For my implemenation project, I chose to do a webquest in which students worked in groups of four to design an ultimate German vacation. Each student in the group chose / was assigned a set of interests which influenced the destinations he/she picked. The roles were: 1 - enjoys history & historic art, 2 – enjoys modern art and theater, 3- enjoys fashion and cultural events, and 4 – enjoys the environment. Students were responsible only for the PowerPoint slides that corresponded to their role.

sample student PowerPoint:


Although I am not very comfortable with technology, I found to be a wonderful tool in helping me become an effective collaborator, which is one of the four main qualities of a successful teacher according to the School of Education’s conceptual framework. I liked that experienced and award-winning teachers took the time to address questions that I brought up (in particular about the use of technology as an education means in itself rather than simply a tool and about the fairness of assigning homework which required the use of technology). I found that the advice and suggestions of my peers in 308 were often remarkably helpful, too. Collaboration is a wonderful way to take personal reflection to the next level and enhance professional growth, and I liked the freedom, the relative anonymity, and the convenience of online collaboration – as well as the number of collaborators available online.
I think would be a valuable tool for teachers by giving them the opportunity to collaborate internationally. While it is important to collaborate with one’s coworkers in order to create a unified school community, the new ideas one encounters when collaborating with educators from varied backgrounds can ensure that one stays open to new ideas and does not fall into a rut. To be a successful educator, one must be involved in a professional community both locally and on a larger scale. The Internet, and in particular, provide the perfect opportunity for this.

Webquest: Ultimate German Vacation

I have modified this webquest so that it corresponds better to the resources available at Jamestown. It should take about four class periods to complete. However, these do not necessarily need to take place consecutively.

The original webquest lists the four group roles as:
1 - enjoys history & historic art, 2 – enjoys modern art and theater, 3- enjoys fashion and cultural events, and 4 – enjoys the environment and outdoor recreation. Because the number of students in the class is not divisible by four, some groups will have just three members. The group roles will be modified so that most interests can be represented by three people:
1 – enjoys history and art, 2 – enjoys fashion, theater, and cultural events, and 3 – enjoys the environment and outdoor recreation. These groups will only have to explore three cities.

Day One: The teacher introduces the class to the webquest. Students are assigned to groups. They decide on roles within the group. Groups spend 30-45 minutes using laptops or in the computer lab doing preliminary research on the various cities in Germany. They must decide on four cities (three for the smaller groups) that will be their travel destinations for the webquest. If is not blocked by the district, students can create group accounts and begin adding links which will be helpful to them later.

Day Two: Students brainstorm possible vacation activities they can look up. Using the computer lab or laptop carts, students research activities which correspond to their group roles, and begin to save photos and brief descriptions of places/sights in individual PowerPoint drafts.

Day Three: Students use the computer lab or laptops to consolidate their individual slides into one unified PowerPoint presentation (in German).

Day Four: Groups present their Ultimate German Vacation to the class, giving two to four sentences about each place they have a photo of and explaining why their destinations make for the Ultimate German Vacation.

(Rubric and more detailed lesson plans to come.)

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Technology Inventory Worksheet
Jamestown High School
(Peter Schweizter, Joanne Kirkland)

1. What computers are available for you to use?
teacher’s lounges, Media Center, 2 computer labs, 2 laptop carts (16 laptops each)
2. What computers are available for your students to use?
2 computer labs, Media Center, 2 laptop carts
3. What procedures are required in order to use these computers?
teachers sign up for computer lab time (half a block or a whole block) or for use of the laptop carts
4. Is there a shared space for saving files to the school network?
All of a teacher’s students share an H drive which they access through the teacher’s name and a password. .
5. Does the school allow the students to use wikis or blogs?
No; these sites are blocked. However, teachers can have a particular site unblocked by contacting the school division.
6. Can you publish web pages on the school server?
Yes; this is both possible and encouraged. However, no one has taken advantage of this in the past 4-5 years.
7. Who is responsible for computer maintenance and how do you contact them?
Melanie Haplin is the IT person for Jamestown. To submit a work order for her, a teacher needs to go to the Williamsburg James City County website IT Help Desk (although many teachers break protocol and simply find her in the building).
8. What is the protocol for getting a site unblocked if needed?
The page that comes up for a blocked website gives you the option of contacting the internet supervisor for the county in order to unblock the page. If not on a school computer, you can email the internet supervisor about this. (Peter Schweitzer can unblock some sites.)
9. Where is the AUP teachers and students sign?
Students, and their parents, sign an AUP about every two years, depending on when changes are made to the previous AUP. The AUP is in the Jamestown student handbook
10. Do students have email accounts?
This is an option that very few students take advantage of, despite the fact that other email accounts are blocked on school computers. As a result, students cannot email files to themselves.

Available Hardware Supplies
See Joanne Kirkland about:

Projection device
· Overhead projector (57) – (not enough for every teacher; teachers can check these out for the whole year or for specific days)
· Slide projector (6) – (but several are checked out by art and science for the year)
· Opaque projector (2) – (old fashioned ELMO)
· LCD projector (20) – (see your department chair)
· Film strips (3)
· 16mm (13)
Digital Camera
· (5) – (art and journalism have some; available for general use in Media Center and computer labs)
Digital Video Camera
· none
Analog Video Camera
· VHS-S (1) – (tapes directly onto a VHS, have to go through training before checking out )
· Small tape (1) – (plug into computer / convert to VHS, Joanne Kirkland accompanies this everywhere because it is very valuable)

· Record player (4)
· Audio cassette player (2)
· CD/Cassette player (8) – (also the foreign language department has lots)
· Room size audio cassette (7)
· Small audio cassettes (9) – (used for individual study, SOL testing)
Videos - over 1700 different videos (approximately 85 DVD, the rest are VHS, some tapes have more than one program on them)
· TV Cart (5)
· Carts (40) – (used for hauling equipment)

See Melanie Haplin about:
Printer and Scanner (available for checkout)
Video Conferencing (rare, but recently used when teacher got Fulbright to go to Japan for two weeks to allow him to teach his class)

Available Software Applications
(see Start menu or desktop folders of all computers on network, available to students unless I note otherwise)

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint, Photo Story, Photo Editing
Star Student and Grade Quick (available to teachers only)
World Book Online, Electronic Library, EDiscover, Public Library, etc. (provided by state)

Curriculum Related
· Math: Algeblocks, Sketchpad
· Math, English, Science: PLATO (mini lessons and mini quizzes/tests)
· Foreign Language Software, Integrated Learning Program (Math, Science, English)

Email = Microsoft Outlook (available to teachers, most students don’t use this)
FTP/Web Publishing
· Microsoft Publisher, Page Maker, Front page