Classroom Environment and Introduction to WEB 2.0

Today we are not meeting in the lab, but you are working from home or a lab on campus. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Creating a New Page for your Website

Before we spend time working in Floorplanner, let’s go ahead and create a new page for your website. We will call this new page, “Creating Learning Environments.” If you forgot how to create a new page, you can view the reference videos here.

Finish Floorplanner

Here is a video that may help you if you are running into trouble using Floorplanner.

After creating your ideal learning environment, use create a screen shot of the image to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page. Then, respond to the following directly on your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page:

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.

***When you log back in to Floorplanner – use the “Easy Login” link on the right, otherwise, you won’t be able to log back in.

Web 2.0

Whether you are digital native or immigrant, today’s world is definitely digital. We share and collaborate with people all over the world with just a single click. This is the essence of web 2.0. A phrase you may or may not be familiar with. Watch this 5 minute video to find out what it means.

For Friday:

1. If you haven’t had a chance to respond to a classmate’s blog posting, go ahead and do that before Friday. You can access the classmates’ sites here on our class blog. To allow others to comment on your blog, you may need to change your comment settings on your blog page.

Complete your classroom layout using Floorplanner. Add a screen shot of your Floorplanner design to your “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage and respond to the questions listed below (type them directly on the webpage).

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

Looking ahead to Monday:

1. Read Chapter 7 in your book, Writing with Technologies.

 

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