Category Archives: Technology

Some Good Ideas for Twitter

As you may know, I maintain a Twitter account linked to this blog. I am a subscriber of Edublogs for my classroom blog account. They make it look superb with my input, and I recommend them. I will make a print out of the infographic and post it in my classroom for my digital learners’ use.

26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter

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Busy Little Bees on Overdrive

My students will be working on reading passages, writing prompts, and listening skills in the last nine days of school. I tried to find high-interest articles that would fire their imaginations as they learned something new. I also plan to play a review game about sentence structure and function using Kahoot! on the penultimate day of school.

The majority of my students may be vacation-minded, yet they are compliant with my directives. A small percentage would love to pull their cronies off-task and openly rebel; however, I actively monitor their activities to keep order. One of my younger colleagues passed on a suggestion that I am conditionally allowing—reading books on electronic devices. She utilizes the Overdrive app on her device. Some of her recalcitrant clientele received instruction on how to download and use it, too; now, they are engaged with books of their own choosing. Our librarian had previously mentioned this to our classes; it was on my phone at one time; somehow, I forgot about it. Now, I am allowing my students to download the app and a book with the condition that if I ask to see their phone, I’m going to see a book and nothing else. We shall see how it progresses.

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“Old” Dog and New Tricks

I just spent about sixty or so minutes of my life updating the page for our student learning hub which uses the Moodle platform. The new theme they are making us use isn’t entirely user-friendly when one has an older model of computer and/or mouse. It may also work better with a more rested teacher sitting at the keyboard. There is always tomorrow to continue, so I shall. I just need to figure out how to change the background color to something other than white. First of all, I need a cup of tea and time with my novel before I turn in for the night.  Make it a great day!

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Learning a new trick!

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Something New

I just discovered Kahoot on my Pinterest board and tried it with my students.  They loved interactively reviewing author’s purpose and the verbs that identify a particular purpose (persuade, inform, or entertain).  I was laughing as they competed with one another and thoroughly relished their spirits.  We will do this again tomorrow in class but with prefixes, suffixes, and word roots.  More anon!

Picture of login page

Picture of login page

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Professional Development – Day Three

We had time working with our technology facilitator and learning about new apps to use with our students.  The expectation is to try something new, not overwhelm yourself trying to do everything.  I maintain a blog for my students and parents, a Twitter account, and use Remind 101 to send one-way text messages about what’s happening in my class.  It’s helpful to know about the tools available.  We spent time planning out the first two weeks of school as a grade-level team; it was a productive, meaningful time.  I am looking forward to seeing my students on Monday morning.  The adventure begins anew then.  More anon.

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Staff Development – Done!

I worked on several items/tasks for my staff development.  I’ve been recertified in CPR training and worked on some SpringBoard curriculum designed to help me in my language arts classroom.  I also learned about how to create a Flipped Classroom.  Below you’ll find one of my products.  It’s a Prezi that reviews the eight parts of speech.  Enjoy at your leisure.

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Staff Development Week

This is my week for staff development classes.  I am to attend full days from Monday through Wednesday and only two-thirds of our six hours required for a full day on Thursday.  It will be the opportunity to learn something new and improve some of my prior strategies that needed refreshing.  I consider myself a lifelong learner, so on we go!  On Wednesday, I’ll learn how to do a Flipped Classroom video/lesson.   More anon.

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Try Something New

I just learned about Screencast-O-Matic and made two broadcasts.  It was kind of interesting to hear my own voice as I explained an assignment.  We are encouraged to implement the new stuff with our kids to help them learn more.  I am a lifetime learner, so there will always be something new to try.  I maintain a blog for my students and parents to keep up with my class.  I have a Twitter account for my classroom and one for my personal use.  They are not connected.   I’ve made a couple of Prezi presentations.  I utilize email and text messages to keep folks updated and just added a Google-based calendar to my student blog site.  I promise I do sleep at night; however, it’s kind of fun to hear someone say that your creation was cool.  Well, I guess I’d better go grade some tests.  They are on paper and I must grade them by hand. I actually don’t mind at all.  Good night, and sweet dreams!

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Technology!

I just learned about NearPod, a tool that allows me to use iPads for interactive learning with my kids.  I will have to play with it and create some lessons.  I also visited a blog site written by a technology guru teacher.  It’s cool to hear about new tools.  It is even better when you have the time, energy, and brain power to do so.  Awakening at 3;30 A.M. the past two nights has not been helpful.  At that time, I use the technology of well-designed furniture and get into my recliner.  I then use old world technology of reading a book.  It helps me drift back to sleep so that my new-world smartphone can awaken me with an alarm that would wake the dead.  I know there are tons of apps, blogs, wikis, etc.  I just have to find a couple that work for me and go from there.  C’est la vie!

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