Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I have definitely transformed my thinking of learning in my classroom to include technology. With a new school and with more technology resources available, I think that it will be easier to create lessons revolving around different technology tools.
I was surprised that I survived. I think technology is great, but I always start off thinking new tools are going to be hard. After, learning several new tools and not giving up on learning them, I have a better attitude that I can teach my kids more tools to take them into the 21st century of learning!
Last school year, I took my kids to the library to explore our school set of I Touches. My kids used different apps. This year all of our kids will have access to an I Touch. I look forward to exploring more apps, finding educational apps for my kids to use, and taking it a step further other than just exploraion and navigation.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Today, I watched some introduction videos of Jing and downloaded it. I have the sun on my desktop. I captured a web page to send thru screencast, but it did not work. I will have to try later. I can see how this would be neat for our kids, but I will have to play around with it more to really understand how it would be beneficial in the classroom.
Skype: I have seen Oprah use Skype on her show. That is the only connection I could make to it and the only experience I have had with it. After listening to the introduction video it seems very easy to use. I look forward to being able to use it with our new computers in our classroom. Unfortunately, I am unable to use it right now. I do not have the necessary equipment, but this is definitely something I plan on using in the future. My kids can discuss different objectives and learning activities with kids all around the world. What a great way to bring different cultures to the classroom especially when we do different holidays around the world and when we do our continent project in first grade.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I think that it is neat to show your class videos that are educational that other students have created. This is a great tool to actively engage your class in learning the content, to motivate them to create their own videos and a fun way for them to learn.
Below is a video with three story problems created by a class and posted on U Tube!
I found this version of Goldilocks by James Marshall on U Tube! Children like to watch videos of stories instead of always hearing the teacher read them. In addition, U Tube or other video sites like Discovery Education are great resources to find materials that you may or may not have in the classroom to assist with your teaching!
Unfortunately, there may be problems or downfalls, sometimes. When I was trying to watch a video it had an advertisement that would not close at the bottom of the video. Also, videos do not always upload when you want them, too. In the past, I had problems with Discovery Education. When this occurs, I tell my kids that we have to be flexible, but it still can be frustrating.
I definitely plan to bookmark the site http://www.blinkx.com/ for further use and tag it as an educational resource.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Well, I have been working on uploading my photostory almost all day. I think I have tried everything. I saved it to a disc, emailed it to me, and used two different computers. No, luck yet! :-(
OK, I took the day off and came back to it to figure out what I was doing wrong. I read some other blogs and got help! I was saving it wrong! Well, really I was retrieving it from the wrong place. I should have been going to "my documents" and then to videos. So much of my energy and time has been put into this that my mind could not function as well. Anyways I am glad that I took some time away from it and read some helpful information. I hope no one else makes the same mistake! I would love to go back and edit some of it to make it better, but I think I will take a break from now. :-)
Lastly, I really enjoyed making the photostory and I can definitely see myself using it in my classroom. This is a great way to engage kids and to get them motivated to learn more about technology, excited about writing, and about creating a story!