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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Now, in the age of mobile devices to aid teaching and learning, the "clicker" has taken a back seat to several on-line tools and Apps. I recently discovered Mastery Connect, which has a free version that allows teachers to track the Common Core or state standards for every student. What a powerful tool! With the free version, up to ten questions can be administered to students, where they answer on their iPad or fill in a bubble sheet that is scanned by the teacher's mobile device (iPhone/iPad) or Web Cam. Students get immediate feedback and results are tagged with mastery, near mastery, or remediation. Several math teachers that I have shared this with are excited to have this data at their finger tips. Another plus is the collaboration with a huge network of teachers who have uploaded assessments to share. Watch the video below to see how some of the features work.
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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. Tammy Worcester provides this Tip of the Week: 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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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.