Meet Shiela a Colorado native teaching English in China. Follow her progress at another wonderful weebly site: http://www.shielalee.com Below is our second correspondence from Taiwan! We had some trouble finding a place to upload from school but have settled on www.teachertube.com for now.
Reasons kids should blog . . .
50 Ways to create digital stories online:
Alan Levine, edtech specialist and frequent conference facilitator has compiled and exhaustive list of cool story telling tools. A word of caution. Although they may all be used for good, there is no guarantee that the gallery examples have been fully filtered so as always, parents must accompany children in their online explorations. This is particularly true for any video website. No child should be surfing the web alone just as no child should be wandering the streets of a major city alone.
According to wikipedia.com "A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog." So a kids blog is nothing more than a chronological listing of kids' entries. In our case, self-selected typed journal entries.
Cooking is a real world skill that involves many disciplines. From cultural to mathematical students are challenged to think on many levels. This project was incorporated into the Language Arts curriculum because we read many rhyming, sequencing and counting books. Each group selected a book and a recipe to make and planned accordingly. The group pictured here, Kid Chefs chose a non fiction book with wonderful illustrations of creative cupcakes. I wanted them to see the creamy batter, feel the textured candies and experience the scent of vanilla. The final part of this project will be a reflection of how they view themselves when the podcast is complete. People have been asking about the outfits. I bought them at a dollar store, a real bargain!
The Times They Keep a Changin'
Interactive websites are beginning to offer a greater variety of academic material. Below is an interesting TeacherTube video describing some the impact of technology on learning and teaching.