What's Your Container?

What I love about presenting is how themes emerge within my presentations that I was never thinking about before the conference begins. But somewhere in the process of doing 6 presentations at the EARCOS Teacher’s Conference a theme in my sessions emerged. What is your container? We talked in many of my sessions about having a container to house all of your web “stuff”. What that contain looks like really doesn’t matter as long as: A. It works for youB. It allows EVERYTHING to be embeded When you create a “class container” think of it as not just a place to actually put stuff, but a place that allows you to pull in information from other parts of the web. It should allows you to the following: 1. Embed YouTube Videos2. Embed RSS Feeds3. Embed Slideshare Slides4. Anything else that has a standard embed code. Using the above criteria your container could be: 1. A Blog2. A Wiki3. A Ning4. A Moodle Course5. Netvibes.com6. Pageflakes.com7. Share your container in the comments All of these above containers work. Find the one that fits your needs and either is unblocked at your school or your school has adopted system wide and start creating your online classroom. At our school we’ve adopted two formats school wide. Our Elementary Teachers are using blogs and when you view them as a container you can see what I’m talking about. Here are a couple of good examples: Chrissy Hellyer’s 5th Grade Blog Robin Bulsza’s 5th Grade Blog Cheryl Terry’s 4th Grade Blog Mary Bellone’s 4th Grade Blog There are others, but I think these four when viewed as “Blogs as Containers” make the point clear. In our Middle School and High School we’re using Moodle. I can’t show you any examples as our Moodle Courses are password protected but within Moodle you can embed all of the above and put RSS feeds in the sidebars. A Moodle course can easily become your container. Once you view your class website as a container it allows you to think outside the walls of that container and ask yourself: What can I pull into my space to enhance the online learning landscape for my students? You don’t have to create it all….you just have to know/understand that you can pull things into your space to create a rich learning environment. The Netvibes page we are using with all...

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