Week 9 – Classroom Technology

Learning Goals

Goal One: To find ways to integrate technology and facilitate participation of information sharing through the curriculum to improve student achievement.

Goal Two: Learn, use, and take advantage of instructional technologies as devices of teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Goal Three: To develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging and relevant learning environment as a way to better help each child learn at their own pace.

Goal Four: To learn to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and other professionals in order to share resources.

Resource Four: www.khanacademy.org

Reasons Behind My Resources

Khan academy is a free website that’s sole focus is providing world-class education for anyone anywhere. On this site, both students and teachers can make use of their library of content that includes challenges, assessments, and videos on certain subjects and grades. More importantly, teachers are able to watch and learn about what their students are doing on Khan Academy; we found that this ability was very rare amongst websites for students learning.

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The Helpfulness of the Above Resources

Khan Academy is a perfect resource to develop the goal of providing each student with a challenging, relevant, high level learning environment in a way that they can learn at their own pace. Through Kahn Academy, students can work at their own pace but teachers are also able to keep an eye on them by using it as a collaborative app between the teacher and student. Khan Academy is an instructional technology that can be added to one’s personal learning network to teach a variety of subjects.

-Hali

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Week 7 – Classroom Technology

Learning Goals

Goal One: To find ways to integrate technology and facilitate participation of information sharing through the curriculum to improve student achievement.

Goal Two: Learn, use, and take advantage of instructional technologies as devices of teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Goal Three: To develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging and relevant learning environment as a way to better help each child learn at their own pace.

Goal Four: To learn to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and other professionals in order to share resources.

Resource Three: www.pinterest.com/classroom-technology-blogs/

Reasons Behind My Resources

By searching Pinterest, a never-ending blog site, you can find thousands of apps ranging from teaching you how to develop a technology-based classroom to apps for connecting with parents to presentation technology tools for kids and teachers. By simply searching key words or specific titles, you will find yourself in a wonder of information that can answer any problem.

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The Helpfulness of the Above Resources

Pinterest is a great way for students, teachers, and parents to find resources on educational technology that is both free and user friendly that can assist in learning. Products range from educational apps, games, to learning how to read or how to manage a classroom. Through Pinterest, you can send both private messages and tag students/co-workers/parents to share links between one another. Pinterest can be used as a collaborative app between students and teachers, can assist in the development of lesson plans, and is a never-ending book of learning networks between teachers.

-Hali

week 5 – Classroom Technology

Learning Goals

Goal One: To find ways to integrate technology and facilitate participation of information sharing through the curriculum to improve student achievement.

Goal Two: Learn, use, and take advantage of instructional technologies as devices of teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Goal Three: To develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging and relevant learning environment as a way to better help each child learn at their own pace.

Goal Four: To learn to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and other professionals in order to share resources.

Resource Two: www.sharemylesson.com/teaching-resources/

Reasons Behind My Resources

ShareMyLessonPlan is a website set up for the sole purpose of allowing teacher from k-12 to share materials, including activities, worksheets, and lesson plans. This website gives teachers an opportunity to network and share not only resources but also idea, pros and cons, and advice. Most sites of this sort focus on a specific grade or subject whereas ShareMyLessonPlan focuses on all grades and subjects between K-12, with a total of 292,301 resources available to teachers.

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The Helpfulness of the Above Resources

Share my lesson plan is a great way for teachers to exchange information with one another and provides a great professional learning network. This resources provides full assignments, lesson plans, and quizzes that assist in the development of all four skills, in large part the skills of learning to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and to develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging environment.

-Hali

Week 3 – Classroom Technology

Learning Goals

Goal One: To find ways to integrate technology and facilitate participation of information sharing through the curriculum to improve student achievement.

Goal Two: Learn, use, and take advantage of instructional technologies as devices of teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Goal Three: To develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging and relevant learning environment as a way to better help each child learn at their own pace.

Goal Four: To learn to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and other professionals in order to share resources.

Resource One: www.facebook.com/technologyclassroom/

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Reasons Behind My Resources

The first resource, a social media site called “Technology in the Classroom,” provides teachers with the latest information on cool tools for the classroom, internet safety, and digital skills for teachers and kids. By using the resources supplied on a frequent basis, one can work towards all four goals listed above: provides links to the best collaboration apps and further ideas, makes suggestions and what to try when teaching certain subjects or theories such as critical thinking/problem solving, is a continuous source of new information and never-ending resources and interaction with other professionals using the same material, and can assist with finding apps that allow students of all capabilities and educational levels to learn and enjoy. Unlike other resources, this Facebook page provides useful resources towards all four goals.

The Helpfulness of the Above Resource

Through “Technology in the Classroom” on Facebook, a teacher is able to collect resources for lesson plans, technology-based activities/tests, and recent news. By doing so, this resource is helping complete the goals:

  • Of intergrating information sharing by reveiewing the resources on products such as google doc, twitter, etc
  • Learning to use and take advantage of technologies as devices of teaching by using the resources that they provide for apps for ipdas that focus on learning by grade or by subject.
  • The degree of varying apps, both games and strictly educational, allow for a wide range of intelligence to provide a challenging and high level learning environment for all students.
  • Through commenting and posting, Teachers are able to express their concerns, comments, or interests in order to get feedback from other teachers or professionals and share resources.

-Hali

Week 1 – Introductions

What is a Personal Learning Network? A PLN is an informal network of resources that teachers can draw from for the purposes of Professional Development. It allows teachers to engage in self-directed development, to learn about issues that are important to them and their classrooms. The resources for teachers are endless, especially with the sharing capacity of the internet. Teachers can draw from the following to expand their PLNs:

  • Social networking
  • Micro-blogging
  • Professional profiles
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Readers
  • Nings
  • Social bookmarking
  • Weebly
  • Lesson and lesson plan resources
  • Webinars
  • Online portfolios
  • Education sites and blogs

Through this blog, we the authors will share our resources with you in the hopes of expanding the network for new teachers. We encourage you to share your resources, comment and question, and become better teachers. This blog will focus on four general areas of education:

  • Instructional strategies and lesson design
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Enhancing student engagement
  • Classroom management

-Katrina, Kelly, Hali, Deidra