Well, despite some initial fears and apprehensions about this final project, I think that I managed to incorporate quite a bit of what I have learned throughout the semester. Having a content area of art requires some serious thinking outside of the box when it comes to incorporating technology into our lesson planning. Although, I think that technology is new for many in the education field regardless of the content area so we are all on this learning curve together. It has been a very productive adventure and I have definitely learned alot. Hopefully, as you will see while exploring this final project, I have developed a much grander repertoire of technology skills than I had two months ago. I look forward to continuing this journey into the 21st century.
I have spent a little time reviewing the use of wiki’s and have created a few links to some wikis that I have found to be helpful in visualizing the possibilities of uses for wiki’s in the educational setting. The few that I have selected to review serve very different and unique purposes but all contain valuable information and provide a great example.
This is a wiki designed by an art educator to give viewers a general feel for the genres of visual arts that will be discussed throughout the year. While I was initially turned off from this page because of a typo in the first sentence, I pushed on and found that I really liked the basic layout of the wiki space. The various pages for the different genres were great, however, I feel as though this is a starting point and that this wiki can be enhanced a great deal. Possibly including student samples is a good way to go.
I love this wiki! This is a resource beyond all resources; especially for a new art teacher. There are pages and links to everything from classroom management to lesson planning to assessment. It also includes references to the stages of development and the why of art education. I could definitely see myself returning to this wiki as I am progressing through my beginning years.
This wiki is an example of a fantastically designed wikki by a teacher for his students, parents and peers. I am extremely excited just looking at the home page and know that students would be too! There are links to lessons and student products. What I find most engaging with this wiki is how inviting the design is. I am not familiar with the school and I feel like I would want to be a part of the program. What an amazing PR site this teacher has created for his program. I would not be surprised if every student in the school wanted to part of the art program.
I have recently created my first voicethread on the power of social networking in the school community. Here is the link to that thread…http://voicethread.com/share/3253575/
I found that I truly enjoyed the process of creating the thread. Within the thread, I explored the use of twitter, social text and edmodo by teachers as well as students. I discussed examples of how these tools could be used to accentuate the learning process for teachers and students alike. Classsroom 2.0 and Ning were also reviewed within the thread. Suggestions were given as to how developing a personal learning network could help teachers with professional development. I found that using voicethread allowed me to incorporate several learning processes into one and I look forward to exploring more uses for voicethreads in the future.
I am working with google docs and have created my second document, the first was a mind-map for a reading class that I am taking. Here is a link to the doc! See what you think!