Archive for November, 2013

OH Flip!

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!

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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On Guard with Wrist Guard

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.

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Calling all Parents (and Teachers)

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

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

What Widgets?

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.

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom