Monday, February 27, 2012

Projects

If you are interested in creating a project highlighting your classes activities, don't be afraid to ask for assistance. I recently assisted Terri Phillips at Colorado School with a Presentation to highlight her Flat Stanley project she did with her class. She informed me that her students learned more about geography and vocabulary then was directed by curriculum guidelines for second grade. She felt like this was one of the best projects she has done with students. Students were engaged and excited about their new learning. Check out the Powerpoint she created using features from Google Presentation and iMovie.

Flat Stanley Presentation

Thursday, February 23, 2012

All kinds of Blogs

As a professional you may find it very informative to follow many styles of blogs. Usually, blogs are put out to entertain or to inform. I have come across some blogs that are geared to educators and technology to be very informative. I thought I'd share some great blogs with you. Have fun!

http://gizmodo.com/

http://edublogs.org/

http://www.engadget.com/

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Training and Time

Yesterday, I visited Waverly, Iowa. Their Middle School went one to one with iPads. I was able to interview a teacher while there. I received a lot of insight from her, training and time are key to making this amount of technology successful in the classroom. I knew this but, again it was confirmed. They decided as a district to allow their teachers select their own Professional Development. So, teachers would set a goal and use the Professional Development time to achieve that goal. With the realization that technology must be included in their PD goal. I asked the curriculum director, it seems that every teacher is highly motivated to integrate as much technology as possible. How can that be? I must admit even as a classroom teacher there were times that integrating took too much time and was scary. She responded, we are so progressive and have so much success that staff is eager to be in on the excitement. When you see success with students, its infectious. Well, I realized in order to keep technology moving progressively through our district, I must be very positive and wow the teachers and students. When you do this they'll  want to be a part of it. I must also, support them so its not too scary or time consuming. Technology is a tool to enhance curriculum and to be used for efficiency. With that in mind, I'm asking you to let me help you transition more technology into your classrooms!