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I think our school is right on the edge of using many different sites and strategies with technology. We will be moving into a new building and be thrust into how to have students use this technology. I want to use extranormal (animation) with my intervention students. I need to look at google docs and voicethreads.
Great set of interactive resources. I played with Alginon's two step equation explorer and it was promising. I liked that you could hide all the different coefficients and constants to have students understand different relationships.
The best part of this rubric isn't Clarence's rubric (although I think it's a great start) but the other rubrics that are shared in the comments, especially Delores Gende's stuff "http://bit.ly/bRZw7V"
Prezi is a way cool (that's a high level technology term) presentation tool that I'm playing with. Here is an example that a student did for an honors physics class that I came across. I've bookmarked some other stuff this teacher has done, she is AMAZING! I haven't introduced Prezi yet because I don't think most teachers are ready for it, but I think this is a great example of rigor and cool.
The Great Books Foundation is focusing on the holocaust and the Diary of Anne Frank in this piece. I believe it is an excellent example of how to inorporate technology into instruction to enhance the conversation. Note that they are utilizing Voicethread as a tool for increasing conversation about the topic.
David writes a series of quick easy to read articles that offer nice suggestions and recommendations for use of different technologies and applications. One nice thing about this from my perspective is that the articles lead into one another as a teacher is ready to progress in use.
I love using digital images (or any images for that matter) to get students looking at content differently. This site takes a very simple concept (giving students a visual prompt and asking them to write) and provides great examples of pictures that people can use for this process. For me it is a natural next step to then have students creating pictures that represent a prompt or create pictures to use as prompts, and given the ease in which students can take and share images, it is simple to do in a classroom setting.
Some interesting activities to do with the Smart board in a mathematics classroom. I tried a couple of the activities and I did like that students were asked to estimate and predict. If teachers had clickers in their classrooms, this would be a great way of getting students to predict, record and then predict again and use the clickers for more than opening bell activities.
Great way to get students to write a dialogue. The nice thing about this tool is that students can listen and then make changes based on their reaction to their own language (at least I did when I made my little test video- no I'm not sharing it)
If you are interested in getting your students involved in math and data sharing, look no further.
Classes of all ages from all over the world are asked to join us in creating a data bank of just how far paper airplanes can fly. All classes will launch their own paper airplane and record the mean, median, and mode for their class. Comparisons can be made between schools, states, countries, and age groups!
I like the focus on instructional routines that promote problem solving/creative thinking as the focus not the technology. It's a belief that I continue to espouse, but as usual David says it more eloquently (and succinctly) than I do.