I haven't gotten to post much this year. I was hoping that things would settle down after we got all the students started with their GAFE. The issue is that we still haven't gotten all the students in. This is partly due to the schedule I work in each building and partly because we are still getting new students in. I suppose it will settle down soon.
In one of my schools I am still in the process of decorating the room. There is not a lot of things out there for the computer lab so I am having to make my own decorations. One of the displays I want up are the 8 thinking maps. We adopted Thinking Maps as a tool last year. Anyway, like all teachers, I want my displays to be cute and functional. So I just created these thinking maps using the Minecraft theme. I put them heren to share.
With the start of the new school year I haven't had time to post much. This year has been extremely hectic as we are moving into providing GAFE accounts for all of our students 2-12. As soon as I get everyone into their accounts life should be a little easier.
This weekend has been nice as the holiday has given me a chance to catch my breath. I spent some time browsing the net for ideas. I stumbled upon a kindergarten teacher's site that had a template for Connect Four created with Google Draw.
What she did was merely play with a class from a different state in order to show her students the power of the internet. I would like to suggest something with a little more substance. You could create content based questions and the students would have to answer the question correctly before moving a piece into play. It would really be cool to partner up with a class in a different school. In fact, let your students create the questions that will be asked of the other class.
This would make a wonderfully engaging review task!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler