In each of my assignments, I shared multiple ways in which Podcasts, Wikis and Surveys could be used in the classroom. There are so many ideas and so many ways in which to integrate these tools into the classroom; the ideas that I am sharing are simply the ones I feel would be most successful in my classroom.
Podcasts – Since I manage the library, I might use podcasts as a means of advertisements. Students could record podcasts to ‘advertise’ books that they have read. They can highlight pertinent details such as characters, settings and plot and discuss favorite parts of the book. Any teacher, myself included, could use podcasts to record lessons or critical components of lessons so that students can refer back to the information while at home as additional support.
Wikis – At my school, we celebrate Festival of Nations. Each grade level is assigned a specific country and they are charged with sharing information about their country. Each grade level could create their own wiki and collaborate to create a presentation about their country. Students could then use the Media Center to ‘travel the world’ visiting each Wiki and gathering information. Students could also use a wiki to create stories collaboratively or submit stories for others to proof and edit.
Surveys – Google surveys can be used as an assessment tool. I could use the survey to ascertain how much information students were able to obtain from the Country Wikis above. I could use Google Surveys to determine which lesson was confusing or required more information or clarification so that I could include the important details in a podcast lesson. I have not yet employed any of these tools but I plan to start phasing them in with my oldest students (5th grade) first. I think they will find these tools intriguing.