Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Essentials for Today's Classroom

If I was placed in a new classroom today and I could only have three technology items; What would I use ?

Why use Youtube? Youtube is a great and easy way to enhance your teaching. It provides great extensions to your everyday lessons. It allows students at home to have another teacher when you are not around. This is especially helpful when teaching math and it is a skill that students can use in their daily life for just about anything. If you need to change a tire and don't know how just Youtube it.

I started using Google Drive after my teacher computer was stolen from my classroom. Years of lessons and supplemental materials were lost. Sadly, I was forced to change my practice. Google allows me to do endness things. I love sharing documents with my students and my peers and this is just the beginning. Make sure you look at the Google Drive Link to use google to it fullest. I can't say that I was happy my computer was stolen, but because of it I learned one of the best teaching tools of my life. 

Finally, there is Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows you to assign all kinds of assignments, which are multi-layer. It make life easier for grading student work . No more loading carts of paper back and forth from school to home. Just take your computer or ipad home and do it all from one device. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pecha Kuchra

20 Slides / 20 Seconds 
A Pecha Kuchra slide presentation is a slide presentation, which the presenter has 20 seconds on each slide. This presentation was created in Japan, so that presenters would get to the point and not add extra stuff. In order to be successful you need to practice your presentation and be prepared. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Understanding What a Phenomenon is Essential in Providing Transformational Teaching in the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Google's Definition:

a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.
"glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena"

Therefore, a phenomenon for teaching science is a question that is interesting enough to spark students into investigations. During students investigations students will observe, look for data and make inferences in order to test their hypothesis in reference to the phenomenon.