Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Why Schools Are Turning To Google Apps

Here's a great article from Mashable! on why school districts are using Google Apps on student laptops to boost academic performance.

Article: Visual Learning In Autism

Here is a recent article I read in the publication Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.  The article describes how the Monarch Center for Autism, in Cleveland, OH, supports children with autism through the use of interactive whiteboards, touch screen computers, video modeling and web-based programs.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interactive Classroom Resource - Tripco E-Learning

What is it: Triptico E-Learning is a simple website with a growing library of GREAT interactive classroom resources and tools.  You can submit your comments about a resource and the developer will attempt to make some modifications based on your feedback.  I've seen resources change quite a bit!  When I first started looking at this site it only had a handful of tools.  It has grown pretty fast.

Tripco's tools are very modern looking and BIG.  Most of them are customizable to fit your classroom. There are spinners, scoreboards, and a name selector. I like the "Find Ten!" resource.   Try the demo activity.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Need Student Response Devices? Try "Poll Everywhere"

What is it: Poll Everywhere is a free resource that allows you to create multiple choice or free form text questions that participants can reply to via their cell phone.  They can text in the answer or send it from their Twitter account.  Poll Everywhere will update your results live on your blog or in your class PowerPoint! Turn a cell phone into a Student Response Device!  Subscription accounts are available for an audience larger than 30 participants. But with that small student to teacher ratio, who needs more than 30, right?!  Give it a try! Here's my question below.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

5 Ways Classrooms Can Use Video Conferencing

Need some ideas for that webcam in your classroom collecting dust?  I personally like #5.  Also read about a 12 year old who recently spoke at the TED Conference. 

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Wis Web Interactive Website for IWB

What is it:  Wis Web is simple interactive website for secondary math classes that focuses on the use of applets to allow students to explore problems, discover concepts and construct 3D objects.  With a background in teaching 8th Grade math , I would have to say that the applet called "Building Houses with Side Views" is one of my favorite. 

How to integrate it into the classroom:  How could you not integrate this into your interactive classrooms. Setting up learning stations, with your IWB as the "main stage", would be a great way to keep ALL of your students engaged in their learning. It covers measurement, geometry, algebra, number sense and more.  What I really love about this site is that the design of the applets is large and simple.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shared Whiteboard Space on Google Docs

What is it:  I am an avid fan of Google Docs and they now have a new feature! Google Docs now has the option to create a "shared whiteboard space" called Google Drawing.  Google Drawing allows for the collaboration process to happen, on a blank drawing space, in real time.  If you are familiar with Google Docs, the privacy settings are the same as other documents.  You, as the creator, are allowed to adjust these settings and it is up to you to decide who has access to view or edit the document. The Google Drawing can be published to a blog or site and it will be updated in real time!

How to integrate it into the classroom:  This is a wonderful tool for those who have an interactive whiteboard! This will allow multiple classrooms to interact with each other using one document in real time.  Each class can provide input and the other classes can see it happen. Students can work different math problems or answer questions that are provided by the other class.  Involve Skype and the possibilities are endless!