Friday, June 27, 2008

Active Studio training - day 5

Well, today was the last day of training. I was the second person to give their presentation...and just so you know, I voulteered to go second! Yes, I honestly did :) It actually went great. Not only did I get to present, but I actually got to show/teach the class something that I had figured out on my own...I was really thrilled about that! We had a guest trainer today; an aquaintence of mine. It was so wonderful to catch up with her; she's such a great person! I think she picked on me a little more than my classmates because she knew me, but I didn't mind. It felt good to be able to help :) She went into greater detail on everything we covered and showed so some really cool tricks to do with our flipcharts. I did miss one of them because I had to leave when she was through, but I'm hoping to be able to e-mail with her and get the how-to notes. The lady I sat next to will be teaching at our school so I can get them from her later as well. All in all, this was a great class. I can't wait to try out the flipcharts I created and see what the kids think. I feel a lot more comfortable with the using the board and software and can't wait to show off my stuff!

Reflection on Day 4

As I said in my last post, yesterday was a good day. We finished everything Mrs. Mercer wanted to go over. I had to demonstrate a couple things on the board...which is a big deal because I hate public speaking! But it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I even had time at the end of the day to begin working on my new flipchart. I am planning to use this one as well. I haven't decided how elaborate it's going to be, but as of right now, I'm really impressed with how my first page came out :D I got out of presenting my flipchart yesterday due to scheduling conflict so today's the day! Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Active Studio training - day 4

Today we finished going over the missed stuff from yesterday. It all went fairly quickly. Unfortunately, Promethean Planet is down until Monday so we were not able to play around with it. I've looked at it before and it seems fairly cut and dry as to how to find and download everything. I'm very proud to say that I completed my Promethean tutorial. The end of it wasn't as bad as the beginning and with Mrs. Mercer's training class, the tutorials went more quickly & was able to better retain what I learned. I'm very excited about getting .5 CEUs for it...it's never too early to start working on your licence renewal. We were also able to begin presenting our flipcharts. I think it was pretty much half and half for completed and uncompleted charts, but everyone did a great job on theirs. Tomorrow I have to present and am already dreading it. Hopefully no one will mind me not using the pen. I'm comfortable using it, but feel using the mouse would be better. Oh! Mrs. Mercer had me demonstate the camera tool and how to link a file to it LoL I hate public speaking! But...I guess I can forgive her ;) Tomorrow, not only do we finish our presentations but we will be working with another trainer on more indepth information. Here's hoping it'll be fun!

Reflection on Day 3

Yesterday wasn't an as productive day, but we did learn about and try out Active Vote and were able to add a quiz in our flipchart. I was able to finish the third assessment on Promethean training. Three down, one to go! At first I had a hard time remembering everything the tutorials because it was so new to me, but with the help of the training class I'm in, the tutorials are going much more smoothly. We did not get much accomplished yesterday due to minor technical difficulties, so today is our catch up day. I'm hoping the little bit we have to cover will not take too long and we can focus on our flipcharts. With only 3 1/2 hours of sleep I hope today will be a much more active day than yesterday!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Active Studio training - day 3

This training was slow one for me. We did a lot of reviewing, which was good...but slow. It doesn't help that I've been half alseep today :D Rainy days does not equal me being wide awake LoL Back to the point....we learned how to create an active vote quiz in our flipcharts which is awesome! In my flipchart, I encluded example questions for the practice SATP test which is the students first review. The active vote quiz will be a better review for them because the students will see not only how much they know, but it will cause each student to participate. I'm hoping that with each feature I've added to my flipchart, it will help the students be more engaged and excited about the lesson (yes, I know I sound like a broken record ;) Now I'm off to work on more online tutorials...yay! LoL

Reflection on Day 2

Yesterday was great! I finished my flipchart up to where we are supposed to be. Everything we learned yesterday was new to me and the uses for it are tremendous! I really hope that all we've learned will engage the students in their learning. Most of what I end up having to review/teach them can be boring so I'm hoping this will help with that...because let's face it, the Dewey Decimal System is only so interesting! LoL Now I just need to work more on Promethean training...fun, fun!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Active Studio training - day 2

As I had hoped, today has been an equally good day...so far ;) I've learned some new tricks to making my flipcharts pop. We learned how to hide objects, create containers, add embedded files, and add web links. All of which is really going to help improve my flipchart for this class and I can't wait to see how it turns out. Mrs. Mercer provided us with step-by-step packets for each action...thank god! LoL I know I'd forget otherwise. BUT, aside from forgetting stuff, I found each action easy to create.

After checking the MS Dept. of Ed. website, I found out that reference resources are no longer on the [practice] test. But, I'm confident that this flipchart will be able to help out 9th grade English teachers and possible be used for SATP practice. Either way, creating it will be a great experience. When I gave my powerpoint on this topic last school year, the students (for the most part) were attentive and participated a good deal. I'm hoping that with the new techniques they'll be more excited to participate and retain the info. longer.

Reflection on Day 1

Yesterday's class was very good. I learned the basics on Active Studio. I had started learning how to use A.S. from Promethean's online training, but this is so much better! The online training is helpful but learning hands on is, obviously, much better. I also decided to change my flipchart from library orientation to SATP reference resources. I decided to change beause 1st there wasn't much I could do with the first one and 2nd it was too boring :)

It's times like these that I wish I was a classroom teacher because I think A.S. is going to be (and already is) a wonderful resource for teachers and students. The flipcharts can be created so colorfully and interactive that the students will (hopefully) stay engaged throughout the lesson. But, then I see our students behave in the classroom and am glad I'm a Media Specialist ;) A.S. is a very versatile utility; you can create flipcharts, interactive activities, add multimedia to the slides, and create quizzes. With all this, I can't imagine the student not being interested in their lessons (when used correctly) and hopefully their interest in certain areas will increase.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vista & Active Studio

Ok, I guess this is turning out to be more a journaling thing than I thought it was going to be. Allow me a moment to vent my frustration....sigh.... Did you know that there's not much (software) out there that's compatible with Windows Vista 64bit O.S.? No? Well, there's not. Including Promenthean (I did check). I was so excited to get home and install the software...but alas, it's not meant to be. Just like my webcam and Palm pda....(again) sign. But on a positive note, I have two assesments completed and two to go. LoL I took one look at what they were about and decided to wait until tomorrow to tackle those. I hope tomorrow will be as productive.

Active Studio training - day 1

Today was the first day of the active studio class. So far, so good :) We discussed the basics of A.S.: the toolbars, basic interface, and the importance of this technology. We were able to start creating a basic flipchart...which is proving easy, but slightly problematic. Being a Media Specialist, I feel very limited on what I can create with A.S. But, I've decided to create mine on the library orientation we give at the beginning of each school year. If I can get the software installed on my home computer I'll eventually transfer my powerpoints to the flipcharts to make them more interesting and interactive. We also worked on Promethean Learning...which is a good thing because I've been wanting to finish up that tutorial for quite some time...but couldn't seem to stay awake ;) Just 3 more assessments to go!

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