Technology survey

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More of my GAME plan

As I continue on with my GAME plan I am still trying to collect my websites. I have found some while doing work for my Master’s Degree. Right now we are looking for interactive websites and I was pleased to find out that Wikispaces is no longer blocked at our school. I had set one up last year but then a couple weeks later it was blocked. I was very frustrated because I wanted to use it for classroom collaboration. An online collaboration website our school is using is In reading about how to best integrate science into the classroom it states that part of it depends on the teachers way of communicating with students, parents, administrators and community members through technology and print. (Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P.,2009). Schoology is an interactive site which the students can go and access a teacher’s webpage in order to work on assignments with students or teachers. The school is hoping to be able to make it available to parents as well in order to see what their child is doing in class. Our media specialist worked very hard at keeping this from getting blocked because she feels this is a great way to encourage 21st century learning skills.

Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use: A Standards-Based Approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.


  1. Laura,
    I had never heard of I went to the website and watched the video about it. This looks like such a useful tool. Our school has just started to use something called edline, and the idea of it is great. seems much more user friendly though. I really hope that works out for you and your school. It would really be shame if your district decided to block that. Do you guys have the option to request having blocks lifted if you can prove it has an educational purpose?

  2. Kylinglin,

    We can request for a website to be unblocked but I have been told it is next to impossible to get one unblocked. I was so happy when I found out wikispaces was unblocked. I have Walden to thank for that. I was researching the online collaboration websites at work during some free time and I clicked on one of the links and when it came up I noticed it was a wikispace. So it was a very pleasant surprise.