I am rather frustrated at myself regarding this project. I am working on a classroom website for PreK and Kindergarten with tools for parents, teachers and children. I lack experience in building such a site and I believe that is why I am having trouble with the proposal. I have plenty of ideas of what I want included in the site, however, since I do not know how to actually make those things happen, it is affecting my proposal. I have browsed a few of the sites and am hesitantly-confident that I will be able to create such a site.
I am also having trouble with the 21st century skills portion. I am creating this for young children primarily. I hope to create an interactive resource for parents, but I don't think that I can create anything that enhances communication, collaboration and such for the children (You cannot blog if you cannot read).
I am open to any and all comments that my fellow students may have.
Thanks and good luck to everyone!
Thanks for the feedback. Attached is my completed proposal.
I think for the age level that you have, the proposal is appropriate. As you say in your proposal, students will need adult supervision to be able to use and navigate the site. This puts some responsibility on you and the parents. You run the risk of having parents who do not have the time, resources, or (let's face it) desire to help their students. I am not sure how this could be addressed, other than having these students spend more time on the site in the classroom. I think in particular your standards are on point. We take a lot of computer skills, such as using a mouse, for granted, but they are skills that must be taught, and are sometimes things that students who are still developing their motor skills would have difficulty with. Starting them on these skills early is a real advantage for the future. Overall, I think you are on the right track with this. I like that parents have the opportunity to interact with one another.
Here is my proposal....sorry it took so long, but I kept reworking it and I also could not for the life of me figure out how to attach it on here! Anyway, I worry that it is too general, since many of the other proposals seem to be directed at a specific topic under a specific subject area. However, they are also for older students whereas mine is for second graders. I wanted to keep it more general to make it a tool that students can use to supplement classroom learning as well as to practice their Internet skills and etiquette. Thanks!
You're right, our proposals are similar, but I see a lot of nuances that set us apart. I like that you want parent-to-parent communication on your site, in addition to parent-to-teacher communication. Hopefully this will create another bridge of communication. It's hard to get 100% parent interaction/participation, so I feel the best we can do is keep creating different venues of communication and hope it can reach over all parents.
Did you know what resource you wanted to use to create your website? I don't think I read that in your proposal. If you are looking for consistent input and communication among everyone involved in the classroom (teachers, students and parents), then you might want to use a wiki. Maybe the children can create an account with their parents, or you make each child an account, and let the parents use that account as well.
Tara and Amanda, your websites both sounds similar. It is so hard to predict what the final product will be, but I am sure they will be different enough. I like the idea of creating a place where parents could go to check in on the skills thier tykes are learning. I know when my boys were in pre-k (8 years ago) I only got a few worksheets once a week and I had to decifer what skills they learned, much less trying to get them to tell me about 'centers' or who they played with. I know I would have loved a place to visit on a daily basis to check in on my little ones. One thing that I really feel I missed out on as a working mom, was being able to watch the kids play. Yeah, I got to see this on the weekends, but a mom can never get enough. It would have been great to log on and see a short video clip of the kids doing centers or working in thier groups. This might be easy to do with a simple camera and a quick download.