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
My goal this year is to try something new at least every two weeks. This week I tried a new app for my iPad. It was a flash card maker called flashcardlet. There is a free version which of course I chose. It allowed me to create flashcards with front and back by just typing. It was very easy to use and worked well in my class. I used it for vocabulary words. It will mix up the cards or keep them in a sequence. It also allows the children to mark the cards they know so the review will only show them those cards they need to work on. I projected them on my smartboard and it worked great. It is worth checking out. By the way, I learned about this app on twitter. Great things are being done all around and twitter is a great PLN. Flashcardlet is a form of quizlet on a computer rather than an iPad. It is an amazing site too! These are very time saving sites that will aid in learning.
It is that time of the year. As lesson plans are beginning to be written, one needs to think about the use of technology. Technology should not be used for technology sake, but for the best way to teach and engage the students. It is great to use technology in the classroom and the students love it. Ask yourself if another method would work better to teach the concept. I am not writing to say don’t use technology. I love technology in the classroom. I am saying that sometimes other methods work better. Always remember when using technology that sometimes things happen beyond your control. When the system is not working you can always get out books and paper. At least we don’t have to chisel slate tablets! Have a great school year. I will have some tips soon.
Twitter is a great way to build a Professional Learning Network (PLN). It is based on short messages of 140 characters or less. These messages are called tweets. Within a tweet the sender can link articles or websites that would interest the followers.
I have found twitter to be a great source of professional knowledge. It has allowed me to connect with educators all over the world. Everyday I find a new source of information that will help me in the classroom;. It is impossible to read every article or search every website in the world, but with twitter the cream rises to the top. This allows me to glean the best!
If you haven’t tried twitter, try it today. Here is a link that will explain the power of Twitter.