Post 4: 21st Century

I am going to provide different cites that teachers can use to help them. These will be helpful to contact students and remind students about assignments that are due.

Communication

  • Google Classroom: This is a cite where teachers are able to have an online classroom. You can post PowerPoints, post notes, have assignments due, and students can post questions as well. This will be helpful for make-up work, and for making notes paper free if possible.
  • Edmodo: This is like an online Facebook page for students. It is like google classroom to an extent. With this, the students can get the app on their phone just like Facebook, and it will provide notifications when a teacher posts anything. This will also provide reminders to students when it is needed.

  • Remind 101: This is a text message service for teachers that allows teachers to send out reminders. By using this the cite uses a number that students can’t respond to. This allows for the teacher to send out reminders to students without the worry of students having their number. You can also schedule reminders to automatically send out to students.
  • Edublogs: With this teachers can create a blog page for students so that they may communicate back and forth with each other, but they may also communicate with you, the teacher. Teachers can even set up a blog like this for the parents in the class if the parents were so inclined to stay in contact in some other way besides email.

Interactive PowerPoints

  • Nearpod: This website allows you to embed quizzes into the PowerPoint so that you may check the comprehension level of students as you move along. This also allows for students to engage in the PowerPoint, and not just zone out because you can make it so that students must interact before moving to the next slide.

  • Prezi: This is a website that allows you to create a presentation, but like PowerPoint it has transitions. The transitions allow you to hop all over the board to provide notes.
  • Powtoon: This is an interactive presentation site that is free! This allows you to put PowerPoint presentations into a comic presentation. Characters on the screen have a dialogue with one another in order to provide students the information that a normal PowerPoint would have.

  • Sway: This is another form of PowerPoint, but this is online. This is available for sharing and is also helpful for quick designing tools. Teachers can use this for quick design making for PowerPoints.

Group Work Help

  • Peer Grade: This site is awesome! It allows students to grade and evaluate each other anonymously. Plus, this site allows live assessing, so the teacher is able to show students what they mean. This tool would be helpful for students to use who are questionable about peer editing.

 

  • Sketch board: This is an online version that students can use to plan out projects. It is like an online digital planning web, but students are able to work together on it, and it connects to google drive.

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Blog 3: Moving, Moving, and yet More Moving!

This topic hits home for me personally. Now luckily I was very fortunate that in my schooling career I only had to move a total of three times. I am a Navy Brat, but no not a stuck up brat. This is how military kids refer to themselves. You have all different branches, and each branch of the military moves their men and women around. Kids are affected a lot when it comes to this because not all school systems are learning the same information, nor do all the school systems have the same tests. However, in Virginia thankfully the school systems are trying to make life easier for these military students. I am going to list a few things that will help military students, and then list resources that help the teacher as well.

Student information:

This site if a free tutoring site for military dependents for grades K-12. This is online, and helps with all the core classes. This is an excellent tool to provide military kids who struggle with school. It is a 24/7 tutor site.

Picture of the tutor site in action.

This site is a discussion board for military children to use, and they are able to see that they are not alone. This allows for kids to contact others, and understand that they are not the only one’s who are dealing with these issues. This will help students contact each other, and the site is very welcoming as well.

What the site looks like when you first get there.

This is a site that would help students and families research and find others around them. These YMCA’s are designated specifically for military families, and are not open to just anyone. Their sole focus is to support the families, and to provide a place to bring families together.

Teacher sources:

This site provides teachers information with what the school system offers, and what the regulations are with military children.

  • This video comes off the doe site, but this is a good example of what the Virginia school system offers, and where the school system stands with military children.

This site provides information for teachers that deal with what the superintendent has to say about military children, what to do, and how they should react and treat military students.

Added Information about Military Kids

  • Often we get more stressed out, or have more break downs in class because a deployment can last at least 6 months.
  • To help reduce stress teachers can:

Use yoga in the classroom: This will allow breathing techniques to be used and help students get energy out. This video specifically uses just a chair, which is perfect for the classroom.

All of these ideas will be perfect for teachers who have to deal with military kids because there are resources that can be used, but there are also resources for the teachers too. The schools support this idea of military kids because it is so tough having to move around. You hear more about this in the video from the doe website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog 2: Millennials and Their Technology

Worksheets, worksheets, and more worksheets. They fill a teachers desk, but why when this is the 21st century. At the end of our finger tips holds a world of information, but unfortunately unless it’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or some other social media app our students don’t know how to use their phones. Schools allow B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) now, but so few teachers take advantage of it. Our students will need to know how to operate their phones in the real world, so why not teach them how to properly use them.

In the BYOD K-12 Blueprint there are only 37% of teachers that will transition from textbooks to technology. There are so many different forms of technology teachers can use such as:

  • Nearpod: A website that allows teachers to make interactive PowerPoints for the students to review. Students can fill in the blanks, answer questions, and this allows for the teacher to gain assessment while the students go through the PowerPoint.

    Nearpod slide show example.

  • Kahoot: Interactive game that teachers can use to provide a preassessment, or a review game. Allows kids to use their phones, and provides friendly competition. This is also free.

    Can be done on a computer, phone or tablet. It is user friendly.

  • Google Classroom: It is free for everyone. Students just need a gmail to join. Teachers can post PowerPoints, notes, and have students write posts. Students can also turn in assignments on the board.

    Google Classroom is easily adaptable from computer, to phone, to tablet.

    These are just a few examples of innovative ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, and this will allow students to learn on their level. However, other ways to get students to learn about what they have at their finger tips include:

  • Have students do research on their phones.
  • Have them do a scavenger hunt on their phones where they have to google answers to random questions, and write where they got the answers from.

    Article 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class brings about many different ideas on how to teach students to use their cell phones in class for good reasons. Some examples and apps include:

  • Twitter Classroom: To remind students about assignments teachers can create a twitter class page, and students can communicate with each other this way about assignments too.
  • Twitter Parodies: This allows students to create twitter accounts for characters that they have read about, and allows for students to get creative. This is also a website that students would use normally, so now they get to use it for school.

    This is an example of Shakespeare’s twitter parody account.

  • Dragon Dictation: This allows students to speak to their phone, and see the spellings. This would be great for English Language Learners because this will provide a visual aid.

    This is an example of what Dragon Dictation will look like. For iPhone use only.

    There is such a large world out there, and there is so much technology. We as teachers need to begin using the technology to teach our kids, and to reach out to them. By teaching our students that their phones are worth more than just social media apps we make learning interesting, but most of all we connect with our students on another level of learning by applying their knowledge to use in the future.

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Welcome to the 8th Grade Class!

Through this process of writing the email home, and doing my classroom rules I struggled to make the length appropriate. With the email home I struggles most with including too much information, and I struggled with my grammar. However, even though I struggled I overcame the obstacles. This is the top priority I want to show to my students as well, that they are able to conquer whatever they want if they put their minds to it.

Email home:

Class rules:

This poster describes perfectly of how I would view diversity. It is so important to have diversity in the classroom with your students, but it is also important to teach students about diversity. How to handle diversity? How does society handle diversity? How have you seen diversity? What does diversity look like outside of school? These are some essential questions I would have for my students to just ponder, and think about in the process of teaching diversity.

I would teach diversity to my students by pulling in social justice issues that are going on around them. By pulling in newspaper articles and videos. Then as a class discuss what the social injustice was, and whether it was truly a social injustice. This will allow my students to understand what they believe in, and what they are willing to stand up for. With that being said, I would lead by example by treating all of my students with respect. My students will discuss the concept of social injustice, and what it means to them. Then, my students will write about a social injustice that they want to take a stand for.

My rules are a prime example for my classroom, and is exactly how I expect myself and my students to act. Treat each other with respect. With respect in the classroom, and respecting one another my students will be able to hold debates and conversations on different topics.

Over all, my students will learn what diversity means to them, and they will have the diversity poster hanging in the classroom to remind them what diversity in the class looks like. They will learn to take the concept of diversity outside of the classroom, and apply it to every day life. By doing this my students will learn how to be individuals, and begin learning where their beliefs and morals stand.

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