Classroom Environment and Introduction to Web 2.0

Digital Generation Reflection

Before we spend time working in Floorplanner, let’s go ahead and create a new page for your website.

  1. We will call this new page, “Creating Learning Environments.”
  2. You can choose to embed your Digital Generation Reflection Google Doc directly on the page or add it as an attachment. In order to execute either option, you will need to open your Google Doc and make it public to those with a link. Look at the screen shot below to see where these settings are found within Google Docs.
  3. Make sure to introduce your Digital Generation Reflection on the page. We have to remember that people will not know to automatically open the reflection or even have reference to your embedded document without a proper introduction. You can create a personalized introduction to the document, just make sure people are aware of what they are looking at or opening on your page.

Changing Google Doc Settings to Share

Step 1: Open your Google Doc – notice the current setting in blue “Private to only me”. Click on this blue link.

2. The sharing settings menu opens, click “change”

3. Select “Anyone with the link” and “save”

4. Notice that you are given the “link” to this public document. This can be used to create a hyperlink from your page.

Now that your document is public, you can attach this as a link (described in step four). Alternatively, you can embed this document directly on your page or attach to the bottom of your page.

To Embed:

1. After creating your new page, and in edit mode, click insert and select Google Doc.

2. After selecting you Digital Generation Reflection, you can center the document and change other settings, like with photos you have inserted previously.

3. Next click save and you will see how the document appears on your page.

To Attach:

To simple attach the file, look for the attach option at the bottom of your page. You will have the option of attaching any file that is saved on a USB drive or hard drive of your computer. In this case, you can save the Google Doc to your desktop and attach. In some cases, this looks cleaner than simply embedding the page – allowing your Floorplan graphic to take center stage.

Finish Floorplanner

Here is a video that may help you if you are running into trouble using 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.

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.

For Wednesday:

1.     Choose a grade and subject area using the Georgia Performance Standards or other standards if you have not decided up to this point.

2.     Link your “Digital Generation Reflection” Google Doc to the “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage. (See Sarah’s site to give you an idea of how she linked her “Creating a Learning Environment” page to the “Digital Generation Reflection.” – Note: Her reflection may have addressed different articles and questions than yours.)

3.     Complete your classroom layout using Floorplanner. Add a screen shot of your Floorplanner design to your “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage and respond to the questions listed below (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.

For Friday:

1. Read Chapter 2 in your text and complete the chapter 2 reading guide.  Remember, you are expected to complete 4 of the 6 reading guides this semester. You can either turn in a hard copy to me on Friday or complete this Google Form.

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