I once read that every painting has an ugly stage. This, in my experience, is true. It’s true for most art-related things, actually. For those of you who don’t paint or are new to painting, the thought of this might be a bit disconcerting. In fact, I remember once showing a work-in-progress to my ex-husband, who promptly pronounced it cr*p and who went on to tell me that he hated it.
No. That’s not why he’s my ex-husband, though it probably didn’t help.
In any event, that same piece went on to be well-loved by my audience and it generally sold well. (I made prints of it.)
I bring all of this up, because my project for Dr. Parlin’s class (Wonderland Cafe) hit that stage during the last two weeks. And for those of you in that stage. Take heart. Your painting will eventually look beautiful again.
Mine has. Or it mostly has.
In all fairness, Wonderland Cafe has moved out of the really ugly stage and now is at the bones or scaffolding stage. But at least the front page now looks neater. At one point, I had multiple tabs, different fonts, and some pages with no headers.
I still have different fonts and some pages with no headers, but at least I have only two tabs, the main page and the Table of Contents. The headers will continue to be pesky for a time, I suspect because for some reason, Weebly, my host and platform won’t accept new JPG files. I’ll eventually figure it out.
But I Have Made Progress…
However, we don’t have to stop the tea party just yet. Aside from the above-mentioned accomplishments, I did manage to add a few new important pages to the Wonderland Cafe site. They are:
For the moment, I’m only really going to talk about the entry event before moving on, only because much of what I added today is pretty self-explanatory.
The entry event, on the other hand, isn’t something that is quite as obvious. Basically, you want to create a memorable event to kick off the project. It’s intended to excite and to intrigue the students. It’s ideal if it’s interactive and involves many of the senses. With that in mind, I started my project off in the kitchen.
You can read more about that here. Suffice it to say, that whatever you choose as your entry event, you want it to sufficiently introduce your unit in a meaningful, yet logical way. I hope I’ve accomplished that.
And Now For The Other Stuff
Dr. Parlin also asked us to chat a bit about how we’d incorporate either the Internet or web 2.0 into our assignments. The students doing my project will have a couple of opportunities to work on the web.
First, they’re required to do research. Much of that will be conducted on the web, in part because of the ease of it, and in part, because I want students to learn how to identify credible sources on the web. They learn how to do that in the resources section.
Second, students are asked to keep a blog as a part of their assessments strategies. I outline what kinds of things they can put on their blogs to give them ideas, but they are free to add more as their projects dictate.
Third, students will use an online resource to publish their books called CreateSpace. It’s an online company that’s part of Amazon that allows indie publishers to publish paperback versions of their books. Although I don’t touch on it during this project, students could also use the Amazon Kindle tool to create a digital version of their books.
And Now for Dessert…
I do have some final thoughts about web 2.0, though I’ve included no requirements for this, only because this project is quite large to begin with. However, if students were to take this project further, I would recommend that they use Facebook and Pinterest and possibly Instagram to meet new people (for the purpose of developing a fanbase for their books.) I do this myself.
That said, anything students do online should be tempered with caution. I’ve included a list of my social media policies and my guidelines for creating a solid digital footprintin my list of resources for my students. They should refer to these as they move forward. It will help to protect them online and help them to make good decisions about how to interact with others. Further, the other portion of Wonderland Cafe provides guidance for keeping safe on the web. Students should refer to that as well.