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Videos relating to teaching by the Smithsonian.


Notes on today’s presentations 11/22/2016

shutterstock111960224Some useful resources and tips from class…

Some of the tech I encourage you to research include: Booktrack, Trello, MyHistro, Web Whiteboard, Big Blue Button, Google Classroom, and Fotor.

Booktrack- brings the books to life, it adjusts to students reading level, great for audio learners. The site is mostly used for audiobooks which you purchase but you can also create audio for books. This is great to use with students in an English course, I can see myself using this when tackling classical literature. For example I would use an audiobook and play excerpts of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. With old English it may be difficult for students to interpret/understand well but this technology could help. The only issue with it is the compatibility of the site to Google Chrome/Internet Explorer. You would definitely need a plan B for your lesson if their is difficulty. The site also gives you the ability to create classes for the books and to track your readers.

Google Classroom- Gives you the ability to create classes. Is an educational facebook/twitter. You have your profile and students can comment and contribute online. A useful part of this is that you can poll your students, for example over Thanksgiving Break you could post a poll on Sunday asking if they have reviewed for Monday class. Also it is useful as a reminder app without polling the students, you as a teacher can post “statuses” such as “Bible Club let’s meet in room 307 today instead of in room 212 after lunch.” Google Classroom also let’s you have access to each students email to contact them, and the ability to upload assignments. An example of using this is if a student is absent or you weren’t able to hand out the day’s homework, you could post a pdf of the assignment and the students could access it. Google Classroom is very popular with secondary teachers because it is like Canvas, but simplified. The plus to Google Classroom is that it is FREE!

MyHistro-  Is a timeline creating website which is free. As a teacher you can create a timeline, especially useful in history classes but I could see it being used in English classes. The site allows you to make quizzes for students… It is much like a ThingLink but allows you to use an accurate map. Here is a link of a timeline of the French Revolution:!oath-of-the-tennis-court-59389

Big Blue Button-  Is a site where you can hold confrences and meetings this would be useful for tutoring purposes or virtual school.

Fotor- A photo editing site. It allows you to create posters, photos and other media. It is free and compatible with all technology such as Mac and Windows. For example if you were teaching preschool and wanted to create a collage of things that are the color red you could do it on Fotor. This is great to recommend to students to use also. It is basic editing but the closest thing to Photoshop which is free. I would use this in my high school English classes when having my students write personal narratives the first two weeks of school. I would have them write about themselves or their summer vacation and create a collage of photos relating to their essay.

Also I have a blog post for reference to several other resources List of 35 Technology Resources





List of 35 Technology Resources

  1. Plickers 
  2. Storify 
  3. Prezi 
  4. Storybird 
  5. Flipsnack 
  6. FlipQuiz 
  7. SoundTrap 
  8. Trello 
  9. Slack 
  10. Pixlr
  11. Fotor 
  12. Animoto 
  13. Easelly 
  14. Class Dojo 
  15. MyHistro
  16. TED ed
  17. Word Cloud Generator
  18. Artsonia
  19. Inanimate Alice 
  20. Nearpod 
  21. Pear Deck 
  22. A Web Whiteboard 
  23. NASA’s Eyes 
  24. Desmos
  25. IM Creator
  26. Big Blue Button
  27. GIMP 
  28. Go Noodle 
  29. Google Classroom 
  30. TypeForm
  31. Socrative
  32. Booktrack Classroom
  33. Zaption 
  34. Piktochart
  35. Quizlet

Technology Integration Matrix

Goal Directed Learning | Adaptation Level | Language Arts

Please watch! Video of Technology Integration

Planning with inspiration…

The subject I selected is English from the Technology Integration Matrix website. The lesson I chose includes a video which shows fourth graders. I believe the lesson though would be great for any grade level. This lesson and the technology involved could help students learning a second language such as Spanish or students who are secondary English learners.It would be useful in drama classes or speech, and could be implemented into adult literacy programs. In the video a teacher uses a program called Audacity. This program records fluency and allows those recorded to look at the sound waves and see their voice inflection. The fourth grade class using the technology are reading a script and partaking as a group in a reader’s theater worksheet. An example of a reader’s theater style worksheet is Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night, a short story about a boy and his dog going on a family camping trip. A script of any sort could be used with the program Audacity, for higher level classes I’d recommend excerpts of classical literature or poetry.

The advantage of this technology is the ability it gives students to self evaluate themselves and their group partners. Also it can build their confidence in presenting and teach them to speak up and practice their pronunciation. As a teacher I would use this because I believe outside of giving them practice with reading I can let them hear the difference between their first attempt and the last and make them focus on their inner self and outside practice at home to reach goals. The technology would give me the ability to teach them to think intrinsically and self motivate themselves with literacy goals in mind. That way on future projects or future events in their lives they can hopefully look inside themselves and what they have done and can do to succeed and accomplish goals.

The lesson from the Technology Integration Matrix  was showing how to use technology in a goal directed, adaptive way. These two characteristics are very important to learning and the video shows how beneficial the program Audacity can be. The video provides evidence of just how important technology can be as a whole and the aid it gives to students. To fit the term goal directed, in the lesson you can see the obvious task the group of fourth graders are trying to accomplish, which is reading their script. Each group member has several goals: read their part, keep track of their part, pay attention to other group members parts, project their voice, and focus on any vocabulary or new words. After each recording they can check themselves and then eventually have a final version with them doing the best they can. To fit the term of adaptation, in the lesson you can see how the technology aids students and gives them the ability to modify their actions and goals based on their progress and hearing themselves. This technology also adapts and works with students according to the different multiple intelligence’s. Specifically, visual, intrapersonal, interpersonal, linguistic, and musical. Hitting these multiple intelligences is true evidence of a lesson being adaptive. Making something that adapts to every student is never an easy feat yet this fourth grade level lesson and the technology integrated in it prove that it can be done.

Questions about being a teacher…

After reading: Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills (Taylor & Fratto) Chapter 1

1. Why did I choose teaching as a career?

I want to be a teacher because I’ve been a student. The world needs teachers; students need GOOD teachers. Teachers don’t only provide the education we need to succeed but they also build our self-confidence and give us the outside support and realism we have to have to make our own decisions in the future. School gives students a community which they need at their different age levels and the teachers within the schools give each individual student all the things they need from history, science, math, and English to things students didn’t know they needed. For example I had a teacher who went outside the curriculum and taught the class tolerance, she took the time to address the class and our feelings about current concepts in the world. She showed us that we could disagree with something but still be tolerant and kind, she gave us an important life lesson that day. It was information I never thought of or thought I needed. Teachers build our fundamentals and go beyond that by letting us know that through education anything is possible. They teach hope. I want to be a teacher because I know how much they do, I have had several teachers in my lifetime that have influenced my life and made me who I am today. Without my teachers I would not be on the same path I am today. I want to give back, I want to do what my teachers did for me which was letting me grow and learn not only inside the curriculum but also outside as the creative and happy person I could be and am today. I would like to build students with fundamentals they need not only in school but life. I want to make the world a better place by giving students the same opportunity to learn a love of education as I have had.

4. What passion, expertise, and skills do I have that will create change in my classroom and in my school?

There are many things that make up a good teacher and I hope to learn them as I go through school. Some of the things I which make me feel that I could be an extraordinary teacher is that I am humorous, generous, hard-working, ethical, artistic, adaptable, optimistic, and conscientious. Also I always try to help others and be a reliable person. Once in a classroom these parts of my personality will hopefully make students and coworkers feel like they can count on me to do the best. I am passionate about all things I do and with luck I know I can influence students to give their 100% in everything they do and be proud of their achievements in learning.