Tech Savvy Ideas for the Classroom
Volume 1, Edition 1 Fall 2013 Compiled by K. Wilson
Applications for Web 2.0 devices
Free when you record 15 minutes or less. Allows you to record important points or anchor lessons that you can post on your webpage or NetSchool page so that students/parents can refer to as many times as they need. Highly recommended when you utilize this awesome Web 2.0 application to set up a YouTube channel as well. www.screencast-o-matoc.com
Great tool that is device versatile. No more I forgot my netbook or tablet; iPad and smart phone friendly too! Easy to set up a quick ticket in, ticket out or just a quick check for understanding mid-lesson cycle. http://www.socrative.com/
A fun and interactive way for students to present information, link online resources and select pictures/images/icons that allows them to create a quality product that is visually appealing. http://www.smore.com
Your next big step could be Educreations a fun interactive app that lets you or the student write and record at the same time. If you or your campus have jumped on getting AirServer (downloading can be a bit cumbersome so let your IT coach know), Educreations projected for the start of a mini-lesson in reading, writing or math or a student explaining their work through this app at the close of your workshop is a powerful and amazing way to enhance the learning taking place in your classroom. On top of that, it can be shared where you post this great instruction (teacher or student) to your webpage or NetSchool page for all to reference long after that day's lesson has passed.
Also, don't forget the fun and simplicity of PicCollage that can turn a neatly done Anchor Chart into a colorful, shareable, and always accessible artifact for your learners.
A few more ideas for those wanting more...
Create a web-based timeline: http://www.dipity.com
More resources for great lessons especially in English/Language Arts or Social Studies: http://www.readwritethink.com
Love the ideas but aren't sure where to start? Remember myself and all the IT coaches in NISD are here to help. We can arrange to come in and model, co-teach or just help you get started.