Monday, May 17, 2010

Downloading Youtube Music

Today I found a great little tool that is so easy to use. Thanks to Amanda S she introduced me to a very catchy little tune the Bazooka Bubblegum Song. We chose to use this in our syndicate assembly and I needed to download the youtube music to MP3 format.
I used I copied the youtube URL and entered it on this website, applied High Quality. It then converts the youtube to a MP3. You are then asked to download and I saved this into "My Music" - super easy. By the way the kids love this song especially the little dance.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Literacy Programming

Following on from my post on classroom programming, this week and the purposeful integration of ICT in my classroom programme and time restraints I decided to create an individual plan for one of my reading groups.  I broke down the two days that I am in the classroom into 20-25 minute blocks and planned a variety of literacy activities with specific learning intentions that required the students to self-evaluate their learning.  During the morning I would pull this group back to work with me during guided reading time and written language time.

The main focus for me this week with this group was to support these students so that they were able to follow this contract system independently.  I did not ask my children to reflect/self-evaluate their ability to "self manage" their learning tasks.  Next week I will add this to my planning.

Am very keen to hear how other teachers manage their classroom rotations and integration of ICT in a more effective and manageable manner.  We had a quick discussion at our lead teachers day at Elm Park today about different ways to integrate ICT and plan literacy.  Am very keen to continue along the lines of having individual contracts for each group, however, realise the importance of making sure learning is purposeful, students are aware of what they are learning e.g. WALTs and WILFs

Classroom Programming

Having only 2 consecutive days in my class is proving a challenge.  Today I decided I would focus totally on completing or getting further ahead with a variety of ICT activities that I have started.  I trained 2 experts to assist students to add pages onto their knet and then link these to their "learning" page and this job was then passed onto 4 different students later in the day.  Took just over an hour but the job was done.  Having real problems with recording clearly and then when linked playing back - need a more reliable source.  At the moment have decided with going with downloading video into voicethread and then children can comment using just one programme.