Project Plan Completed

The designing and plan for the Service Learning project has been completed and will soon be submitted.  I am very excited about the result from the many hours of work and research for this project.  I have titled it “WIN/WIN with Wellness” for our emphasis on being a Leader In Me school and the fact that both the students and community will “WIN” as a result of this service.  Our students will “win” as they learn something to keep themselves safe and further their learning of core content throught the service aspect.  Likewise, the community will “win” with the takeaway message of being able to make safe choices regarding personal wellness.  This instructional model is rigorous, engaging for the students, includes various types of technology, requires collaboration inside and outside the classroom, and encourages higher level thinking across several subject areas.  It hits a message very important to me as a clinician of 13 years, teaching patients about prevention and good health practices.  This design is very relevant to the student population of my school and I hope that someday, it can be included as content that students at Southside, as well as students across our district, will encounter.  A complete look at the design can be found on the Additional Content/Products page of the Service Learning Tab. Thank you for your interest in this learning experience and I hope you can find something here that will prove useful.

Visual Bookmarking; Part 2

The visual bookmarking is complete.  Additions to the Symbaloo tool have been finalized and the service learning project has been bookmarked for all the resources (except for photographs) used in the design.  Additional tiles were added for the resources available to the students for all technology that will be used in the project, a presentation tool used for introducing the topic, and the additional web 2.0 tool (emaze).  For a complete listing of all APA citations used in the design of this service learning plan, you may find them on the additional content/products page under the Service Learning tab.

Emaze: Web 2.0 Presentation Tool

My course syllabus called for a project designed using a web 2.0 tool I had not previously used.  I happened upon “emaze” so I stopped and checked it out.  I had not heard of this website or product before.  There were a few templates preloaded with various themes.  I wanted to use something that allowed different types of media to be used all within the same product. Emaze certainly delivered.  I was able to “gut” a preloaded template and drop in content that I had been collecting for my topic.  I envisioned using this tool to be a summary, or celebration, of the service event I am designing.  My topic focuses on educating the students and community of our school on preventing head injuries to children by wearing safety helmets when riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards.  The event designed for my topic is a “Bike Safety Day” where students and their families visit our school campus to encounter a bike safety course and eager students who will teach them why they should wear helmets. After participants complete the course, they receive a certificate of completion.  If the child does not have a helmet, they receive and are fitted with a helmet donated by area businesses and/or organizations.  With emaze, I was able to produce a professional presentation product that included various embedded elements:  links to webpages, email, or other content, photographs, graphics, text, video, sound, and transitions between frames.  The only downfall to my product was that I really only had one frame to present, so the product wanted something to transition.  I decided to use the two other frames for including my cited resources for the product.  I really love the finished product and recommend it if you want something new and fresh.  You can view the completed product on the SLP web 2.0 page under the Service Learning tab or at:

Visual Bookmarking

I have started to create a visual bookmarking page that will document the sources I use to design the service learning plan.  I researched a few tools that would catalog the sources and decided to use Symbaloo.  This tool is super easy to use.  Each resource is stored as a tile.  The site allows the user to group tiles together according to whatever specifications the user desires.  You simply plug in the URL of the source and it creates a tile that links it to that specific source.  An image is overlaid on the tile and is the visual entity of the bookmark.  Symbaloo also allows you to customize the tile should an image not be available or pre-stored on the site.  This is done by modifying the graphics on the site or uploading one of your own.  I even have a tile that has the header picture of this website!!  This is a very neat little tool and one I think students would like when needing to document research sources.  Check it out on the visual bookmarking/links page of the Service Learning tab.

Service Learning Infographic

As a followup to the student survey, I designed an infographic to educate students about the need for teaching others about our topic: bicycle helmet safety.  The infographic is designed to be appealing to the student audience and employs graphics that are easy to read and comprehend.  The color scheme of the infographic is tailored around the embedded map that depicts the number of states in our nation that currently have helmet laws.  Data for the infographic was collected form various resources such as the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes for Health, and major trauma hospitals like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Research shows that head injuries are more common than any other reported injury to children who ride bikes, skateboards, or scooters.  The most recent data collected in 2010 reveals that more than a half-million injuries to children are related to bikes and of those injuries, 26,000 children suffered traumatic brain injuries.  In 2006, of the total fatalities to involve bike accidents, 95% were not wearing helmets.  The student survey revealed a higher than national average percentage of students who do not wear helmets and a whopping 72% who felt helmet regulations should not be enacted. The choice was made to omit total costs of recovering from head injuries from the infographic due to impact; the message to be communicated to the target group is the high incidence of injury and not medical costs.  Bicycle helmets are an extremely cost effective way to prevent child injuries and perhaps even unnecessary deaths due to injury.  The focus of our service learning project will be to teach our students why helmets are effective and then further that learning as they use their new knowledge to make a difference in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.  Be sure to check out the infographic in the service learning area of my website, located under the service learning project tab in the header or at the following URL:



Service Learning Survey Completed

I recently created a survey regarding personal wellness/safety and posed those questions to a group of fifth grade students.  The students logged in to my digital survey on Survey Monkey and completed the survey questions.  A complete analysis of the results, survey questions, and subsequent survey can be found on the Service Learning Survey page in the drop-down section of the Service Learning Project page found in the header of my website.  Go check out what students have to say about safety issues such as youth sports injuries, safety for senior citizens in the home, helmet use while riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards, and playground safety at home and in the community.  Please visit again as this project takes shape and is posted here for you to view:)

Introduction to Service Learning

Service Learning

Service learning is a type of community pedagogy that serves dual purposes. The students connect with the content by learning about social or community needs then address those needs through participation in a service opportunity. This experience allows the students to further their learning of the content by applying it through community action while at the same time, filling a need of the recipient. Similarly, the community benefits through the addition of new skill sets to its younger citizens which leads to improved social responsibility. A very important facet to service learning is the reflection done on the part of the students. Students reflect regularly and use this as an opportunity to gauge the success of the project as well as their learning.

“What community concern can be addressed in Shelbyville, Kentucky while engaging students with content at higher levels of learning?”

Personal Wellness/Safety

Guiding Question: Why is it important to use good judgment when using your body and movement for exercise, sports, or everyday tasks?

The common train of thought regarding injuries has been that they occur randomly and by accident. However, many government agencies as well as notable trauma hospitals around the country have adopted a new way of thinking. The Centers for Disease Control contend that there is a science behind injuries and that prevention should be taught just as it is with many other preventable diseases. Many of the accidents that occur at home and school are completely preventable. The high incidence of injuries in children occurs due to poor choices regarding the use of protective equipment in youth sports and riding activities. In 2010, over 500,000 people ages 5-24 accounted for nearly 60% of all emergency room visits for non-fatal bicycle injuries. Likewise, more than 10% of all emergency room visits for children under the age of 14 are associated with youth sports and the inappropriate use/lack of protective equipment. While playgrounds are intended to be safe for toddlers and young children, the CDC reports that over 200,000 children under the age of 14 suffer injuries on playgrounds with some being severe (fractures, concussions, and amputations). The personal wellness of senior citizens is also an area of prevention that requires focus. Falls among the elderly are on the rise. For some seniors, these injuries could mean the complete loss of independence and mobility. Approximately one third of Americans over the age of 65 falls at least once a year. The loss of balance perception leads to falls in the home and subsequent injuries that for some are contributors to permanent stays in nursing homes or even death.

These safety concerns are not specific to our community, but are present in communities all across our nation. Personal injuries, both those from accidents as well as violence, have escalated to become the number one cause of death in the United States. The youth of our nation are capable of having the greatest impact for service because of the great impact we have when teaching them. This service-learning project will focus on personal wellness/safety. Please explore this page to find:
• The survey taken by fifth-graders at Southside Elementary that will determine the course for this project
• An Infographic about the personal wellness/safety aspect the students have chosen to address
• A category dedicated to resources and bookmarks used to design this service learning project
• A technology product about the topic of personal wellness/safety
• A comment recorder for your thoughts about our project


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, February 18). Injury prevention and control. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (2015). Injury prevention. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (2015). Safety tips for children at play. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from:

National Institutes of Health. (2015). NIH senior health-balance problems. Retrieved March 12, 2015, from:

Texas Children’s Hospital. (2105). Childhood injury prevention. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from:

WebMD, LLC. (2015). Seniors’ falling injuries are preventable. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from: