As a teacher we all hear comments from students we that make us chuckle. Last week a student told me that her mom used to watch a tv show in the 1900′s! Boy do I feel old. Friday I was explaining a project to the class using Haikudeck. The students were going to make a slide show about classical composers from a list I gave them. My student states” I don’t know any of these guys.” I replied that it was one of the reasons we were doing this assignment was to learn about these composers. Just like the students, we need to be learning continually. Technology does not wait for us. We must keep up with it. No one knows what the classroom of the future will look like, but I do know that I must prepare my students for the future as best I can. I usually write with a new app or link. Today I thought I would just give a thought. Thanks for stopping by.
I just found a new site that is lot’s of fun while being educational too! The site www.incredibox.com is a site that allows you to make your own music by adding melody, effects, beats, and voices. It allows you to express yourself in music. This site is an easy drag and drop. It can be used without musical training. Becareful not to put so many voices etc. in your song that it becomes cluttered and clunky. Sometimes less is best. Have fun!
I love digital story telling. My students love it too! A new way to story tell is through Haiku Deck. It allows you tell storys with amazing photos! No more searching other website for appropriate pictures. You simply tell it your theme and Haiku Deck will provide many choices. The option for your own pictures is available too. Elementary students are able to simply pick a photo and type a few words. They will be able to create a beautiful presentation.
Here is a quick sample I made using Haiku Deck: Click on the Link Below:
Youtube offers many useful teaching videos. The problem is all the advertisement around the video. A teacher needs to be careful what side pictures show up on the borders. A simple solutions to this problem is www.quietube.com After downloading quietube, you can simply load your video, click on quietube and all the side advertising is gone. It is a great way to show videos in your classroom.
This time of year the cameras come out. Everyone want a photo. A great site for using these photos is www.bighugelabs.com This site will allow you to make your photo into a poster, magazine cover or more. You do not have to pay to have them made. Simply print them from your computer. Students love seeing themselves in this venue. The sky is the limit. Try is and enjoy!
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Educreations is a great tool for teachers and students. It will turn an iPad or computer into an interactive whiteboard. Educreation records everything that is drawn and said while the presentation is taking place. Think of all the possiblities! It is great if you want to flip the classroom. Make a creatation for the absent student. Have the student record and explain the concept. It is also a good tool for review. Check it out. www.educreations.com I am sure that endless possiblities will come to mind.
Try a new door to help your class learn. Here is a great web 2.0 tool for all elementary teachers. www.abcya.com is packed full of math and languaged art help. I found that you need to search all the grade levels. Many of the games an be used at different grade levels than posted. Your students will learn while playing games. This site makes learning fun. After I have shown this site to colleauges, they all have used it the same day. If you are looking for something new in your classroom, check this site out.
I stated that I was going to try new things every few weeks. I might have been more than 3 weeks, but this one was worth waiting for…..www.abcya.com This website is great for elementary teachers. It is divided into grade levels , although I don’t think you need to have a strict adherence to them. There are many language arts sites including grammer, work clouds, spelling and countless more ideas. The second division is for math. Between the two sections there are enough games to keep you little learners engaged and learning. Another generic section is also available. Check it out, you will not be sorry….you might be playing these games yourself.
I told you I was going to try many new apps this year. Yesterday I downloaded Sock Puppets. It was completely free. There is a paid version which has more choices. For now the free site will be good enough for me. You are able to pick characters, settings and then you record your voice. The puppets will move their voice as you speak. The app changes your voice and turns your recording into a cool movie. It is extremely easy and very fast to make. My students loved it. Try it out. It is my favorite for this week.
This past weekend, I attended a day long conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was sponsored by Discovery Education. If you haven’t looked into Discovery lately perhaps it is time. Besides the vast amount of videos for the classroom, there are many other resources for the classroom. Games, images, songs and webinars are just a few of the items you can find at Discovery Education. I am a member of the Discovery Education Network, DEN. It is composed of teachers from all over North America and across the world who network and learn about technology in education. So check it out at www.DiscoveryEducation.com