November 27, 2013
I have been learning about the flipped classroom and I wish I was as cool and confident as Aaron Sams who shows how he flips his classroom in a video that you can watch in the link at the end of this paragraph. He has a lot of energy and creativity and he is able to make effective videos for the students to watch at home. I have to remember that he can use these more than once so I am thinking that once he has a bank of them, it would be piece of cake to function on a day to day basis.
The youth of today are learning through social media. It is good to know that there are teachers out there who are using it so creatively and wisely! Aaron and Jonathan Bergmann have written a book that will help you understand the process.
Check out the paperback ‘Flip Your Classroom’ and see the video www.teachthought.com/learning/the-ultimate-guide-to-flipping-your-classroom
Let me know what you think!
November 20, 2013
One thing I really like about our new Samsung Tablets is the wrist guard. What is that you ask? As you write you can let your hand rest on the tablet surface but it ignores the larger part of your hand so that it is very close to the ‘writing on paper’ experience. I am also very impressed with the handwriting recognition and the students are amazing at figuring out all the ins and outs of the tablet. So far… SO good! Lovin’ the tablets.
November 13, 2013
We have been considering how to control what students are doing while working on a Samsung Tablet. I checked out Mobicip which can be downloaded from Google Play and it is good but it will cost you a nominal amount per student.
Here is an article that explains how to tweak the tablet so that your charges can only access what you want. This will even help the parent who hands his two year old an android device and watches in horror as the child hammers on random icons. Check out www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/how-to-make-android-child-friendly-1045708
November 6, 2013
Browsing the SMART Exchange, I found that there are many new widgets. Today, there are over sixty! In the SMART Exchange, search for the Notebook file “Widget Directions”, by kstraumann who has put together a Notebook file showing how ten of these widgets work. Many of these widgets require internet to work so you will need to have good access to wireless internet or connect via an Ethernet cable.
October 30, 2013
The school year got a little bit busy and hectic and wasn’t able to blog for two weeks. Sorry everyone! Learned so much the last few weeks and can’t wait to share them all with you.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. With Halloween being tomorrow, it only seemed fitting that my blog be about this holiday and fun activities that you can do for your students.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite sites for you to find and download or get ideas from for your Halloween activities.
1. Teachers Loves SMART Boards – This site has lots of ideas for games, puzzles and activities to use on the SMART Board – http://teacherslovesmartboards.com/2010/10/smartboard-halloween-resources.html/
2. Pinterest – I Love Pinterest. It’s such a great social tool and way to gather up all the information into one place – http://www.pinterest.com/paulajmiller/smartboard-activities/
3. SMART Exchange – Don’t forget that SMART has tons of already made up activities for you to choose from. Just searching for the keyword “Halloween” gave me almost 300 different activities to choose from. You can also edit these to your liking – http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?q=Halloween
October 9, 2013
I just spent the day with my four year old nephew. What a surprise to see a child interact with technology outside the classroom.
First he taught me to play Minecraft and showed me how to build a dwelling. It thrilled me that he was able to quickly figure out how to construct a rectangular house with windows and a door. There was a lot of problem solving and no one taught him how to do it. He is also pretty good at filming videos and then making them into a movie with music. He figured that out as well. Did I mention he is four? He isn’t exceptionally intelligent. There are a lot of children who regularly use the tools without frustration or much difficulty. It all leads me to believe that we don’t have to spend a lot of time teaching students how to use technology.
Here is an article that describes tablet uses that students will totally understand and love to use. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/reasons-to-use-tablets-in-the-21st-century-classroom
October 2, 2013
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Object Based Learning. Searching online, I found this great resource (http://historyexplorer.si.edu/PrimarySources.pdf) that explains what can be done in math, science, social studies, geography etc. to support object based learning. It also explains how to adapt it for different learning styles and intelligences and I liked the tips for reading documents, photographs, objects and oral histories.
If you are from a country other than United States, you should know that the links to documents are from the USA but you will still enjoy the whats, hows and whys that you read here.
September 25, 2013
I have been trying to think of educational things to make with the table tool. One thing I know that some students needed some practice with was finding locations on a grid. We can play submarine but I wanted to find something a Little different.
Finding an idea on the Scholastic website, it was adapted into Notebook and a random reward was included. Check out my Notebook file with the Grid Location game for students in grades 2, 3 and perhaps 4. Instructions are provided in the lesson notes on page one. (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 18, 2013
You have likely seen this little puzzle on Facebook. You are asked to count the number of squares. I have seen answers from 18 to 32. I think I know the answer, but I’m not sure!
I handed a copy out to pairs of students in the class and they used different colours to identify squares. After some time, they used the Samsung tablets to take pictures and send them to the SMART Board using Extreme Collaboration. We had a lot of fun finding squares that were missed and being surprised by squares few had found. It was GREAT problem solving. Score one for the new Samsung Tablets and Extreme Collaboration! I have provided a pdf of the template for this activity here.
September 11, 2013
What a blur! Isn’t getting back to school fun? I was searching around for ideas and found this page on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/knighlis/classroom-ideas-september
The noise meter from that page has been downloaded for my iPad and I think it will be fun to try it out with the students. I like kids to discuss and I think it will be neat to get them to self-regulate. I am also working on translating some of the paper ideas into SMART Notebook. Check out the page!