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Blogging In the Classroom

A Prezi presenting my findings in my action research paper.
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Mister Bremer

on 24 August 2011

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Blogging in the Classroom Masters Degree Action Research
By: Tom Bremer Blogging Resources and Sites Used Classblogmeister.com Edmodo.com Other blogs you might use Pros:
All student work is approved by the instructor before it is published
Students can each have their own individual blog
Students take ownership of their blogs
Some custom features exist Cons:
Takes time and a bit of tech savvy to set up
User support can take a while to return messages
If there are a lot of students, approval can take a lot of time Pros:
Super easy to use
Good support staff
Safe micro-blogging environment
Similarities to Facebook make it student friendly
Multi-purpose Cons:
Need fair amount of time in computer lab to make it worthwhile
Teachers need to think of creative uses on their own Blogger.com Pros:
Easy to use interface
With a little coding knowledge, easily customizable
Pre-made templates Cons:
Teacher has little control over student content
Public blogs can get spammed or inappropriate comments wordpress.com
edublogs.com
epals.com
and many more... Survey Results/Data The Research Lev Vygotsky Social Constructivism
Scaffolding
Zone of Proximal Development
"Most Knowledgable Other" The Standards NETS-T
NETS-S
Technology Standards U-46
Illinois State Visual Art Teachers:
promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation Students:
interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. Our students will:
•Understand technology
•Use technology resources appropriately to achieve purpose
•Choose technology sources to
Gather information
Analyze data
Process data
Communicate result
Make connections Analyze and evaluate how tools/technologies and processes combine to convey meaning
Demonstrate knowledge and skills that communicate clear and focused ideas based on planning research and problem solving
Analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, technologies and processes support and influence the communication of ideas Current Practices School websites are labor intensive, teachers are trending towards blogs
"Ubiquitous Computing"
Hong Kong International School-"myDragonNet" The Questions: 1.Will students score higher than a 70% on their vocabulary post tests?
2.Will students blog from computers outside of the classroom environment?
3.Will students continue to blog once they leave photography class?
4.Will the instructor notice the quality of work improving by having students answer prompts on their blog? Student Examples I think the most successful part of this photo was I was able to fill the picture out pretty nicely. Not only that, I find the adjustments I made really brought more life to the picture and defined it more.

The least successful part was the creativity in the photo. I wish it was more creative, but my wonderful models like this was enough to capture a great picture. :]

If I was to shoot another photo shoot like this, I think I'd like more time and a theme to at least know where to aim for. Having the photo hover over a specific topic helps me narrow down what to shoot. Maybe next time I should use some crazy angles. The most successful part of this picture was capturing the picture just when the sun was setting. It was rather difficult since I had to take many pictures before I was able to capture the right one. Since the sun was setting, the longer I took to take a picture, the faster the sun was setting. I'm also happy at how bright the red on the flower is and one can see the shadow of the light reflected onto the flower.

If I did this assignment again, I would work with the picture I wanted to in the first place. My original idea was to have a couple and tie a red string around their ring finger and have them stand on opposite ends and only take the bottom portion of their bodies. The message was to convey how two people can still be connected. I just regret that this time I couldn't find a couple to carry out my plan.

I really like how selective coloring emphasizes the focus of the picture even more. If the picture was in color, I don't think the message of hope in the middle of winter would suffice. Using selective coloring helps create the mood that I was going for. Rather than having the picture being in all black and white, the bright red color of the daisy attracts people to the picture more than a picture in black and white.

I've learned from this assignment that the tools and concepts we learned from previous assignments build on each other and knowing the shortcuts for commands in photoshop really does help save time. I also understand more why one has to create two seperate images at first and lay the black and white layer on top of the original photo. Overall, I think this was one of the more simpler assignments that we have so far that uses the bits and pieces of knowledge we know from other projects. The next two pictures also represent me well because they show two versatile personalities. While taking these pictures I learned to that certain angles of my face might work better than others and that the distance between me and the camera to can emphasize on how well the photograph would turn out. In terms of the black and white photo, I had my younger brother to take pictures of me. I taught him how to press halfway on the camera button in order for the camera to capture a motion quickly. As for the crying photo, since I took this picture by myself, I used both a tripod and the timer on my camera. This way, I could give myself enough time to adjust myself into the perfect picture. By the end of this entire thing, I think I did a very decent job. I found out that if taking pictures that include something like tears, you should try to take as many pictures as possible at once. In this way, you can get more realistic photos when having a wet tear. If the tear keeps drying, then you’ll have to keep redoing und wiping off the black stains, which waste’s a lot of time. As you can see, I did several pictures. I loved the selective coloring assignment. I love these kinds of pictures where its mostly black and white, & some colors are standing out. Obviously, it brings out the object that is most important in the picture. If I had a chance to do this assignment again, I'd probably shoot photos some where else, and with different colors:D Yes, I believe I used the selective coloring technique effectively. I've learned to pick the right backgrounds when shooting photographs. Backgrounds can really effect your photo, also with lighting. The End. Thanks for Watching! o
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