Thursday, April 4, 2013

#17 Twitter in the Classroom

This blog post is about using Twitter in the classroom.  As I mostly spend my days with the elementary set, this is a little more difficult task.  Almost all my students are under the Twitter age threshold of 13.  Of course, barring that our county blocks Twitter.  So that is a big wall to get over.  I really enjoy Twitter and have talked several people into using it.  It is a little "Schizophrenic" to follow until you get the hang of it.  But lots of good education ideas on there.  The trick is to find the right people or stuff to follow.  If I was going to use it in the classroom, I would think it would be good for current events and especially government study.  As a class, I would have the students follow the WV Legislature, the Governor, and they could also follow specific bills and see who is interested and tweeting about what is going on in the bills.  I think it would be interesting to follow bills from committee to the Senate, to the House and then to the Governor. Government in action and current events all rolled into one.  Pretty good use of Social Media and learning I think.

Monday, April 1, 2013

#9 Learn something from a Podcast

I have listened to podcasts for awhile. My favorite time to listen to podcasts is when I am walking. I feel like I am killing two birds with one stone. I get really bored walking and I don't feel like I have time to listen to podcasts and do nothing else. My days get really full and this provides a pretty good solution. I regularly listen to This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Selected Shorts and discovered the Teachercast.
 But I am supposed to find something new and tell about it.

I searched and scoured the app store.  There are a whole lot of Podcasts out there.  There are many categories as well.  This made the decision more difficult.

FinallyI chose Couch to 5K.  I am really interested in learning to run.  I always said if you see me running, you better run too because someone is chasing me. This podcast is supposed to make it so you can run for 30 minutes without stopping because it builds you up gradually.   I have always wanted to get enough strength and guts to run a 5K.  I have already worked on week 1.  I am going to try to make the whole 8 weeks and see if I can't run for 30 minutes without stopping.  Wish me luck I am going to need it.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

#23 Final Reflection

I can't believe the difference the 23 things have made.  I have learned a lot of new things and tools to share with my schools and teachers.  At times, I find this blog frustrating and time-consuming.  But as I tell students it takes time and effort to learn.  I feel like this is a large amount of work for a teacher to undertake, but so is the whole TIS certification process.  I came in feeling pretty good about my self-taught tech skills.  They have served me well but I have also grown and learned many new things.  This blog and the course in general pushes you to "reach for the brass ring".  I do really feel TIS's need to be on the cutting edge of what is happening in education and technology.  It is a lot of work to stay relevant.  The last 10 years education has changed so much and will continue to change.  I plan to continue blogging in my weebly site.  I have a few teachers that follow me.  I really like connecting with teachers from other states on Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo, and Schoology.  I learn so much all the time.  I would just like to add one final thought to this post,  Teachers can never be replaced by technology, but teachers who use technology can replace those who don't.  That is the truth and the future.

#20 Share, remix, and reuse legally

I have learned a lot about Creative Commons taking this TIS Course and today I want to talk about something I didn't realize before.  This is that by law all government stuff put out on the Web is Creative Commons.  This is what I found on the Creative Commons site about the U.S. Government.

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So I feel the government is being very open sharing all this stuff with the people.  Obama and Biden who were not compelled to be public domain did it also.

So I feel like at school we use the site  when we teach about  constitution day .  It is good to know that we can share and use that legally

This is the link to the White House copyright policy

#11 Learn from A Video

Today's blog is about Learning Something from a Video.  Actually, I use videos a lot as tutorials and to help me with stuff I am not sure about.  I just watched a video on how to take off a Mophie Juice Box for my neighbor's iPhone.  They put it on at the AT&T store and she wanted it off.  I have only ever used Otterbox.  My own daughters use YouTube to find ways to beat video games.  But today I want to talk a little about SchoolTube.  I always considered not all that useful but I did find something very good on School Tube which I have shared with all my teachers at school.  This is the StorylineOnline Channel.  You can go to the website and see some of the videos but it is blocked at our school but the School Tube Channel is open.  Basically, this is members of the Screen Actors Guild reading childrens' books.  They are nicely done and enjoyable to listen to.  Here is a link to the channel.

These are some of the CSO's it supports.  I listed 2nd grade because most of the books are geared for the primary grades.  I believe there is a listening component to most grade levels.  Children enjoy listening and watching the videos.  I give them a big thumbs up!

RLA.O.2.3.1 Searchlisten, recite and respond to familiar stories, poems and songs (e.g., retell in sequence, relate information to own life, describe character, setting, plot, engage in creative dramatics, imagine beyond the story).
RLA.O.2.3.2 Searchdescribe the main idea or intended messages in a variety of visual media (e.g., pictures, cartoons, weather reports, newspaper photos, visual narratives).
RLA.O.2.3.3access media tools to create an oral or visual presentation (e.g., desktop publishing, electronic resources, photos).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

#8B Make a Video Tutorial

Well, while I have made many cheat sheets, I have never made a video tutorial.  I am going to try to make a tutorial that also involves Acuity.  Like I said in my last post, teachers do not care for Acuity.  It is not user friendly, nor all that easy to navigate.  My tutorial is how to Create a test using Acuity. You can make free up to 5 minute tutorials using screenr.  Really it is quite easy to use.  I will probably make some more of these.  I uploaded mine to my YouTube channel also.

 Here is the link to my screenr.

#8A Make a Cheatsheet

This blog post is about creating a cheat sheet for teachers.  I have personally done many of these for teachers.  They really appreciate a screenshot with a tutorial.  I usually make them as Powerpoints because most teachers know how to navigate through a Powerpoint.  I am uploading the one I made to use Acuity as a mini lesson or bellringer in class.  Most teachers are not a fan of Acuity.  It isn't very intuitive at all.  So this was to help them feel more comfortable using Acuity to look for resources for teach and reteach.  I converted the Powerpoint to a PDF document, but am not quite sure how to put a PDF or for that matter any document into Blogger, so I uploaded it to my Webtop Dropbox and am sharing the link with you.