The preschool teacher inside of me that has never really gone away says it is better to give children a blank piece of paper and some crayons and let them color their own picture rather than give them a color book.
That being said, one of the things I remember about visiting my grandma is that she would sit and color with me. I loved coloring beside her! I guess color pages may have their place-they must! Someone has started printing adult color books (no, not X-rated, just very more detailed).
There is a app called Quiver App that brings back the fun of coloring a color sheet and then expands that fun even more! All you do is print the color sheet out from Quivervision.com, color it and then use the Quiver App to interact with the image virtually. Kids will love it! It may be a great thing to pay with on these upcoming snow days. It will work on any platform, iOS or android. And there is an Educator Version with more educational content!
Map Fight is an online website that has the ability to be used across the curriculum from math to social studies, all around the world! This tool allows students to compare the size of different countries to help them understand the concepts of different geographical size in both the math and geographical comprehension. You can use this website for students to make the connections between math and geography, understanding how to compare sizes of countries and the importance of the size difference between countries.
In Math, students can use the size percentage difference to translate the numbers to fractions. In Social Studies, teachers can facilitate the learning of the importance of size differences and their historical significance. If you think of any other way to use this site, please share!
Fredericksburg City Public School
Presentation site: http://www.cityschools.com/portfolio/
F in Exams, the totally best in incorrect answers.
The last time I was a classroom teacher I used a pizza box as the recepticle for their work. I am hoping I will get ideas for doing this online should I ever return to the classroom.
One idea I am exploring is using Edmodo as a portfolio.
This presentor is advocating using WordPress as their e-Portfolios.
Presented by: Tamara Smith, ITRT
Hanover County Public Schools
Resource Wiki: http://learnededmodo.pbworks.com
Edmodo Group Code: usk36r
Edmodo is a free social learning network for teachers, students, schools, and districts.
Started in 2008. It is a closed environment.
A district can apply for its own sub domain.
A good idea is to have students sign a pledge concerning behavior.
There are endless educational possibilities for iPods and iPads as classroom
instructional devices. The most wonderful part of using iPods to teach is that
you only have to teach content--not how to use the device as most kids have
played with an IPod before or know a parent, etc that has an iPhone. My
favorite apps on the IPods are facejack and the QR code reader.
Facejack is a fun app that closely resembles the Blabberize website. A
picture is uploaded into the app, the mouth of the picture defined and then the
students record something into the app that they want the picture to say. When
done, the mouth moves and the students can hear the picture speak in their
voice! Great for fluency and biographies!!
I am also attaching the cheat sheet that was created to help teachers remember how to use an IPod touch. This cheat sheet was created by a colleague of mine who had to do a presentation for her graduate class. My job was to mentor her through this presentation. For more ideas on how to use iPods in the classroom check out the presentation on this site: http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/ipodtouch.htm
This is a list of my favorite web 2.0 tools for bookmarking. These are great to help students find the right place online without worrying about what may pop up if the address is typed incorrectly. I have also included cheat sheets for each tool. Book marking tools are great ways to share a website with students so that they don't have to type in long addresses. It is also a great way to differentiate. One of my favorite things to do is to use Portaportal for guiding student research. Portaportal allows you to set up as many portals as you want. This means you could have a portal set up for Native Americans, Explorers, map skills, Civil War, etc. In each content portal, you set up categories. In these categories, safe links to sites could be provided, pictures linked, and so on. Bookmarking sites have unlimited uses!
My colleage has shared two wonderful apps with me. The first is Story Wheel. Story Wheel is an educational game in which players record a story by spinning the wheel to get a picture, and then narrate a portion of the story. Students can listen to their story with beautifully animated pictures. http://www.storywheelapp.com/about_story_wheel.xhtml
I have decided to start highlighting trick or cheat or how to one a week. Some of these are cheats and how-tos that have already been demonstrated. This first one is spotlighting a smartboard app called the Great
Swami. I have attached a link to a video that that shows how to create this really engaging app. I would love to come meet with you to discuss some ideas for using this in your content area.
Here are two additional files that were created using the Great Swami method.
Below is a picture of a bulletin board I put up in the middle school computer lab. I hope it is not too elementary for the middle schoolers! I got the idea from Elementary Tech Teachers. I changed it up a little because theirs was all on black and I wanted to brighten up the room a little. I am thinking I should have made the cursor symbols a little bigger but hey! It's not too bad, is it? I don't know if you can tell or not but the cat in the top right corner is Faux Paws from I Keep Safe.org. Faux Paws has a friend on his tail. His friend is named Cursor. If you want to watch the video of Cursor and Faux Paws check it out on YouTube.
_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