Classroom Environment and Web 2.0

Remember, your digital generation reflection is due today. Please let me know if you are planning to use a late pass for this assignment (meaning you are planning to submit the reflection by Friday’s class meeting.)

Creating a New Page for your Website

Before spending time working in Floorplanner, 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.

Floorplanner Work Time

Today is the first time we’ve had a workday in class. Sometimes over the course of the semester, work days will be optional. I will also be here to help you with your projects. Additionally, this time has been advantageous for partner and group work in the past. I hope you feel free to relax, enjoy a snack, get one on one help and brainstorming, listen to your headphones – anything to make this time a creative environment for you to design a dream learning space for your hypothetical classroom. Here is a video that may help you if you are running into trouble using Floorplanner.

After creating your ideal learning environment, export the image from Floorplanner to your Gmail account. Remember if you logged on using Google, it will automatically send a .jpg to your GMail account. (If you used another log on, you will need to take a screen shot of your design.) 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 (and introduction to RSS feeds)

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.

In the video above, a reader application using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is shown. The user is seen dragging anthropology blogs into their reader. The reader saves the articles into one place, accesible from any device (including your phone or kindle). When you subscribe to a RSS feed (like our class blog site), your reader will update each time a new post is created. In essence, you control what knowledge, ideas, and media come to you, rather than always searching the web.

With your group, complete a KWL chart about reader applications and RSS feeds:

  • K = What we know already
  • W = What we want to know more about
  • L = What we learned [leave this blank for now – your group will complete this on Friday]

For Monday (January 28, 2013):

Complete your classroom layout using Floorplanner. Add a photo 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 Friday (1/25):

Over the course of the semester, I’d like to draw on aspects of these three documents. Go ahead and browse one this week. (Browsing means finding something that interests you – you’re not being tested on the material and I don’t expect you to read the whole document.) However, I will expect you to respond to the reading, either in a class discussion or through writing in the future. For example, you may be interested in mobile technologies and only read that section of the Horizon Report.

1. 2012 Horizon Report

2. Roadmap for Educational Technology

3. 2010 National Technology Education Plan

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