Read an interesting blog today...
Here is the link:http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/10-ways-school-has-changed/
It talks about how classrooms are changing & the way in which we teach is changing. One point that really grabbed my attention (as I am thinking about doing my next field study on the topic of genius hour) was:"We used to teach everything we wanted students to know… Now we know learning can take place through student centred inquiry"
This is what I want to do next term. Give the students an hour a week to research their own inquiry project, and let their imaginations and interests guide their learning (instead of me).
We had our last class for the Fall term yesterday...it went really well. We all shared our field studies and talked about what we have learned this term. I really enjoy just sitting around with colleagues and talking about teaching...wish there was more time during the week to do this.
I am thankful that Marlowe gives us time with our cohort to talk....collaboration really is so wonderful. I learn so much from my fellow teachers.
During the evening I shared what I plan on doing for my next field study:
genius hour and e-portfolios
As I was talking about genius hour and explaining what it is to my group, I got a tweet from a teacher in Massachusetts about how she plans on doing genius hour with her grade 4s..it was such perfect timing as I was in the middle of talking about it myself...twitter is an incredible tool for collaboration too!
I can't wait to start genius hour with my class next term (in January)
From my journal some time in October 2011...
Last class we learned about media literacy...I was blown away by all the things the director did in the movie that I did not even notice...I guess I am not that media literate :( need to start paying way more attn!!!
And if I need to start paying more attention, then so do my students!!! Time to review my CAPP program and make some changes!!!!
Had to present my growth to my class today
As Barbara Walters often asks, "If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?"
I am trying to think of how to show my growth... I don't have any clever quilt colour pattern to show it and I feel like I should. I think that stresses me out more than learning technology...and in thinking that I realize something wonderful. I am a medium sized tree. I am partially grown. I understand a lot and pick up technology quickly (show me once, and I will usually get it right away) & so I don't have any huge growth to show cus I came into this already a medium sized tree & we are only a couple months in. In May 2013 I plan on being a full grown tree.
My Favourites are in red Thank you to whoever started this list...I had it saved to my computer and I am not even sure where it has come from!!!So thank you mystery person!!!
Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends
Social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech
Free application to brainstorm online
The micro blogging service that many love or hate.
Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.
Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint
An online notice board maker (or bulletin board if you choose)
Make beautiful videos from images in a snap
Make your images talk…that’s right.
Create your own website or blog, very easy to use (LOVE wee
Popular photo-sharing site now lets you print
Don’t waste your presentation after it’s over, share it with millions!
Easily record and share audio
The top real-time document creating and editing cloud-based system/ tends to slow down A LOT if a whole class is logged on
Make your own website while knowing nothing about websites!
Popular social bookmarking site
View anywhere in the world anytime
Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text
Crowdsourcing at its finest. Like Wikipedia, Wikispaces is very helpful
Easily make your own flash-based website
Web-based word processor
- Spicy Nodes
Innovative way to organize your web visits
One of the top social bookmarking sites on the web
Virtually publish your book and sell it
Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice
Create animations using this simple website
- Warning Sign Generator
Make your own caution and warning signs in a flash!
Create and share stories, games, art, etc.
Cool way to make a movie, card, picture, and share it all
Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images (a better wordle I think)
Creative math and other educational problems to help everyone learn
Make and share your own comic strips with thousands of others
An easy way to share visual ideas/ can slow down if too many kids are on at one time
Easy way to create your own stories for kids and bring them to life
- Aviary Myna
Make your own music or remix just about anything else
Fantastic timeline visualization tool to understand history
- GoAnimate for schools
State of the art animation tools for schools
Thousands of educational wikis and workspaces (build your own!)
Learning management, online education tools, and much more
- Google Timeline
A unique way to view the news
Convert anything to anything (audio, video, text, etc.)
Tons of classroom resources and PD goodies
Build your own stories (with images) and share them with others
- Word Magnets
Phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercise
- Museum Box
Innovative way to understand history/ great for projects!
A build-your-own video game
Rich media presentation tool
A great alternative to Google Apps
The free automatic bibliography and citation maker
Easily publish custom comic strips
Annotate and edit PDFs
Well...I am just thrilled with how many online programs there are that are useful to teachers...here are some more: