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I have learned many face to face instructional strategies, such as identify, explain, match,retell, skit, design, organize, chart and demonstrate etc.. I like to use identify, explain, speak and write, retell and design in my classroom. But now the different things I want to do in my classroom is tried to use "connect" which means I want to use google docs and google readers and other methods to prompt my teaching and students' learning.
I have really learned alot in my 811 class. My school doesn't have a lot of access to computers and computer programs. This class has made me want to create them to use in my class. The one thing I can do quite quickly is revise the PowerPoints that come with the teacher editions. The class has taught me how to make a more eye catching presentation. I just with I had more time to do it for all my textbooks. I really like the Wikis. I am going to discuss the possibilites with my class.
When focusing on F2F strategies I was curious about the screencast application in the classroom. I am excited to learn more about this as I am always repeating myself.
In the music rehearsal setting, F2F is a must when dealing with full group rehearsals. This is where we take all the individual parts and blend them together to create one cohesive piece. I do use some technological resources in rehearsals. Though it isn't new I use a projector for tuning instruments. Before we have a tuner in the front or hand-held and the students would play the note and I would tell them if they are sharp/flat or in tune. Sometimes I would ask them what they think by what they heard. In this process they didn't visualize there sound.
With our iPad2 and a few great music apps we're able to project the tuner onto the board for all to see. They start at one end and proceed to the last person in the row. They can see if they are near or far from the pitch they desire. They are then able to see if they merely need to adjust the instrument or themselves. Now that they are used to the process, I don't even need to "lead" them and can take attendance, fix instruments or hand out music while they tune on their own.
Our district just added LCDs in our classrooms, and we are just getting used to this technology. I think the screencast/video clip notion (created using programs like Camtasia) is going to be one that we will be exploring.
We also have Blackboard -- an LMS -- and are finding that we will be using the IWB feature that lets us save the session and then upload it to Blackboard so kids can review it later, or kids that are absent can access the information they missed. It's really exciting to tie all the technologies together.
One strategy that I have already used is an online poll. I created an online survey for my 4th-6th grade technology classes to see what technologies they were familiar with at the start of the school year. Google provides easy templates to create your poll and all the answers are imported into an excel file for easy review and analysis.
I have also created screencasts and posted them on my technology blog for days when I know I am going to be absent from school. This allows for the students to continue working on assignments when a substitute teacher is present. I have the sub project the screencast for the class and inform the students that it is on the blog if they need to watch it again.
One F2F instructional strategy I would like to try is podcasting. I would like to have students bring a finished draft of a piece of writing and have the students record themselves reading their stories. I would like to set up a site where all these podcasts would be available for students to listen to their own stories along with their peers stories.
That's a neat idea to record the directions. That will make for better use of the limited classroom time. I will definitely have to try that. You can also have handouts with screen shots from jing, but that can require a lot of paper and copying, but it relieves technical difficulties and students can work on the computer and look at the paper the same time.