The Web 2.0 tool that I looked into for this assignment was the Picasa Slideshow. Picasa is an image hosting service that comes with your Google account. Creating a slideshow is a very simple process, all you need to do is upload photos and click on the slideshow button. You could create a slideshow in minutes, or take hours to edit your images appearance. Picasa slideshows have many classroom applications. Teachers can use this tool to present an anticipatory set to start a lesson, to add a visual and textual component to their instruction, to document class activities, or to create a portfolio to display student work. Picasa also has great potential as a tool for students to create their own work. It could be a great way to create a digital story, document a science experiment, present a book report, or any of a number of other options. In actuality, Picasa’s classroom applications are only limited by the imagination of the students or teachers creating a slideshow. What I find most exciting about Picasa is that it is easy enough that students in the lower elementary levels should be able to create projects using this web tool.
For my digital product I created an anticipatory set for a lesson on the Water Cycle. This slideshow is meant to engage students and get them interested in the lesson’s content. I tried to provide everyday examples of the processes that occur in the water cycle. Hopefully by tying a concept like condensation to the moisture on the bathroom mirror after a hot shower or the appearance of sweat of a cold can of soda will give the students a connection to the process. This topic aligns with standard 2.E.1.a of Maryland’s fifth grade science curriculum. The objective of this standard is for students to be able to explain how water on the Earth changes. Hopefully, the slideshow I created will give an overview of the water cycle, and have students begin to gain an understanding of how water changes during the water cycle.