Archive for the ‘Technology Integration’ Category

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 www.add2nb.com, 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.  http://tinyurl.com/excollab3  (Thanks to jpetersonlcisd)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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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.   http://tinyurl.com/excollab2  (Thanks to jpetersonlcisd)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Samsung Adventure

July 31, 2013

It is the summer but I am not idle.  Next year we are starting a big adventure as my class will be piloting Samsung School.  The students will be getting tablets and I am just getting acquainted with mine.  So far, our trainers have explained how the students connect and how the teacher can interact with them.  We learned about the networking but I don’t really have to know much about that because the technicians do all the work behind the scenes.  As soon as I get the hang of it, I will post what I have learned and what’s in the works for the students.  It is so exciting!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Using Speech Recognition Software

January 30, 2013

My friend Jason, had a hand injury recently and he can no longer hold a pen.  The school is going out of its way to help him out because they recognize that he is a great teacher, a problem solver and a fighter (not how he hurt his hand by the way!)

When I taught special needs children, I learned Dragon Naturally Speaking so I offered to help him master it so that he could complete his report cards.  Pretty soon, he was saying “Wake up.  Start Microsoft  Office.”  Then he was dictating way faster than I could type.   Now that he can do that, we have to see if it will work with the online report.  Otherwise, some copy and paste will be in order.    I am sure his principal will find a solution for that!

Other good news is that the other day, I found that while Jason cannot hold a pen, he can hold a tennis ball.  A light went on for me as I realized that he could write on the SMART board and the best news of all?  He is going to get one installed in his room!  I will have more news about Jason soon.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Embedded sound

October 10, 2012

I am so excited about the sound that can be made within Notebook because I used to have to go to some lengths to create and embed sound.  The new sound function is initiated in the same way that we began adding sounds previously.  In this case, the students are going to record what they think this person would be saying.

Click on an object, tap the drop down menu and choose Sound.

Embedded Sound

Now click on the Start Recording button.  You have to start talking right away because you cannot edit out delays.  You have up to one minute to talk.  Press Stop Recording when you finish.  (Note:  You only see that button when you are recording.)  If you name your recording, you will know in the future, that a recording exists for the picture.

Embedded Sound

For how to play the sound, I like to choose Object, rather than Corner icon because it is easier to tap a picture than the little speaker button.  Click Attach sound and you are done.  When you tap your picture you will hear the sound you recorded.

I like to record instructions for my activities so that the students who struggle with reading can work independently on the SMART Board.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Question and Answer using the SMART Response system

July 18, 2012

I have a SMART Board in my classroom and I am also fortunate enough to also have the SMART Response system available to incorporate as well.  I love the Response system and the students love the clickers as well.  When the students come into the classroom in the morning, I have them log into a clicker and it remains active on their desks all day long.  At any point when I want to find out what they know, I ask an oral question and they can honestly enter their response into the clicker.  That data immediately appears on the SMART Board and it provides instant feedback for me and the students.  For me, I am able to ascertain whether they are understanding the concepts as they are presented and the students can also self evaluate to make sure they have the concepts as well as they think.  The Response system is not just something you bring out at the end of your unit, but it is something you use all day long for polling, brainstorming, discussion, and instant questions.  It has been an invaluable tool for me and my students.

 

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Document Cameras and SMART Boards – the perfect pair

April 18, 2012

I have really loved the integration of my document camera into our work on the SMART Board.  Essentially the document camera provides live feed onto my SMART Board and enables me to show a variety of different things on the Board.  I love using it to show student work.  Once the work is on the SMART Board, I am able to discuss corrections, a job well done, make any clarifications, or even allow my student to present their work to their class (giving us on the spot presentations).  Any hard copy resources can be incorporated easily, allowing me to reuse things I have created in the past or concrete texts like black line masters, novels, books, dictionaries, and thesauruses.  A great classroom tool!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

10 Ways to help fund your classroom

October 8, 2010

As teachers, we are often pumping so much of our own money into our classrooms and students but we don’t need to do it alone.  Here is a list of 10 ways to help get money for your classroom.  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/10-ways-to-get-free-money-classroom.html

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Funding for classroom projects

September 22, 2010

Do you have a need in your classroom but funding is not there? Take matters into your own hands and post a project on http://www.donorschoose.org/ where people can donate to your cause.  Maybe you need to raise money for your PD so you can better use your SMART board – why not reach out and ask for help? US public school front-line teachers only.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

JASON project

September 20, 2010

Need help to motivate students with science curriculum? Check out the Jason project (www.jason.org) run through National Geographic.  This interactive site allows students, teachers, administrators and parents to explore a wide variety of topics and engage in so many online activities.  Watch the JMC Tour video for more info.  The best part is that it is completely free!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom