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YOUR NAME: Laura Classi
YOUR SCHOOL: Lloyd Harbor School
YOUR SUBJECT OR GRADE: 4
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: lclassi2@gmail.com
YOUR PHOTO (150x150 pixels):







A. Place your informal response to the Web 2.0 Safety Article here (approximately 250 words):

Internet safety is one of the most important issues in today’s society. Children have access to so much information, and at the mere touch of a button! As a mother of two (one tween, one teen), I can not express the importance enough. We’ve all heard about cyberbullying as well as problems with regard to videos posted to youtube.com and facebook.com. Children are just that, children. We, as adults/instructors/parents, need to acknowledge the risks they are facing and to be effective in our approach to internet safety. Ms. Willard states in her article that educators must make sure assignments serve an academic purpose, monitor students closely, report unsavory websites, select suitable websites, and provide consequences for irresponsible internet usage. In my school district and my children’s school district, each and every student signs an internet contract. These contracts are good, but I believe they could go a few steps further by being more specific with regard to proper internet usage and the consequences for abusing such a privilege. I also believe the authorities (state legislators, police departments, etc.) need to be quite clear about what’s considered a school issue and what isn’t, and if there is a difference at all. Some of the effectiveness of our training as educators with regard to children and the internet could be reinforced outside of the boundaries of the schools as well.



B. Post the URL or embed your presentation on the new web2.0 tool you have discovered for possible use with a fieldtrip here (remember, you must use a web2.0 tool to do this):


URL of website: http://wildlifeandecologycenter.googlepages.com/home Please Read First Before Clicking Link I realized I completed the assignment a bit differently. I created a website the children can go to before the class trip. This is my introduction to the unit we will be studying on Animals. I used my Gabcasts to discuss the animals and used the pictures I took for the website. This is what took most of my time this week. (You can see all the different pages on the site.) I have three different assignments for the levels;however, the final project is a presentation created by the groups mixed together (I was thinking constructively here!) after they completed their independent assignments. The one example I have on the Assignments page is what I'm hoping a group would create.

This is like having my own website for the Wildlife and Ecology Center in Holtsville. I would use this site to show my fourth-grade class the layout of our entire "Animal" project from the presentation of animals to the field trip itself to the assessment of the final product. This site will include pictures from the Center, a Nature Hunt based on information in the site, links to all of the documents needed to complete the tasks (ex. KWL, T-notes, Note-taking and Writing assignments, Peer Evaluation forms . . .), rubrics for each assignment, State Standards addressed, and the final assessment process.

An example of a final product using www.voicethread.com





C. Place your community resource information here making sure you include the following information:

Wildlife and Ecology Center

Holtsville, NY

Buckley Rd
Holtsville, NY 11742

(631) 758-9664

Admission: free Built upon a former landfill, the Holtsville Ecology Site (as it's known to locals) boasts a fitness track with a 1.2 mile loop that features various exercise stations along the way, three swimming pools, a playground, greenhouses, free compost for town residents, and its showpiece, the Animal Preserve. Inside the preserve you'll find a bunch of domesticated animals such as goats, pigs, and rabbits, and several rescued wounded wild animals. In addition, they've got black bears, bobcats, and mountain lions.

Link: http://www.brookhaven.org/HighwayDepartment/WildlifeEcologyCenter/tabid/113/Default.aspx

Map link: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-lzoWeoGHhg1L

D. Discuss here why you would visit this resource site/museum with your students. Defend or justify both the financial and time expense of such a trip. Include the visit's connection to State standards for both curriculum and technology.
Gabcast! EDT 908R 21st Century Tools #2


The cost of admission to the Wildlife and Ecology Center is free. However, there is a recommended donation of $2 per child. The only cost would be for the buses. The Standards met are listed on the Standards page in the GooglePages presentation(see B above).



E. Low Level Learner Documents will be placed here
at least
Treasure Hunt *

Project
*

Rubric

*Use the Googlepages link above (See Part B "URL of Website") to obtain Word Documents of PDF files. You will find them on the Assignments page.


F. Intermediate Level Learner Documents will be placed here
at least
Treasure Hunt *

Project
*

Rubric

*Use the Googlepages link above (See Part B "URL of Website") to obtain Word Documents of PDF files. You will find them on the Assignments page.


G. Advanced Level Learner Documents will be placed here
at least
Treasure Hunt
*

Project *

Rubric

*Use the Googlepages link above (See Part B "URL of Website") to obtain Word Documents of PDF files. You will find them on the Assignments page.
    • An example of a completed Voicethread presentation is located in Section B on this page.


H Reflection

List here all the web 2.0 tools you have used in your three sets of assessment/assignments.
www.googlepages.com
www.rubistar.com
www.voicethread.com
www.googledocs.com
www.gabcast.com

WHY did you select these tools for the specific assignments?

I combined a 2.0 tool (Google) that I've used often enough with new tools like Voicethread, Gabcast, and Rubistar. I had been eager to find the time to work with the new sites, yet I was also happy with what I had been using. It was the perfect "union" for me.

What are some of the challenges you might expect in terms of having your students use each of these tools?

I will have to get students a gmail account (through Google, of course) if I want them to be able to use the Documents. (I like to foster independence in my classroom, and I'd like to see the students complete as much of this project using me as a facilitator.) They will also need an email/gmail account in order to log on to voicethread.com. I am also concerned with the use of some of the tools by my fourth graders. If you noticed, I used what I thought were some pretty safe tools for my projects. Some of the information/presentations on the sites are not necessarily filtered and this could pose a tremendous problem. I'm not sure exactly how to have the children use the sites effectively without accidentally accessing inappropriate sites.