When Marvin Gaye sung the classic "I Heard It through the Grapevine" in 1968 (I know most of you weren’t even born yet), his grapevine didn’t contain good news. Our grapevine is "The Good News Grapevine." Good news about how teachers are using unitedstreaming are starting to pour in. I hope I get to all of them! If you have already sent me one of your good ideas, keep checking back. Don’t forget Florida, our Good New Grapevine contest is not only about the great ways you use unitedstreaming to integrate technology, it is also about sharing with each other in comments on the blogs.
Here’s the latest I’ve heard in the grapevine from Wendy Norton, Science resource teacher at Bellalago Charter Academy in Kissimmee, FL.
I really love using unitedstreaming in my Science Lab classroom. I play movie clips at the start of a new lesson to get my students interested in the subject matter. Because I have a Promethean Whiteboard, the movies can be stopped and then the students can manipulate the screen (writing on it) to further enhance the students engagement. Recently I have wanted to use more Discovery Learning incorporating webquests into the curriculum. I build my webquests using Assignment Builder. I input the websites, eliminating the need for students to peruse the Internet for research, and I input the videos I wish them to use for the webquest. To avoid video streaming, I create a desktop folder that has all the videos located on the hard drive, so students do not have to steam the video. I also ensure I have headphones signed out to eliminate the noise distractions. This seems to work and at the end of the year I can just delete the folder ( I keep them on CD in labeled folders) and reload them every year. Webquests engage students in learning, I usually make it an adventure they need to solve and the students must turn in work to receive a grade. So far all my students have turned in work. I also post all my webquests on my website (Digital Interface Vehicle-DIV) so if students are absent they can still do the webquests from home. Any questions let me know email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phew, Wendy is something! What do you think?