Episode 8 – May 7, 2010
(Episode Length: 20 minutes, 41 seconds)
- Welcome to e-Learning Today TV
- Previous episode – Building a PLN as an Educator
Pick me up
- Crew Team
- high school crew team with deaf member
- use sign language and signals to communicate
- incorporating special needs student as part of a team
- Win a Projector for Your School or Classroom | “Our edTech is Busted! Contest” by TeachHUB.com
- DEADLINE: Monday May 17, 12 PM CST
- 1. Sign up for free as a member of TeachHUB community, sponsored by the K-12 Alliance – online resource center/network for educators.
- 2. Email your entry to email@example.com. Be sure to include the following in your email: a picture of your school’s most “busted” tech tools w your name, school and contact info
- a written explanation of why you deserve to win in 25 words or less
- PRIZE: An ultra portable Optoma DV10 MovieTime DLP projector with a built-in DVD player, sound system, and HDTV compatibility. No setup or cables necessary.
- Dr. Seuss Story Maker
- choose from famous Dr. Seuss characters and scenes
- add music to the story
- great for whiteboard instruction and sharing
- 3-d comic maker
- Tons of characters, scenes, props, etc
- Type in dialogue
- Great for projects, storytelling, sharing
- These Were the Days of Our Ning
- No longer free, no grandfathering in
- Ning Mini – $2.95/month $19.95/year, limited options
- Full branding control – $19.95/month $199.95/year
- + the option for vid and music uploading and API access – $49.95/month, $499.95/year
- “Major sponsor” – Free for K-12 educators, who are educators?
- Lack of trust
- Open Source Software
- Are there any viable alternatives?
Watch and Learn
- third grade class demonstrating use of social networking
- used Twitter to interview BrainPop characters
- learning and information from Twitter
- Top 5 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- 6 million monthly visitors, 3rd largest social networking site in the www, 1/2 users are working adults, great tool for PLN.
- But how can we make twitter more accessible to students and harness its power as a learning tool?
- 1. Real-Time Communication and Engagement
- 2. Collaborating, Networking, and Researching with #Hashtag
- 3. The Twitter Backchannel
- 4. Checks for Understanding
- 5. Projects – Be creative, here are some ideas and examples
- Free math resources
- K, Elementary, Middle, High School Math
- Online and pdf tutorials
- Scorecard to keep track of answers
- Games and activities aimed at autistic children
- Independent living skills and concepts
- Interactive and colorful games
Blogger of the Week
- How to Increase Tech Integration in the Classroom | Cheska Lorena from Teaching Miss Cheska
- “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin
- Miss Cheska is a certified High School biology teacher, masters student at the College of Saint Rose in upstate NY, and self proclaimed “quirky, but lovable ed tech geek
- Her post – 7 ways to Increase Teacher Technology Integration in the Classroom
- Great for administrators and coaches – when planning tech integration professional development.
- Makes tech integration look easy by advocating for small, measurable goal setting and providing non-intrusive action steps for teachers.
- Create a clear vision of what an ideal classroom with integrated technology looks like.
- Build an on-campus professional learning network.
- Build an online professional learning network.
- Invest in yourself.
- Expand your learning network to the classroom.
- Publish, publicize, and advertise your students’ technology-related work.
- Develop a reflective practice with your integration of technology in the classroom.
So, What do You Know?
- The longest game of underwater Monopoly lasted for 45 days!
- Dr. Suess coined the word “nerd”! It’s from the 1950 book, “If I Ran the Zoo”. Here’s what a nerd looked like –> http://bit.ly/9EVSSI