Monday, September 30, 2013
engrade.com (some of you use this, I'm curious)
Some of these I have already used while others have been updated or just beginning to understand their uses. Updates soon!
Maybe you would suggest something on the list in the comments section?
Friday, August 16, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Sometimes a simple e=mail will not do.
I came across a unique way to respond to anyone on the Internet. If you do not want to write a response to an email you can shoot a screen cast of your self. I am not lightning fast at typing. My students and own children would not even raise my pecking to even that level. That said, a screen-cast on Jing could explain many visual ideas that text simply might not cover. For example:
http://screencast.com/t/LaZ3VGPb This responds to a student who had a problem with finding information on my web site.
Link for Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html (it is not at Jing.com).
Jing is a free down load. So create a screencast by getting the document/visual you need to work with, then
A. With the cross lines show what you want to screencast.
B. On the menu on the bottom left, choose the video icon.
C. In 3 seconds you start speaking.
D. Stop recording.
E. Hit share
F. The video will come up for you to play, copy the link to you email.
Any image that can be pulled up on your computer can be transmitted to a student, parent, or administrator.
Again, if you have any questions, or need to correct anything I have done, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning
Click on the Above Link.
NEASC...School Excellence ...Rubrics....Student Centered Learning....21st Century Learning Expectations...SEED...PBIS...CAPT...so many acronyms...so much technology...so little time...
Every student has a smart phone which means they have a computer in their hand, we (teachers) need to figure out how to use it THE RIGHT WAY with your permission and with your classroom IT business rules....this will take us out of our comfort zone, but we need to figure this out. The above link should help somewhat....
To remain relevant and ahead of the power curve you have to jump into the "deep end of Education Information Technology pool". In order for our students to learn 21st Century Learning Expectations they will need to be able to use the ever evolving Educational Information Technologies (EdIT) that supports this. These students will need Teachers who know how and understand how to use many of these EdIT resources...that is why Peter started McMahon Tech blog to help get you started...
Come on in, the water is fine...Click on some posts and some links I dare you....
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Should I just redo my web site? Do I need to get the heck off of Sharepoint?
Do I keep a web site but use Edmodo to create communication teacher to student and student to student?
Do I use MyBigCampus.com to have students send me there homework? Use the blog feature on it to have an ongoing conversation to what is happening in class?
Do I want students to use presentation software like the new Prezi?
I can throw out quite a few more of these but you get the idea. When you start your classes next year the more seamless the better. If they are used to cloud softwares from the first day of class your "system" will be more readily accepted. You still have to be flexible but dropping a whole different way treating your curriculum on top of students in November might end up inefficient.
So take the time to find out what steps you want to take for next year and then find out what tools might make your life easier, creates better communication or just is more fun for the same objectives. Talk to people in the building about your decisions before you leave for the summer. Most web sites/tools I have used come with a varying learning curve. Most tools are easy but you still have to teach them. Understand how a student will use the tool. I personally set up a fake student account so I see what they see. It allows me to throw out presumptions I'm making.
Make the big desicions with help before June 24th and spend the summer working on the small details.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Now that is three web sites for one assignment. It sure didn't feel like my students would have all sorts of problems, but they did. Most problems were that the slide rocket presentation would not load or took waaaay too much time to load. One person could not get the Google page up and a few could not get into their Mybigcampus page.This was all in my first period. A number of students just wrote out the answers and turned that in.
What do I need to do to make this a better experience for the student? Myself? Let me see what third period does and up date this entry.
Update: My other classes did much better in accessing all the web sites. At the moment there does not seem any specific criteria or pattern as to why.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The teacher that is throwing resources on the net and writing about this is Dr. Helen Barrett
Here is her site. http://electronicportfolios.org/
Saturday, April 20, 2013
There has been some conversation about updating Bloom's Taxonomy. Here is an example from the Med Kharbach's blog Educational Technology and Mobile learning. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/a-new-poster-on-blooms-digital-taxonomy.html
In another entry Med lists digital tools that could be used in each of the layers. It is not comprehensive and has a few too many ipad tools but it is a start- http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/web-based-version-of-blooms-taxonomy-30.html
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I came across a a pinterest site that had a number of visual "Posters" that conveyed many different educational ideas and lists. Even a couple about managing time. Take a look. There a going to be some of the 20 to 30 of them that you will find interesting, . The shorter ones can be printed easily.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I came across another resource that contained some things even I had not seen. The pamphlet is called -Mind shift :Teachers’ Guide to Using Videos by Catlin Tucker. It is a 17 page pdf file with working links if you open it on your computer.
5 Awesome sites for instructional videos
Sites that curate educational videos
What makes a good video?
Flip your classroom: extend and engage!
Exercises for flipped classrooms
Create opportunities for publishing
Again, I would love to get any feed back about this resource.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library
Monday, March 4, 2013
Train the Leaders in digital literacy...Train the Mentors in digital literacy....Literacy has always been dependent upon the available technology (printing press all the way to iPads). Helping kids (and teachers) to "Geek Out". Developing teachers mentoring teachers, student's mentoring students, students & teachers mentoring each other in digital media...Take a look at what they are doing here (7 minutes) ...
Here is a Podcast (19 minutes) on Defining Digital Literacy and Libraries...
"Thinking Outside of the Box" and leveraging technology to develop 21st century learning expectations...all require new skills and competencies. Old Dogs & New Dogs, learning new tricks. How trainable are you?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Senator Brien McMahon is "channelling through me" as I type...." I am glad to see McMahon teachers finally starting to move into the 21st century by embracing Web 2.0 Educational IT....just as I was viewed as the Atomic Senator...so shall the faculty be know for their ability to leverage information technology to professionally develop themselves by learning to use it to improve student learning.....we owe it to the kids...."
We kicked off our first meeting in Peter Sommers' room (only challenge is no WiFi at that end of the building). In addition to Pete, attendees were Dan Wagenberg, Cathy Andronik, and Bob Killackey. A few other teachers (Dave Marchetti, Julia Stabach) were interested but there were schedule conflicts.
POST MEETING DISCUSSION: (Pete & Bob)
1. Need to develop or find curriculum on Digital Citizenry so we teach school community to responsibly use info technology including Social Media.
2. Imagine developing "quick curriculum" for each grade to complete over the summer including incoming freshmen focus on student Ed IT Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
- BMHS Ed IT 101 (Freshmen) [For example: Cyberbullying prevention, Search Techniques, etc.}
- BMHS Ed IT 201 (Sophomores)
- BMHS Ed IT 301 (Juniors)
- BMHS Ed IT 401 (Seniors)