Please answer the three questions below:

Communicating with Parents/Students is critical to your success in the classroom. In this class, you have learned three different ways of communication via the web. Please answer the following questions:
1. How could you use a Web Page (i.e., Google Sites) in your future teaching assignment?
2. How could you use a Blog in your future teaching assignment?
3. How could you use a Wiki in your future teaching assignment?

Think about this for a bit - when we are all done, we will have several ideas for ways to use Web Pages, Blogs, and Wikis in various classrooms! This is a great use for a wiki.

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Jordan Cloward

1.Webpages are a great way to communicate information to students and their families. Parents can stay up to date on what students are doing. You can also include links to additional resources. Power points and assignments can be uploaded so it can be beneficial to students who missed school.
2. Blogging is a great way for students to communicate ideas and thoughts with each other. It is also a great way to respond to classroom questions and for students to respond to others responses and read different perspectives. Students often take blogs more seriously because they understand their work is being published to read by more than just the instructor.
3. Wiki's are most helpful for students and teachers to share information that they are learning with others in the group or class. You could use this for an assignment where it is a collaborative effort to learn about the material, for example, potential life in the Universe.

links:
https://mrsroncone.wikispaces.com/Ways+to+use+a+wiki+in+your+classroom this wiki presents different ways and ideas on using wiki in the classroom.
https://wikiswork.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+Elementary+Classroom+Wikis this wiki gives different example on how wiki has been used in the classroom. Ideas include interactive space, and chronicling your way through a book/story.

Kylee Sorensen
  1. A webpage is great to use as a central location for resources. It can have class powerpoints, note-sheets, lab instructions, and other class items that will be useful to students, especially those who may have been absent. It is a good place for files to be located, just in case my computer crashes. I think I will likely use a webpage, but not a google-site. I would most likely use a site connected to the local school district (i.e. Cache school district uses ccsdut.org).
  2. I honestly do not think I will use a blog in my future teaching assignment. Although it is useful, I feel like the website would be sufficient for my needs. Blogs require subscriptions or linked accounts in order to participate, and although they are generally free of charge, it's still a pain in the neck to get everyone to sign up for it, and to use it effectively.
  3. Wikis would likely be useful in group projects or inquiry labs. Students could research, upload links, and share findings in one convenient location. I'd have to be very careful with this though, and make sure I was able to monitor changes so that students didn't end up deleting one another's stuff.

links:
Educational Origami: this wiki has many resources for teachers at all levels. It includes links about how to teach different learning styles and how you can incorporate different pedagogy styles into your own.
Storykeepers: this wiki contains many examples of how you can bring storytelling into your classroom, without directly coming out and saying "we're going to tell stories today!" It also shows how to apply storytelling in your own classroom.



Valerie Anderson
  1. A web page could be a super useful way to make ensure that all students have access to things like spelling words, math assignments, vocabulary for the week, etc. The biggest problem I noticed with Google Sites was that it wasn't incredibly obvious how to change things without a bit of trial and error and messing around- even the links for help were not incredibly helpful because Google Sites seems to have been updated to be different from what is posted on the links.
  2. A blog could be used in a similar way that a web page could be used. One benefit to using a blog is that parents could subscribe to an rss feed, however I vaguely remember seeing that on Google Sites as well. Most blogs require those leaving comments to create an account, which could be a problem if you want children to leave feedback.
  3. I really like the idea of a Wiki best so far because it seems it would be super easy for even the most technologically impaired student to pop on and collaborate. I guess I am NOT the person that set this up so I am not actually aware of how difficult it was to set up, but even if it is a bit tricky on the teacher's end, at least it seems very user friendly on the students' end.
Links:
Ms. Dymond's class wiki: Includes links to spelling words and a great resource that I didn't already know about called Istation and other great resources like Imagine Learning.
Educational Origami:A wiki about teaching in 21st century teaching and learning. Lots of resources!
Ah Bon French: A middle school French teacher's wiki with links to lots of resources for her French students to access from home.


Ashley Gray
  1. As I did the Google Sites assignment, I realized that this would be a very helpful tool to have in the classroom. It would be an excellent way to communicate with parents, and it's an easy way for them to know what's going on in the classroom throughout the year. Parents and students could go to the class site and see what we will be learning about, assignments, and projects that may be posted. It's a great way to keep everyone aware and involved.
  2. I'm not much of a blogger, so this is probably something that I won't incorporate into my classroom. However, I like that a Blog can be used as a way for the teacher to communicate to the students, and students in turn have to ability to comment on the Blog as well. This would be a good tool when seeking feedback, or asking students to post in a discussion format with their peers.
  3. I was always taught that Wiki pages aren't very credible, but it was interesting to see how they could be used in a beneficial way in a classroom. I would use a Wiki as a way for students to collaborate and work together on assignments. They would be able to incorporate technology into the assignment by sharing their ideas on a page for their peers to see.
Links:
This link covers what a Wiki is, why teachers should use them in a classroom, as well as tips for using Wiki in the classroom.
How To Use Wiki In The Classroom
This link gives a list of multiple ways Wikis can be used in education.
How Wikis Can Be Used In Education


Reeve, David
1. I imagine myself using a web page as a way of posting assignments for students and parents to view. I also imagine using another folder for class notes for those who may have been assignment.
2. I have seen Blogs used by teachers for students to discuss assignments and other times to talk about their classes. Most are used to disseminate useful information, such as lessons that worked with their students. I am fearful of using a blog as it may inadvertently fall into the wrong hands.
3. A wiki looks like a good idea, but a web page to put out information appears to me to be sufficient.
Links:
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/
http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/

Charlotte Coburn
1. I like the idea of using a webpage for my class. When we made our classroom websites, I realized that something like that could be useful for the students to be able to look at to keep up on assignments and see what we will be doing in class. I want to have a calendar with everything on it so the students can be informed and know what will be going on. This will also help if a student were to be absent one day or if I happen to have a substitute one day.

2. I think one way I could use a blog in the classroom would to have students be able to respond on something we learned in class or something they had to read out of class. I guess it could sort of be like a mini canvas discussion board but on a blog so the public can view and see it. This will also make it easier to have parents view it and see what their child is doing and how well they are doing.

3. With the older grades, you could use wiki as a research assignment. They could do group work and all together have to make a wiki page or find certain wiki pages that have to do with a topic they have been assigned.

Links
This link is how Wiki's can be used in the classroom and with student collaboration.
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-with-technology-articles/wikis-in-the-classroom-three-ways-to-increase-student-collaboration/

This link is about different ways to use wikis in the classroom depending on the subject you want.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm

Whitney Trapp
1. I think that having a web page for my classes would be very beneficial for myself and my students when it comes to classroom management. I would use my web page to give my students updates about the school or in the classroom. These update can be anything such as when the next
test will be or when the next assembly is. Or I can put information regarding what to do if a student is absent and what was done in class the day
the student was absent.

2. I can see myself using a website more then a blog, basically because of the simplicity of a website. Plus I feel like it would be a more helpful tool for the students and their parents in regards to finding resources and answering questions. But I can see the benefit from using a blog in the classroom. Students can cooperatively learn and discuss certain issues within a blog and get feedback if necessary.

3. I feel like using a wiki would be useful in my secondary ed classes if there ever was a group project I assigned, the students could work together on completing it.

Links:

This link provides teachers with specific ideas on how to use wikis in their classroom and how to engage their students.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/using-wikis-in-the-classroom.shtml

This is another link that gives more information about what a wiki is and how you can use them.
http://elearningindustry.com/how-to-use-wiki-in-the-classroom



Sherida Holbrook

1. I like the idea of having a way for students, other teachers, principals, and parents to see and know and learn along with my classroom. The web page is an extremely helpful tool for homework help, a reference for homework assignments and current curriculum and content being discussed in class, a way for parents to connect and be involved as well and kept up to date on what is happening, and a great way for the teacher, or me, to be themselves and show that through a web page.

2. I would use the blog as a way for students to be able to post and comment and discuss themes, questions, concerns, ideas, or anything else that interests them within the curriculum being taught. I think it can be a great way for the students to feel like they are being heard and that others are aware of their opinions and thoughts.

3. I like the idea of a wiki being used for projects or for research purposes. Students can post their findings, edit their ideas or other students as well, all the while learning from each other's findings. I like that through the use of wikis, and even blogs, students are more involved in their learning and they are having more of an input that all can see, not just the teacher.



Links to educational wikis:

This is a link for 7th grade math that lists content covered, guides, help, and other resources

Seventh Grade Math

This is a link for a 2nd grade class learning about dinosaurs

Dinosaur Wiki

Elizabeth Bowers
1. I remember a high school anatomy class in which we actively used a class Google Site for access to lectures, assignments, and resources. I don't think I would use class web page in the younger grades, but perhaps in an intermediate school, such as the 5th or 6th grades, I might consider using a class website to post announcements, homework rubrics, reminders, or additional resources to help my students with projects.
2. I don't see myself as an active blog using teacher, but I do believe that the blogs of other educators can be an extremely useful and helpful resource. I will likely look to others' blogs for ideas to integrate into my classroom.
3. I am not yet familiar enough to make an accurate statement concerning the integration and use of wikis in my future classroom, but I do believe that they could definitely find a place in my classroom in time. There are an infinite number of tools and resources the internet provides that can help to enrich the classroom experience as a whole.

This is a wiki link that provides teachers with different sites that could be useful in their classroom as well as shows them how they can use and integrate different internet tools into a classroom.
https://21centuryedtech.wikispaces.com/home
This wiki page is full of questions and answers of how teachers can navigate the internet and use the tools therein to enrich their classroom environment.
http://educational-blogging.wikispaces.com/home

Jessica Cox:
1: I plan to use a website in my future teaching assignment as a form on communication. I will be able to reach not only my students with my website but also their parents or whoever else is involved in their education. I will be able to post calendars on the website to keep everyone informed on when we will be completing certain assignments, all homework assignments will be posted my website along with resources and sample assignments. This will make it so students can't say they didn't have access to the information, also parents will be able to keep up with what is going on in their child's education.
2: I feel that I would be able to use a blog in the same sense that I will be using a website, and I am more comfortable with a website so I will be using a website instead of a blog. One way I can see that a blog would be useful over a website is that the students will be able to comment and have discussions on a blog where on a website it might be harder.
3: I don't know much about wiki's but they seem like they would be useful in a classroom because this allows teachers to integrate technology in the classroom.

This is a link to a wiki that talks about how to use wikis in the classroom in a variety of different ways.
https://teaching-with-technology.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+Education
This is another link that talks about how to integrate wikis into the classroom, this wiki provides 6 different ways to use them in your classroom.
https://mrsroncone.wikispaces.com/Ways+to+use+a+wiki+in+your+classroom

Kasidee Christensen
1. I plan to use a website in my future teaching assignment as a way to communicate with my student's families. It will be a place I post assignments, announcements, and also positive things going on in my classroom. The websites will be used in addition to verbal communication and handouts with families. Depending on the age I teach, my students will also use my website. It will also provide links for homework help and such things as that.
2. I plan to use a blog in my future teaching assignment basically as the same way that I would use a website. I don't think that I will use both. I will choose one or the other. If I decide to use both, than the blog would mainly be about the things that my students are doing in my classroom. This could be pictures of them working in my classroom, or assignments they did possibly.
3. I could use a wiki in my classroom as a special assignment, sort of like this one. I think once again this would depend on the age of my students. I do not know how I feel about wiki's though since everyone could change them. I feel that this would be hard to monitor. Wiki's probably aren't my favorite thing to use in my future teaching.

Links to educational wikis:
-This link takes you to examples of educational wikis.
https://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
-This is a link of an example of a 2nd grade class wiki.
https://mrsibrahim.wikispaces.com/home

Emma Humphries:
1. I could use Google Sites in my future classroom by creating a class page with important calendar information as well as homework assignments and the like to keep parents informed. Many parents would like the opportunity to keep up on their student's class as well as see updates and have an easy way to contact me if need be.
2. It depends on the grade I am teaching how I would use a blog in my classroom. If I had young students, I would direct the blog more toward parents and if I had older students, I may make it a good place for students to use as another resource. It functions much the same as a website.
3. A Wiki page would also be more useful for older grades and a great way for students to collaborate and put ideas together in one place. Wiki can be a useful place to gather and share input.

Links to educational wikis:
This wiki is for English instruction for multiple grade levels and abilities
http://englishclassroombg.wikispaces.com/
This wiki is specifically for history teacher and includes resources and collaborations in history for many grades.
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/

Haley Tracy
1. I feel that using the website would be a good way to show the rules and procedures in your classroom. You could post your information as well for the students to contact you with any questions. This website could also be useful to put a calendar on so that you can post the homework for each night that the parents can get on to look at to make sure that their student is getting everything done.
2. I would use the blog to post about stuff that the kids are doing in class. Post things that they have created. I would also use it to post anything that is new in technology that would be useful for parents to know. I could also post upcoming events that will be going on in the classroom.
3. I would probably use Wiki in order to let parents add stuff that I may need to know. I think that I would put a calendar on there that parents could add stuff to that other parents might be interested in. I would also use it to have the parents express concerns or have an idea board for what they think could help the classroom.
http://collaborationcentral.wikispaces.com/Class+Calendar
This wiki is used by a 5th grade class to collaborate with parents. It has links to a calendar and websites that students and parents can use.
http://studyingsocietiesatjhk.pbworks.com/w/page/18798605/FrontPage
This wiki is used for social studies. It has what unit the class is doing and information that they teacher and class has added to the wiki about each unit.

Kelsey Clements
1. Using a web page such as google sites is something that would be beneficial to my future career as a teacher because it's a great way of setting the tone for my classroom. It's also a great way of communicating with my students and with their parents.
2. Using a blog in my future teaching would be an excellent way of putting my name out there and letting my students and their parents know who I am. It will also help the parents to know what we're doing in class and the overall feel of the lessons and activities that we're doing.
3. A wiki is very beneficial in a classroom, because it opens up the class to online discussion. It allows students and teachers to get on and comment about assignments or questions, or just to communicate with one another. I will definitely be using a wiki in my future classroom.


https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/
This is a teachers center website that teaches people how to use and set up a wiki


https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Teachers
This is a great wiki site for awesome teaching quotes


Arianne Murray

1.I really enjoyed learning about google sites because I feel this is a great way to facilitate classroom transparency and parent-teacher relationships. I would like to use the classroom website idea, having one online assignment (usually research) once a week for my class (depending on the grade level) so students can prepare for class discussions, similar to (but more kid friendly) college classes.
2. I'll admit, I'm less enthusiastic about creating a blog for my class because I'm more pro-participation for my students' benefit. A blog, however, could be used to post assignments, class pictures, and school events. It could be used similarly to a website, just with fewer pages to view.
It's a good way to keep parents updated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis of the goings-on at school.
3. A wiki is beneficial because it allows students to participate online! What a fun way to turn in an assignment. It would also be a fun way for parents to participate in the educational process with their children. Students could report on ways they hear vocabulary words used in day-to-day life as well as research projects they're working on. I plan on using wiki's for group projects (if I teach grades 5-6) and collaboration.

This is a wiki of a sixth grade language arts class that allows students to respond to reading prompts and submit responses to homework questions online in a discussion format.
http://la6stewart.wikispaces.com/
This is another language arts wiki, but I really like that the teacher posted the "wiki rules" on the home page to help students know what she expects from them and to support everyone's contributions to the virtual classroom.
http://maggilit.wikispaces.com/home
This is a brilliant way for students to get a feel for how Wikipedia was made. This is a history class' own version of Wikipedia but only for historical topics from World War I though the Cold War. It includes pictures, informational paragraphs about each topic (probably assigned by the teacher) and so on. It's fun to read what the students wrote about their researched topics.
http://brokenworld.wikispaces.com/A+Broken+World


Alison Powers
1. I could see how using a blog could be really beneficial in your classroom. It is a nice and easy place for parents and students to get on to see any assignments that are due and the details for each assignments. It is also a great place to make any class announcements that would be important for them to read.
2. A blog is a great place to also post announcements and homework assignments but you can also design it the way you want it to look and post class pictures and student art work. It is a fun place for parents to visit to see what is going on in your classroom. With so many different types of social media out there, blogs are a good alternative for parents to follow you as the teacher. I would consider having a classroom blog.
3. I think a wiki is a good idea when your class is working on group projects, they can all collaborate with each other and update the information. It would work really well if they were researching a topic, they could all add their findings to one page where everyone could see them.

https://www.wikispaces.com/content/classroom
You can use this to set up a wiki for an entire school or school district.

http://wikisineducation.wikifoundry.com/page/Student+Created+Wikis
This is a great place for students to create a wiki for the personal interests and build a community. They can build a wiki for a school service project that everyone can contribute too.

SarahKay Curtis
1. I think I got a lot out of the assignment that asked us to make a classroom website. I was very intimidated when I looked over the assignment. I thought back to high school when we learned a little bit about how to code and I thought there is no way I could this. I was amazed at how simple google sites makes it to make a webpage and still have it be unique and meet your needs. After that assignment I totally believe that I could create and use a website for my future classroom. I believe that it would help parents stay up to date on what is going on in our classroom and help them to keep tabs on their child and what homework is being assigned and when it is due. I think it would also be a great way to keep parents informed of upcoming activities or make announcements that they need to be aware of.

2.I can see the particular advantages of having a class blog. It would allow you some of the same opportunities to post class announcements and reach out to parents as a class website. However, I know me and I know that I would have a difficult time keeping up with it. If I thought I would take the time to keep it up to date it would be a good thing to do.

3.Depending on the grade I'm teaching I could see me using a wiki page as a way to get to know my students better. Because they can be open to those you invite to participate. It would be nice to have the parents share some information about their child. Similar to and "All About Me" page. However if I am teaching in a class younger than fourth grade I don't think I would really have much other use for a wiki page because I wouldn't be assigning group or class projects.

Wikis to look up and help you along.

https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/
This wiki offers teachers an interactive space to discuss and also to learn how to use wikis in the classroom.

https://mrsibrahim.wikispaces.com/home
This wiki offers a practical example of how a wiki page was used in a 2nd grade classroom.



Brianna McPhail


  1. 1. I like the idea of using a web page in my future teaching. It is a great resource for parents, students, and other teachers. I would like to use it by uploading my classroom notes, assignments, and other resources for my students to access learning outside of school.
  2. 2. I would like to use a blog to promote collaboration among teachers. It would be a great way to share and gather tips about classroom policies, management, and lesson plan activities. It could also be fun to let parents follow the blog to see the happenings inside the classroom.
  3. 3. A wiki is a great tool for older students to use for class projects, or to promote collaboration among students. I could use it for parents to sign up to volunteer, or post ideas, or announcements. I like wiki’s but I like webpages and blogs better.

http://ahsmedia.barrow.wikispaces.net/
This is a wikispace that is a collaborative domain of resources for tech tools and scholarly information.
http://crazycrazes.wikispaces.com/
This won an award for being a great educational wiki. This is a page for collaboration for students, and so parents and teachers can view their work.

Angeline Eskelsen


  1. I think a web page is a wonderful way to reach out to parents, students, teachers, your principal and so forth, letting them know what is going on in your classroom. It would be helpful to include calendar of events, extra explanation of assignments, rules, rubrics, etc.
  2. I love to blog! Blogging is a way to be on a more intimate level as a teacher with the way school experience and learning is being demonstrated. It will be a place to post pictures, recognize a student of the week, be grateful for the awesome students I will have in my class, etc. I would want it to be my own personal teacher blog. I would want it to be a place to inspire other teachers with the fun things we do inside my classroom.
  3. Wikis are a fun way to allow all students to contribute to the bigger picture. I would want to create assignments where we all research a piece to the bigger puzzle. It is a place to look at what others have learned and then learn for ourselves. I think wikis are a great to use inside the classroom!
  4. Links to educational wikis:


Jessica Peterson

1. I love the idea of a class website, because it's an excellent way for parents to stay caught up with the happenings in the classroom. Details on lessons and assignments can be posted there, along with homework information, calendars, class newspapers, and any class or school events. It saves so much paper and time when compared to sending physical papers home with students. Obviously parent participation with the class website would not be 100%, but that's a goal to work toward.
2. I liked the idea of having every student create a blog and post weekly writing assignments on there. The more writing students do, the more their writing skills will improve. A variety of prompts can be used, using a variety of resources. I think it's a different way of keeping students excited about writing.
3. Wikis are fun because anyone can edit them, so all students can contribute to each other's learning. I am always down for anything that helps students feel like they are contributing to the class, because that keeps them motivated and excited.

Educational wikis:
http://electroniclearner.wikispaces.com/home (this is a wiki on how to teach in a 21st century classroom, with ideas on using technology in the classroom)
http://mrsanderson10.pbworks.com/w/page/33263525/FrontPage (this is the wiki for a second grade class, providing an example of how wikis can be used in the classroom)

Mandi Murphy
1. A webpage is an easy way to keep parents informed about what is happening in the classroom. In this modern era where many school districts are getting away from paper notes home and going to a more electronic format for school-home communication a website is a natural way to make sure parents and students have access to important information they need such as spelling lists, dates of upcoming exams and due dates for assignments. It is a great place to post announcements for upcoming class events and a way for students and parents to get to know a teacher’s personality a little bit better as it is often reflected in the style of their web page.

2. A blog is another way to increase the home-school communication level in a classroom. A newsletter can be posted to the blog with a link to it on the class webpage. It is also another way to share learning and opinions with others and let students & their families get to know the teacher better. It is a great place for collaboration between teachers or between parent and teacher.

3. A Wiki would be a fun and interesting way to do a class research project that could be shared with families, other classes and the community. It would be a good place for students to contribute their work to strengthen the knowledge of the whole class community. It would be an interesting way to build a class math journal as well where students could share their explanations of certain concepts to strengthen their learning and their classmates learning as well.

Educational Wiki’s I’ve found:
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/ - A wiki organized by students and teachers the University of Massachusetts Amherst to provide access to a wide variety of resources for teaching history. Members can add to the wiki but use and viewing is allowed without membership.
http://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com/ - This wiki is a forum for global education projects and learning experiences. Members can submit proposals for global projects, be connected to collaborative partners and post to their associated blog.
http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/ - This wiki is a forum for a global read aloud initiative where teachers can have their classes participate in a worldwide read aloud of a selected book and try to make global connections to extend their learning experience. Members can suggest read aloud books or post to and participate in global projects.

Jacob Rees
1. Web pages can be helpful to allow students and parents the added encouragement to find out what assignments are coming up and what preparations need to be made for future assignments. This way when changes are made everyone is aware and no parents feel uninformed.
2. This is a great way to help students feel involved and more invested in there class. As students and parents read about what was going on in the classroom they will feel more connected.
3. This is a great way for all students to add their input to activities. It allows everyone the chance to express what they are thinking and allow others the chance to read and learn more.



This wiki is a space for history teachers to collaborate and share ideas
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/
This is a wiki for science teachers that is used to collaborate and share ideas, it has a lot of really great stuff.

http://science-teacher-wiki.wikispaces.com/Brain+Pop


VOLENDA HILL


  1. A classroom web page can keep everyone in the classroom in touch with each other and up to date on the events and expectations of the class. I thought the website we had seen in the assignment examples was really cool. I think passwords should be required for parent to have access your students grades and classwork.
  2. Students can share comments on what they thought about an academic activity. A discussion after field trips could inspire higher levels of thinking from all student who participate in the blog. I do not think blogging should be required because some people find social media discomforting, and I do not want students to feel obligated to participate.
  3. Students can share information on a subject assigned to them from the teacher. This is a wonderful tool to promote collaboration on an assignment. Students can look to the class blog as a study guide if the teacher permits and the page lists the correct information.

Crazy Crazes http://crazycrazes.wikispaces.com/
This Educational Wiki is designed to get children to share their thoughts on fashion crazes in society today and when their parents were children.

Story Keepers http://storykeepers.wikispaces.com/
This wiki gives students an opportunity to share how they develop and share stories.

Best Educational Wiki 2014 http://edublogawards.com/2014-awards/best-educational-wiki-2014/
Wiki is for teachers and how to use a wiki pages to your benefit.

Jennifer Dutdut


1. I would use a Web Page in my future classroom because it can give parents a quick way to look up information about my class. It can be quickly saved to a family’s desktop or on the parent’s phones. They have it readily accessible. I would use this to post assignments that my students need to be doing. I will also able to post announcements, upcoming events, classroom visits, class statements, so on and so forth. I think it would be a great resource and I really had a fun time doing that assignment.

2. I would use a Blog in my classroom as an assignment for my students. I would use a blog in increase my student’s skills in literacy. The assignment that I have in mind is to have my students work on a personal blog all year long. I will have prompts in which they need to respond. They will have the freedom to write in the style they want and how they want to as long as they respond to the prompt. I would also have several free writes.
3. I would use a Wiki in my classroom when I want an organic way for students to respond to each other. I could use this a class-wide discussion post. Similar to what we are doing now. We are able to all have a say in what be think about the discussion prompt but then will have the opportunity to comment on other student’s comments. I would only worry about students deleting other students’ comments because they don’t like them.

Links:

Digital Toolbox: For Science and Maths
This Wiki provides tools for teaching sciences and different math courses for students.
http://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com/

Educational Origami
This Wiki is about the 21st Century Teaching and Learning. It is about shifting an educational paradigm and pedagogy when integrating technology in the classroom.
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/



Kaitlyn Howerton

1.) I don't know that I would necessarily use a class website because I found the process and formatting really annoying. But it has a really good principle to it. It would be a great resource to send students to for them to do further research or to deepen their understanding of a topic. I could have students use the website to do cooperative learning activities or post articles or other information that they found helpful to them.


2.) I think that the blog would be a good resource to use as a teacher because it provides another opportunity for you to share your experiences in the classroom and ideas, and also to receive feedback. It's like expanding the amount of advice you can receive from co-workers. Better yet, it is a great place to collaborate with others on different issues in education, new research and important events in education.


3.) I would love using wikis in my class. They are so much easier to use in my opinion than webpages and less demanding than blogs. I like that they are set up really similar to a word document. I explored a few different wiki pages about classes and think that they would be a great resource to use in a history class. I think it would be really fun to start a wiki page and have each student start a report on a historical event and each year after having the next class edit it and go even deeper into the topic or expand the research further. It would also be really fun to use for classroom discussions and to see how the students use collaborative learning. I also think it would be a good way to show parents what we are learning if you were working on big units in the class.


Links:
http://collaborationnation.wikispaces.com/

I think that this link shows a really good example of what you could do for a higher level classroom. I really like the idea of the live streaming class because if you had a student who was consistently gone due to illness or for some other valid reason, they could still see and learn what was going on in class.

http://brokenworld.wikispaces.com/A+Broken+World

Being a history buff, I LOVED this wiki! I think that it is a great example of how you can provide additional information to those students who are really passionate about a subject.

Alyssa Brown
  1. 1. Having a Web Page in my future teaching career will be very beneficial for not only me as a teacher but also students and parents. I would use it to remind students about assignments, important announcements, and anything else important that the students should know about. I would also created a Web Page specifically for the parents with things such as assignments and when they are do so they can keep their children on the ball, and also a place for them to fill out permission slips if needed.
  2. 2. I could use a Blog in my future teaching if I was at new to school and wanted the other teachers and maybe even the parents to know more about my educational background and myself personally. If I were to keep that up to date it would be a lot easier for everyone to see what me qualifications are and what previous jobs I have had.
  3. 3. I also agree that wiki could be used for group assignments and research projects. I never thought of using it like that, but now that I know more about it, I would like to teach my future students so they could learn how to utilize it, and I could use it for some of their assignments in the class.
Links:
This link provides an idea how teachers can gain more skills to be more successful in the 21st century. https://21stcenturyskillsnmteachercourse.wikispaces.com/home
This link is a wiki page that gives many tools to use in the classroom from presentation tools to creativity tools.
http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/

Sharma Henseler

1. I think having a web page is a great way to communicate with the parents of your students. I think that if you notify the parents at the beginning of the year of the web page and ask them to look at it once a week at least then they will know about all upcoming events. It is also a good place to post resources for the parents. Especially for students that may need a little extra help in certain areas.

2. I would use a blog as a way to post resources for the parents, but it could also be used for the students to communicate with me and give me idea's of things that they might like to learn in school.

3. I would use a wiki in my classroom to set up group assignments and class research. I think it might be away to incorporate a editing document, maybe set up a document that needs editing and have the students each take a turn on editing it.

Links:
This link is a great resource for history teachers for all aged students.
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/

This link is a great resource for science teachers of all great levels.
http://science-teacher-wiki.wikispaces.com/


Haley Sturdevant
  1. After the google site assignment I learned many ways to use a web page as a teacher. I like the idea to have homework assignments on the page so students who weren’t able to make it to school don’t fall behind. It will be useful to also be sure to putt any classroom information the students and their parents need to know. I also am going to put useful links for my students to go to other websites that will enhance their learning that we have done in class.
  2. The blog is a great idea as well, to have classroom discussions and more of an informative approach rather than interactive. I would probably use the website instead of a blog. However, I like the idea of teaching my students how to make a blog.
  3. Wiki is a way to all connect onto the same level in discussions and thoughts. I would use this to allow students to express thoughts and see what their peers thoughts are as well. It would just be tricky to make sure other students didn’t delete their peers responses or write something inappropriate.
Websites
This website explains what wikis are and how teachers can use them in the classroom.

http://elearningindustry.com/how-to-use-wiki-in-the-classroom
This website is a teacher’s guide on how to use wikis in education. There is also some examples of wikis.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/teachers-guide-on-use-of-wikis-in.html

Kira Wright

  1. Having a web page would be very useful for parents and students. Parents are able to stay up to date on information that their kids otherwise forget. They are also able to find my contact information that will be important for communication with the me. I can put copies of assignments or fieldtrip permission slips, which is helpful if students forget something at school and need to turn it in the next day. Also, it’s helpful for students to have access to other online resources that I find beneficial for some extra help.
  2. I probably wouldn’t use my blog as a form of a class website, as I have sometimes seen it used. I would love to put my ideas, lesson plans, and other creative things so that I could collaborate with other teachers. I loved finding out what other teachers have done on their blogs because it helps me by not having to invent the wheel over and over.
  3. I think wikis would be fun to post information about a unit in class. We would learn a bunch of different information and students would need to add to it as the unit went on. When the unit was over and they had a test or another form of assessment, they could use it as a review or study guide.

Educational wikis:
1. https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/
2. http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning2-0/using-wikis-for-elearning/

Jennifer Banks

1. Web pages are a great medium to get announcements and information to both parents and students. Content could enhance what is being taught in class as well as inform parents of lessons and events that are coming up. Furthermore, it's an easy way to give your contact information to parents so they can always have it and not lose it as they would if it were on a random sheet of paper.
2. Blogs are a great place to introduce yourself as a teacher. The more familiar parents are with you, the more likely they are to contact you/work with you. In addition to introducing yourself, you could also include components of your teaching philosophy, as we did on our assignment so they know what you're all about and what to expect from you.
3. Wikis could act much as Canvas discussion boards do, all students could post and interact with each others posts, permitting the boundaries are set so posts don't get deleted (academic honesty). Also, students could post questions they're having, using a code name alias, so they don't get made fun of for asking seemingly "silly" questions.

Educational wikis:
1. http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm
This website offers various ways to use wikis and gives examples as well.
2. http://birney.jpschools.org/school-wikis/
This is a school website that has wikis listed for every teacher.

Caroline Kauwe:

1. In my future teaching assignment I would use a web site as a tool to keep parents in the loop on what assignments and lessons were going on in the classroom. When I was in high school, I also had teachers who would use websites as a tool to help students who were absent keep up on what they missed. I would use my own personal website in a similar manner. I think it is a good way to inform students and parents on what is happening outside of the classroom and on their own time.
2. I think that a blog would be a very useful tool, especially in a health classroom. I would have each student create a blog of their own and journal what they learned in class or what they wished they had learned. It is a stress management technique and also a way to allow the students to get out their emotions in a healthy and safe way. It would also give me an opportunity to know what the students had to say about the material being learned and I could reply to them without the whole class seeing what they did. Having my own blog as a teacher would be useful in helping me to share with the students who I was and I could collaborate with other teachers on the ideas I have to implement in my class.
3. Implementing a wiki in my classroom would be a good way for students to discuss questions presented in class. I think that in my own classroom I can see myself using a wiki to let students share ideas. In group projects where students need to work together to create a final paper or project they could use the wiki to collaborate and come up with a final submission together.
Educational Wikis:
1. http://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com/
This wiki is "committed to helping teachers and schools connect to create dynamic educational experiences... it helps teachers build and promote their global collaboration project ideas, and assist them in finding collaboration partners and facilitating enriching international exchanges."
2. https://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/home
This wiki is a site that helps teachers and school use web2.0 to suit their needs and purposes.


Kenneth C. Anderson (6November2015)


1. Google site assignments are actually really effective for both the teacher and the students. One of the classes I am doing clinical’s for often has students doing presentations using google drive. It allows the students to not only post and share for the teacher, but also for them to share with their fellow students. Google sites also allow me, as the teacher, to keep parents informed and involved in their student’s education.


2. Blogging is something that most high school students are familiar with today. I like the idea because it allows students who may not share vocally in the classroom the space where they can still share their ideas with the class. Blogging also gets students writing on a regular basis, and students who may not like journal activities or assessments may find blogging easier to accomplish. Research also shows that students who blog often have their writing, over the course of a school year, increase in proficiency as well as content. Blogging also allows students to focus on aspects of courses like history that they really enjoy. While focused on content that is interesting students often perform better and learn to enjoy the learning process that they are doing in their own way.


3. While the common thought is that wiki’s are not credible sources for information, most wiki’s do have links to source material. While I have never quoted a wiki page in any papers, I have used them to garner more sources from which I can draw material from. I have had classes in the past where we have used a class wiki to share information and findings among the students in the class, and this is something I would likely use in my own classroom. Students often feel unattached to their learning environment, a wiki allows them to feel like they are contributing something to the learning process and becoming active participants. While teaching history, I can see how a wiki style posting board could aid students in learning history together rather than just listening to me lecture or reading yet another dry text book.


Links:

The following link talks about how to use wiki’s for classroom learning and student teacher collaboration.

http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning2-0/using-wikis-for-elearning/

The following link has a series of step-by-step video tutorials on how to set up a wiki page for the classroom.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/teachers-guide-on-use-of-wikis-in.html

Emily Olsen
If I decide to use these three resources, and I think there is a very good chance that I will, they will probably serve very different purposes in my classroom to communicate with different groups of people.
  1. I think I could use a web page and make a class website. This is what I began to create for my Google Sites assignment and I really liked the idea for having one central location where my students could go if they had questions about the class set up, assignments, or resources. Students would be able to take charge of their learning by having a resource to answer their questions and I would be able to save time by just directing them there.
  2. I think a blog would be most useful for communicating with parents. I would regularly update the blog and share what we were learning and doing in class. I could include pictures, videos, and updates on larger assignments. At the beginning of the course I would inform parents that the blog would be a resource for them throughout the course and hopefully give them a window into my classroom.
  3. I could envision using a wiki to better communicate with my students and allow them to communicate with each other. Since wikis can have multiple editors, I think it would be beneficial for having class wide discussions. I also saw another application where a teacher had a wiki for just one larger assignment that aided in organizing the materials for the assignment.
Links:
  1. This wiki actually has some additional ideas about using wikis in education and examples.
__http://teaching-with-technology.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+Education#backtotop__
  1. This wiki is kind of different, but I really like it because it shows how a wiki might be used for just one, larger, long-term project.
__https://hobbitalk.wikispaces.com/__
  1. This wiki is quite interactive and provides them with many videos, games, and other resources which could be frequently updated.
__https://fletcherwiki.wikispaces.com/home__

Olivia Mygrant



  1. I can use a google site in my classroom by placing on it ongoing projects that my class is working on like writing sentences on rocks or making up a story where everyone writes one sentence to keep the story going. I could see this helping the students to see how it can make up as a whole story or how with the help of many people, we can make a great project of information.



  1. A blog is something that I will like to put in place for other teachers in my school and also for the student’s parents so they can see what we are working on and see their children’s accomplishments and also the children can see their work posted and gain self confidence in their work. Knowing that it is out there but protected from unwanted eyes and it gives them the post courage and the knowledge to know what is appropriate to post and what isn’t as well as give them the knowledge of what to do to post something online.



  1. A wiki used in a classroom I believe can be of great use. It’s a great way to post what each child knows about a certain topic and then expand on others comments and the result is a great well of information. Wikis can also help the students to know if the information posted is correct or not due to their own background knowledge and the research that they will do behind it.




This website is an example of what I want to do for my classroom because it will post what each child knows and how it can be posted securely online.

http://mrsanderson10.pbworks.com/w/page/33263525/FrontPage.

This website is a list of technological tools that we can use in my classroom and I like how it explains what tools I could use and how it can expand my student’s knowledge.
https://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/home.
Last website provides them with many videos, games, and other resources which could be frequently updated that the children greatly enjoys and I think they will have fun with.
__https://fletcherwiki.wikispaces.com/home__



Katie Jensen:

1. Google Sites is a great source for making a classroom webpage. A classroom webpage would be a good way to keep parents involved and up to date about assignments coming up or reminders like parent-teacher conferences, or things like that. Parents would be able to see what their children are learning at school that day and to see the objectives and lessons being taught. I think it is a great way to keep parents involved and to give announcements.
2. I'm not really good with blogs but I think they would be useful to share information about your class and students. It is a great place for pictures of your students. I also think blogs are good for teachers to share with each other ideas and to learn different insights from each other. It is fun to see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms.
3. I have never even thought of wikis being a classroom tool. I think it would be a great place for students to post things that they learned or to have them answer questions or maybe have discussions. It is a good place for them to share their ideas.

Links:
Good wiki to find other educational wikis and also how wikis can be used in education-
https://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/

Example of a class wiki that is used to collaborate with others around the world-
http://crazycrazes.wikispaces.com/

Sarah DeMille:
1. Google sites is useful for a class webpage. I think it is a good way for parents to know what is going on in the classroom. There is so many different places that you can put links to other things. There are many places for links that won't get lost under everything else you post like on a blog. You can post many of your assignments and a calendar of events. You can keep it updated and nothing moves from the right place.

2. I think that a blog would be useful for posting updates of your classroom. You could post pictures that you take of your students that they did that week. Its a good place that you could share ideas from your classroom to other teachers. You could post some of the activities that you do. It will help other teachers get ideas for their classrooms, which is really nice when you don't have to come up with all the ideas by yourself.

3. I would use a wiki as a way that my students could communicate with each other. They can leave their comments on the page and each student could respond to another students questions or thoughts. It would be useful so the students can help each other out and you as the teacher don't have to be involved in problems that can be solved by another student.

Educational Wikis:

This wiki talks about how the way school will be in the future will be much different now. This could be useful to help us prepare for what the future will be. http://electroniclearner.wikispaces.com/home

This wiki has posts of projects that the kids are doing in schools.
http://crazycrazes.wikispaces.com/


1. How could you use a Web Page (i.e., Google Sites) in your future teaching assignment?
I really like the use of class web pages, they are a great way to keep assignments, links, and calendar all together. These are a great way to help keep parents updated, to share pictures of what we're doing in class, and share additional educational sources that students and parents can benefit from.
2. How could you use a Blog in your future teaching assignment?
I think blogs are a great asset in teaching and education but probably not a tool that I will personally use. I think I will benefit from reading others blogs to help come up with ideas, but I personally feel that other resources might be more beneficial for me.
3. How could you use a Wiki in your future teaching assignment?
I think if you were teaching an older grade using wiki for group assigments would be a great tool. Students could edit, and post their input, thoughts and opinions. It would be very important to explain to the class the importance of using it for good, and keeping all posts appropriate before hand.
https://105.wikispaces.com/home
This wiki is a great resource for secondary social studies, and shows students work as examples.
https://mrsibrahim.wikispaces.com/home
This teacher uses the site as a way for her 2nd grade students to share what they are learning and doing with the world.

Ashleigh Garcia:

1. I think a website would be a great place for posting assignments and class announcements for students and parents to access. It would be especially helpful for students who had missed school to catch up on the work they missed. I think it'd also be a helpful tool to keep parents updated on what is going on in the classroom and anything they may need to know or do to help their student.

2. I think if I used a blog it would be more for parent to view, I would post th things we had done in class each day or week so that parent could stay updated on what their children are learning.

3. A wiki would be a great tool for a whole class assignment, since each student would be able to contribute. They could also use it to post new things they are learning in a certain topic and could use that to learn from one another.

This wiki is used by a teacher to post assignments, announcements and other things going on in the class. He also has his students post their writing assignments so they can be peer tutored.
http://maggilit.wikispaces.com/home

This wiki is used for 5th grade students to learn more about collaboration and using the internet effectively and to learn new things from one another.
http://collaborationcentral.wikispaces.com/

Sarah Stephens
1. Earlier in this semester when we made our classroom page I really liked the idea of having that as a resource for my students and their parents. I think it can be really helpful for students to be able to look back and see past assignment and be able to print them off if they have lost the assignment. It is a great way for parents to be aware of what is going on in the classroom such as field trips, class announcements, student of the day, what we will be learning in the future, etc.

2. How could you use a Blog in your future teaching assignment? A blog can be a reflection in my teaching and I can use it to remember some experiences that I have had. I can share my ideas about certain lessons and has worked in the classroom for me with fellow bloggers. By using a blog I can also receive other ideas for the classroom and teaching strategies that have worked from other teachers perspectives and come up with new ideas

3. For older grades you can use a Wiki for collaboration on a research project and the class can go in and edit each others responses and add on to their thinking so they can expand on their ideas,

This wiki is a resource that lets you connect with people all around the world that is doing a global read a loud on different books.
http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/

This wiki is a Global classroom project that is committed to helping teachers and schools connect to create dynamic educational experiences.
http://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com/

Jeremy Butler
  1. I think I could use a webpage for my future classes because it could make it very accessible for the parents. It could also be nice for the students as far as being easy for them to get on to see what is going on in the class and any assignments.
  2. Blogs could be a great place to let my students see a calendar so they can see when things are due. It could also be a place to explain power points a little more so the students could look at them a little longer if a concept wasn’t sticking with them.
  3. It would be a good way to allow group work with. The students could be able to collaborate with their assignments.

This had a lot of great information to incorporate wikis in education
https://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/
This site shared a lot of good tools and ideas to use.
http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/


Nicole King
  1. I think I will use google sites to make a class website. I think having all the assignments for the year online and available to students and parents will help keep students on track and parents in the loop.
  2. I think a blog could be used to give an overview of what was discussed in class each day. This way if the student misses class or is confused they can check the blog or ask questions.
  3. In 9th grade my English teacher made us use a wiki to make a mock website. We had a list of options of how we could use wiki and what we could do with it. I think using it for a special project like that would be a good use for wiki. I know that this was one of my favorite assignments in high school.

This wiki is an example of what a classroom wiki may look like.
http://psefourthgrade.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Week+7

This gives ideas of how to use a wiki in the classroom.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm


Audrey Buell
  1. I could use a Web Page as an additional resource for students to receive assignment dates, share ideas, gain information, visit links for additional resources. I appreciate using the Web in my own education. I would include calendars and discussion areas in my teaching because both are resources that add to the educational experience.
  2. I think a Blog is a great place to communicate with parents in a large group. I would not want a blog to replace one on one communication with parents but it is a good resource to post photos, schedules, and any other additional information for individuals outside the classroom, specifically parents and guardians.
  3. Obviously Wiki is a good area for discussion. However, I think it could also be a good environment for students to learn about editing. Students can post essays and get feedback and editing of spelling and grammar from their peers.

Wiki and Learning
"The ELearning Coach." The ELearning Coach. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2015.
http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning2-0/using-wikis-for-elearning/
This article gives definition, features, possible uses, advantages, community development, general tips, and examples of Wiki.

"JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching." JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. http://jolt.merlot.org/vol6no1/deters_0310.htm
This journal gives student perceptions of why Wikis are effective for student collaboration.




Cynthia Anderson


1. I would use a web page like Google sites for class room information and assignments. I think this would be a good way to organize all the information and parent or student would need.

2. I would use a blog to post about the activities in our classroom. I think this format would better suit highlighting what has been done rather than what will be done later.

3. I would use wikis as a way for students to share ideas for projects or as a way to discuss class content. I don't know if I would use wikis that much because of the ability of everyone to edit and change/delete what others have posted. The benefit of a wiki is that the posts are anonymous.

This wiki gives links on how to use wikis and examples of classroom wikis.
https://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Classroom+Wikis

This is not a wiki on how to use wikis but shows a great example of how a wiki can be used to facilitate learning in Social Studies.
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/About+the+Wiki

Cierra Hinckley

1. I will use a web page to post assignments and calendar events. This way students and parents can stay up to date on what is due and when it needs to be turned in.
2. A blog can be used for parents to see what their children are being taught each day in the classroom. I can post videos, assignments, and stories of what goes on in the classroom. This way the parents can feel connected to the classroom and their child's education.
3. A wiki can be sued as an ongoing project for the students to edit and post things on it that they have learned throughout the year. This way we can have a running database with all of the curriculum that was actually put together by the students.

A great wiki with ideas of how to use a wiki in a classroom setting here
Teaching with Thinking and Technology

This wiki has great links to other educational wikis and ideas of how to use them in the classroom
Educational Wikis



Christina Pickett


1.I plan on using a Google Sites to post files of the handouts given in class as well as recording of my class lectures. This will be my way for students who are absent to get the material before the come to class the next day.

2. I think you could use a blog to post current events in a less professional way. I would get consent to post pictures of my students and then post their pictures on the page to let the students feel important in class.

3. I would use a Wiki to post definitions and links for related terms. This would be a supplemental instruction that allows students to learn more than what is taught in class.

https://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Home This wiki has helpful tools and resources divided by how they are most helpful.
https://scienceinquirer.wikispaces.com/freestuff This has helpful resources that relate more to science. For a FACS teacher, I can use this to incorporate STEM in my classes.


Sydni Ekker

1. I will be using google sites for the majority of my classroom website use. I think this is a great place to put assignments where everyone has access.
2. I will use the blog mostly for announcements, recaps, and a calendar.
3. I think this wiki page is a great place for communication because it is so easily accessible. I think this would be a great way to contact and receive feedback from all parents. If I have an idea and want parents opinions I think a wiki would be great for this.

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Home- This is helpful because all educators can share their ideas and resources here.
http://teaching-with-technology.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+Education#backtotop- Great source on how to use technology in the classroom

Abigail Muller

1. I would use a Web Page to post assignments and homework. My Google Site page would include instructions and examples so that students have an idea of what to do and how to do it. This is very handy for both parents and students. I could also include extension or practice activities for students. I would also use it a place to post classroom rules and keep families up to date on classroom events. If we had a special assembly or field trip, I would post a slide show of the activity. I would set up my webpage up so that only those with permission would be allowed to view it.

2. A blog is an effective and easy way to communicate electronically with parents and students. I enjoy the comment feature on blogs. These comments can encourage class discussion about particular topics. When families have access to the blog, the discussion can continue at home. I would encourage students to also create their own blogs. It provides them with writing practice without out the intimidation that academic writing can create. Students can also help educate others on particular topics with their blogs.

3. I would use a Wiki so that students would have a vehicle to work on assignments collaboratively. It would be a great way for them to study and review for exams. It would be like an online study hall. Wikis teach online responsibility, digital citizenship, and teamwork. Wikis encourage student centered teaching. These are principles that I want to incorporate into my classroom.

Catie Duncan
1. I would use Google Sites as a tool to keep the parents and my students informed. I would provide links to homework and "extra credit" assignments as well as notes to the parents for upcoming school events. If students are missing assignments, this is where they would go to find that missing assignment and redo it to turn it in. I would also put any extra readings on there that students might not find in a textbook. Adding to that, I would provide lists of books that they need to read as well as using the site to organize students into groups so they can look it up if they forget who's in their groups. It would really be an all encapsulating website to help students and parents stay up-to-date with the work in the classroom.

2. Using a blog is a lot like using a Google Site except it's more of a story timeline verses an informational board. My blog would be about progress that my students make in the classroom, what kind of projects we're doing, what we're learning, and any other interesting things that happen to us. I want my parents to be aware of the environment that they're children are spending the day in. For five days a week, these parents are entrusting their kids to a different adult. They need to be able to see that I'm a competent adult and that I care about their children and they can't do that by just randomly dropping in. It'll be easier for them if they can look online and see the photos of their child in an environment that's helping them to grow.

3. I would use a Wiki site to help facilitate discussions among my students. I want them to benefit from the different opinions and learning experiences of other students. I would also use wiki sites to help with group assignments so that my students can stay connected after school and plan and figure things out regardless of how far apart they live.

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/home - this is a website with different tools to help your classroom and students succeed
http://constcon2010.wikispaces.com/home - This is a website about the creation of the Constitution and it's creators

Janessa Bond

1. How could you use a Web Page (i.e., Google Sites) in your future teaching assignment?
I really like the use of class web pages, they are a great way to keep assignments, links, and calendar all together. These are a great way to help keep parents updated, to share pictures of what we're doing in class, and share additional educational sources that students and parents can benefit from.
2. How could you use a Blog in your future teaching assignment?
I think blogs are a great asset in teaching and education but probably not a tool that I will personally use. I think I will benefit from reading others blogs to help come up with ideas, but I personally feel that other resources might be more beneficial for me.
3. How could you use a Wiki in your future teaching assignment?
I think if you were teaching an older grade using wiki for group assigments would be a great tool. Students could edit, and post their input, thoughts and opinions. It would be very important to explain to the class the importance of using it for good, and keeping all posts appropriate before hand.
https://105.wikispaces.com/home
This wiki is a great resource for secondary social studies, and shows students work as examples.
https://mrsibrahim.wikispaces.com/home
This teacher uses the site as a way for her 2nd grade students to share what they are learning and doing with the world.
I think if I used a blog it would be more for parents to view, I would post things that we had done in class each day or week so that parents could stay updated on what their children are learning2. I think if I used a blog it would be more for parents to view, I would post things that we had done in class each day or week so that parents could stay updated on what their children are learning.
3. A wiki would be a really great tool for a whole class assignment, since each student would be able to contribute. They could also use to it post new things they are learning in a certain topic so that they could learn from one another.


http://maggilit.wikispaces.com/home This wiki is used by a teacher to post assignments, announcements and other things about the classroom, but he also allows his students to use it as a writing workshop for peer editing of their writing assignments.

http://collaborationcentral.wikispaces.com/ Used for 5th grade students to learn about collaboration and how to use the internet effectively and to learn from one another.