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!!!
“Public education is a foundation of democracy so an attack on education is an attack on democracy.”
Link to video: http://billmoyers.com/episode/public-schools-for-sale/
- There are more than 6,000 charter schools
- Publicly funded, privately run
- K-12 pulls in more than 5 billion dollars in taxes a year
- Private buying in public education made many change their minds about charter schools
- Minimum 500 billion a year in the market when it comes to education many see education as an industry (textbook publishers…)
- For profit charter schools exist
- Race to the Top made states have to open up to charter schools
- Charter funds are mostly politically motivated
- Public sector pensions are important
- Attempts to make charter districts with zero public schools: making public schools dumping grounds
- Parents feel public schools have disappointed yet contrary to myth public schools are not failing it is poverty which plagues public schools
- Community makes the public school
- We should not send children into the hands of entrepreneurs
- Charter schools were meant to collaborate and help dropouts but instead they are competitors
- Charter schools don’t take disability, English language learners, or behavioral problem children, they have ways to weed them out
- Virtual charters exist, lack a physical school: K12 online
- K12 is listed on New York Stock Exchange
- Charter schools are private corporations not public schools
- In many states charter schools do not hire certified teachers
- Charter schools should seek out low level students not high level as their intended purpose
- Entrepreneurs know nothing about education, the highest performing nations do not have charter schools
- Aim for equity and you will get excellence
- ALEC is interested in eliminating public education, due process for teachers, teachers to be judged by test scores….
- ALEC wants free flowing money in the economy even avoiding auditing of charter schools
- Democratic party lacks the ability to say no to charter school influence/pressure
- Billionaires pick on teachers having never been to public school and having never sent their own children to public school
- Parent groups are attempting to fight charter schools, they are not willing to sell their children to corporations
- Charter and voucher schools do not out perform public schools
- Has caused man teachers to leave the profession because evaluation based on testing: specifically disabled kids and gifted because improvements are not enough
- Hopefully democracy will win out over big money
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
This is a powerful video that puts schools on trial. Please watch!!
Meme- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
You can actually use memes in the classroom as explained in the web link below:
Recently I was required to create several memes referencing cyber security for my technology class. I am planning on teaching secondary education so I thought these would be funny.
This one is about the scam/question circulating around on social media about “how much money would you have if it was your social security number?” The people who answer it are putting themselves in a bad situation with the possibility of getting their information/identity stolen.This one is about having a good password on your accounts.This one is about your account settings, like turning off location on your posts/ having good privacy settings to avoid stalkers and other problems.
This one just addresses scams again and people out to get your personal information. For example anything that is “click bait” might not be safe to go to, could result in a virus.
Follow these links and create your own!
http://memegenerator.net/ (Links to an external site.)
https://imgflip.com/memegenerator (Links to an external site.)
http://imgur.com/memegen (Links to an external site.)
Here are two interesting videos pertaining to the DIGITAL DIVIDE
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/# this is a great site to make comics, I focused on the ARCS Model. https://www.learning-theories.com/kellers-arcs-model-of-motivational-design.html And here is kahoot, https://getkahoot.com/?utm_name=controller_app&utm_source=web_app&utm_medium=link
Some think technology isn’t useful but it’s a great aid in education!