Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Educreations App in the Classroom

One iPad in a classroom can be a great addition to your teaching. I had the pleasure of observing Mrs. Reeves (5th grade) teach her math lesson today. The objective today was Exponential Notation.

Mrs. Reeves uses Educreations (FREE iPad app) as her whiteboard. Her Apple TV is hooked up to her projector and then her iPad connects wireless to her Apple TV. A great advantage to this over a SmartBoard is her mobility. She was able to walk around the room and be sure that students were on task and understanding the concept.

There were times when she handed the iPad over to the students to solve a problem.

The students were given a worksheet to practice their exponential notation. Mrs. Reeves took a picture of the worksheet with the iPad and then pulled it up through Educreations. She was able to sample problems with her students using the same worksheet! So cool!

She also used an app called List Selector which is also FREE. This app allows you to generate random groups or select an individual student to call upon.

Lots of great things can be done with one iPad and an Apple TV.

Let me know if you would like to try any of these!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Class DoJo - Classroom Management Application

“ClassDojo makes it easy to keep my students alert and on-task.”

Class DoJo - www.classdojo.com

This is a great tool to use in the classroom to help with management. This tool allows the students to see how they are doing with behaviors throughout the day. The best part of the tool is that it allows you to share the information with parents.

It is easy to set up a class and then track positive and negative points throughout the day. You can set up what you would like the positive and negative behaviors to be. Parents can go in at anytime of the day to see how their child is doing.

If you would like help setting this up for your classroom, please let me know!

Friday, September 13, 2013

QR Codes in the Classroom


Wednesday, September 11 was a special day in many classrooms across the nation. Mrs. Amber Evans made things extra special and engaging in her classroom. Mrs. Evans is a 7th grade Geography teacher at ELC.

She set up a little museum that the students where able to go through. Each station had a QR Code. Students used devices to scan the codes and get more information on the events of September 11, 2001. The students were able to watch videos, listen to radio broadcasts and look at websites to enhance their learning. She also set out books and had the Des Moines Register newspapers available to her students.

What was amazing to watch as these students went through the "museum", was the engagement of the students. 100%! They were engaged and questioning the events that took place. Mrs. Evans facilitated the classroom as the students were active in their learning. One student group read about some events on their device and then raised their hand asking questions to deeper their learning. So cool to see the kids become the owners of their learning.

Not only did was this lesson engaging but it also enhanced the students' learning. They were able to browse the museum and then reflect on their learning.

Are you interested in an activity like this? Let me know I would love to help you out.

Resources:
5 Reasons Why I Love to Use QR Codes..


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Welcome to my Blog!

Let me just start by saying, "I am so excited to be your technology integrationist here at ELC!" We are heading in the right direction at ELC and I am pumped to be a part of it.

I am here to help YOU as you prepare our students for their futures! Please do not be afraid to ask me for help.

Technology is changing so fast and it can be hard to keep up. But WE as educators need to be thinking of ways to integrate technology into our curriculum to not only engage our students but to enhance their learning!

This Iowa Future video highlights the drastic changes occurring in Iowa and our world, and shows that schools are struggling to keep up in today's dynamic new global environment. Check out Iowa Future for more information on their education change efforts.
Iowa, Did You Know?


How will you help prepare our students for their futures?
Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you and your classroom!