Throughout this week’s assignments I kept a central theme of functions and their characteristics. I am glad I chose this SOL (AII. 7) for all assignments because it gave me a great idea for the types of presentation tools I would like to use in my classroom. The activities that I made included a concept map, a jeopardy game, and a pin board. All three were very easy to complete, and would be great tools to use in the classroom. As an avid user of concept maps, I would easily use this technology to create notes for students, or even have them put together one of their own to gauge their understanding (Brizee, 2011). This would be great for a end of the day/ticket out the door activity. The jeopardy game would be another great review tool before an assessment. The template was free and can be easily edited as needed.
The most unique activity of this week, however, was the pin board. When I saw the assignment I was a little skeptical because I didn’t see how more sticky notes could be useful in the classroom. With evernote already one of our tools I didn’t see how another version would be any better or different. I was quickly proven wrong. I loved the concept of the pin board after learning more about it and instantly set out to creating one on functions. Since this is a site that can be edited by others I only pinned a few characteristics about functions in the hope that someone else will add to the knowledge. This is something that I would love to implement in my class as another means for studying. All students learn differently, so a tool like this could help all the students in the classroom grasp a concept. The great thing about wallwisher is that it allows the user to attach different types of media to a post, whether it is a video, website, or image (MacGrercy, 2010). So if for example, I had my class post one thing each on a topic then the variety of information would be much better than what I could contribute in a short class period. That way if a student was studying the content they could browse through the selections and find the medium that works best for them. Another way in which this could be used in the classroom is if I chose to do a flipped classroom. Since the site is compatible with videos I could post examples of how to solve problems on one note, and other resources for the content on other notes. There are several possibilities of how a tool like this could be used in the classroom, and I look forward to implementing this and the other resources from this week.
MacGrercy. (Photographer). (2010). Wallwisher. [Web Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBn1EVzh6wk&feature=related
Brizee, A. (2011, August 06). Introduction to prewriting (invention). Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/673/01/