8Y34 Lab 2: Place your cursor BELOW the three lines. Type in your Activity Types Reviews below. Then place a line under your entry.

While reading chapters 3-6 the activity type that stood out to me was Ask an Expert. Ask and Expert is a question and answer activity where students are required to ask experts, such as scientists, questions about certain topics via email. I can see myself utilizing this activity with various subjects such as Language, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Physical Education. With this activity students are able to write to authors of books that they are reading, to scientists and mathematicians who are involved in the unit that they are studying, to various historical icons, and even to professional athletes. When assessing this activity I would look to see if the questions that are being asked are proper, logical, and unit related.

- Zeljka Zubic

Activity: Treasure Hunt
What is it: A Treasure Hunt is a set of questions that uses URLs or graphic links to the Web pages where answers to the questions are found. Learners then "collect" the answers to sets of questions.
Use in the classroom: Teachers could use this activity in the classroom when studying specific topics in various subjects. For example, in Social Studies, when students study pioneer times. Teachers could provide a set of questions on a worksheet for students, and students would have to search various Web pages that focus on pioneer times to answer the questions.
Assessment: As a teacher, I would assess students ability to locate these Web pages to find the answers, so how do they follow instructions. Also, the quality of their answers would also be assessed, so did students search for well thought out answers or did they choose the first answer they saw.

- Danielle Gasbarre

Activity: Time Line
A time line is literally a line with dots represented by a sequence of dates under the line. As the cursor is scrolled over the dots, they correspond to highlighted events. An event can be text only, or include a graphic. This is a great tool in a history class. I'm thinking of grade 5 for the study of ancient civilizations. I am also thinking for my music appreciation class. This is a concise way to summarize the various periods in music history (baroque, classical, renaissance,20th century). It can be focused on composers of the different eras, genres, or historical events that have affected the transitions in music styles and genres. This would also be a great tool to use with junior students as a summative assessment to end a unit.

-Linda Ismailos

Activity: Brochure
Summary: A small booklet or pamphlet that often contains promotional material or product information. It normally is a persuasive piece of writing where the medium is the message and it's overall appearance is very important.
Use in the Class: This is a great activity that can be used in areas where students can take a stance on a topic and really emphasize it's importance and try to deliver that message to others. A great topic would be recycling where students could discuss the impact is has on the environment including statistics, tips and including websites for more information.
Assessment: Since this activity relies on creating a strong impression, assessment would include how appealing it is. It's organization, creativity, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, content and message.

-Sarah Giglia

Activity: Cumulative stories
What is it? A cumulative story is a story that is developed by more than one person. One student would begin the story, perhaps writing the introduction, and then the story would be passed on to another student who would write the next paragraph. This process continues until the last person concludes.
Use in classroom: This strategy would be used to develop creativity and help the children learn to expand ideas. Since they are building off other student's work, they have to read and analyze where they want the story to go, creating some deeper thought. This is also a good group activity as students can build off of eachother's ideas and thoughts.
Assessment: This strategy could be used to assess and gauge a student's writing level. As they are building off an already started story, the teacher could assess each students strength in writing skills and creativity levels.

Darcy Roland

Activity: Digital Story Starters
Explanation: Digital Story Starters are used for prompting the writing process. It usually consists for one image, graphic, or icon to help students come up with ideas for writing.
How to use: Digital Story Starters could be used at the start of a unit where it gives the students the flexibility and creativity to come up with their own ideas. This could also start to introduce the writng process and showing the students ways of grouping their ideas.
Assessment: Digital Stroy Starters could help the teacher get a base or diagnostic assessment on the classroom knowledge on specific topics. For example, if a picture of a pyramid was displayed for the students and very little factual information was written you could do further learning on the subject. Also, this activty could help the teacher understand where some students struggle regarding writing creatively or simply being able to start a story based on a picture.

Heather Carroll-Fraser

ACTIVITY SUMMARY: Picture Prompt Writing
This activity is great for getting the students creativity flowing. The teacher will have a picture ready for the class to look at and they have to then describe what they see or make up a story to go along with it. Each answer will be unique and from various standpoints that show the creativity, style, imagination, and persona of the student. As a teacher, you can use this activity to get the students comfortable with their writing styles or other writing styles and it is a great way to incorporate group work and imagination. For assessments, the teacher can look at the work they produced to see if they are at a level 3 or 4 on their writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation. they can present their stories to the class and come up with a collaborative story board.

Josie Lupoi

Activity Type Summary- Vocabulary or GeoBingo
Bingo cards can be constructed using the table feature of Microsoft word. The spaces can be words that students mark off based on definitions read out by the caller. This would be useful for social studies classes such as geography where one could read out characteristics of a country/province/river and have the class mark off the space on their card that contains the correct answer. For assessment purposes, students could be asked to explain each of their answers in writing after the game.
Mark Reaume

In the chapters read so far in this class I have found that the use of alphabet books would provide a primary classroom and teacher with an effective teaching resource. Currently I am in a grade three classroom and although the students with some exceptions seem to have their alphabet sounds almost comfortable I still find myself repeating them. I think the idea of alphabet books could be applied to many primary classrooms. For younger grades like grade one or even younger these books can give children a visual and aural understanding of each letters sound and how it applies to what they understand like "A the alligator" or "B the beetle". For older or even more advanced students this type of activity could even be applied to combined sounds, which I have found to be a challenge in my class presently. The ou, ch, sh, st could be put in a type of alphabet book to better connect those sounds to the age groups environment. I feel that this digital storytelling technique would benefit just about any primary teacher and would be a fun and engaging lesson, what primary kid doesn't like story time?

Jillian Didemus

The digital storytelling technique I would use in the classroom would be the Alphabet book. Alphabet books are mostly used for students in the primary division. The letters of the alphabet are presented with corresponding words and images. I am currently placed in a grade 1/2 split class and have learned about the importance for primary students to recognize the sound of the first letter as an integral part of phonetically sounding out words. Alphabet books also teach the primary student to use the visual aids in books to help them figure out words they are have difficulty reading. This would be a great tool to help me teach students how to read in the classroom.

Mark Infusini

Name: Sequential Stories: The "How To" Story
What is it?: The sequential story is the telling of stories in a sequence or order. They help to introduce narrative skills of sequence and events. The "How To" Story is a power point presentation that presents a sequence of steps of explains how something happens.
Use: Teacher could develop a How To Story to inform students of a process, or students could create their own How To Story to learn about sequencing events. Other students could then attempt to follow each others stories.
Assessment: Assess how well students are able to follow How To Steps or whether the Teacher is able to sequentially follow steps created by students.

-Alex Ayotte

While reviewing Chapter 3, I came across a unique Star Wars Treasure Hunt activity. This activity is a type of creative web search, which provides a set of questions with URL’s embedded within the question. The URL’s lead the student to a webpage where the answers are located. This treasure hunt activity is unique, as it can help students discover information on limitless topics. I would utilize the treasure hunt activity in a junior science classroom, helping students research animals, plants, and human anatomy. I would assess students on the quality of answers found throughout the treasure hunt.
-Sam Fletcher

A brochure is a small booklet or pamphlet that often contains promotional material or product information. A brochure is an excellent method to use to organize information in a sequential order and it provides students with the opportunity to think critically and to solve problems/strategize. I would be assessing my students by their ability to organize information into appropriate categories and their level of creativity. The students can even add pictures throughout the brochure for visual appeal. Finally, a presentation can be made to the class which is a good way to show their accomplishments to their peers.
Christina Camacho

The grade 2 class that I am currently placed in has a large amount of students who have yet to master the alphabet and all the sounds that go with each letter. I would use alphabet books in many primary classrooms as a teacher because even if my students know the letters, sometimes having the resource to refer back to can help them read a larger sequence of sentances or paragraphs. Not only would I use this in a classroom, but I would also use this at my place of employment. I work with adults with various abilities and disabilities. This mechanism would be beneficial for their everyday planning if they had an alphabet book in their apartments. One of my jobs is to help them create a menu and grocery list for each week. Many times they forget what the letter looks like or what the particular sound is even if they can tell me the letter itself. I think this book would benefit their ability to plan better and more clearly because they could do this task more independently. Referring back to a classroom setting, these books are hugely beneficial because each letter has a corresponding word or image. In the grade 2 classroom that Im in, many children that have difficulty reading the words themselves depend on the pictures to help them tell the story. With this useful resource children will be able to remember what the word or sound is by remembering the picture.

Kelly Brideau

Virtual Field Trips provide written directions or comments that guide the user to locate information on a specified Web site. The located information is then recorded on a print version. (An easy to read study guide) This activity simulates a field trip to a location to remote or virtual to be physically visited by students. I could see myself using this in a lesson as a basic research tool for my primary grade, as it promotes the skill of gathering from sites and then recording it in a organized format for later. I would asses how well the students were able to extract the most important data from the site, and how well it was clearly organized later.

Steven Tomlinson

Activity Type: Alphabet Books
Description/Use/Assessment: Alphabet books are one way to introduce children to the letters and their sounds with a photo/visual example. Alphabet books in primary classrooms could be useful because the students are relating prior knowledge of phonetics towards thinking about items in their environment that would symbolize each letter. Digital storytelling through alphabet books can benefit the teacher as well because they are able to assess the student’s work while they interact with technology to create their own books. Students will have a hardcopy to submit at the end to be assessed by the teacher, and the teacher can discuss their ideas with each student thoroughly to get an accurate assessment.

Rebecca O’Kurily

activity: character map or web
character maps are visual maps that show how different categories of information can relate to each other shown through having concepts or ideas listed on the character map.character maps are a good way for the reader to visualize their ideas clearly and easily. i would use this activity with my students after they have done research on a topic or read a book for a class lesson. this way they get the chance to brainstorm their ideas. i can assess their thoughts and new knowledge through checking their answers on this character map.
by Michelle Brachman