Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome to my Exploring Web 2.0 Blog.  My name is Julie Maine and I am a 5th grade teacher. I enjoy using technology with my students.  I like to use technology in intentional and deliberate, and dynamic ways to enhance learning for my students.  I am excited about the prospect of using more Web 2.0 tools to meet the needs of all members of the learning community. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wallwisher Expedition

I've been fussing with a bit of a problem at school and have been looking for a solution.  I lead a photography club for 5th graders after school on Thursdays.  I do this on my own time and the club meetings are a half hour each.  I teach a brief lesson and then give students a photography assignment for the week.   Unfortunately with over 20 members in the club it is difficult to share photos, teach the lessons, and then give the children club time to take photos all in a brief half hour time frame.  I think I may have found a web 2.0 tool that will work for our club.  Wallwisher just might do the trick.  Wallwisher is an online bulletin board that's fairly kid friendly.  I've created a wall at where the students can go online and read assignments, link to the handouts, see special notices, and post their own photo assignments.  The site is very user friendly.  It took me about five minutes to set it up and I think it will be fairly easy to teach the students how to use it as well.  I especially like the fact that it isn't chronological so students don't have to do a lot of scrolling to find the information they need.  I can access the site using the school computer which is beneficial for both myself and my students.  We'll see how it goes.  I expect to introduce students to the web tool and show them how to use it on Tuesday.