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I would use my blogs for students to access resources inside or outside of class. Some of the resources I noted in my previous blog might be helpful for ESL and special needs populations. The “Hear Names” resource would help those students with pronunciations. Also, the “every stock photo” resource might be helpful for AIG extension research projects, as they will need photos for presentations. The blog would also serve as a classroom outside of the classroom, where students could post comments and ask questions for feedback. I will also provide resources specific to the unit we are studying, like practice quizzes and study guides.

From http://edjudo.com/web-2-0-teaching-tools-links , I chose zimmertwins.com under Instructional Videos and Video sharing and Pinterest under online collaboration. I am familiar with Pinterest and have used it in one of my courses. By making a group for the class, students can pin ideas and inspirations on our board. This type of collaboration might spark ideas throughout the classroom and I can moderate what kind of examples I am looking for. The bad thing about Pinterest is that there is sometimes graphic content, and I wouldn’t want my students to be exposed to anything inappropriate. Zimmertwins.com is a unique story telling resource that would be helpful for student or teacher presentations. It might distract students from the actual thought of presenting and help them focus on the interactive quality of this resource. The downside to this site is the lack of video choices. When creating a video the options are very limited.

We learned a bit about smartboards and their interactive quality in the classroom. I thought they were just a bigger version of a computer, but I have found that they really invite students to interact with the lesson. There are lessons specifically made to use with smartboard and I feel that they would make students want to learn instead of having to learn. I have found an interactive Monet website that I would really like to use in one of my lessons. 

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Wordle.com

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Wordle and Tagexdo can be great study tools for my students. By inserting vocabulary into these resources, my students will have a visual reference for all the words they need to remember. Since they are decorative I will ask the students to paste them into their sketch books or binders for additional exposure.

The authors of these blogs all have teaching backgrounds or associate with the education system. Knowing that these authors have experience teaching helps me to justify using these blogs as reliable teaching resources.

I found Richard Byrne’s “Free Technology for Teachers” blog to be the most helpful in finding ways to easily incorporate more technology in my classroom.  I learned that there is an endless supply of free technology resources online. Instead of wasting money on resources for a single lesson, I can easily find free resources for a variety of lessons.

Free Technology for Teachers

These are some examples of the types of resources I might use in my classroom.

The first is an alternative to Google images called “Every Stock Photo”. This will save time in the creation of my presentations because it is a site purely for photos.

“Hear names” is a pronunciation resource for my students. Some artist names and art terms have difficult pronunciations and this resource will make it easier for my students to communicate effectively in critiques and discussions.

Under the tab “favorite resources” I found a downloadable list of 77 web resources, some of which are similar to the resources we use in web technologies. I downloaded these resources on my computer for future use.

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This first assignment has exposed me to many great blog sites specifically for teaching. I have had experience with wordle in past classes, but I have now found that tagexdo is my preference. The “every stock photo” resource is extremely helpful for me as an artist and a teacher.