I attended my first Edubloggers Con at ISTE11 today. One of my favorite moments was the smackdown. Teachers voluntarily chose to get up and share a tool in 3 minutes. If I hadn’t been such a chicken, I would have shared WatchKnow or GoAnimate4Schools , but, I wasn’t brave enough.:)
WEB 2.0 SmackDown @ Edubloggers Con ISTE11 - Jog the Web
Thanks to all the presenters that got up there and shared! I took all the sites they shared and put it in this Livebinder and as a Jog the Web format. Enjoy!
We just received new copiers. . Big ,big, heavy-duty copiers, meant to run off lots and lots of paper. I have come to the conclusion, that teachers,mind you this opinion is not based onany research, use more paper than any other profession. Between assessments, handouts, flyers, and the” 25 pages that were copied 2 sided/2 sided because someone forgot to clear the machine” or “the teacher who used it before you forgot to remove the pink paper,’ we waste a lot of paper!
That being said, I was so proud of myself when I created an environmentally friendly lesson. As a matter of fact, more and more of my lessons are “green.” I owe it all to my friend, technology. I was teaching the skill making inferences and it was almost completely green. First, my whole group lesson was obtained from SMART exchange and was shared on the SMARTboard. The students followed and interacted on the board, no paper. Next, they watched the video, “Miss Nelson is Back”, courtesy of Discovery Education’s United Streaming. After viewing the movie, they completed the “Organizing Inferences” sheet,that was posted on Edmodo, turned in on Edmodo, graded on Edmodo, AND their grade was viewed on Edmodo. And as an icing on the cake, “Mrs.Nelson is Back” was assessed using the quiz I obtained from United Streaming and typed onto Testmoz.com. The quiz was taken online, graded online,and the scores were given to the students instantly! I tell you, how much more “green” could I get?
More and more, because I have access to these tech tools, I have been moving away from the use of paper in my classroom ,and it’s a good thing. My students have begun suggesting lessons where I don’t require the use of paper. Our reading and math program have online assessments where the students’ grades can be accessed online. I have created an answer key for assessments though, it’s always good to have a hard copy and some parents do not have Internet access at home. Our state testing program is online as well. I’ve found that being “green” is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for my classroom as well!
I am so excited to be part of the DEN world! I placed an application last summer, but I let it expire.:( I decided to try again, my team cooperated with me, and they allowed me the opportunity to show them how to set up student user accounts. Once I showed them, they realized how simple it was. Really, that’s what a lot of teachers need. What a lot of teachers want. Someone to show them how to do begin, and then what can be done with it once they have it.
And that’s why I became a DEN STAR educator, because I want everyone to be as passionate and as excited as I am about using Discovery Education. I want to be one of the educators who show other educators how much more exciting teaching, and learning, can be! Thanks for allowing me the chance Discovery!