Digital Portfolio

Posted on March 12th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Please take time to view my digital portfolio. As an assistant principal and student at Wilkes University, this wiki serves as a digital snapshot of my time at Wilkes University as an Instructional Media Student.  Creating this digital portfolio provided me an awesome opportunity to review, organize, and reflect upon the body of work that was created while studying at Wilkes.

I hope there is something in the portfolio you find useful, insightful, thought-provoking, and worthwhile.

Please feel free to reach out to me for opportunities to collaborate, communicate, and create! The students at my school are open to these wonderful experiences!

Self Assessment – Glogster

Posted on March 11th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

I used the rubric from to assess my Glog (Our Teeth).  I chose this Glog because it was relatively simple to comprehend and use.

Information on Glog- Excellent (20 pts.)-  The information was relevant and specific.The student understands the topic.

Creativity – Excellent (10 pts.) The blog is visually interesting and compelling.

Attention to Detail – Excellent (5 pts.) Correct punctuation, grammar, complete sentences, and spelling were used.

Citation – Excellent (5 pts.) Proper citation was used for media used  from internet sources in the glog.

Total Points earned : 50 points

In retrospect, this is not the best rubric.  I would modify it to make it more task specific.  Additionally, I am not certain what point values are assigned to “Good”, “Acceptable”, and “Incomplete”.

I met the preliminary requirements that the glog had the following:

-Explanation of the area of explored

– At least 2 images (where one is linked to a website)

-Bibliographic reference for media in the correct format.

Click on the link to access the glog.

Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

Posted on March 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Using social media, I searched high and low for someone who was brave enough to use a cell phone in the classroom for instruction. I posted the following inquiry via FaceBook:
“Fellow educators: Does anyone know of a teacher who actually uses cell phones in the classroom (i.e. for polls everywhere, iMovie, garageband, video, podcasting, etc.). I know as an RTC, I showed examples and even modeled, but do you know someone who actually uses it? Please inbox me if you do. Thanks.” These are the responses I received:
“No I don’t but you can come show me :D”; ” Me too! I’d like to see the application in my grade/content area. Sounds interesting.”; and “I think they either never thought of it…or are afraid. Mostly afraid…..I know I use it occasionally to trouble shoot the smaRtboard. If smart board support can see what I am talking about, they can help me fix a problem and not call ISD…….it’s been most helpful. But for academics…don’t think I know anyone…great discussion question though.” I also know of a teacher who uses the cell phone to circumvent the blocked webpages in the school district. She uses the phone to tether onto her laptop. Go figure.

Ben Green, teacher and friend, reminded me that he used a cell phone in the classroom for instructional purposes. Listen to the audio attached to learn more. In short, he used it to create podcasts with grade 1 and 7 students. He was quite mindful of CIPA regulations and kept access to these audio recording extremely private, mentioning the use of the private school-based student common drive to store the audio files. I, too, used a cell phone to record this interview. Thanks for listening.
Ben Green Interview-1

I knew I would become a teacher when…

Posted on March 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Enjoy this short video created and edited via the power of iPhone 4s.  I love this phone! I am convinced mobile technologies are taking over by whirlwind proportions!  I hope you enjoy and I am open to feedback.

I knew I would be an educator when…

USTREAM Broadcast and Reflections

Posted on February 21st, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

I enjoyed working with my virtual learning partners face to face today. We collectively decided to focus on our favorite ed-tech tools and devices- ePals, SMART Responders, Flip Video, and iPad2. Recording live made us all quite nervous! One can’t edit bloopers during live streaming. We rehearsed prior to the live feed. We practiced using several devices and discovered that iPhone and iPad have Ustream apps where one can produce a Ustream Broadcast right away. Fortunately, Diana’s husband was kind enough to man the camera. All in all, we enjoyed each other and talking about a subject we are quite passionate made our dialogue quite easy. I hope you get an opportunity to visit our ustream video.

Please click on the link above.  Even using HTML, Ustream is not embedding properly via WordPress.

What would we do differently? We would make sure we press “record” as well as “broadcast”. Unfortunately, we missed our opening and the first couple of minutes Nzinga’s ePals review.

References: (Creative Commons Music)

USTREAM BROADCAST – DNK EdTech Bytes Tomorrow 2/20/12 8:30 PM EST

Posted on February 20th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

This channel created by Diana DaSilva, Nzinga Green, and Kirstin Riddick will house our Wilkes University LIVE Broadcast featuring EdTech tools we know and love:
-SMARTTechnologies (Responders)
– iPad2
Hope you can check out our live broadcast tomorrow!

Video streaming by Ustream

Integrating Social Media (Our Teeth)

Posted on February 19th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Objective:  Using Glogster Edu, PBS Kids (Sid the Science Kid) and Discovery Education Tools, students will be able to navigate around an interactive poster to view various videos, quizzes,virtual tours, and participate in games to learn about teeth.

Students will learn:

  • The tooth has many different parts.
  • There are three different types of teeth.
  • Dental hygiene is very important.
  • The dentist helps us take care of our teeth.

I currently serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through First Grade.  I recall creating this lesson with students to promote healthy dental habits.  Using glogster, there were a plethora of links students could click on to discover the parts of the tooth, watch videos on the importance of brushing, and take a virtual trip to the dentist.  All of these links were connected to Discovery Education Tools.  This lesson is appropriate for Kindergarten and First Grade Students.  This lesson could be used with modifications with Pre-Kindergarten.

The Glogster experience should not be used in one lesson.  Students can perhaps visit one hyperlink per computer center visit.  After visiting the hyperlink, students can reflect via writing or drawing what they learned.  Traditional paper and pen can be used.  If a teacher wishes to utilize technology, students can record their verbal reflections with teacher guidance or they can use Kid Pix for their digital reflections.  Choice time (classroom centers) can be centered around the tooth (i.e., art center can provide opportunities to create dental floss art, science center can provide students opportunities to create tooth models, dramatic play area can reflect a dental office, etc.)

I can’t envision utilizing a social networking tool like Facebook with these students.  However, as a culminating activity, I could see utilizing a tool like Skype and having the children visit a dental hygienist or a dentist at the office to answer questions in real time, watch the dental team in action, and explore the tools housed in a real dental office.  The children could watch the dentist in action and also share with the dentist everything they learned through participating in this learning experience.

In early childhood, teachers are encouraged to use anecdotal notes and the work sampling system to evaluate and reflect upon student learning.  These notes will be utilized as ongoing assessment through this unit plan.

100% Educational Videos. (1999). About Your Teeth [Video Segment]. Available from
Colgate Palmolive Company (2010). Online Kids Games and Activities [Interactive], Available from
MarshMedia. (2002). Meet the Dentists & Their Tools [Video Segment]. Available from
MarshMedia. (2002). Brushing & Flossing Correctly [Video Segment]. Available from
Sid the Science Kid (2008). Teeth Time [Video Segment], Available from
Sid the Science Kid (2008). What Happened to the Tooth? [Video Segment], Available from
Note: Toothbrush and Teeth are copyright-free images from
Tooth cross section is original work drawn by Kirstin Riddick

On Human Filters…

Posted on February 16th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Discovering useful websites that are developmentally appropriate for students can be time consuming.  Human filters certainly come in handy and help teachers to work smarter, not harder.  Some of the filters I have used are:

– In-school peer reviews.  I will often check with colleagues to share websites that they truly feel are beneficial to their instruction.

– I am a member of several Ning Groups (i.e., Classroom 2.0).  If one posts a question in a forum, I can guarantee you will receive a beneficial response within 24 hours.

– RSS Feeds: I have subscribed to a couple of RSS feeds that I personally find beneficial as an educator.  One is

– Expert ed-tech gurus: I often go to Tammy Worcester’s and Kathy Schrock’s websites for valuable resources

Web 2.0 – Rubric Review

Posted on February 16th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Vocabulary Spelling City: Bring spelling and vocabulary to life.  Teachers can create customized spelling lists and in turn, students can participate in a plethora of virtual activities to improve their spelling power.

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Glogster EDU Glogster enables students to create interactive online posters.

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Tikatok Tikatok allows students to publish their writing.  One can purchase hard or soft copies of your student’s published works.

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Design Website’s design is completely developmentally appropriate and attractive.  Navigation is simple; tools and features are available in one click or less.  No advertisement or pop-ups Website’s design is developmentally appropriate.  Navigation is somewhat simple; desired tools and features are available in two to three clicks.  No advertisements or pop-ups. Website’s design is somewhat developmentally appropriate.  Navigation is challenging; desired tools and features are available in four clicks. There is evidence of advertisements or pop-ups. Website is not developmentally appropriate.  Navigation is challenging.  Desired tools and features are not evident.  Strong presence of advertisements or pop-ups.
Support/Tutorials Tutorial video is available on homepage.  Teacher support link is easy to find and available on homepage.  Teacher support link provides support and resources on how to use web 2.0 effectively.  Immediate online support is available. Tutorial video available on the website.  Teacher support link is available on the webpage.  Teacher support link provides limited support on how to use the tool effectively. Tutorial video is not available on the website.  Teacher support link is available on the webpage. Tutorial video is not evident.  Teacher support link not available on the webpage.
Safety Log-in and password is not required to use the tool. Log-in and password is created by web 2.0 site and is random. Student log-in and password is required for use.  Student is required to enter some personal information in order to obtain a username and password. Student log-in and password is required for use.  Student is required to enter excessive personal information in order to obtain a username and password.  Username and password contain component’s of the student’s personal information.
Cost Full access to the website is free. Full access to the website costs between $10 – $20 a year for a school license. Full access to the website costs between $21 – $100 a year for a school license. Full access to the website costs more than $100 a year for a school license.
CIPA COMPLIANT Web 2.0 tool is completely CIPA Compliant. Web 2.0 tool is not CIPA Compliant.

Media Library – Diigo Link

Posted on February 5th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

On Diigo, you will find 5 great tools you can use as an educator or student to acquire open source media.

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