Archive for August, 2013

Student Web Enabled Devices in the Classroom

August 28, 2013

Now that our students are allowed to bring their personal web enabled devices into the classroom, education in my classroom has become more immediate and much more fun for the students.  We had to make up some rules about when, how and why to use these items and the kids had a lot of ideas for these that showed they had some good basic values.

Having read blogs from other teachers, I realized that these rules had to be established immediately and reviewed often.  We actually sent a letter home and so that they would take ownership of the process, I had the students primed for reading and explaining it to their parents/guardians.  Note that students who did not have a device on a particular day had access to one of eight other devices in the classroom.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Extreme Collaboration Part 3

August 21, 2013

Whoo hoo!  I found two friends to try out Extreme Collaboration with me.  One was on my Samsung tablet and one was on his Mac computer but any device that accesses the net will work.

Extreme CollaborationI had already started the activity and an ID had appeared in the add ons area.  My friends had to go to, put the ID in the session number  and add their names to connect with me.  You can see at the left that there are two students connected, that their text will appear in random positions and that one has sent text (contributions) which appears on a page in my open Notebook.  If I had the SMART Board attached, the text would be visible to everyone.

Now I have to find ways to use this as a learning activity in my classroom.  More to come but check out this video that describes the process for having students connect.  (Thanks to jpetersonlcisd)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Extreme Collaboration Part 2

August 14, 2013

If you read my last post, you know that I installed Extreme Collaboration. I am continuing my experimentation with it  and now I will describe the teacher’s role in the process.

Extreme CollaborationI used my Windows’ computer to start Notebook, clicked on the Add Ons tab where I could see the Extreme Collaboration icon (You can see it at the left.) I clicked on Start Tour to find out about the add on. (Note that it would not work for me in the Chrome browser.) After going on the tour, I clicked the Connect button where I saw an ID for the session.  I had the choice to make a login or not and by clicking on SESSION, I could require that users be anonymous or type in their names (That is what I chose.)  Clicking on Start, gave me the opportunity to set the position of the text on the SMART board as the students type it in.  I had a look at the extended settings but decided to leave them blank for my first experimentation.  I clicked Start Activity.

In the next post, I will describe what we did but in the meantime, check out YouTube for part two of three videos that describe the process I described here.   I made a tiny url so you could find the video about starting an activity.  (Thanks to jpetersonlcisd)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Extreme Collaboration Part 1

August 7, 2013

I heard about Extreme Collaboration, which is supposed to allow all my students to interact with me on the SMART Board so I had to check it out.  After logging into SMART Exchange, I did a search for extreme collaboration and found a Notebook file.  That didn’t make sense!  I was looking for a plug in.  However, on opening the file, I found that it contained the instructions for installation and use.  The Extreme Collaboration plugin was stored in the attachments.  I simply had to drag the file from there and onto the desktop where I could click on it to install.  It was much simpler than I thought.  Now I have to find a friend or two to try it out with me.  Watch for my next post where I will detail my progress with Extreme Collaboration.

By the way, if you go to YouTube, you will find a video that describes another way to download Extreme Collaboration and it also details activation.  I made a tiny url for this video.  (Thanks to jpetersonlcisd)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom