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What a great idea! I have never used Google Form before, but am a huge fan of Google Docs. I would love to try something like this in my classroom to get an idea of where students are. I have tried doing a thumbs up, thumbs down thing, but I always feel that students may be uncomfortable saying they don't understand. This would be a great way to see what and how much they understand! I will have to look into this!
Smartboards are a great interactive tool that can really engage students. However, I have found myself tied to the smartboard many times, teaching only in the front. A smartboard in conjunction with a wireless writing tablet gives you the freedom to move around the classroom. Not only does this allow the teacher to focus on more students it also helps with classroom management.
I really like the google forms and would like to use it more often for pretests in Spanish to see where all of the students are at coming into the class. This is very important to know in order for me to know where to start as well as, which students to focus on to make sure everyone is understanding.
Spanish is not just about memorizing the words, but its about being able to share a language with someone else and communicate in a different language. I really want to incorporate a wiki in my class so that I can have my students share their work with others be it other classmates, parents, or anyone else outside of the community who stumbles upon it. Spanish opens up new worlds and I want my students to see that first hand while using a wiki.
Finally, the one that I feel will be the hardest to implement, but possibly the most engaging is videotaping. Not only could students videotape their own work, but when we act out stories in class we could video tape them and play them again for the class or even for other classes. I believe the students would be excited to watch themselves and it would be a great way to review the Spanish again.
I really like the idea of using blogs or discussion forums in my classroom so the discussion can continue outside my classroom walls. I often use Powerpoint as a lecture method, but have no experience with smart boards or document cameras. I would really like to use these technologies, but having a district that has little to no techonology, it is difficult.
I also like collaboration that can used in Google Docs and Wikispaces. I have polled my students recently while they were working on a group project that had very little time to work on in class. I rolled out a Wikispaces page for group members to collaborate, share ideas, make sure everyone knew their role for completing the project. Students loved the idea, and many utilized the pages so their group could successfuly complete their project. Once students who used the Wikispace page shared with other classmates about how much they enjoyed it and liked using it, everyone else was convinced and wanted me to create them more often for things talked about in class. This was very promising, that face to face instruction can be enhanced and continued outside classroom walls with technology.
I agree that collaboration on GoogleDocs and Wikispaces can be useful. That's a cool success story about how your students responded to the use of wikis. Have you used blogs or discussion forums in your classes? I am hoping to do so as a supplement to my PE classes next semester, but I'm a bit skeptical about how much success I will have getting kids to get online and do the discussions/blogs OUTSIDE of class. Any ideas?
I am a math teacher at an alternative high school, and I've found many options that have potential for my students. I've given my kids a link to a website I designed that includes a blog. I have links to videos, interactive websites and missing homework and notes. Wikis could be useful in a math class for the same reasons, as well. I've had some training on Smartboards and they seemed to make spice up instruction more than a regular board. The clickers often provided with the boards are great for formative assessments My daughter's school has projectors in every room and her teachers show videos and PowerPoints that she says makes the class more interesting.
Unfortunately, my school needs the most "alternatives" to traditional teaching has next to none. Heck, I have to buy calculators. I hope that will change soon.