that comes when I read.  It wasn’t until I became an English teacher that I realized that a library is about more then the books it holds. The modern librarian is one of the most technologically savvy educators in the school community.  Librarians have had to change their focus as today’s students begin to explore and access knowledge in whole new ways.  With this in mind I have compiled a list of three great and inspiring blogs from librarian educators with great ideas.

Lets start by checking out this Power Point presentation from Jennifer LaGarde about the changing role of the modern “Rock Star” librarian.

View more PowerPoint from Jennifer LaGarde  Adventures of Library Girl (Jennifer LaGarde) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Jennifer LaGarde is the author of The Adventures of Library Girl a blog about her adventures with as a school librarian in North Carolina.  Her blog posts are filled with ideas, links to articles, videos and pictures that show how she is meeting the needs of the new generation of learners in her own library.  One particularly fun post From Tech Trend to Teaching Tool: Taking the QR Code Plunge! explains how she uses QR codes to encourage creativity and exploration with students.  She also gives some great ideas for ways to use QR codes to make parent contacts, book explorations and scavenger hunts.  She also provides advice from her own experiences with using them with students.  Another great post is The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader.  In this post she talks about her 10 go-to tools that she uses and why.  She gives a brief review of each and explains how she uses these tools.  Overall, I find her writing to be entertaining and her honesty to be refreshing…Definitely worth following.
Another blog worth following is Tales from a Loud Librarian.  This middle school librarian’s blog covers everything from current reads and recent author visits to classroom practices and professional development experiences.    While at times mundane, this blog has some great ideas about how to engage kids in literacy through technology.  In her posts Last Day of School, Last Author Visit, Sort of and Rick Riordan Webcast to Launch the Serpent’s Shadow she uses web tools to port the authors into her school.  It is neat to see how students can experience an author without the expense of an actual author’s visit.  She also has a verity of posts on Teen Tech week and how they technology to explore new places. I could definitely learn a thing or two from her and she sets a inspiring example.
The last librarian blog that I would like to talk about today is the Never Ending Search sponsored by School Library Journal.  While the format is not as visually appealing as some of the other blogs out there it’s content is top notch.  This blog is devoted to highlighting fun and exciting features in technology that help kids become better readers and writers. In YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App (love it!) the author review a new apple app that was released by YALSA to help find summer reading.  She reviews the features, price and availability. I downloaded the app after reading this…it is pretty neat.    In her blog posts New info-infographics from EasyBib & Turnitin and Big NoodleTools news she discusses some of the issues when dealing with citations and digital citizenship.  She includes links to other blogs, graphics, and slideshows to make her point and leaves the reader with some valuable solutions to reduce plagiarism  in schools.  Because of it’s connection with School Library Journal there is a lot of cross referencing at the end of each blogpost.  This allows the reader to continue exploring the topic in depth.
One of the coolest realizations I came to as I was exploring blogs and deciding what to post was that there are so many cool ideas out there waiting to be read.  Before the internet we educators had to rely on the experience of our co-workers and district gatherings to share ideas and get fresh perspectives.  With blogging, I can collaborate across the world.  Blogging also opens interesting opportunities for students to share what they are doing with their community.  It is a great place to share work, experiences and ideas.