In navigating the many ways that technology can be powerful in the classroom, Shelly Fryerposes the question: "What do teachers need in an introductory technology workshop supporting A Plus Essentials?” Her post, Technology 101 Skills for Teachers, explores the many different ways that she uses technology in her own classroom in order to support creativity and learning. If you would like to read some of her ideas, as well as my review, please select the button below.
This week for my review, I took a look at the list of "50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter" from Matt Miller's blog, Ditch that textbook. I chose some based on their creativity, possible classroom application, and relevance to my content area. If you are interested in following some of these people and learning more about the hashtag that I chose, please keep reading.
This week's review took a look at a post by Heather Wolpert-Gawron, from her website TweenTeacher.com, that highlighted the importance of creating a classroom library. From brash bibliophile to the lunchtime lurker, she classifies students into catagories based on the the different ways they they can gain from a classroom library. If you'd like to learn more about the benefit that a classroom library can have for you and your students, please follow the link below.
My review this week focuses on Ken Wilson's Blog and specifically a posttitled 10 Ways to Motivate the Unmotivatedor as it later appears in the post "Ken's Ten Rules for Motivating the Boys on the Back Row." These are helpful tips for motivating students that he has compiled through working with teachers from all over the world. To read these motivation rules and my review of his blog, click below.
This week I reviewed Teacher Geek, written by teacher and e-learning coordinator, Rachel Jones. She says that being a teacher geek is "all about: making the most of the resources you have at your disposal, and shaking up your thinking about what will inspire, engage and motivate learners." If you'd like to read more about what it takes to become a teacher geek and read my review of her blog, please follow the link below.
Podcasts, Telestory, and Hakiu Deck, oh my! This week I reviewed the UNL Tech Edge podcast channel and tried out two apps that change the way students can create book reports. I think these apps could find their way into your classroom. If you would like to read the full version of these reviews, please follow the link below.
Graphic design is one of those skills that people either have or really wish that they had. The Canva App, claims to allow you to "easily edit photos and create beautiful designs and professional graphics." Want to see what I thought about it? Click below!
What makes something "social media" and how does the innovative way that teachers use technology impact students? This week's article Telling the Truth About Teens- Everything is Social Media by Carl Hooker walks through three challenges that Mr. Hooker used to help his students think more deeply about social media. He also challenges teachers and administration to open the dialogue about social media and it's growing impact on our lives. If you would like to read my review of this article, please click the button below.