Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Virtual Tour

Location (Battles)ActivityGoogle Earth Content
1. Lexington and Concord (Arlington, Massachusetts; Middlesex, Mass).
Read the poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. After reading the poem, students will write their own poem about either the battle of Lexington and Concord or Paul Revere.
2. Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga, NY).
Participate in a play where no shots are fired in the seizing of the British fort, Fort Ticonderoga. The students could be put into groups that learn in depth about the people who led the battle, participated in it, etc.
3. Saratoga (Saratoga, NY).
Make a diorama or poster depicting their favorite part of the battle at Saratoga.
4. Valley Forge (Valley Forge, Pa).
Debate between Washington and his troops (he wanted them to persist and not give up when they were going through a hard time). Some of the troops did not want to keep going.
Details of image overlay / path / polygon:Polygon- I'm going to use it to connect all locations.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Martin Luther King Documentary Video!

I had so much fun creating this video! I thought that it was going to be hard before I did it and I was so surprised to find out that it is a fairly simple task to make a video using the PhotoStory program. I definitely plan to use this program in the future for academic-related things as well as for my family and friends! I think that making a video with pics. I have of my friends and family and music in the background (free and legal of course) would be so fun to make!

I want to make sure that one thing is cited in my video, which I neglected to mention in my references page at the end of it. The music I used is called "October Sunset" (2:32) - Found on Pop Vol 1. I got this song from http://www.freeplaymusic.com/. The link for the page I got it on is: http://www.freeplaymusic.com/search/category_search.php?t=f&i=9

Here is my video! Enjoy!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Storyboard for Martin Luther King Jr. Documentary

Content: 6th grade Language Arts Standard 8, Objective 6: Produce informational texts (biographies) through viewing medias. I decided to do a teacher-centered lesson in order to teach my students about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. However, this lesson could be altered if needed, in order to foster personal learning within the students.

Pedagogy: I chose to do a biographical documentary on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., which ties into Language Arts as well as Social Studies. The students are able to develop an understanding of how to write a biography about a person- whether that person is a family member, friend, famous author, or historical figure- the students are able to acquire an understanding of how to complete such a process.

Technology: This project will make use of PhotoStory. This program is free and provides teachers with an easy way to create movies to show in their classroom. Not only can teachers use it, but students can benefit from using this program as well. It provides students with ample opportunities to experiment and learn information firsthand.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Week 4

Sarah Speirs and I worked together on our lovely moon phases project. In it, the content we focused on was that of astronomy, particularly the moon's phases. This Science lesson makes use of technology, which can be found on the computer program, Stellarium. This technology provides students with an opportunity to look at the moon in a way that they never dreamed possible before! They are able to view its phases on the computer screen without ever having to go outside to do so. Weather, time, safety measures- none of these things can prevent the students from being able to view the phases of the moon. In the area of pedagogy, the teacher supervises, instructs, and helps wherever her students need her to do so. Stellarium provides students with a wonderful, unique opportunity to guide themselves in the learning process- giving them the opportunity to learn in a matter they see fit. They work independently, record their own observations, and come to their own conclusions, which enables them to learn in a fun, more intrinsically-motivated way.