Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling.
The Venus Fly Trap is the state’s carnivorous plant. Thanks to the Flickr assignment, I can now use photos to show what I am trying to teach. A picture’s worth a thousand words….. LOL
I would use Google Calendar to share library schedules with the rest of the school. Depending on the size of the school, “free use” of the library might vary day to day. Having a calendar will allow teachers to sign up for “free use” and bring their class in for additional research. Another usage of the calendar would be for checking out technology. Our school has a laptop cart, an i-Pad cart, and digital cameras. We don’t have enough for every student in the school, but we have a classroom set of each. Using the calendar option, teachers can sign up for the materials they need to check out for their lesson!
As one of our assignments for EDTC 6070, we had to explore social bookmarking! What a neat concept for those of us who have a computer at home, at school, and a laptop we carry around in our bags! This is really a time saver for those awesome websites that we use on a regular basis within our own classrooms. If you have a minute, take a look at the website betterlesson.com. It really has some excellent ways to use the Common Core Standards in English/Reading and Math.
Found a really great Google Doc that has a plethora of ways to use Edmodo in the classroom.
With this being a “safe” version of Facebook, I know my students really enjoy the use of Edmodo as part of the technology we use in our classroom. There is bound to be an idea of two on this comprehensive list you will be able to use in your classroom too!
As an educator, my goal is not to just teach children – it’s to teach learners how to learn, regardless of age. In today’s technology-driven learning environments, technology plays a vital role in the learning process. Children are more flexible than adults with this technology because it is something they were almost “born” knowing how to use, whereas adults are a little inflexible when it comes to technology because it can be foreign to them. Remember your first experience with computers…. “Are you sure you want to terminate the program?” Was anybody else intimidated by the word “terminate!?!”
What are some ways educators can help each other make time for technology ?
* Set aside time once a week to collaborate with each other as a school on the ways technology is being used in other classrooms
* Advocate for training on the newest technology items within the school (I remember the first time I held in I-pad… it was given to me to use within a lesson….. I’d never held one before, because I make a NC teacher salary and can’t afford an item like that LOL!)
* Keep a positive attitude when working with technology – sometimes the server is down & that’s okay!
* As a grade level team, seek out ways to use technology within lessons you have taught for years and could do with your eyes closed.
* Don’t be afraid to ask for help from technology facilitators, curriculum coaches, and younger teachers (who might possess more tech knowledge)
Cannistraci, L. (2011). The Value of Instructional Technology in a K-12 District. Distance Learning, 8(1), 9-16.
A fresh read about 7 tools teachers can use
within the classroom / learning environment.