Blog post #14 (last one for this class) Smart Boards

I have no idea what just happened but my last two posts’ content didn’t post – grrr! I had said before, when I had also lost my post, that I would type them in word and copy/paste into the blog – did I? NO! I took the advice of a classmate and made certain I hit save draft – did it save my content? NO! It only saved the title, seriously I am so glad this is the last required post.

Smart boards are an awesome tool in the classroom. I will use the Smart board in Math, English, Geography, and Science. There are so many interactive websites and apps that can be used in the classroom. I will use the Smart board in conjunction with an Aggregator like Netvibes so I can have things like weather, sports, and other frequently used websites. Work sheets can be displayed on the Smart board and students can take turns filling in the answers. This can then be saved on my computer which will then post to our class blog for future reference or review by students. This really is an amazing tool.

Cheers!

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Blog post #12

This is really difficult to write after the fact. Since I have already completed these steps in for my final lesson plan and have already presented it, this is just a technically. However it is difficult to go back before the lesson plan. My main point is that I think technology has a place in the classroom. I just don’t want technology to take my place in the classroom.

The tech infused lesson plan I decide to use for my final project is on geometry. The students will go from basic learning of finding the area of shapes via pencil, paper, and their minds to having me teach virtually and utilizing apps, Smart board, computers; basically anything but a pencil and paper. Hopefully the mind will stay as part of the formula. I will teach third graders in a petcha kutcha style. This resource will be available on our school/classroom blog and will preface the lesson. The presentation can be found here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TOHir9yh3KvU2Gv8_4-pmVgXSRuE907qeDbB4pQwikg/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=15000.

The flipped classroom can be found here:

http://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/area-of-a-square-or-quadrilateral/21050781/?s=HBTyBL&ref=link

The iPad, computer, Smart board, as well as a projector will be the primary tools for students and this lesson.

 

Blog 10 – really! The last ten was supposed to be 11.

The tech infused lesson plan I decide to use for my final project is on geometry. The students will go from basic learning of finding the area of shapes via pencil, paper, and their minds to having me teach virtually and utilizing apps, Smart board, computers; basically anything but a pencil and paper. Hopefully the mind will stay as part of the formula. I will teach third graders in a petcha kutcha style. This resource will be available on our school/classroom blog and will preface the lesson. The presentation can be found here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TOHir9yh3KvU2Gv8_4-pmVgXSRuE907qeDbB4pQwikg/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=15000.

The flipped classroom can be found here:

http://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/area-of-a-square-or-quadrilateral/21050781/?s=HBTyBL&ref=link

The iPad, computer, Smart board, as well as a projector will be the primary tools for students and this lesson.

 

Blogpost # (something)

Indian Education for All; what is is and how can we use it?

I am a huge fan of the Indian Education for All Act. The culture of the Native (first) Americans is so rich and should be appreciated by all student, by all Americans. We are fortunate that there are so many people that are also passionate about this act which allows for a multitude of information at our fingertips. Living in Missoula, we have access to native tribes such as Salish, Kootenai, Blackfeet, and Crow. This access will allow for first hand knowledge introduced in our classrooms. We can do this through story-telling, jump dance demonstrations, field trips to pow-wows, and incorporating native games, such as stick games, into our classroom. The students will enjoy learning about the culture and have fun participating in the activities.

opi.mt.gov offers a multitude of resources for educators as well as students. It would be a good idea for us future educators to have a few websites that we know are good for students to find info from.

 

Blog post 10? I think that’s right :-)

Web 2.0 – what’s the big deal?

So I wrote this once and pressed publish and then left the page, went back, it didn’t publish, Word press doesn’t automatically save drafts – #@*%!!!!!

 I like this blog post on Pinterest.com http://digitaldivideandconquer.blogspot.com/2014/02/tried-it-tuesday-thinglink.html the author has a lesson on math; shapes and area but also incorporates technology into the lesson with pictures from their field trips as well as video clips from the Internet. This would keep the children engaged and could be used in conjunction with the SmartBoard.

 Another tool to use as a teacher is GeoGebra.org, we used this program in our Math 336 class and it really helped us to visualize the geometry we were working on.

 The first article from Spigot.org I found is called Engaging Youth; 7 epic ways. It sounded really intriguing and in fact, it is. A lot of the information is stuff we know, common sense sort of things, but they are always good reminders. Sangita Shresthova points out that you should be as personal as possible. The students will become more engaged and will open up to you as well. This adds a level of vulnerability to your classroom and in turn, it may add a better dynamic. She based her tips on information gained from a webinar and her seven tips are these: 1. Learn to listen, really listen, 2. Create a safe space, 3. Meet youth “where they are at”, 4. Allow civics and politics to surface in unexpected spaces, 5. Commit to diversity and include a broad range of issues, 6. Recognize that resources matter but are not the only support people need as they develop their civic identity, and 7. Make participation less daunting.

 The next article is from vox.com stating how The common core makes simple math more complicated. Here’s why. I chose this because my focus as a teacher will be in math. This article talks about how it is easier to teach a student the formula and who cares if they understand what it is they are doing – that’s how many of us were taught. Thing are changing and it is no longer good enough to be able to do the problem, the student needs to understand the problem. I disagree with the article, although the common core standards may seem a little more complex, don’t we want our kids to understand why they need to do the math?

References:

Sangita Shresthova, http://dmlcentral.net/blog/sangita-shresthova/engaging-youth-7-epic-tips

Libby Nelson, http://www.vox.com/2014/4/20/5625086/the-common-core-makes-simple-math-more-complicated-heres-why

http://digitaldivideandconquer.blogspot.com/2014/02/tried-it-tuesday-thinglink.html

 www.geogebra.org

 

Examples of bad power point presentations from slide share

The assignment is to embed three examples of bad power point presentations. This first example has too much information on some of the slides as well as really bad color combinations.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”https://www.slideshare.net/JonidaT/bad-seasons-7671000&#8243; title=”Bad seasons” target=”_blank”>Bad seasons</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/JonidaT&#8221; target=”_blank”>JonidaT</a></strong> </div>

 

This next power point is sort of a farce on a bad power points, they call it ‘PowerPointlessness’. They are getting their point across by intentionally creating a bad power point presentation. I chose this one because I think it is important to show why something isn’t working rather than just say it. It is clear after watching this power point what people mean by a bad presentation.

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Lastly, this is not a bad power point unless the creator is also presenting it. There is so much information on the slides. Upon presentation, he will lose the audience as they read the slides rather than listen to what he has to say as a speaker. The color scheme is good and the photos are relevant to the topic, its just a matter of too much on a slide.