Meograph: Four Dimensional Storytelling

Plate Tectonics
I overall enjoyed this program, it was easy to use and manipulate. But I didn’t like that we had to narrate it, the reason being, I wouldn’t want to narrate it for my class because otherwise I’d just end up sitting down and letting the video play, and I think that it’s important to be involved in your students learning. As well, it was extremely frustrating trying to copy the embed code! I COULD NOT get it to copy over, I ended up just dragging and dropping the code from one screen to another, that was literally the only way I could get it over and it still didn’t work. But overall, I really do enjoy how Meograph works!

Animoto: How I plan to use this tool in my classroom

Animoto Video

I was honestly unsure about the useability of the Animoto videos when I started it, but it was really simple! I think that this would be a great way new and fun way for students to create and share a presentation. I could also use this to introduce myself to my students as well because there is a text and caption option, it would be a new way to keep students interested in note-taking.

Reflection Week 4: Clt + Alt + Teach – 8 Ways to Introduce Second Life for Educators

Second Life is a “game” or virtual world, that some are arguing that it is appropriate to use as a professional development tool for educators, administrators, and even students. Two aspects that I thought were fairly interesting about the program was the ISTE SigVE [Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments], which every 3rd Thursday of the month will have guest speakers in a virtual setting. There have been many speakers, including a woman from the National Defense University in D.C., a professor from Harvard, and many more. I do like the fact that you can listen to a group speaker that you may not have got the chance to listen to otherwise, as well as the fact that they could still be across country while it is happening. Guest Speaker The other aspect I found interesting was the Virtual Pioneers, which was started by a group of history teachers searching for a virtual representation of past worlds, and today’s wonders. Just a few things you can view include the Renaissance, The Globe Theater, and Versailles. Which allows students to explore, and in a sense, experience the worlds their teachers are sharing with them. Which I







believe will help with comprehension not only of the subject, but of what life was actually like during the era. But like any educator, I have my reservations about it. It makes me nervous because: 1) you never really know what is going on, on the internet in general but specifically virtual servers. So by having my student on something like this would be really nerve-racking, because you don’t know the people on there other than your own class. As well, it could be abused by your students or facility members. Though you would hope this wouldn’t happen, there is always the “what if”.

Even though this virtual world seems to be geared toward educators and schools with sections such as VWBPE Annual Conference [Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education] and VWER [Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable], I would still approach with caution. But I am considering trying this myself, in order to properly gauge my comfort level with it, because with the rise in technology use, it may be a good way to keep my students engaged.


Reflection Week 3: iLearn Technology – Science of Everyday Life

I was really excited to find this post because I think that this website, Science of Everyday Life is going to be a great tool to use in my classroom. It’s a Discovery Education and 3M collaboration website, that ranges from kindergarten to 12th grade, which encourages curiosity and exploration. There is also a range of topics within science that it covers, from life science, physical science, earth science and technology/innovation. Which is really exciting for me because it will fit easily within my concentrations, and will give me great resources to look at; including videos, virtual labs, and interactive programs. And as an added bonus.. LESSON IDEAS! What more could you, as a teacher, want out of an educational website?

Science of Everyday LifeWhat I also really enjoyed about the site, is its easy navigability. It’s so simple to go through the website as either a parent, teacher, or student and find exactly what you’re looking for. As well, there are really fun and engaging activities that seem to be age/grade relevant.


Reflection Week 3: Web based 3D/CAD for kids – NSC-Tech

This post I viewed was from a blog called NSC-Tech by Kevin Barrett, which discussed 3D modeling programs to replace the Google sketchup program when it was sold, and he disliked it’s usability. Barrett found many programs from Tinkercad to 3Dtin which were all free and he liked the programs much better. I think that programs such as these are great learning tools for students, especially for classes such as shop and math, but I think that with its usability as well as it being free, I could incorporate this into my Earth Science classroom. For example, I could easily have my students create 3D images of a fault line, and other such tectonic plates, which would help them apply this in a sort of “hands-on” experience, as well as incorporating technology.

Though I thought that these programs were really cool, I honestly think the best part of the post was when I read about the Origo, which is a 3D printer “for ten-year olds”. What basically this entails is by using a 3D modeling program, you can create something such as an airplane (like in the video) and the “printer” will create it for you. What a cool concept! Where were 3D printers when I was ten? But beside the fact of my obvious jealously for the awesome new toys/technology available for children today, this also could be really beneficial in classrooms. Especially in a class such as shop, or even maybe a physics class. The only set back is the cost. These 3D printers are often costly, though the Origo concept (a 3D printer for home) is still in it’s beginning stages, there are such “printers” already in place at some schools, but as stated before come with a hefty price.