How I'm Like a Vampire
- I'm eerily white. (Yep, that's the one.) Tanning doesn't help. I've tried self-tanners, too, but apparently every time I've purchased one, I've inadvertently picked up the Oompa Loompa color.
- You have to "invite me in." This one applies to my (morning) job. I'd love to come into your classrooms and show you and your students how to use technologies to enhance instruction and learning. We can work on computers, use their phones, or I can bring tablets. But you have to invite me in. Even if you don't know what you want, but you know you want to integrate more technology into your lessons, please invite me in. I have literally hundreds of ideas (that I ripped off of other people).
In This Edition: Stuff I Like
NEWS YOU CAN USE!
Kids Love Tablets
If you want to invite me in, I'd love to teach a lesson using tablets. We can research, make and edit videos, use Socrative (see below), and so, so much more.
- In terms of classroom applications, you could ask students to make a flyer to summarize a story, "advertise" an historical event, or communicate with your students' parents via electronic newsletter.
- Among the ways to share your flyer: email, Facebook, or print it out.
- Templates are numerous, and background and font options are many. I considered the "green bean" background, but instead went with this look. Initially I thought it was a ranch with sand pits. Eventually I realized it is probably a golf course. I've never played golf at a place without tiny wooden windmills and glow-in-the dark golf balls.
This is seriously the simplest, most useful technology I've encountered in years. You go to todaysmeet.com, create a "room," and students post using phones, tablets, computers -- anything with Internet access. Your room can live for anywhere between two hours and a year, and you can print a transcript of the activity. (Which means you can easily take a grade on post quantity or quality.)
Kids can answer your questions, anticipate, brainstorm, "talk" about a video as it plays ... the applications are numerous. Put your room on your SMARTBoard, and everyone can follow the conversation. Its free, and no log-ins or emails are required. Trust me: try this one. (Or invite me in, and we'll try it with your kids together.)
Socrative is a clicker system where the teacher is assigned a room number, students join the room, and then teachers can quiz students or run virtual knowledge races with them. You can make quizzes ahead of class and save them, or you can call out questions orally and students can answer. Quizzes can be teacher- or student-paced, and you can have the results emailed to you at the end of the session. Benefits to this are live results and student engagement. What a fantastic way to study for a test!