Monday, July 30, 2012

TOOL # 6 Web Tools

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I created a poll with Poll Everywhere. The one that copied did not have the text codes.  However the students can review the questions and then use their Ipads to text to vote.

This would be a good tool to use when introducing new material or at the end of a unit or product. I think the students will be willing to work in order to vote using text messaging.  They always like to see the results of our class polls on the ActivBoard.  It can be a quick and easy way to evaluate learning, understanding, or expectations.

I created a Today's Meet board asking for responses to a science investigation. Students will be able to communicate with me as well as each other.

TOOL # 5 Web 2.0 Tools

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This summer I had my students create a Trading Card from Big Huge Labs about their endangered animal. Attached is the sample I used.  We studied the book, There's an Owl in the Shower.  We started a blog as we began to read and study the spotted owl.  Attached is the beginnings of the blog.  This was my first time to use this in my classroom.  The kids really liked "blogging."  I found it a useful way to interact quickly.

TOOL # 4 Clouds

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I created a student information spread sheet for my teammate and I to share.  We can use this as a quick reference to keep up with grades, parent info, test scores, reading levels, behavior and other comments in the classes that we share. Geneva loved it and suggested that we add the behavior section.

Quick and easy ways to communicate become so important in today's learning communities.  We have so much information to deal with and designing convenient ways to store and access information is absolutely necessary.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

TOOL # 3 Online Video and Images

I found the teacher tube and schooltube cites the most useful. They were easier to manipulate and you could target a topic quicker. I think this tool will be great for use during lessons on the ActivBoard as well as small groups lessons particularly when introducing PBL units. 

According to the two videos about copyright laws, I should not use information from the internet without permission or without paying a licensing fee.