Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
When I think about the Internet or technology in my classroom, I think about how it will be beneficial and meaningful to my student' learning. I ask myself two questions:
- Are the activities meaningful?
- Will their learning be enhanced or reinforced about a unit of study, concept or skill?
1. Go to abcmouse.com and click on the school/teachers section.
2. Select whether your a public, private, or headstart teacher. You will be prompted to create an account (it is 100% free if you provide a school email)
Because I love this website so much and use it!! I will also be giving away 3, 1 full year free paid subscription to 3 lucky kids!!
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
Education is always changing, just how we aren't driving the same car from 15 years ago, we can't be teaching how we even "taught" last year! One big movement in education right now is technology use in the classroom! Technology has always been used though;
I remember the first time we had a computer while in grade school. I was in 6th grade, One BIG TAN BOX with the screen, the size of today's cell phone. The only thing we played or knew how to use was a game we ALL wanted to play. It only called for the use of the arrow keys and one of the function keys to "shoot/hit" what looked like a bat! Let's not forget overhead projectors, listening centers, CD players, and well now iPads!
I think iPads are revolutionary and have the power to impact and enhance a child's education if used in meaningful, engaging ways. My own 3yr old has had an iPad and an iPhone at her fingertips........well, since birth! These are the children that are coming into our classrooms. They know and understand how to manipulate, open, close, find, and search for games, apps, movies, songs. The list goes on and on!
Because they can do that better than probably most of us, allow me to share some tips on "Guided Learning" for any apple device (iPads, iPods, iPhones.)
I've been using iPads in my classroom for two years now, I have a set of 6 and I use them daily as a "technology" center. The kids love them, they are engaged and they are learning. Although, I do admit that my first year using them was a little frustrating. Students would get out of their "learning activities" and find the "fun just play" apps or delete the apps. At the end the day I would have to reload or look for them............ugghhhhh that was one more thing I had to do! Until i discovered "GUIDED LEARNING" so here we go!