MY NAME: Christine Copley
DISTRICT: Cold Spring Harbor School District


A. Response to Web 2.0 Safety Article
Since the internet is fairly new in schools, educators cannot completely control internet use and cannot predict everything that will happen. With experience and education, teachers are becoming savvy to students’ actions and can get a sense if something is not right. Since I did not grow up with the internet, most of my high school students know more than I do. If I have a question about how to do something, I ask them and they usually know what to do. Although we have a filtering system, the students know how to bypass it. They find a hosting website that is not filtered by the school and usually go to a social networking site (Facebook). I monitor all of my students’ activities and they know they are not allowed to go on Facebook when they are in my class. Sometimes I make an exception if they need to communicate about a homework assignment or something that is school related. These sites are not all bad because students are using these sites to communicate about school work and work on projects.
I agree that schools cannot completely control students’ activities. It is up to the teachers and administrators to educate themselves about the internet. One of the ways to educate ourselves is to talk to the kids and let them talk to us about what is going on. If students have a good rapport with the teachers, students will teach them. It is up to the teacher to make the students understand what is and what is not appropriate in school.

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): Gabcast, ADobe Photoshop express

Create a virtual tour

The Bronx Zoo

he Bronx Zoo’s Education Department offers a wide range of opportunities to enhance science curricula for grades K–12. Their time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs include Distance Learning Expeditions, Wildlife Theater shows, and workshops for teachers and students that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards.
The Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
(718) 220-5100
Hours of operation: Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
Weekends & Holidays 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Fees: Adults $15 and Children (Ages 3–12) $11

Going to the Bronx Zoo will enrich the third grade curriculum. Students will appreciate seeing all of the animals in their simulated environments that students had previously studied in school. Parents will be invited to accompany their children at the zoo.
Our visit to the Bronx Zoo will incorporate Technology, Science, Math, and ESL Standards.
Gabcast! The Bronx Zoo #1

Technology Standards:Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
Science Standards: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the
physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
ESL Standards: Students will listen, speak, read, and write in English for information and understanding.
Students will listen, speak, read and write in English for critical analysis and evaluation.

E. Low Level Learner Documents will be placed here
Pre-trip Assignment:
Beginner Pre-assignment.doc (Word)
Beginner Pre-assignment.pdf
Instruction sheet:
Animals in their Habitat.doc (Word)
CCAnimals in their Habitatpp1.pdf
Scoring Rubric:

F. Intermediate Level Learner Documents will be placed here
Pre-visit assignment:
cc. intermediate worksheet.doc
cc. intermediate worksheet.pdf
Assessment/assignment instruction sheet:
intermediate instructions.doc
CCintermediate instructions.pdf
Scoring Rubric:

G. Advanced Level Learner Documents will be placed here
Pre-visit assignment:
cc Pre-trip advanced.doc
cc Pre-trip advanced.pdf
Assessment/assignment instruction sheet:
cc Advanced Instructional sheet.doc
cc Advanced Instructional sheet.pdf
Scoring Rubric:

H Reflection
List here all the web 2.0 tools you have used in your three sets of assessment/assignments.
This week I explored:
For my assignments I chose Gabcast, Scrapblog, and Voicethread because they were tools that were the easiest to use and they provided a good way to assess student learning.
WHY did you select these tools for the specific assignments?
I chose Gabcast to record information at the zoo.
I chose Scrapblog and Voicethread as assessment tools for students to present what they learned to the class.
What are some of the challenges you might expect in terms of having your students use each of these tools?
I had trouble with Gabcast because there were many areas in the zoo that did not have phone service. Students might find this aspect frustrating.
I started out using Toondoo but when I published the work, I found the pictures were not clear and the work looked sloppy.
I fell in love with Scrapblog because you could really be creative with making your own pages, it was easy to use, and the outcome came out neat and clear.
I've used Voicethread before, but not to this extent. I had fun writing and telling my story about the zoo. Students have to know that the order in which they write or talk, is the order in which it will be presented. You also just can't delete a slide. If you want to delete something that was already saved, you must delete the entire Voicethread and start from scratch.