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LESSON IDEA: WEBSITE-CREATION TOOLS

Name: Ashley Asbell


Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: All
Technology Used (check all that apply): X Blog
Wiki
Other Website Creation Tool (list):

Content Area/Grade/Standards/Topics Addressed: All Standards


Brief Description of Learning Experience: Students will use this classroom blog daily to check for
homework assignments, post projects, and find out important information that is going on in the classroom
and school. This website will also be a great tool of communication between the teacher, students, parents,
and even community members. Students will use the blog as a portal for homework, the students will be
listening to an audacity file which gives them directions to watch a video. They will be taking notes on this
video and coming together in class to discuss these notes then they will create their own videos using
Movie Maker.
Blooms Level of Critical Thinking Required (check all that apply):
See http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy
X Remembering X Understanding X Applying X Analyzing X Evaluating X Creating
Considering the project or activity that they are doing determines the level of critical thinking.
Student Engagement: This activity is very student-directed with the students having to look up their
homework on their own time. The project itself will be collaborative with little teacher guidance as the
students must work in groups to create their videos.
Level of Technology Implementation (LoTi): The blog is a LoTi level of 6 because it reaches out to
multiple people and people outside of the class can comment and discuss on projects and activities. The
students publish their own work and incorporate background as well as outside information.
Importance of technology: Technology is critical when running a classroom blog. Students need to have
access to the internet so that they can complete their homework and stay up to date on what is going on in
the classroom, especially if they are absent from school.
Internet Safety and Student Privacy: The biggest issue with using a public classroom blog is privacy and
monitoring comments. To alleviate this all posts uploaded to the blog will not contain full names but initials
or just first names. There will be blog rules that I will have students and parents sign off at the beginning of
the year. In addition, the blog will be set up so that any and all comments must first be approved by me
before they will be viewable on the blog. This is to keep all parties involved safe.
Describe your personal learning goal for this activity: My plan with the daily blog is to get students
more involved by having them use the blog everyday either to look up homework, post projects, or discuss
with peers.
Other comments about your proposed activity: