It is always great to have resources and have the ability to recommend places where students can look for exciting learning opportunities! Here is a list of 60 Youtube Channels worth subscribing to!
One not on the list that I love is StoryCorps, here is the description of the video I have chosen to share: “On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.”
View story at Medium.com
What an opportunity this is for any science teacher! Here is a link (above) to a webpage that connects to several sites which will be live streaming the eclipse. It is a great way to start off an exciting school year. Also through watching a live stream you will not have to worry about solar eclipse glasses for students or weather interference. Lookout for the amazing event on August 21!
Videos relating to teaching by the Smithsonian.
If you are looking for motivation here it is!!!
I just created a new site dedicated to Units and Lesson Plans, currently my focus is on Homer’s Odyssey. Please check it out! I will be adding more to it soon here is the link:
Some 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: http://www.myhistro.com/story/the-french-revolution/30635/0/0/0/1#!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
For class I was required to create a digital story, this was no easy feat but I think that with access to the right tools and a designated topic you could easily have students in groups create digital stories. Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell a story. Digital stories can contain images, text, audio and even video.
Resource to guide and help with digital storytelling:
Resources I used in my video:
Noncopyrighted photos and videos from https://videos.pexels.com/ and https://www.pexels.com/
I created this video using Filmora: http://filmora.wondershare.com/
- What are the strengths?
- Do you think you would do these things? Why or why not?
- What are the weaknesses you would have to be careful to look out for?
- Where did you get this information?
- Anything else you’d like to say about the trend.
I recently have observed a class with an iPad program and even though I believe technology is good in the classroom I feel sometimes there is an over dependency that comes with it. I was in a second grade classroom and I watched the teacher have each student get on an iPad to learn division. Each student watched a video of a teacher teaching division and then they had to complete a worksheet that aligned with the video. I think it is great to use different mediums in the classroom to teach but it is all they focused on. The teacher did not spend a minute actually teaching division herself or reviewing it as a class. I personally have always struggled with math, and seeing most of the students not filling out their sheets and not focusing on the iPad video worried me. It’s important to understand the basics because that is the foundation that students will depend on throughout their life. Personally I would never use iPads in the classroom, computers and laptops I would use but I feel ipads would be unnecessary and more effort to keep up with. But there are advantages that come with using iPads in the classroom if that is right for you as a teacher.
These advantages are:
- Immediate feedback on class participation
- Simplification of collection and retention of materials
- Reading/Annotating paperless (Which can be debated many students need hands on material and prefer books with spines.)
- Shared access to files with students
- Free books available online
- Numerous resources
- WiFi issues
- Charging issues
- Need for a computer still
As I said before I would not use iPads in my classroom. I feel students are already very involved with technology and school should be a break from that and limit it. Taking English courses and planning to teach English I feel it is impossible for a student to truly annotate without a pen in their hand. It is mostly personal preference and my opinion that would keep me from having iPads in my classroom. Students can learn just as much and be as prepared without iPads.
I found my information from this link and I base my answers off my observations.
Here is the link: http://www.teachhub.com/advantagesdisadvantages-ipad-classroom