Assignment 7: Creation and Editing Tools –Create Booklet

I have spent significant time online attempting to find the perfect (inexpensive) booklet-making application. I’ve experimented with various book creators such as SnapfishSmashwords, and Storybird. The best thing I’ve found so far is a downloadable app called Create Booklet through TheKeptPromise.

The way it works is that one can simply choose Create Booklet as part of the PDF option during printing. Unfortunately it does not make an amazing online version with beautiful imagery nor is it interactive like Storybird. However, it can help students create a booklet by the end of class. The downside is it will have to be worked on as a regular word document and it does not have the collaboration opportunity as some of the online application versions I’ve been exploring.

However, since I wanted the students to be able to print a booklet at the end of class, this is the way to go. Each topic the students pick out of the hat can be worked on individually. Everyone gets to utilize just one page and they can add an image as well.

Font and size will be stipulated in the directions of the project to make the booklet consistent and flowing.

I will hand out the assignment as A BOOKLET as a way for the students to get an idea of what the final project will look like.

Booklet instructions -Screen Shot

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Creation and Editing Tools: Book Creators -Storybird

Storybird is an application where one can make specific storybooks. The exciting thing about Storybird is that a teacher can invite the whole class as collaborators.

In my lesson plan about Diabetes, I can generate multiple topics to be covered. Each student will pick a topic by drawing it out of a hat (literally!)

1930s man's hand in top hat full of paper pulling name out of hat

I made an assignment within the application to be shared with my students, asking them to make their very own Diabetes Awareness Book/Booklet to be handed out at school during the month of November (Diabetes Awareness Month).

However, the downside with Storybird, is that one cannot upload any images. This means the students have to choose from Storybird’s library of very artful images, though not much focus on diabetes or health.

I found this to be a deal breaker as I do not quite see how I can utilize this tool connects to the content.  I am choosing a different way for my students to publish their Diabetes Awareness booklet.

Reflective reading #4: Coding in the classroom

After reading Coding in Elementary School Classroom by Janice Mark, I have some mixed feeling regarding utilizing coding in the classroom. I can see there are advantages of learning how to code, as most learning is beneficial. However, the amount of time spent on learning how to code, the brainstorming that goes into it, and the trial and error that is necessary to be successful, could be valuable time spent elsewhere.   Are there valuable lessons from learning by trial and error and collaborating with other students? Absolutely! Can those who are interested in coding equally learn this at home? Absolutely!

Not all children are mesmerized by how to code computers and building computer games. So let it be an elective in middle school. I’m sure it will be appealing for most students. But I know my daughter wouldn’t touch that with a ten-foot pole and would be very happy in her interior fashion design class instead.

See the article I am referring to, published in Learning & Leading with Technology (2014): Coding in Elementary School

My Thoughts on Creation & Editing Tools, Part 1

(In)-class Activity #2: Share Your Point of View by Discussing your Thoughts on Creation & Editing Tools

My initial reaction to looking over the variety of tools in the category Creation & Editing Tools, Part 1 was that these tools seem suitable for students with special interests.

The tools most appealing to me are the book creating tools such as SnapfishSmashwords, and Storybird. Creating books or stories can easily be incorporated into most PBL units, including mine about Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

I am curious as to how the drawing applications and 3D modeling work. I think I can incorporate those into Health Education.

I am very confused on how spending one or two class lessons making a simple video game can be incorporated into classes such as history, ELA, or Health Education.

Level 5 Pong Game -Angled Challange

(In)-class Activity #1: Create Your Own Pong Video Game Using Scratch

I Created a Level 5 Pong With an Added Angled Challenge

I’ve just spent 3 hours making a very primitive video game.  

Did I have fun? Absolutely.  

Did i learn much about computer programming? Maybe.  

Can I see how this can be incorporated into Health Education? Not so much… c

Play my game HERE

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Discussion #5: Discussion & Reflection Tools  

Google Forms can be utilized for testing purposes, but also to see where the students are at when it comes to comprehending the topics taught as the students can be asked to fill in various forms. One can choose different question forms such as multiple choice, text, check box, chose from a list, grid, time, and date.  This kind of forms would evaluate, monitor, test, or check the students.   If one incorporates the correct answers in the completion page, the students can check their own answers and function as an instant feedback to the students.

My “ah ha” moment was when I initially made one form, consisting of True/False questions, but realized it would not give me enough information to evaluate the students’ comprehension.

An additional similar tool would be survey monkey where the teacher can build questions to assess where the students are at academically and also utilize it as a different way to give quizzes for evaluating knowledge.

Assignment 6: Discussion & Reflection Tools

I chose to experiment with Google Forms as a way of testing/checking my students’ knowledge and understanding. At first, I utilized a True/False from Kids Health as basis for my questions. I liked how they provided a basic explanation after each question, so I referred to the web site in the final confirmation page for the students to go there to read and check over their answers after taking the quiz. I figured this was a way to get them to read through the material once more.

HERE is an example of the first quiz I made in Google Form to be utilized for testing purposes.

However, I then realized I was not really gathering enough knowledge about the students’ understanding of the topic to know where I would need to emphasize my further teaching. So I made a second form consisting of mostly short and long answers.

HERE is the second Google form that I would use instead of the first quiz.

I solely re-wrote the questions for the students to respond with longer answers, so I still included the link in the final confirmation page as a means for the students to read and check if they got their answers right.

HERE is the page they are referred to where they can read and check over their answers after completing the quiz. This helps them participate more in their own learning.

These questions in the second quiz require a higher level of participation from the students.

Reflective Reading #3 -Perspectives on Communication in a Digital Age

After reading the poem EYES by Lisa Maldonado and watching her reading her poem, I was first of all surprised at the differences in the tones of her reading than what I was anticipating. She read the poem as a very sad and angry poem.  Which I guess it was kind of sad.  Her poem is about how she notices all the kids have their eyes glued to their screens when she is out traveling.

texting walking

My daughter showed me this picture a month or so ago, and Lisa Maldonado’s poem EYES, made me remember it. It is so true in today’s society, we often see people walking with their eyes clued to their personal screens. Even as friends and families are “spending time together” they are ALL ON INDIVIDUAL DEVICES.

Personally, I am guilty for sure at staring at my phone too much. BUT I am trying to correct it. We have incorporated no cell phones during meals together as a family. I am known to take away the kids devices when visiting, as the kids some times all just sit and glair at their own devices instead of actually communicating and spending time TOGETHER.

Glogster as a Presentaion Tool

Glogster is a visual poster board students and teachers can utilize to present information.   I truly enjoyed making my Glogster for a mock Health Education Lesson about Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes.

I especially like how you can incorporate all kinds of media, including videos, images, and hyperlink the images to pull up either a document or a website you are referring to.

This is how it came out.

Glogster

Even more exciting, Sol-Marie might use Glogster or another tool called TACKK to present her science project they have just started on in school.  She is in 7th grade and they have a 6-week project they are working on.

-And she chose to do it on Type 1 Diabetes!!! (Proud mama right here!)

The teacher wants a demo of what it will look like in a few days as she did not quite know about either of these tools.  Hopefully she will approve it! -I will keep y’all updated here.

You can read more about how I will use Glosgter as a presentation tool in my PBL Lesson Plan idea HERE

Discussion #4: Presentation and Remixing Tools

When presenting, students have to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the topic. As with many presenting tools today the students can find information online and remix information in the form of videos, text, images and sound. As a teacher it is important to ask a few questions at the end of each presentation to ensure the students understand the topic assigned as it is easy to merely repost information without generating knowledge or understanding.  Planning a presentation includes some organizing of materials including making an outline with what order to present in. Group work is an important skill for dynamic workforces in the future, and presenting skills are essential.

My “ah ha” moment must have been after spending a whole day trying to figure out various pages, reading teacher blogs, and watching YouTube videos as resources for how to use these tools in education, and I had decided on Globster, BUT I COULD NOT GET IT TO WORK!!! The day came to an end and I slept on it for a few days and was debating on what tool to change it too, as Globster seemed inevitably very difficult to create. However, the page must have been down that day as none of the problems I experienced that day reoccurred. Nevertheless, this made me think of what one would do in case a page you have decided to use as a teacher is down. (No matter what tool one chooses to utilize).

An additional, pretty similar, tool as Glogster is TACKK. Instead of a visual poster board as Glogster TACKK is a page that extends downwards as you build on it. It has the same functions of being able to add video, text, music, images, and so on. TACKK can be useful as the students can collaborate at the end of the page in the comment sections rather than stating a new page as I suggest in my Glogster PBL.

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