At the Boston iPad Summit, one of the apps that I kept hearing about was Socrative, a student response system. While I (now) am subscribing to the philosophy of investing in a few great, universal apps that will go the distance for any subject and purpose, Socrative is a unique, specialized student app (used in [...]
A quick post – as I know with report cards and conferences, people are overwhelmed and looking forward to a much needed break… I just had to share a third grade class’ use of Funny Movie Maker (previous post) to showcase their opinion/persuasive writing. Please take a minute to see if the turkeys will convince [...]
Recently, I attended an excellent MassCUE workshop presented by Timothy Harkins that focused on integrating iPads into elementary science. This session reinforced the idea that it’s best to choose a few apps and use them for many purposes. From this session, one easy to use app that I added to my must try list was [...]
Being an elementary educator, I know that it’s those little things that can make our days… especially when those little things help us manage and engage a classroom of students! At MassCUE in Suzy Brooks‘ presentation, “Technically Invisible,” I came across such a tool that I think teachers with mounted projectors will love to try [...]
These are the 3 apps on our iPad Minis that I wanted to highlight at the 10/8/13 faculty meeting: Pic Collage – Biography Example Pic Play Post – Simple Machine Example ScreenChomp – Math – Estimation Example Each of these apps lets students quickly demonstrate understanding as well as gives students an opportunity to construct [...]
Are you using technology or integrating technology? There is a difference. The SAMR Model is a good way to think about the answer to this question. I don’t want to pass judgement on practices as each level in the model (like Bloom’s Taxonomy) has its place in instruction and learning. I think enhancement experiences are [...]
Hi, my name is Lisa, and I’m an app hoarder. Everyday, I watch my PLN Twitter stream and subscribe to app review blogs all in hopes of snagging a FREE app. I download, download, download. All with good intentions, of course. That app may be good for grade 3. That app may be good for [...]
Over the weekend, I drove by a business sign that proclaimed: Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. Wow. That sums up the beginning of my school year with 50+ new machines and just about everyone upgraded to the latest operating system. I fully admit that it has not been a smooth transition. The new iMacs [...]
As the school year is drawing to a close, lots of student projects are still streaming in. I’ve noticed that many of these projects really have no technology involvement. And that’s OK. Technology should not be used for technology’s sake. If a student built diorama or growing a live plant gets the job done for [...]
As someone who leads professional development workshops and classes, I know first hand how hard it is to coordinate a place and a time that meets everyone’s schedules. I don’t usually like to admit defeat, but it seems to be IMPOSSIBLE these days. Therefore, I am extremely grateful that more and more people are archiving [...]
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Jan. 2010 – June 2010 This blog served as a technology professional development portal. It was a chance for us to explore what was (and still is) out there. As we know, a lot of the latest tools and resources only take a few minutes to preview and learn. Making the time is often the trickiest feat. Therefore, I proposed Tech Tuesday. Every Tuesday something new was waiting for you to check out on this blog. On select Tuesdays, there even were face-to-face session in the Abbot lab @ 7:45 A.M. In under 30 minutes, I demonstrated the new tool, and participants got some time to play. It was requested that participants gave the tool a little more thought or another “go”, and then follow-up with a comment on this blog, reviewing the tool for a grade level or subject. The ultimate goal or end product was that one tool or resource would be implemented fully into teaching practices to benefit student learning. We also had a great resource blog for people to consult in the end!
October 2010 – ?: I am going to continue to update the Tech Tuesday blog on at least a monthly basis. There’s still so much to learn and share. So always check in on Tuesdays to see what’s going on, or better yet, subscribe!