Friday, August 3, 2012

Tool #4

Using Apps on Campus: 
Google Docs can be used on campus to share documents, worksheets, and documents that have been updated or edited. This way you can download these updated documents in what folders you have on your computer. This App is also great for when you have a sign-up list and need people to go and sign up for jobs, cookies, etc.

Using Apps in Classroom and Students Using Apps: 
Using Google Forms is a great way to create assessments for students to do during a stations assignment or as homework one night. Student should be using their google email accounts already to collaborate with peers and with teachers. I also think that Google Docs is a great tool for students to use especially for presentations in the classroom. This way, multiple copies of one part of the project aren't all floating around to different people and allowing them to be presented not finished. Every part of the project can be updated in Google Docs. I am excited for my students to get to use this App. Another app that can be useful to students are the calendars to help the keep up with assignments and when projects are due.

Tool #3

Sites to get videos from:
This site allows you to search any type of video or clip you might need to use in your classroom. It also gives you other video references like the ones you have searched.
This site is easy to use. It has great videos at different lengths and definitely some cool ones on nature and science.

Videos I like:

Pistol Shrimp Sonic Weapon
Integer Rule Song

Copyright and Fair Use:
Fair Use is about how you restructured the material to add more value to it. If you are using it for a different purpose than what it was used for than it is probably Fair Use. 
Just because you use a bibliography at the end of your work does not mean that you will not be in violation of copyright laws. 

This is a great tool to use in the classroom to allow students to share files with their peers. When working on projects they can save files to the dropbox so that if one person is sick during the presentation day and what not then the rest of the group still has access to the presentation.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tool #2

I found it so interesting to go and look through other teachers blogs! I especially like being able to see the links and the videos that teachers post. Sometimes when a teacher is just writing a blog it can be hard to grasp what they have produced or what they are trying to allow you to see/use. However, with the pictures and videos it is fun to watch what they have been doing in their classrooms. We all have different ways of thinking and some have more creative skills than others, so with the PLN's it is beneficial to see different ways of teaching different subjects to make each other better educators.

After reading the advice about commenting, I think one thing that stood out to me the most is to ask questions and leave things open ended. When blogging, I typically don't seek comments, but am just writing to tell stories and share information. However, with this type of blogging it is wonderful to be able to leave things open so that teachers with other experiences can share their thoughts with you. 

Sharing my thoughts publicly is slightly challenging to me, because I don't tend to want to write about what I think about feel on the internet. It will take some getting use to, but because it has such potential to benefit me a lot as a teacher I am willing to acclimate myself a little faster! 

This is a blog I would like to go to more for some reality checks on teaching inner city students. This man gives real advice and doesn't shy away from touchy subjects. Interesting to read about for sure.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First Blog Ever!!

Hello! This will be my first ever post to a blog! I have been thinking about starting a blog for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it yet (we can all understand that, right?).

Getting everything going for the blog was fairly easy. I did not have any major trouble other than I am not using google chrome for this so the set up to embed the avatar code was a little confusing. Nothing the blogger help couldn't fix! ;) I loved getting to play with all of the settings and then create the page exactly how I wanted to. I love experimenting so this task was exciting and fun!