Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My favorite tools were creating my animoto movie because I was able to be creative and it was very easy to do! So I would definitely use this with my students to respond and demonstrate new learning! One idea may be students creating a story or an informational text using this tool. The other tool I really liked is the digital citizenship piece. I believe it is truly needed in this day and age in order to educate our students to be responsible and safe in the use of all these tools. I would use the animoto to create a little video about what digital citizenship means to them.
Without a doubt, I feel empowered to begin applying these tools in my professional and personal life! These tools are connected by one common thread-the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other. These tools and many more out there are meant to draw us to each other to create great things-2 minds are better than 1 is what I like to say! :)
Apps for the Apple products are limitless! What a great way to learn concepts through games and stories on these nifty devices! How could children (and adults) resist!!!
My daughter has an itouch so I was able to play some games on it. Manipulating technology such as an itouch keeps children interested!
The read me stories is a motivating way for students to read or be read to! This would work great in a literacy center with little effort in planning it which is more efficient for teachers. There are so many apps for different content areas for students to reinforce skills they are learning in class. These devices give learning an extra special "touch"!!! )
Skype (gotta love the hype! hehehe) is amazing how children and educators can connect and collaborate so easily with this useful too! Children can work with and/or learn from other children or adults easily. What a small world! Truly! The more you connect with different people, the more you learn at least I think so! :) Awesome!!
So I'm onto the double digits....I'm getting there! :)> Can't wait to hear from you!
Monday, August 9, 2010
The second video I found was on teachertube. The video shares writing tips from legendary writers...this would be more for middle and high school but I thought it was great to read what the famous authors have said about the art of writing. Chao!
Wikis are also great to use professionally with other teachers to communicate and work on such things as agendas, lesson plans, creating assessments, etc...at the same school or across the district or state! It's amazing how easily we can work together and not have to necessary be in the same room! That good ole technology!
Another tool for the kit...bye now! :) P.S. I feel like I am learning so many new things! It's a great feeling!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I visited and tagged two new websites: www.learnandserve.gov is a great website to learn about how and where I can volunteer in my community and at www.ivyjoy.com/fables/ I can access text from nursery rhymes, fables, and fairy tales to project on the Activboard for shared reading or even as a workstation to read and locate rhyming words, sight words, practice phrasing and fluency, etc.
Will I ever finish on time? stick around to find out! :)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I had the opportunity to explore Google docs and Google Reader today.
Google docs is another word processing tool that is useful for creating and sharing documents with teammates and with students for a variety of purposes. It can make revising and editing documents between students and teacher more convenient.
Google reader allowed me to subscribe to websites I enjoy visiting so the information is more easily accessible, organized, and updated all on one page. I can see us finding educational feeds and sharing them with our students-digital literacy!!!
Goodbye for now! :)
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
I'm back and blogging after a long rest! The deadline woke me up! I enjoyed creating my little video! It took me a while to edit it (ask Ivonne!) so it could be somewhat presentable.
I love how creating presentations such as this one can help students showcase their thinking process and creativity around something new they learned.
I had a good time with Wordle playing around with the arrangement of the words. This tool would be motivating and easy for students to "manipulate" words to enhance word study. The possibilities are endless! :)