This blog post relates so well to my weekly reflections and my final project that I am combining it for this week.
After last weeks class I definitely felt like I needed to step up my game a little. I think the picture Clayton posted in his blog post pretty much sums it up. I started by setting up a classroom twitter @MissHuber6, started a new class blog on Kidblog, and added widgets to my blog. This was a big deal for me!
I wish I was one of those people who can just sit down at the computer and tackle a new challenge, knowing that I will figure it out eventually. Unfortunately, this is NOT me. I revert back to my childhood/teenage years, loose all confidence, and become frustrated. It’s sad but true! I look something like this……
Photo Credit: pateleto via flickr cc
After I completed this task (with help) I was very happy and annoyingly showing people the widgets I added.
My plan for the final project is to set up a class website that I use at least 3x per week. Back in September, my team teaching partner and I @mrsjones_jones set up a class website called Mrs. Jones and Miss Huber’s Fantastic, Fabulous Class at Weebly with the intention that our students have quick access to websites we are using regularly. I truly intended for that to be the extent of our website. Of course, that is not the case anymore.
Now that I have twitter, kidblog, and started a class website I am trying to decide the best way to go. I would like everything linked to one website that looks attractive and inviting. Should I stick with the weebly website or set up the website on kidblog? I’ve read a number of #eci831 posts where people are suggesting google apps for this but with my grade level and the small number of computers I’m not sure how it will work.
Our next step is to learn about digital citizenship before we actually start blogging. Today, we watched some videos on Digital Citizenship, I showed the class our twitter accounts and the Kidblog page. They were excited to see some of their pictures up and by the end of the day, I had about 5 parents following me.
I look forward to trying new ways to include technology in my classroom. If my website looks anything like Minds in Bloom then I’ll know that I stepped up my game and then some! Her lesson on Using QR Codes in the Classroom looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait!
If you have any links to fabulous websites like Minds in Bloom, I can use a few more examples to work from! What classroom website format would you go with? So many options, now what to do!?