Best Practices In Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration
Welcome to my Blog! I hope to share innovative information that I learn about technology integration and best practices in teaching and learning. Combined with good instructional strategies,technology integration is the key for creating an engaging and rigorous environment for students. Feel free to join the site and follow my blog posts. I look forward to interacting with you and adding you to my Professional Learning Network. Thank you!
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2. Using an electronic Flipbook, you can turn your students into published poets! Issuu is allows you to publish books and magazines in a digital format, where the pages actually flip as if you were turning a paper magazine or project. Students and parents really like this feature, and projects can easily be posted on your webpage. See an example below.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Generating several codes can become time consuming if you are using any of the QR Code generating sites. However, you can decrease the time dramatically and organize your codes by using a Google spreadsheet. Click on this TEMPLATE to enter text or URLs, and a QR code will automatically be generated for you. Then, simply copy and paste the code to your desired designation. Or save the codes to any location on your computer. In order to view the codes in the Google spreadsheet, be sure to change the view from normal view to list view.
Are you using QR Codes in your instruction, or do you plan to? If so, please comment and share some ideas about what you are doing or plan to do.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
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Use Scoop.it to gather information on your favorite interests. You may also use suggestions from thousands of other users. Click on the "My Scoop it Profile" above to see more topics curated by me, and also sign up for your own profile to begin curating your favorite topics!! I look forward to following your topics. Below are a few of my favorites to provide teachers with resources for instructional strategies.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is a link to our professional development workshop for middle and high school math teachers. It contains a plethora of ideas for using technology to support Marzano's nine essential instructional strategies. Please feel free to comment and recommend additional resources for this binder. Thank you.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Storybird is a fun collaborative storytelling website for all grade levels. Storybird makes it easy to create and tell stories digitally. Students and teachers can create stories together by combining imaginative artwork and text. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, or shared in an online library with the world. Storybird “promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence.” Creating a Storybird is free. The imaginative artwork will have your students' imaginations soaring and lead to enthusiastic writing. Students can work together in teams to create stories. Students will feed off of each others ideas, creating more creative stories and learning together.
Storybird is also a fantastic place to create a classroom story, each student can contribute pages to the story. The final product can be easily shared with family and friends in the online library. Storybird can be used by teachers to make “special” stories for students. They can include students as characters, emphasize classroom themes or curriculum, and be created for specific reading
levels. Encourage your students to create and share their stories on Storybird. Storybird has free class accounts that allow students to use Storybird without providing an email address.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A QR (Quick Response) code is an image that can be read by a mobile smart phone, i-Pad 2, or webcam, through its camera. By simply scanning the code using your mobile phone’s camera, you are provided with information contained in that code. QR codes can link to a website, download files, send an e-mail or text, and even make phone calls! There are several grants that would supply a few i-Pod touches to use for this purpose.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The Interactive Notebook is a good strategy for students to keep track of their learning. This concept is originated from History Alive's "Interactive Student Notebook." It was beneficial to my students, as it provided a medium for them to be creative, sort, and categorize new information as they learned it. Basically, information is recorded on the right side (from the student's reflection) and learned information is generated on the left (from the teacher's direct instruction). Below is what I used to explain the process to my students and model the reflection side for them.
Pros: Students will have the same notes; helpful when reviewing for quizzes/tests; Students can demonstrate creativity and ownership.
Cons: A lot of time, work and mistakes for the teachers when setting up; Lost notebooks; New students entering mid-year.
Reflection: As I look back on my reaction to facing the cons (aborting the strategy almost mid-year), I do so with regret. To my surprise, quite a few students pulled out their notebooks toward the end of the year to help with completing exam study guides or end of year projects. Then it hit: I should have stayed the course! What lead me to abandon the notebooks? What can I do differently to maintain them throughout the year? Well, one thing that discouraged me was when students lost their notebook or did not come to class with it. Another pitfall was when students took an extra long time to copy notes into their notebooks. Now I know that I can provide students with pre-written notes to glue inside the notebook. Also, if a notebook is lost or not brought to class, I can have students begin with a 3-ring binder type notebook, and copy a little at a time from another student. Having the pre-written notes will be a plus, because students can place those in the binder and rewrite their reflections on the back. I am ready to try it again this fall! I also have found several sites to help with ideas such as table of contents, grading rubrics, and other ideas. The following sites should be helpful with math and other subjects:
Please comment and share your thoughts if you have tried interactive notebooks, or if you will try them in the future.