Archive for the ‘Pedagogy’ Category

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

Using Notebook Title Pages

May 23, 2012

I have been creating a lot of lessons lately and because my skills are improving, I want to share my work!  So that everyone knows what is intended in the lesson, I insert a title page from the gallery.  Search for ‘title page’ in the gallery and find them in the resulting folder called Notebook Files and Pages.  Some of them are linked files which means that you will add two or more pages to your file. Others are flash files that look like several pages but they are contained on one Notebook page.  Using these pages, I can  state my objectives for the lesson and also add teacher and lesson notes.  It is a great way for me to remember the next time I use the file, what I intended for the students to learn or review!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Collaboration on Several Levels

February 22, 2012

Collaboration is a wonderful thing and I always marvel at the quantity and quality of sharing present during my SMART integration workshops.   When one educator demonstrates how he or she is using features of SMART Notebook software to engage students, someone else chimes in with a strategy for extending the activity.

During a recent workshop, one participant showed how she was using the infinite cloner, shapes and grouping features of SMART Notebook software to help students develop their vocabulary.   All the letters of the alphabet were placed on a page as infinite clones, with the vowels and consonants in different colours.   One student chooses a word from a list; the other students drag the letters into a box on the screen to correctly spell that word.  The teacher has created a simple hands on activity where students were able to collaborate!

The attendees at the workshop spontaneously decided to extend this activity.  They added a Google link to the page so students could easily find the meaning(s) of the word, and collect one or more images to represent the word.

What started as a simple vocabulary activity quickly grew to encompass higher order thinking skills.  I can envision students trying to agree on the correct meaning and deciding which images best represent the word.

It took about 15 minutes of brainstorming and discussion to develop a SMART Board activity that is open ended, adaptable to any grade level, encourages collaboration, and has a kinesthetic component.   I always marvel at the willingness of teachers to share ideas and encourage and support each other for the benefit of students.

Happy Learning.

Mrs Blossom

Flash Warning

December 1, 2010

You know that an item is created with Flash when you open the Interactive and Multimedia folder in Notebook and see that the item is attached to a red circle containing a blue letter f.  The items in the Lesson Activity Toolkit are also flash items.  Your file will behave better if you do not put multiple flash items on one page.  Keep it simple!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Financial Tracking

November 22, 2010

The stock market is a unique place that can remain a mystery if not explained properly.  Why not have students pick out a portfolio and track the stock values in an Excel sheet?  Students can buy and trade stocks while trying to ‘earn’ the most money.  This is an exciting way to learn how to use Excel’s most basic spreadsheet functions as well as how to read stocks online.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Thinking Math

November 4, 2010

Some lessons can be quick and simple.  I like to put the multiple dice on the board and change it to show 4 cubes.  When a student rolls the dice, I ask the class to use brackets, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to come up with both the biggest and smallest total based on the numbers on the faces of the four dice.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Organize using the Attachments Tab

October 25, 2010

The Attachments tab (the icon on the side of Notebook Software that looks like a paperclip) is a great tool to keep all of our files in one place.   For example, if we are doing a unit on Measuring Angles we can put the presentation into Notebook and then use the attachment tab to keep our handouts, quizzes, videos, answer keys, assignments and any other files with it.  Now we only have to look for one file as the others will be attached!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Weather Calendar – How many sunny days this month?

October 7, 2010

In the primary grades, you might want to keep a weather calendar.  Use the calendar creator in the Gallery.  HINT:  Search for calendar and then look in the interactive and multimedia folder.  Now search for weather symbols.  Drag a picture of a sun, a cloud, rain etc. onto the Notebook page.  Move them into an area on the calendar that has no number.  Infinitely clone them so that you can have the students drag the symbol but it will leave a copy for another day.  At the end of the month, count the number of sunny, rainy, cloudy etc. days.  You could even graph them.  Over the school year, compare the months to see how weather changes.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Ideas for using the Letter Dice

October 6, 2010

In the Gallery you will find a ton of interactive dice (Search Dice, click on Interactive and Multimedia).  A great way to infuse a sense of fun into your language lessons is to put letter dice on the board and have students roll them!  When a letter comes up, have the students pick vocabulary words that start with that letter, or have them think of words on a specific topic that start with that letter.  Try putting multiple letter dice on the board, roll them all and then have the students create short sentences that have a word starting with each letter.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Back-to-School Online Safety

October 5, 2010

Here’s a great article for teachers and parents alike –“The Top Five Back-to-School Online Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-top-five-back-to-school-online-safety-questions-every-parent-should-ask-100429249.html

Enjoy!

Mrs. Blossom