The SmartBoards are here! The SmartBoards are here!

The school building in which I work has been extensively remodeled and updated during the past year.  In my current room, the projector is suspended from the ceiling and is always available, either to project what appears on the teacher computer, or to display output from the DVD/VCR player, directly on the white board in the front of the room.  I love that convenience.

And now the SmartBoard has also been installed and connected in that classroom!  Hoorah!  I have just begun to play with it.    We are starting with something small; I’m just inviting students to fill in the blanks for vocabulary words.  They can choose the pen color and width.  It’s fun to see   students excited about something so uncomplicated to do.

I know that there are apps available, as well as graphics for specific Science topics.  I am excited about the possibilities!

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Leaping Forward …

Glimpse of the Future ..

Originally I planned to use this blog posting to mention things  that I’ve been able to use with my students over the past several weeks, after creating them as EDCI 505 OL3 assignments.  And I do still mention them below.

Then, while checking out education technology links in Twitter posts I read, I watched this video: http://edupln.ning.com/video/why-mobile-learning

Watch it yourself for 6:13 well-spent!   It reminded me that we need to continue to think ahead.  The applications that we learn to use for classes are fine.  They help elevate interest, they bring examples of distant events   into our classrooms, and they help us present content in engaging ways.   When students collaborate and use the tools, it is exciting to see what they can produce.

When we leap forward so that the technology is integral, consider what we could create!

From Educational Technology Class to Science Class!

One of my favorite aspects of “Educational Technology” class is the opportunity (a.k.a. assignment) to create tools and applications that I can use in class.  If someone asks me “When will you ever use this stuff?”  my answer is usually “In about two weeks.”

The application Collaborize Classroom was the subject of my wiki page.  Here’s the link to my page on Collaborize Classroomhttp://sciencewithmrstrach.collaborizeclassroom.com

In Glogster, check out the Biomes assignment, which is designed for 7th-graders.  http://aktrachsel.edu.glogster.com/aktrachsel505/

For Module 6, I used Inspiration to create a concept map on the topic of “Factors in Genetic Changes of Populations over Time”   Here is the picture of that map:

  • Picture of the Inspiration Concept Map for "Factors in Genetic Changes of Populations over Time"

Unfortunately, my free trial subscription to Inspiration has expired, so I can’t give you a live link to the map (and its videos)  at the moment.

That’s all for now.  Talk to you later!