Day 4 was the end of week 1.
For our journal time (which is an account of the day before) Holly created a VERY visual poster in glogster EDU.
We had our reading, research, writing time. I read Writing Workshop by Ralph Fletcher. Great book by a great author.
Melissa showed us lots of cool sites that can be used in the classrom and to organize your digital life. 🙂
Symbaloo-a way to visually bookmark sites. Would be great for research, too. And I’m wanting to create one that has book cover pictures of all the books that I want to recommend to my 6th graders.
Diigio– a social bookmarking site. She said the cool thing about this is that you can highlight parts of a website, page, text, etc. When you bookmark it and then revisit it later, THE HIGHLIGHTS ARE STILL THERE!
Google docs– Great way to save docs, presentations online.
Poll Everywhere- you’ve got to check this out. You can create questions on this site. Then your students can answer the question(s) from their cell phone (text), twitter, or just the website. Great formative assessment!
Jing– can capture the computer screen image, can record audio, and can record a video of what you are doing on your computer screen. This is one way people are creating all those video tutorials out there!
Melissa also shared a grammar instruction book that she used when she was in the classroom-Image Grammar by Harry Noden.
1st edition and 2nd edition. Of course, I hurried and ordered my copy last week. Can’t remember which copy I ordered though. 🙂
She swears by this book-embedded grammar instruction.
During our afternoon discussion we talked about the chapter in our New Writing book that dealt with more digital projects in the classroom. My favorite part of that chapter was the Poetry Rotation. The teacher had the students choose a poem that they would read aloud to the class and record themselves reading it. They got to choose the poem they wanted to read.
I would LOVE to do this, but with a little bit of a different spin. I would want the entire class to read the poem all week as a shared reading activity. THEN one student would be recorded on Friday reading it aloud.
Last but not least we met in our response groups and shared our writing. We each had to read aloud our writing-then the group members would talk to us about our writing-something they liked, clarifications, and revising. I WILL BE DOING THIS NEXT YEAR WITH MY 6TH GRADERS!! What a great chance for them to READ THEIR WRITING, speak and listen in a group, and get feedback on their writing. 🙂
So that was Day 4 in a nutshell. Stay tuned for Day 5.