After skimming at the Free Visual Tools Wiki, I made the immediate decision to look at tools that would be applicable in my classroom. By applicable, I mean things that the children already can use, are standards related, or supportive of my instruction.
The first Visualization Site that I went to on the Wiki was in the comics section. My kids love comics and I thought immediately that it could be something I could use. I immediately went to the Marvel link because my students especially love Marvel comics. But I was disappointed that the link went to an episode of “The Super Hero Squad Show.” I never could find the Marvel Comic Creator.
After feeling defeated on the Marvel Comics Site, the next visualization I went to was the open clip art. The concept seemed great, as when I create lessons and center activities to put on Teachers Pay Teachers, I will sometimes purchase from Scrappin’Doodles. Other times, I’m sorry to say, I do a Google search for a specific type of clip art and use it, without even checking a copyright. I found the Clip Art site very challenging to use. The clip art wasn’t at a very high standard and it left me disappointed.
The last site I went on was Time Toast Timelines. At this point, I didn’t feel as if the search was working very well. But, after playing around I realized that I really liked this page. It is perfect too, as Social Studies GLCES ask K-1 students to use tools, such as timelines, to learn and discuss the past. I had my students make paper timelines in the past, so I thought this could be a great tool. I really had fun playing around and decided to use it for my visualization.
I know in many of my reflections for CEP courses, I have to reflect on my progress so far in achieving goals. My goal was simple: use more technology! So I decided to use this concept to track my progress in achieving my goals. I used a time progression starting from my switch to first grade until today. The ah-ha moment I had was when I used the visualization tool to analyze the data. As you can clearly see, the increase in technology use has a positive correlation with my entrance into the MAET program. It took putting these things down on Time Toast to realize that yes, I am making some progress. Check out my time line here!