My name is Michelle Clark. I just started teaching a new subject last year: technology! My students are Deaf and using various technology provides a great visual resource for my class.

Week 1 - Wordle:
I used Wordle in my classroom for students to introduce themselves. With English as their second language, we started by creating a list of 10-20 descriptive words about themselves. Students then printed their Wordles, posted them in the hallway, and I challenged them to guess who was who. I don't have access to my school files here at home, so I made up a new Wordle all about me for this assignment. Thanks to everyone for the great ideas of how you use it!

Making a Wordle all about me!

*Wordle - what I learned from my peers that I'd like to use later:
Wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
Here are ways to use Wordle:
- making lists, brainstorming
- spelling words, word families
- review concepts, key words
- describe a character
- summarizing
- word walls
- poems
- intro to a unit
- making predictions
- discuss current events
- compare 2 different articles on same event & see most common words
- school philosophy statement
- describing yourself/students introducing themselves at the beginning of the year
- key events that illustrate a trait of a main character- use color and font to support your expression- practice and learn keyboard commands like copy and paste- teachers can informally assess students' basic keyboard skills while observing- input a paragraph and see if you are overusing certain words-teachers can model this process of editing. (Paste your own writing and make a Wordle to show use of words)- previewing story vocabulary, predicting- math keywords to solving word problems (words that signify addition, subtraction, etc) - student assignment of a reading text Wordle: Choose three words from the Wordle and explain how they relate to one another- quick class surveys (what is your favorite animal?)- providing key words for cooperative learning- front page of the class wiki, teaching portfolio, unit binder- introducing new vocabulary (can you guess the topic?)- pre-reading activities (first: match adjectives and words, second: write as many sentences as you can)- listing words to insert in a text (write a story using all the words in the Wordle)- character education: students create a word cloud showing how they exemplify a trait like honesty or responsibility
- math units: create a word cloud of the big ideas in a math unit in their own words- print unit words in black and white, students color in as that vocabulary is discussed during unit

*Some other goodies:
http://projectsbyjen.com/GTW/ check out prezi for presentationshttp://themachinegoeson.blogspot.comwww.tagxedo.com (similar to Wordle)

Week 2 - Voice Thread:

Hmmmm.... this would be a good way for my Seniors to give each other feedback on their PP for the HS and Beyond Plans they need to make this year. I like the video option for Deaf students.

*Voice Thread - what I learned from my peers that I'd like to use later:- use in an online class to be more interactive- upload PP and videos, add teacher comments/thoughts before sharing- students comment on content- teacher can jump in to clear up confusions or try to push student thinking more- uploaded videos can be paused for comments to be made at particular points- use for literature circles- reading fluency practice- sharing original work- use with students for peer feedback- student response to literature- teachers collaborate on a fun birthday wish- post student work and have PLC use it to comment- students explain how to do a math problem- show students talking about school during parent open house- document the water cycle- post an unlabeled picture of scenery, an event, etc and have students guess
https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_245f2nkv3g3 (26 interesting ways to use VT in the classroom)

Week 3 - StoryBird:
I created this StoryBird in 2010. I was looking for ways to inspire my special needs students. This is a great way to get them started with writing. I would use this as an activity during November when we celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Animals in the Spring Time on Storybird

*StoryBird - what I learned from my peers that I'd like to use later: - homework excuse books - students collaborate to create a book/poem - math word problems (making the literacy connection during math) - descriptive writing practice - tech class learning to create, save, upload to share

Week 4 - WeToKu:
I chatted with a facebook friend to test out this application. It looked fine while we were using it, but viewing on the wiki the conversation doesn't line up. It is like 2 videos running side by side with a delay. Not sure if this is a good tool for using with my students, but will play around with it more.

*WeToKu - what I learned from my peers that I'd like to use later:

- interview each other as characters of a book they just read
- interview each other as people we are studying in a unit
- Interview other teachers on best practices in their classroom and have them for new teachers or for PD

Week 5 - Blogs:

Creating a blog with kidblog.org

Help Desk Humor :)