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Ashley Ward

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      I am a third grade teacher at Underwood Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Teaching is my passion and I can't imagine a more rewarding or inspiring career.
    I graduated in 2009 from North Carolina State University with a degree in Elementary Education K-6 and a focus in mathematics. I am pursuing my Master's Degree from North Carolina State University in New Literacies and Global Learning with a focus on Reading Education K-12. This program is wonderful because it encompasses two of my greatest passions: teaching with technology and reading.
    I have lived in North Carolina my entire life. I was born on a farm in Kernersville, NC but moved to Raleigh, NC for college, which has become my permanent residence.


Classroom Page: Mrs. Ward's Class
e-mail: ashleykerrward@gmail.com

My goals for the trip to England:
  • Embrace and learn about a new culture.
  • Collaborate with various educators from England and around the world. I would love to exchange contact information so that our classrooms could communicate throughout the year.
  • Improve my teaching of writing.
  • Learn new technologies and authentic ways to incorporate them into my classroom.



Revision of a "Bad Poem"
Sally Buckner came to share her wonderful ideas on writing effective poetry. Throughout her presentation we were guided through writing several types of poetry. During part of her presentation Buckner asked us to write a "bad poem" and then revise it to make it a great poem. I explored a new web 2.0 tool notaland.com and was able to publish one of the poems I wrote. This tool could be used in various ways throughout the classroom. For instance, my students research a country of their choice and they could use this tool to display pictures and describe types of clothing, food, recipes, and monuments unique in that country. In my creative writing elective I could have students use notaland to write and illustrate their poetry and/or various stories throughout the quarter. Overall, the notaland tool is a great way to display and present pictures and text on any topic explored in a classroom.

This covers standard(s):
(6) Demonstrate the ability to capture an experience using a multimodal format.
(8) Demonstrate the ability to share and instruct using a multimodal format.


My Pub Experience
This was my first time using Tabblo and I was very interested to see how it worked, as well as, figure out ways to use it in my classroom. I was able to insert pictures and text to describe my pub experience at "The Keep" in Guildford. Overall, this web 2.0 tool was easy to use and would be a great tool for my students to use with all subjects. My only problem is that I would have to limit the pictures my students could put up because of legal rights.

This covers standard(s):
(6) Demonstrate the ability to capture an experience using a multimodal format.
(7) Demonstrate the ability to appreciate differences in culture using a multimodal format.
(8) Demonstrate the ability to share and instruct using a multimodal format.

Google Maps
Throughout our England journey I used Google maps to document the various places I explored with pictures. I also compared and contrasted many of the cites with places in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a great tool that students could use to document and describe a character's adventures throughout a story. As a teacher I believe my students would enjoy using Google map to explore various websites relating to countries around the world and answering various questions I posted on each marker on the Google map. This is an authentic tool for students to use to enhance their geographic awareness, as well as, learn about other places, animals, books, etc. around the world. 

This covers standard(s):
(6) Demonstrate the ability to capture an experience using a multimodal format.
(7) Demonstrate the ability to appreciate differences in culture using a multimodal format.
(8) Demonstrate the ability to share and instruct using a multimodal format.



Other products created throughout my journey in the United Kingdom

This is a postcard, complete with an anagram, that I created to share my experience in London.

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This is a poem represented through a voki avatar that shares a little about my experience at Windsor Castle.

This is a "six word sentence" about my journey to a small tea house in Chawton.

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This is a ToonDoo I created to share my reflections about the three writing modes (poetic, expository, and expressive) we worked on throughout our time in the United Kingdom.