Friday, April 30, 2010

Google Earth (NETS-T I, III, V)

The picture below is an image of the La Jolla Half Marathon Route created in Google Earth.  In Google Earth, there is actually a movie that was created that talks the listener through the race route.  The route includes two placemarks (the start line and the finish line) and the addition of a photo overlay to the start line placemark.

Ed Tech Profile (NETS-T II, V)

At the beginning of class, an Ed Tech Profile was created by students to assess the technology baseline.  Below is my personal profile baseline for using technology in the classroom.  As a techie-at-heart, my baseline is nearly proficient in all areas.  After going back to look at the assessment, I believe that ED422 has given me many tools to bring Category 5 (teacher designs, adapts, and uses lessons which address the students' needs to develop information skills) to a proficient level. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Are You a Chemistry Geek? Crossword Puzzle in Excel (NETS-T I, II & III)

Are You a Chem Geek Crossword
This is a picture of the crossword puzzle with answers created in Microsoft Excel that is based around basic chemistry concepts.  Scroll down to see the clues to the answers and an empty crossword puzzle.  In the actual Microsoft Excel document, the clues will appear as the user hovers the mouse over the first letter of the word.  Another added feature in the original file is set up so that when the student fills out the crossword puzzle with the correct answer the letter appears green and if the answer is incorrect the letter shows up red. 

View Chemistry Crossword on Scribd

JCCS Internet Safety Collaborate Google Document (NETS-T III, IV, V)

JCCS Internet Safety This collaborative Google document written by a team of five classmates summarizes learnings from research done on the JCCS Internet Safety Website.  The document also includes examples of our results after completing a sample assignment from the various internet safety topics.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Anti-Hate Movie - Public Service Announcement (NETS-T I, III, IV, V)

This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) movie against Sexual Orientation Hate Crimes; filmed on location at the Cal. State San Marcos Campus. The movie was made using the iMovie application from Apple. Click on the play button below to start the movie.

To see another iMovie made by Michele Weinhouse & Family click here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wiki Page as part of CSUSM Web 2.0 Tools for Educators - (NETS-T I, II, III, V)

This is a creation of a personal Wiki Page discussing new digital technology called "OpenZine." The OpenZine Wiki page, also accessible under "Presentation Tools," is part of a CSUSM website, called CSUSM Web 2.0 Tools for Educators, that features a variety of Web 2.0 Tools with potential applications in education. The website is a great resource that reviews many new tools that includes a discription, an example and a suggestion on the application of the tool in the classroom.

My Wiki includes an evaluation of an online application, called OpenZine which allows one to publish an online magazine. Displayed below is an example of a my online magazine inviting students to explore the chemistry world. Click on the OpenZine below to access my online magazine.

michele64w - Topics of interest to the High School Chem Student

Create Your OpenZine

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Inspiration (NETS-T I, II, III)

Inspiration is a program which allows the user to brainstorm ideas by building upon a thought and mapping the connections between them.  This is very similar to the Collaborative Idea Mapping I wrote about in my Journal #6 (using software) with the exception that Inspiration is neither collaborative nor free.  However, Inspiration does have more user-desirable features than  You can download Inspiration for a free 30-day trial.

Using Inspiration, I am able to map out how my completed EDUC 422 assignments are artifacts that meet the various 2008 NETS for Teachers and describe how they meet the NETS criteria. This assignment meets the third NETS for Teachers: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning by modelling and facilitating effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.