Electronic Mentorship Reflection:

http://poetryportfolio.pbwiki.com/ The password is: poetryport I haven't made it public yet because I want to explain to the students what it means and get their input as to whether they want their work published. They probably will though, so then you won't need the password. We're starting this project this week, on the 1st, so it will get rolling soon!



Web Resources

http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/writing
This website would be a good resource to show students when they are writing papers. It is easy to understand and offers helpful writing tips for every step of the process.

http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective
This is a website called "Internet Detective." It is a tutorial to take kids through issues of web research. I think it would be a fun and useful activity for the students to do during a research project.

http://www.teachersfirst.com/getsource.cfm?id=7591
This is a fun little letter for soon to be English teachers. Not a lesson plan, but some good, realistic advice.

http://www.teachersfirst.com/getsource.cfm?id=7688
This site allows you to make graphic organizers. I think it would be helpful for graphically challenged people like myself.

http://classroom.4teachers.org/
I think this is awesome. You can "design" the layout of your classroom.

**http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/schoo/resou.html**
This site has some good resources. I will especially find useful the link to the "American Verse Project," since I am doing a lot of poetry soon. It also has a link to http://www.indians.org/Resource/natlit/natlit.html, a website with a collection of Native American literature.

http://awd.cl.uh.edu/blog/
This site, "Blogs in Education," can help with the the poetry portfolio that I am doing for my technology project. It has examples of other writing blogs, articles about blogging, and links to sites that suggest "best practices" for blogging.

http://www.tolerance.org/teach/activities/index.jsp
This website entitled "Teaching Tolerance" has a lot of interesting, up-to-date activities. I think that students would be able to relate to these lessons, and teaching tolerance is something in which I'm very interested.
Technology Project Topic

I am creating a wiki for my class (http://poetryportfolio.pbwiki.com) that my Intensified 10 class will use throughout our poetry unit. It is called a “Poetry Portfolio.” Each student has their own page on the wiki where they will post links to poetry that they read, or copy poetry that they read from books (with proper citation). They will write responses to this poetry as well. They will also be required to write some of their own poetry, and respond to each other’s poetry using the “Comments” tab of the wiki. In this way the whole class will be interacting during the unit, and sharing their thoughts and insights on poetry. I will also respond to their work. We will also compile a “Poetry Glossary” together, which each of us responsible for a certain number of terms. At the end of the unit, the students will choose a certain number of their poetry responses and original poems that they will polish for a final grade.



Technology Inventory WorksheetInterview with Bob Bruce and Donna Billcheck
Investigate the answers to the following questions even if you think you know the answer…

1. What computers are available for you to use?
Any computer in the 2 labs, the library, or the lab in the library is available. There are also computers in the faculty offices that we can use.
2. What computers are available for your students to use?
The computers in the 2 regular labs, the library, and the lab in the library are available, although all the labs need to be scheduled in advance. Some of the classrooms that involve technology also have computers for the students, such as the classroom that holds the AP Computer Science class. There are also two laptop carts with 16 laptops each that we can use.
3. What procedures are required in order to use these computers?
All the labs need to be scheduled in advance for whole class use, using the scheduling books that are located in the library or the labs. The laptop carts also need to be signed out. The computers in the library can be used at any time by anyone.
4. Is there a shared space for saving files to the school network?
Yes. Each teacher has a space that her students can sign onto to save projects for her class. That way the teacher can access all student work in one place.
5. Does the school allow the students to use wikis or blogs? No, not through the school. Also, most blog sites are blocked.
6. Can you publish web pages on the school server? Yes.
7. Who is responsible for computer maintenance and how do you contact them? There are a few IT staff members. One is full time and then are a few part time. You can contact them with a problem. You are supposed to go to the “Help Desk” on the computers and send a message. Also, teachers often just email IT for help.
8. What is the protocol for getting a site unblocked if needed? You must go to either the IT staff or Donna Billcheck and Bob Bruce to get it approved.
9. Where is the AUP teachers and students sign? In the front office.
10. Do students have email accounts? No.



Use the matrix to identify available hardware supplies, location, and procedure for use:

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Projection device
Audiovisual Department
Sign out, all sign-outs you can do online or in person

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Printer
Faculty offices, one in each lab
Anyone can use from any of the computers

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Scanner
One in each lab, and in faculty offices.
Anyone can use.

Digital Camera
Audiovisual department
Sign out

Digital Video Camera
Audiovisual department
Sign out

Analog Video Camera
Audiovisual department
Sign out

Video Conferencing
None yet
Item
Location
Procedure for Use
Use the matrix below to identify available software applications by type location, student/teachers access and procedure to access.
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Software Type
Name of Application
Location
Procedure to Access
T=Teacher
S=Student
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Word Processor
Microsoft Word
Every computer
Use on any computer
T and S
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Spreadsheet
Microsoft Excel
Every computer
Use on any computer
T and S
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Database
Microsoft Access
Every computer
Use on any computer
T and S
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Multimedia/
Presentation
MovieMaker, PowerPoint, Photo Project
Every computer
Use on any computer
T and S
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Reference
WorldBook, Encarta, TechEncyclopedia, The World Factbook, Infoplease, iTools, OneLookDictionary, Biographical Dictionary, Bartlett’s Quotations, U.S. Gazetteer, Big6ResearchModel, The Citation Machine, Electric Library, Find It Virginia, SIRS, Current History Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, College Source
Every Computer
Use on any computer, also can use at home with passwords that staff can give you
T and S
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Curriculum Related
Plato, Inspiration, Algebra and other math programs, Dreamweaver, BlackBoard
Every computer
Use on any computer
T and S


Email
For Staff, email linked to school website
Any computer with internet connection
Use on any computer, including home computer, with internet connection
T
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FTP/
Web Publishing
Microsoft FrontPage
All computers
Use on any computer
T and S