Archive for December, 2010

Tal’s portfolio wrap up for Ms Pettie

Teacher: Ms Pettie
Subject: English ESL D

Our goal for our placement was to introduce Ms Pettie and her ESL D English class to technology they could use for assignments related to Romeo and Juliet. She told us that the two assignments we should focus on are a comic assignment and a Romeo and Juliet skit that’s done every year for every play. Because Abdul and I used Windows Movie Maker in our English class last year for the same purpose, we decided to introduce it to her class. We also decided to introduce her and her class to Bitstrips, a comic design website. I chose to explore Bitstrips while Abdul chose Windows Live Movie Maker. We made Prezis for both technologies and prepared a presentation for her class. We also scheduled the net book cart for use for the period during which we were presenting. On Wednesday December 8th, we presented our information to her class, guided the students through using the technology and made sure everything was running smoothly. The students seem to have learned a lot and enjoyed using both programs.

The technologies we presented can be used for any class; however our presentations were geared specifically towards her class and students. Because her class was ESL, we focused most of our presentation in our speech and actually showing them the technologies, instead of packing our information into a Prezi or Jing video that would’ve been hard for the students to follow along with.  Because of this, our presentation can’t really be recycled unless we were to go to every class and present it again.

Prezi for the presentation:


Placement Wrap-Up (Jenny and Alan)

Teacher: Mr. Willms
Subject: Design and Tech
Technology Used: Google Sites

Description: Mr. Willms asked Alan and I to create a website for his Design and Tech Grade 9 and 10 classes. So we created one website with two seperate pages for each grade. Under each grade page are 3 sub-pages for “Forms & Documents”, “Class Calender” and “Announcements”.

Here is a Jing video that describes Mr. Willms’ Design and Tech class website:

Here is the actual link to the website:
(This website may be unaccessable because Mr. Willms’ may have decided to change the privacy settings.)
The website we created for Mr. Willms may be used as a template to create class websites for other teachers.

Placement Wrapup (Chris A.)

Teacher: Mr. Freedman

Subject: Business (BTT)

Me and my group were chosen to work with Mr. Freedman’s Business class. Mr Freedman asked us to create a website for him and help to find ways for using more technology in his class. At first we did interviews with Mr Freedman in order to expend his ideas. Throughout interviews we find out that we have to teach his class how to use smart board and improve their ISPs with help of technology. The next thing we did was creating website for Mr Freedman which can be found at

Then we looked through their ISPs on site


There was already some technology used there so we decided to show to the students of his class how to create their own site on weebly. We used prezi to do our presentation about weebly and made a sample site for them to see. This site can be found at We also went over how to use smart notebook for Mr Freedman and created a quiz for his class.

Technology used:



Google Sites

Smart Notebook

Usses in other classes and areas:

The site that we had to create for Business 9 class was created as a site for Mr. Freedman’s all classes and he now knows how to use the smart board and create quizes for his all classes. I hope we helped Mr. Freedman to expend use of technology in his courses.

Project 3 – Evaluation

As part of the planning stage, you need to decide as a group how you will be evaluated.  In the course I have used two different types of evaluation tools:

  1. Rubrics — Blog RubricEnriching Tech Rubric
  2. Score Sheets — Web 2.0 EvaluationNetbook Team Evaluation

Choose one of these tools.

For your evaluation you need to have at least one expectation in each of the four categories

  • Knowledge and Understanding – research, ICT concepts
  • Thinking and Inquiry – planning, processing, critical and creative thinking
  • Communication – expression and organization, different audiences, use of conventions
  • Application – familiar contexts, transfer to new contexts, connections

Within each of these categories you want to be specific about what I should be looking for.

The end product needs to be evaluated as do some aspects of the planning and implementing processes.

Some things to consider – do you want:

  • a peer evalauation grade
  • a self evaluation grade
  • separate grades for each group member or one mark for the group


Placement Wrap-Up (Anzella)

Teacher: Ms. Mancini
Subject area:  Media Studies
Technology used: Windows Live Movie Maker, WordPress

Description: For our teacher placement with Ms. Mancini, her media studies class was working on video projects at the time. She requested that we teach her class on how to use Windows Live Movie Maker as they would be using the netbooks during their class. She was also open to us sharing tips and technique suggestions with her class on shooting video and editing. Showing examples of videos edited by students might help the class understand the concepts we are trying explain. During our interview we discussed what kind of problems the students might face with their footage and with the program. Most students were probably not familiar or have never used the new version of Movie Maker. We were to give solutions to these problems in our lesson. In class we familiarized ourselves with Movie Maker and prepared a lesson plan.

Ms. Mancini also asked us to make a blog/website for her class as Nico has already describe in his post.

Possible uses in other classes/subject areas: The use of Movie Maker or any video editing software can be applied to most subjects including, English, Social Sciences, Art, and even Science courses. There have been many projects in these courses where making a video was required from the particular assignment or it was an option to present your information. Videos provide a creative and entertaining way of presenting a project.

Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorial:
Google Doc
As we gave the tutorial to the class we had a lesson plan at had. This tutorial is taken from that lesson plan and displays the basics of the progam that we taught to the class.

Placement Wrap Up – Sasha

Teacher: Mr.Freedman

Subject area: Buisness (BTT)

Description of project:

My group and I were placed in Mr. Freedman’s grade 9 Business Class. His original request was for us to help him create a website and just generally teach him how to incorporate technology into his classes. So throughout the first couple meetings, we created goals for our group to accomplish during our placement. They were to create Mr. Freedman a website, help enhance the BTT Isp and teaching Mr. Freedman how to effectively use the smart boards. So we first finished his official website called WLMFreedman. This went over fairly well and he grasped the concept of uploading files and partially editing the site. The second thing that we did was looking over the grade 9 Business ISP. We were surprised to see that technology was actually already incorporated into the ISP, so we decided to run with it and teach the Grade 9 Business class how to create their own websites using Weebly. Weebly was very simple to use, we started off by first explaining Weebly’s features through a prezi and then we showed them a sample site we created on Weebly. Apart from some student interruptions, the presentation went fairly well. Finally we created a workshop to teach Mr. Freedman how to use the Smart Boards. We essentially just taught the basics, going over things such as smart notebook and how to calibrate the board. We also created a Sample quiz/game for his grade 12 Accounting class. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the actual workshop but my group member told me that it went over well and that Mr. Freedman really enjoyed the quiz we prepared.

Technology used:

  • Google sites
  • Prezi
  • Weebly
  • Smart Notebook

Possible uses in other classes/subject areas

Well initially the website we created was supposed to be for the grade 9 BTT course. But after a few consultations with Mr. Freedman, he allowed us to design a website that would tailor to all of the classes he woild be teaching over the course of the year.  We decided that we would add categories for all of his upcoming courses with designated sections for assignments & rubrics, important dates, Links, and lessons. This will allow him to use the web site with prospective classes that he will be instructing throughout the year. The information he could use towards his other subjects/classes was the information taught through the smart boards. He now knows how to teach on the smart boards and effectively use all of the general features. He also knows knows how to create smart notebook Quizzes, games, and customizable surveys for all of his other class/subjects. Finally I would like to believe that he now knows more about technology and web tools available such as weebly and prezi which he can incorporate into other classes and subject areas 

 My Portfolio Video :

C:\Documents and Settings\Sasha\Desktop\Good_Btt_Video.swf

Project 3 – Planning and Brainstorming Session

Today will be the first day to work as a group on your project.  For a project, it is always tempting to dive into the creation part of the process.  Successful projects begin with a planning stage first.  So, before beginning work on your project you need to create a Project Plan and brainstorm some ideas.

Step 1: Brainstorming Session

A brainstorming session means you are open to any idea.  A good way of keeping track of brainstorming is to use a mind map or other diagramming tool.  You can do this on pen and paper, with the Smartboard, using Smart Ideas 5 on your computers or Webspiration.   I do expect you to hand in your final brainstorming document.

After brainstorming you need to start narrowing down your ideas into key goals.  What should your project accomplish? What should the final product look like?  These goals can be revised over the next few days.

Step 2: Planning

Start with the research component.  What information should you look for?  All group members should be involved in this stage.

After doing your research, refine your goals and begin to develop the rest of your plan.

How do you want to be evaluated?  What should I look for in your final project?

Using the project plan template, start developing your project plan.  This plan should be updated and changed as your project evolves.