Fall 2009

Brooks Hays - Podcasts in the History Classroom

Sasha Dofflemeyer - Computer software program Starry Nightas an in-the-class telescope to enhance Astronomy lesson.

Catherine Mason
-- Using ePals to enhance Geography.

Laura Rose - Math Apprentice in the Middle School Classroom
Connecting math with real world careers.

Jessica Goforth and Melissa MacIntyre -- Using a Smart Board to teach English/Earth Science http://cnx.org/content/m32282/latest/

Emily Henry and Katlin Robinson -- Blogging in the English Classroom
We examine the useful aspects of blogs in English classrooms--both in terms of content, like questions about readings and writing skills, but also in terms of community building aspects that blogs can create.

Laura Johnson-- Using Microsoft OneNote to get students to be able to interact in groups and organize their resources for a projects/ class notes
Amanda King
-- using iMovie to make short documentaries for Social Studies.Tech Module

Charles Swartz- Utilizing all of the features of the Document Camera and Smart Board in a Biology classroom.

Erin Wright & Hannah Garrett - Using Twitter in the Social Studies classroom. http://cnx.org/content/m32253/latest/

Amanda Dudley - Skype in a Foreign Language class. http://cnx.org/content/m32248/latest/

Matt Wester - Using and teaching the bioinformatics tools, NCBI Genebank and BLAST, in a biology classroom. http://cnx.org/content/m32254/latest/

John Savage- Use of artificial and computer based dissections/simulations in place of real dissections in biology classrooms. http://cnx.org/content/m32270/latest/

Andrew Midland- Discovery Education in the Chemistry Classroom
This overview of the Discovery Education resource outlines how all aspects of the internet teaching aid can be used effectively in any classroom, but especially for the secondary sciences.

Erin Ferguson - Using Inspiration in a mathematics classroom http://cnx.org/content/m32250/latest/

Molly Tucker- The use of video blogs in the English classroom. http://cnx.org/content/m32258/latest/

Gregory Maust - Algodoo in the physics classroom

Nathan Belcher - Applets for Light and Waves
Applets are web-based Java applications that allow interaction with physical phenomena and help with visualization of the underlying concepts. Many examples exist on the web, and this module highlights four examples and some pros and cons for using the applets in a classroom setting.

Fall 2008

Emily Williams-Wikipedia in English ClassI would like to explore the uses of an English class wiki page. Students will be able to discuss texts, contribute various multi-disciplinary perspectives, and synthesize new information.

Kelly Woodard Webquest in the English Classroom
Webquest in the English Classroom

I am interested in using Webquest in the English classroom to promote interactive and collaborative learning. I want to use this tool as an extension of individual reading and in class discussion. My hope is that students will value the learning that they gain individually through this process.

Clifton Lyddane - Podcasting in the History Classroom
I will be looking at ways that Podcasting can be integrated into the History classroom. I will investigate ways that teachers have used Podcasting to supplement their lessons, and ways in which they have used student created content to motivate and teach students.

Rebekah Hess- Podcasting in the English Classroom
I am interested in using podcasting in my classroom. I would like students to create podcasts about different aspects of a literary text (theme, motif, symbolism, genre) and post them online. This would provide an opportunity for struggling students to present their understanding of the material. It would also require students to analyze and synthesize their knowledge and learn from each other.

Kyle Minner - Student Writing Blog
In my content area of English education, I feel that writing is an essential process which students must learn. In today's electronic society, people are more and more often using writing (emails, memos, etc.) to communicate instead of face to face or over the phone. Writing is therefore essential to not only the classroom but also to any occupation. To that end, I would like to create for my classroom a blog where students can post their writing projects. In this space, students can help each other edit, revise, and comment on each others' writing, hopefully creating excellent writers. Not only that, but with such a tool, students are able to construct their learning process and truly come to own their education.

Eric Brinker -- Windows Movie Maker in the English Classroom
In undergrad I was a double major: English and Mass Communication (which was our code for "Film Major"). I love to make and edit movies, and think that can be an awesome way for students to get involved. Students will no doubt have fun, and sometimes that's the main thing. In addition, however, students can spend time crafting excellent presentations. I could have students supplement this with a writing assignment explaining why they made their decisions in the video, and ask students to stand and deliver a brief introduction. I love it, and I hope students will too.

Abri Nelson -- Podcasting in the Government Classroom
I am interested in exploring the uses of podcasting in the government classroom. Secondary students want to share their opinions and perspectives on a number of issues, but it can be difficult to guide their focus and encourage the critiquing of ideas instead of people. It can also be a challenge to include the entire class in a discussion or project because some students either have not thought about their particular opinions on a subject, or because they are afraid to suggest their point of view because of potential criticism. I will look at how podcasts have been used in classrooms in general, and then tailor my investigations to government/civics/economics classrooms specifically. My focus will be on the utility of podcasting for the classroom and the applicability of podcasting to discussions about past and present government policy.

Jennie Mokodean
Personal Response System in the English Classroom
Lately I have been thinking a lot about how to hold students accountable for reading assignments. My CT does not assign at-home reading anymore. As a beginning teacher, he trusted his students to complete and prepare their readings at home. Unfortunately, many of his students didn't take the time to do their assignments, and Mr. E. often had to teach lessons where less than 50% of the students had read the text. I want to create a student-centered classroom, but the only way I can incorporate engaging and unexpected activities into the class is if students prepare at home. I think using a personal response system to do quick comprehension checks is something I would like to explore. My purpose is to see how using a PRS might affect students' motivation to do their assignments.

Tom Pantazes – Google Earth in the Social Studies Classroom
I am interested in exploring the opportunities to enhance instruction in the social studies classroom through the use of Google Earth. Maps and geographic features are critical and important components of social studies instruction. Google Earth has the potential to add some pizzazz and zing to classroom use of maps in any social studies classroom. I intend to look at how Google Earth has been used in classrooms generally, and then focus more specifically on how it can be applied in a geography and world history classroom.

Amelia Courtis -- Using Comic Life in the Classroom
Since beginning this program, I have been on the lookout for alternative ways to transform commonly mundane lessons and activities into something much more fun and interesting to engage students. I am interested in trying to tap into the interests of students to engage their minds in my classroom. In this day and age when graphic novels are more popular than ever, Comic Life is a perfect tool for this purpose. It can serve all levels of creativity and artistic ability. Comic Life can also serve a variety of purposes such as short assignments, projects, and presenting information. I will explore the many ways Comic Life can be used to spice up boring material and engage students.

Whitney Slough
Webquests in the Latin/Classics Classroom

One of the biggest challenges for any Latin teacher is finding a way to make a "dead" language come back to life. One of these ways, I believe, is by creating activities that allow students to compare and contrast their lives to those of the ancient Romans. I am interested in looking into various webquests already available, and/or websites with information available to enable a teacher to set up his/her own webquests with ease. These webquests will allow students to, e.g., explore the Roman Forum and compare its structures to those found in a modern city center. I will specifically focus on how using webquests can close the cultural gap between the past and present for Latin students.

Beth Lerberg--Virtual Labs in a Chemistry Classroom
Two ideas I want to explore to increase the desire to learn in a chemistry classroom are bringing in real-world examples and encouraging students to do their own lab investigations. The latter can be especially challenging due to limited supplies and budget constrictions within a high school classroom. My focus will be how the technology of Virtual Labs can increase the opportunities for "scenario based" learning as well as how Virtual Labs encourage students to create their own lab experiments.

Lauren Sturner Synchronous Audio or Video in a Social Studies Classroom
Using Synchronous Audio or Video in a Social Studies Classroom

I would like to look at the ways in which synchronous audio or video (i.e. Skype) can be used in a social studies classroom. I think that it is an interesting tool that could allow students and teachers to communicate with people from all over the globe, enhancing learning about other cultures. As students learn about histories and governments different from their own it would be very beneficial if they could communicate with people who are actually experiencing them. Getting an international dialog going could be both exciting and educational for students.

Lizzie Bailey and Catherine Schwenkler
Digital Audio Recording and its Applications in the Foreign Language Classroom
Self-monitoring is an important part of language production for all levels of foreign language learners. Free, easy-to-use software programs, such as Audacity, are tools that facilitate and document student practice speaking the target language. By recording themselves speaking with the software, students' language production is recorded and students have the opportunity to go back and hear themselves speaking. Now students are able to reflect on their accent, grammar, fluency, intonation, etc. This tool can serve a variety of purposes, including self-assessment, group work, dialogues, links to culture, and teacher assessment. We will gather information about the resources available and present ideas for implementation in the classroom.

Karen Richardson
Inspiration in the English Classroom
(hehe pun intended)
I am interested in using the Inspiration Software to create webs and outlines in my English classroom. The Inspiration web tool can be used as homework assignments to hold students accountable for reading; in literature study circles as a group project; as an individual project to diagram a piece literature, literary terms, or the writing process; or as a whole-class in-class activity to connect themes of the class. The Inspiration outline tool can be used to outline students’ creative and analytic writing, to discuss the narrative structure of a text, or to create a student-made project outline and rubric. My focus will be to further elaborate on the uses and functions of Inspiration software that involve students direct use of the technology. Warhill has Inspiration installed on the Media Center lab computers and can be accessed during my student teaching experiences. Thus, I will web-research uses of Inspiration, discuss software with my cooperating teaching and the Warhill Media Specialist, and develop specific methods to increase Inspiration (use)!!

Shane Lewis -- Molecular Modeling through Chem3D Pro
Many students have problems with molecular and electron geometries because they are often dealing with visuals that are entirely in their head. Chem3D allows students to not only build their own molecules, but to also translate and rotate the images they've created so that they can obtain a better grasp of the concepts. While Chem3D is a very powerful tool for advanced chemists, it is also simple enough to use in high schools for things like powerpoint preparations as well as student interaction.

Kelly Huenerberg - GeoGebra in the Math Classroom
GeoGebra is free software available online that joins geometry, algebra, and calculus. It is an interactive coordinate plane that allows for construction of shapes, lines, points, vectors, conic sections, and more. Entries can be made relatively easily and students can change the parameters to manipulate the shape of the resulting graphs. Its also very useful for teachers to create graphs and save them as pictures to be used later.

Sara Leonard and Acadia Owen: Getting to know History with Photostory
Many times, students believe that what is written in their History textbooks are facts! They do not understand how History is interpreted and formed into the narrative versions that they so often read. We intend to use a combination of Audacity and Photostory and have the students come up with histories of each other's lives. Each student will bring in 10 artifacts and a short essay about their life and have another person construct a picture biography from the artifacts they shared using photostory. A voice accompaniment will be added using Audacity.

Sam Rhodes: Virtual Manipulatives
In recent years, many educators have pushed greater use of manipulatives in classrooms as tools for teaching mathematics. However, with the high costs of buying many sets, the space taken up by storing them, and the potential messes and disciplinary problems that may occur from their use, many teachers look to technology for the solution. I want to explore the use of these virtual manipulatives in the classroom and how the strengths and weaknesses of using them versus physical manipulatives

Matt Ragghianti:Web Inquiry Projects in History Classes
After completing an inquiry lesson for my methods class, I became interested in the different ways inquiry can be used in a history classroom. I feel social studies and inquiry go very well together as many events in history have multiple and competing answers, which are the hallmarks of inquiry. I plan to explore how web inquiry projects can improve the classic inquiry model to help students develop critical thinking skills, research skills, and the ability to critically examine websites in an effort to advance student centered learning.

John McLaughlin: Blogging in the Government Classroom
Everyone has an opinion, especially concerning government. Even students. I am interested in exploring blogging as an avenue for students to engage topics from the government classroom by sharing their thoughts, opinions, and learning through writing weblogs. Blogging has the potential to develop students' writing abilities, critical thinking, and internet etiquette. I will explore ways blogging can meet these objectives in a government classroom.