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I found this place through CEP 810 and have been enjoying it a lot! So, I am posting a tip that I thought others might be interested in knowing. I love my iPad, am a fan of children's literature, and have young kids of my own. I found this Gadgetwise blog post from the New York Times interesting and thought that other teachers, especially those who work with young children, and parents might like it too.
The Best Children's Books onthe iPad
I think a screencast for absent students would be a great idea. I have just started using a class website to list and upload assignments for students - but creating a screencast where I discuss all the things that I cover when lecturing could be very helpful when dealing with absent students. It also is a great means of re-teaching students who need remedial help.
We have something called a Fusion Page that our students can access. This page allows for them to send their teacher messages, and get to assignments, if they are posted.
One of my fellow tech teacher friends posted this on her Blog, she is a chemistry teacher, thought it could be good for kids to make pages about various chemicals.
I am a Biology teacher, but can see application in our genetic disorder project. Each student is given a topic, then they make a brochure about it, etc. Might be fun to have them act at that disorder, they could have friends that are similar to them , etc.Fakebook
For my CEP 812 class, I am working on a Wicked Problem Project. I am developing training manual for department admisnitartors to learn to use "foreign employee tracking system." I developed a survey using a survey template from Google: https://docs.google.com/templates?hl=en In order to find out department administrators' learning styles and the ways they best learn materials, etc. The survey results will help me with development of training manual.
I recently held a Technology in our Primary School for our parents and it was an awesome experience. Sadly, this was the first time I had done it in 3 years working at my school.
Only now do I realize how little parent know or appreciate how we use the technology in our school AND the fact that they really appreciate the school taking the time to tell them about it!
I guess what I'm trying to share is that if you have the opportunity to share your innovative and/or technology integrated activities with parents...do so! It's a win-win situation
I have discovered the website Glogster through my CEP 810 class. Glogster allows you or your students to make posters about a topic. You can add videos, photos, animations, voice threads and text. It is a very creative way to present information about a topic being researched in class. I am planning on trying it for one of the unit in my health class.
I have played with it and I think the students will have fun with it and it can be a great learning tool.
If you have not heard of Khan Academy yet, I would like to share with you this website where you can watch over 2,100 educational videos and receive 100 self-paced exercises and assessments for free. It covers math (arithmetic, development math, simple and advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and calculus), science (biology, chemistry, physics, cosmology, and astronomy), history, banking and finance concepts, and test preps.
It is a non-profit organization for students, teachers, home-schoolers, principals, and adults. Its goal is to provide free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone free of charge! This effort has been supported and talked about on the Gates Notes, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and more. The site has neat features such as:
Now, it's time to explore this site!
Maria "Kit" Fishell
MSU - CEP 812