Classroom Environment & Social Bookmarking

Finish Floorplanner

After creating your ideal learning environment, use create a screen shot of the image to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page. Then, respond to the following directly on your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page:

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.

***When you log back in to Floorplanner – use the “Easy Login” link on the right, otherwise, you won’t be able to log back in.

Reflection on What We Hope to Learn

When creating your home page on your Google Site, I asked you to write what you hoped to learn this semester. Let’s take a moment to look at our class “wish list” as a whole. Keep in mind that we may not have time to address all the items on this list. We will take a few moments to prioritize and add clarity to the rest of the semester. Click on this “working” Google Doc that you all have permission to edit. Go to your section of the document and turn your paragraph(s) into a list so it will make it easier for us to compile a “class list.” Feel free to add anything you may not have thought of until this point.

Web 2.0

Whether you are digital native or immigrant, today’s world is definitely digital. We share and collaborate with people all over the world with just a single click. This is the essence of web 2.0. A phrase you may or may not be familiar with. Let’s watch this 5 minute video to find out what it means.

Social Bookmarking

Today we’re going to learn about social bookmarking. As we discussed previously, web 2.0 allows you to share, tag, search – literally to produce, not just consume information. To this end, there are a lot of sites you can visit on that you may find helpful in your work as a future professional. Some of them may relate to content you need to research. Others may relate to examples of projects or other favorite sites. Social bookmarking allows you to keep up with all of that in an easy way.

This teachertube video will give us a quick over view of Delicious – a social bookmarking tool I’m using for our class.

  • Now you’re going to create a Delicious account (consider using the same log in and password as you did for Google).
  • Add your URL to your portfolio page.
  • In your Delicious account you should include Wallwisher.com and editclass.wordpress.com just to get you started.
  • Lastly, find four websites related to your future profession (teaching, speech therapy, counseling, etc). Add them to your account and tag them. Find two on Delicious and two on your own. Throughout the semester, continue to add links as you find them.

Share: Turn and talk to your neighbors. How could you apply anything you’ve learned so far into your life? Personally? Professionally? How is this related to what you’ve learned about learners in the digital generation? Be ready to share with the whole group.

For Wednesday:

1. Make sure to complete any of the previous assignments (both from class and homework) if you have not done so. (Remember, if you cannot meet a class deadline, you can use a late pass and turn your assignment in the following class meeting.)

2.Add a screen shot of your Floorplanner design to your “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage and respond to the questions listed belowe (type them directly on the webpage – NOT in a Google Doc.

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

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