The scope and depth of the applications which can be used on Web 2.0 are astounding. This platform has opened the net for social media and the exchange of ideas which I use in my everyday life. I wasn't aware of the difference between the two platforms. Web 3.0 is exciting and I'm looking forward to using more applications which use this platform. I'm usually game for any platform or application which makes my life easier, unless I feel that the application invades my privacy. For this reason alone, I'm moving away from using Google and google drive for any other use other than professional work.
My take away which I will use often in planning and in my personal life is the resource guide. The Tool and Resource guide link created by Dr. Ann Davis is a well-organized utilitarian group of applications which cover a wide variety of uses and subjects but is organized in a format which I can find an app for a specific use easily and link to the correct web page.
Copyright law is very hairy and tedious - and I learned that facebook is really the evil, horrible place that my husband says that the social media channel really is. I had no idea that facebook owns photos which i post - I will no longer post any artistic photos which I have taken as I would like to license them for a profit someday. Creative commons is a great resource that I now know will not violate any copyright laws. I'm glad I have these links to great resources to use after this class.
I often share my ideas and lessons with other teachers. I'm not opposed to them using my lesson - usually they are mostly my ideas.
I enjoyed learning about other teacher's and administrator's thematic unit. Learned some new techniques and ideas to implement in my own classroom. Liked to see others analysis and how the age groups differed in their opinion. Interesting to find out what sections of the ADDIE model worked for teachers based on their grade level and the subject which they teach in their own classroom. I'm pretty sure almost everyone agreed that this is very time intensive and not realistic to implement with every unit. I think that the ADDIE model work work well if I did this with one unit that did not work well this year to evaluate and create new plans for next year. I would not use all aspects of ADDIE for every lesson plan. I use and I am a big fan of backward design for planning. I would incorporate some aspects of ADDIE into different lessons if I felt that implementing that part of ADDIE would give me a larger gain in my student learning.
The ePortfolio is a great tool and I love the efficient use of the ePortfolio. Electronic portfolios are easy to use, easy to share and a better way to see what is in your portfolio. The grading rubric is easy to know what components of the ePortfolio are graded and what details instructors are looking for in this assignment.
I'm excited to be presenting my thematic unit. This is a unit which I have never taught before, but is very interesting. This unit is forensics and many of my students have had at least some exposure, albeit only through TV, in this topic. Forensics and crime scene investigation is in itself an interesting topic which comes with it many questions which my students were eager to learn about. I am glad the presentation time has been cut down to 5 minutes.
I implemented my thematic unit and had my 2nd period class (which I'm taking data on for this project) come into the computer lab for Viking Time to complete the survey. All students completed the survey online, which can be found on my teacher website here. While completing the survey, my students noticed that I did not have an activities option for students who do not compete in a sport. I had to hop online and change my survey so my students could accurately complete their activity. Students had a great time with the fingerprinting lab and enjoyed taking their fingerprints. They had many very relevant and higher order questions during our notetaking and lab activity.