Thursday, December 22, 2011
Recently, I have been invited into several 5th grade classroom to give the students instruction on Google documents. This will help the students have access to their documents/presentations from any computer. It will also let 5th graders collaborate in real time regardless of where they are. The 5th graders have been so enthused to use the new technology. It is so much fun to see their faces light up when they realize they can see another type on their document even if the person is across the room or not even at school. They love how they don't have to save, and collaboration is instant. I look forward to seeing some of the projects that will be produced due to their use of Google documents.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As first semester comes to an end, I have a sense of pride for our school district. So many wonderful things are happening all around the district. Students are engaging in meaningful practices. They are using technology to enhance these meaningful practices. I have seen students creating short stories using Google drawing, Presentations of Learning are using Powerpoint as well as Google Presentation. Some Elementary students are using Kids Blog to respond to teachers using their writing/typing skills. iPads are being used by many departments to enhance instruction. Google accounts are being used in highly effective ways to increase communication among staff and students. I am sure I could go on and on about all the wonderful uses of technology but if you'd like to comment on some more ways, feel free to comment and share how you are enhancing your curriculum here at MCSD.
Monday, December 5, 2011
I have heard a few complaints that Google Presentation just doesn't have enough features. Well, you now have access to SlideRocket. SlideRocket is a site where you can create a presentation using its features. I believe you will be impressed with all of its features and animations. Please feel free to use it. All you have to do is sign into your Google account and it is available to you under the more tab. Some features include cool transitions, audio, video, plug-ins, and many other features. Have Fun!