Thursday, May 31, 2007
I sped home today and loaded the entire third season of The Office onto my new video iPod. Maybe, this is not exactly educational, but the goal is to get me to understand, troubleshoot, and over-all manage using this iPod as an educational tool. What better way to get started than to watching Michael's debacles?
After loading the iPod to the iTunes on my home computer, I began to wonder about sharing the iPod as a team and with our students. I currently have a shuffle and an iPod mini, all of which no longer work for me because I don't have the same computer (or I've encountered the famous Apple battery issue)
Luckily, my best friend married a network security guy who works for an internet company! After talking with him it seems like we need to make some management decisions about how we use the iPods. This iPod will now only work with the iTunes on my home computer. I can't get audio or visual files using this iPod on my new laptop. Which means, if we wanted to store content on the iPods as we shared them, we couldn't. It will only read one iTunes. However, my friend told me that if we reset the iPod each time we switch computers (or users) it will reattach itslef to the new computer. Or we can elect to use another program other than iTunes.
I'm hoping someone has some insight into how this could work and how we can manage the content that we are using on the iPods.
Also here is the wiki post on ipods: wiki iPod post.
Here is a link I stumbled across on WIKIHOW, it is a how-to on sneaking an ipod into class. It could be something to share with your class the first day of school! I think Deborah Pickering and the Vocabulary people could call it wide reading!
Check out the IPOD shared document and add your own links and advice
There is an intersting side story to all this about intel getting into the same "business" of developing $100 laptops and creating competition for Negroponte.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
What about in science - you could put a plant (or other specimen) on the doc cam, hooked up to the SmartBoard and projector. Now you have an interactive opportunity to label the parts of your object or help students observe pieces they may not notice on their own.
Here is a website that will search smart-board lessons with state standards. On this page you can search by browsing curriculum standards or subject/grade level.
There seem to be endless possibilities!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
How to Calculate Pi by Throwing Frozen Hot Dogs
Definitely an interesting way to find Pi and took me a minute to figure out how it works (but there is a proof linked if it becomes too hard.
Anyone willing to try it? Any other "How Tos" that you found there?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Just wanted to talk about a small success using EdClass and Geometry Sketcher this week in class. Ive had two days of lessons using our new toys and I must say Im impressed with the results. With EdClass I have used 3 lessons so far with my Geometry and Algebra classes. With my Geo 10C class, which is a little more advanced, I used the Golden Ratio lesson and the Finding Pi lesson. Both were interesting and the students enjoyed them. And both were easy to use with just one computer and the students hand writing the tables. The lessons both involved the students measuring things and finding ratios. They saw how body parts are arranged in the Golden Ratio and how the idea and number of PI was created. With the Geo sketchpad I used it in an opposite type of class. I used it in a lesson to teach the defenitions of Parallelograms. The lesson involved manipulation of Parallelograms and some cool visual effects. I used it in a class or perpetual F's and was impressed at how it caught their attention and instead of writing notes on the board, or trying to draw the figures which im horrible at, ive been writing them on word and projecting it on my wall. Well just wanted to share with you all my small success and more importantly ask if anyone else has found any good lessons on either program that you can suggest? Or any other program?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
The Early Adopters are:
Callie Brownlee (KMS-Math Coach)
Jon Fisher (Kemp-2nd Grade)
Tonia Johnson (ACHS-Reading)
Fred Kreienkamp (KMS-7th Grade Social Studies)
Jeff Lewis (Alsup-3rd Grade)
Jill Minzak (Rose Hill-2nd Grade)
Andrew Palmer (Central-Technology Teacher)
Wesley Robinson (Monaco-5th Grade)
Kelly Schwichtenberg (Alsup-1st Grade)
Emily Taylor (Alsup-4th Grade)
Friday, May 11, 2007
For all you Global Learners that have a Dell Latitude D520 laptop check out this video to maximize your projection capabilities.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I jumped with excitement when I heard that there is a book called Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom by Will Richardson and felt guilty to share it since it seems to go against what we are trying to learn, i.e. books are out, webstuff is in.
My question is this: if I learned certain ways to take in data and organize it so that I can have this "background knowledge" that is so important for the capacity to learn, what are today's students doing? Are they struggling to make sense without the filing system in their heads that I learned? Are they doing just fine and it's me who is stuggling to make sense of it because it is so different from my experiences?
Ruby Payne's book references children who were barely read to have not learned to collect data in an organized manner, i.e. top to bottom and left to right. So without that system, even walking into a busy room causes their eyes to dart around and they could miss important observations, not to mention be overwhelmed. This is how I feel when I look at some webpages. Are today's students who are moving away from books going to miss that basic data collection/processing system that we all take for granted? Does this need to be directly taught at some point? Does anyone know of any references (either books or websites) that address helping students make sense and organize data in the digital formats of 2007?
Sunday, May 6, 2007
The available tools at Global Voices could have enormous impact on the classroom. If in your classroom you study countries (in a unit or lesson) or topics (e.g. diaspora, ethnicity, or film) you should consider exploring this site. For example, if each student in a classroom is assigned a country (e.g. Romania, Lybia, China) to track throughout a course. This might include reporting on a variety of topics and culminating with an oral report. At Global Voices students could use a RSS reader to track what is being organized on a daily basis. That way students could be aware of current events from the perspective of the new media (e.g. bloggers, etc...). In addition, students could include headlines in their blog or website from their region or on their topic (see the headlines on the right pane of this blog for an example).
What other possibilities could you see for RSS and Global Voices? What classes would this work in?
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Joe Miller is in the midst of an excellent presentation outlining the parameters of the project, and I'm convinced there's both genuine excitement and trepidation among our teachers. While people are thrilled to be handed a new laptop and several other classroom tools, there is anxiety over the expectations to use the tools properly.
FEAR NOT, teacher friends! The Global Learners Team is here to help. We'll be with you every step of the way. As Dr. Miller has stated, you won't be expected to blog today, and maybe not even tomorrow, but you will find that it's a simple, useful method of communicating with your fellow students, teachers, and world citizens. As a matter of fact, I've just added this post to the blog while sitting here listening to Joe Miller with my ears and typing with my hands.
We're very pleased to see you here today. Hats off to you for being a part of the teaching revolution in Adams County School District 14. Welcome to Global Learning in the 21st Century!
If you would like a Joost invite, please respond to this post with a brief summary on how you might be able to utilize this type of application to engage your students.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
What do you think the possibilities are for this new media? Could students use this in Social Studies? In Language Arts? In Math class?