Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Relevant and Innovative Learning Scenarios Planning

By: Rosalynn Locklear

1. Target Audience – 4 Kindergarten Students (1 team of 4)

2. Materials – Mac, and, iMovie, crayons, and drawing paper.

3. Objectives:

· The student will demonstrate sense of story by creating and printing a book online.

4. Procedure

· The students will (TSW) brainstorm a topic to write about.

· TSW create a draft of a story.

· TSW go to

· TSW work collaboratively to create a story.

· TSW will share their story with other Students (Kindergarten-Fifth Grade)

5. Web 2.0 This tool allows you to create storybooks online. The stories are then available for reading online, or the story can be printed out.

6. Social Participation/Social Learning –For this lesson, 4 students will be paired into a team. The group is responsible for creating/printing a storybook online. TSW then share their end product with other students within the school.

7. Making Connections – Kindergarten students are familiar with the concept of a book. They are aware that authors write the stories and illustrators provide the pictures to go along with the story. Students have previously drawn pictures and written a couple of sentences to go along with it, but they have not created a professional looking piece of work before. This will be a great motivator for the students.

8. Create/Produce – The end product will be a story book created by the two Kindergarten Teams

9. Assessment: The students will be assessed on the end product, which in the case will be the story that is created.

10. Reflection – Students will make a video to reflect upon their experience. This video will then be shared with their classmates. As a self-reflection, I will make a podcast describing the pros and cons of my experience.

Monday, March 14, 2011


By: Rosalynn Locklear

I wanted to find out more about What better way to learn, than by doing. So, I logged into my free account that I created and I took a look around. It is super user friendy. If you look at the pic above, all the way to the left, their are tabs. The tabs are props, which are clip art items you can add. Then the scene tab allows you to choose various backgrounds. The photos tab allows you to upload pictures from your computer into doesn't take long at all. The last tab allows the input of text using text boxes/bubbles.
The above shot captured a storybook that I am creating. It is called "Me", and I am making it for my 6 month old to have later on. I just dragged and dropped pics onto the pages, and sized them the way I wanted them. You can also choose shapes for your pics (circular, star, rectangle).
This screenshot is a display of the crop tool for pictures on It's super simple. Just click on the corners to adjust the size and then click done. This is going to be amazingly easy for my Kindergarten students as they prepare a story book online.
This is a shot of my completed project. It only took about 20-25 minutes to make the entire book. You simply click on "Read" to read it. It actually makes the sound that a hard cover book would when opening the book on the table, as well as page turning sounds. This is a wonderful site. I can't wait to use this as my RILS with my Kindergarten teams.

Click here to check out the book I made for AJ.


Over the past two weeks, I have researched several web 2.0 tools, and found a lot that will be beneficial to me in my classroom. However, there was one that really stood out to me. I have chosen to use as my Relevant and Innovative Learning Scenario. StoryJumper is a web 2.0 tool that allows you to create storybooks online. The books are then made available for print starting at $24.99. I am going to play around with it, and see what I can make. This is going to be a great way for my students to create an end product that incorporates sense of story and technology.

Currently, I let my students write and illustrate about story topics, which is good, but this site would make the products so professional. Students would definitely take pride in this assignment, and would gladly share their knowledge with other kids around them. This should be a great motivation tool as well.

So far, seems very user friendly. You do have to create an account, which is free, and it only takes a minute to sign up. Students can sign up also, but there is an age requirement to be able to order the books that are created. There is also a link to click on if you are a teacher. This link allows you to set up your students in your class within your account. The teacher has access to create usernames for the students, and is able to see the items that have been created.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


By:Rosalynn Locklear


Click on the link to check out my comments on StoryJumper by Mark.


By: Rosalynn Locklear

Hey....follow my link to Lania's blog to see my comments.

By: Rosalynn Locklear

There were a lot of web 2.0 tools that I could possibly use on a daily basis, as well as with my CBR Project. For this blog, I chose to review is a website that allows you to create animated videos. When you first log in you will need to create a user account, and from there you are able to create characters. After you create you characters, you are able to create different scenes, just like in a movie….it’s the same concept of iMovie.

There is a free version, which offers the basics, and then there is a plus package that you have to pay for, but you get access to more characters, backgrounds, voices, and props. You also get to earn bucks by completing certain tasks on You can take the bucks and buy some of the things that come with the plus package.

First, you will need to brainstorm an idea for the movie. Once you have a basic idea, you can choose a background for your scene. There are templates that you can use, or you can use a blank one. Then one is able to add characters. You can change the expression and movements of the characters. Then it’s time to add audio. This can be recorded through a microphone or pre-recorded. Or, if you’d like, it offers the option of text-to-speech. In this case, you are able to choose built-in voices that match your character. I thought this would be a great tool to use to retell a story, or an interesting way to teach a specific concept.

Click here to see what I made in!

Friday, March 11, 2011


Now I have completed GarageBand training through I learned a lot, but I feel that I could watch the tutorial over and over and still learn something new each time. I guess it's because there's so much you can do with GarageBand. Another way to engage myself in learning GarageBand is to practice, practice, practice. I am a person that learns by doing (The John Dewey Theory). I will gain expertise by creating several projects and making a few mistakes, like I did for this project...but it's OK, because I walked away with a little more knowledge.

After the tutorial, I was wondering how I could use this to create this for my class, so I decided to make a podcast. During this podcast I am reading Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. I even figured out how to add background music. Yayyy me!

Here is the link to my Podcast:


Welcome to my GarageBand Exploration. The first thing I learned about GarageBand is that it has tutorials. There are lessons for Guitar and Piano. The coolest thing about this, is that you can actually plug in your guitar or keyboard into your mac, and GarageBand works with your instrument.

Here, you see an on screen instructor that's teaching basic chords for guitar playing. You are able to rewind and fast forward through the GarageBand tutorial if you see that you need more or less practice. You can also record your practice sessions. I do learn from my mistakes.

The above picture is an example of Magic GarageBand. These are music templates that are sorted by genre. You can use these templates and build upon them to make individual tracks, or just use this as background music for a podcast.

The above is a picture of the built in keyboard. This is a great tool for adding melody to a track. For example, I know how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". So, I could record myself playing that song, and create a parody that could be used to teach a concept in my Kindergarten class. Even better, I could let my students re-create the song.

It looks like GarageBand offers endless possibilities when it comes to creating, editing, and sharing music. I am going to work some more with this.


Since I seem to be somewhat of an expert in iMovie, I chose to go out of my comfort zone and try Garageband. I do have a musical background, and I would learn how to incorporate this software into my CBR Project, and in my classroom for students to use for making podcast, or making songs to retell stories. I think they would enjoy this!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


By: Rosalynn Locklear

Ekoloko is a virtual world for kids. In Ekoloko students discover the world, both real and virtual, through fun games and quests. As they play in Ekoloko, students learn and build values, character qualities, knowledge and skills that help them become more responsible and involved individuals. Students learn to respect each other and the environment in the safe online community. While students are in Ekoloko, they are faced with dealing with other characters that are interested in exploring the resources of the world for their own personal space.

Once you visit Ekoloko, you will be required to create a username and password. After you choose and personalize your avatar, you will start by going through a tutorial. The tutorial teaches all of the basics for navigating through Ekoloko. It first starts by teaching you how to navigate, interact with other Ekoloko avatars, how to earn money, and where you can spend it. Challenges/quests are offered by other Ekolokos, in which you may either accept or decline.

How to integrate Ekoloko into the classroom: This safe virtual world is a great place for students to practice their netiquette in a controlled environment. In Ekoloko, character qualities are valued, leadership and responsiblity are encouraged. This is a great way for students to learn how to be good online (and offline) citizens. Along the way, students can also practice being good stewards of the environment. Ekoloko reminds me of and would be another great site to introduce to students in preparation for Earth Day. I really appreciate the character values encouraged by this site.


Personal Learning Environments (PLE)'s can be very beneficial....especially now that I know how to set it up and use it. I was use to typing in keywords in my search history and then clicking on the first subject that came up. Now that I know how to use iGoogle, it saves me so much time.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BP1_Welcome to my blog

By: Rosalynn Locklear

If you take a look at my previous blog, you will notice that it was created about two years ago. That's when I visited Orlando, Florida for the FETC conference. My Principal invited me to go because she knew that I was enthused about technology. I learned a lot about technology and how to incorporate it into my classroom. Not only did I learn strategies to use, but I was introduced to a college named Full Sail University. They told me about their program (Educational Media Design and Technology), and I was immediately ready to enroll, however, I knew that I couldn't at the time.

That night, I remembered one of the speakers telling us about So I went there, and started a blog. I kind of forgot about it after that. Now, I am enrolled in the EMDT program, and my assignment was to go to to create a blog.....I went there and guess what popped up? My blog from when I was introduced to this program? Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. I am just glad that it all worked out.