Edmodo has been used for a few years at my campuses, but as a district we are making a big push for middle- junior high levels to utilize Edmodo for a virtual classroom for teachers. It enables you to blog, quiz, share documents, and provides a virtual backpack for all students. They have added Snapshot, which allows teachers select TEKS objectives and generates sample questions so you can get an idea of what students understand. We will be using Edmodo as we participate in the Global Read Aloud and I am excited to get more students and teachers on board! And FYI they have a free EdmodoCon online tomorrow - check it out!
Class Dojo is an excellent classroom behavior management tool that is easy to use...especially when you can just click your phone to track student behavior. It provides reports and you can have students and parents gain access to see what is happening. Use it as a daily routine that students are aware of....they will notice! For those of you new to Dojo - find all the resources you will need here: http://www.classdojo.com/share
Well, this summer vacation is almost over but I have been reading up and decifering what one of my campuses will be participating in this fall - The Global Read aloud project with a wonderful book called One for the Murphy's (we selected this one from the choices). I am excited to see how it works to incorporate not only reading but collaboration and technology. I will post more as we begin, but if you'd like to join or take a look - visit The Global Read Aloud 2014.
Calling all teachers of English! This is something you have to check out if you haven't already! No Red Ink allows you to assign grammar and sentences to students as a class or individuals AND provides you a color coded grid of their performance. You will know at a glance who is struggling where. And another winner is that it integrates with those of you using Edmodo and they just added sentence fragments! Truly a blessing that can replace or
Last week I started working with our AP students to create a Weebly blog to get them posting and integrating a little more tech into their writing. I call this lesson, Writing with Weebly. Weebly is primarily a website builder program that allows for teachers to create monitored students accounts (up to 40) under their accounts, or the students can create their own accounts with an email and password. It includes an option to setup a blog page, that works well with their devices for posting and commenting easily to others in class. We have collected the blog sites using a google form, and then place them as links in a classroom Symbaloo page embedded in the teacher's site. QR codes to the teacher site are placed around the room for ease of use with devices. The students are having fun writing with Weebly!
After a quickly passing month, I have found the new love for more effectively teaching students: Nearpod! This BYOD and very device neutral app (it works on Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry) allows for teacher led instruction and interactivity; a.k.a. taking powerpoint to the next level! You can take previously created powerpoints and upload them to the program, then add in the free interactive tools (open ended questions, polling, mulitple choice, and drawing). If you don't want to recreate the wheel, the Nearpod Store features lots of free lessons and some paid that you can use to start your journey. Take a look, I think you will love it as much as I do.
It's only day 2 at TCEA, and so far I have to share some tweets of great resources, some of which I will be exploring more myself for future reference and knowledge I have gathered from the conference. First off, a great layout for a digital scavenger hunt laid out by a great EdTecher from El Paso, Earl Yager: http://efyager.weebly.com/digital-scavenger-hunts.html . Next, if you are thinking about using Twitter, take a look at how you can streamline the tweets of your students using TwitterFontana which displays a stream of hashtags helping you filter classes and participate in writing and summary skills. I will do some more as I get time but be ready to turn on the learning in your classroom!
As I do my finishing touches for my Symbaloo workshop tomorrow, I wanted to write how excited I am about being at TCEA! If you ever have a chance to attend, it is full of innovative ideas and teachers that embrace and promote technology in the classroom. I am looking forward to learning more about publishing ebooks in the morning, then doing my own sharing on Symbaloo. As I learn and become inspired, I will share more from the week's finds with you:)
Smores are fun to eat and fun to create! Now don't get the two confused...there are the kind you make with fire and the kind you create online. I have been using Smore to create colorful, interactive, and trackable flyers with my teachers for training(see clip below). You can embed or link to them, add videos, audio, calendar events...it's amazing! Teachers are using them for parent communication and students have been able to use them in various projects. If you have to stay inside due to the cold weather, eat a smore and make one too! You'll be glad you did!
This week I started out with a student learning frenzy! I have to give kudos to Mrs. Sisk's class for wanting to try out the new Symbaloo Student Certification process on such short notice. And it turned out to be very timely as well, including a section on internet safety and digital citizenship, just as the police department was presenting the topics to students as well. We ran into a few bumps which Symbaloo was prompt to assist us with, but in the end the students got certified and began creating some amazing symbaloos of their own! I would recommend the student certification to anyone that has been Symbaloo certified, however go through it first and decide how you want your students to be using it. The accounts they create while in it, only allow them to add webmixes not create them. Symbaloo was prompt to assist us in rolling over the accounts, but if you determine how you wish the students to be able to use it first, it will work out better for everyone in the end. Overall we loved the step by step process and the included internet safety and digital citizenship tiles! Get yourself and students symbaloo certified!
I work with teachers and students as a Digital Media Specialist for the Pearland ISD Curriculum Department. My goal is to share innovative and useful information for other educators, as well as catalog my personal finds along the way!