Thursday, December 1, 2011

iPad 2 in the classroom?



The iPad 2 us the newest of the apple markets ipads, which is a touch screen tool that can use over 10,000 applications. The ipad 2 is being used in a lot of small school districts. A small school in Louisa, Muscatine, Iowa that my cousin works at has just issued every student and teacher an ipad 2. My cousin Mrs. Brant, had never used the ipad before so it took her a while to get used to the software, but she said "once I figured out how to find new apps and use them I could see why they spent so much money getting them for us". She is now a string believer of how much technology helps in the classroom. She is a special Ed teacher and she finds this technology extremely helpful everyday in her classroom. She said "the students caught on faster to the technology then she did and she learns new things everyday along with the students.

Other sources for this topic include:
https://sites.google.com/site/schrockipad/
http://imaginationsoup.net/2011/04/10-best-educational-ipad-apps-for-elementary-kids/

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Documents



Google Documents and the rest of the Google apps is a fairly new technology that uses the cloud. This online document creator is storming the educational field. this application allows multiple users to work on and edit a document, website, or spreadsheet at the same time. This technology is being used in schools all over the nation, to get more student involved in there studies. This application allows students to share and talk online even if they are not at school. This technology is being used everywhere, my mothers school in Burlington, Iowa is using this document sharing program. Over my thanksgiving break I went into my mothers classroom and helped her and her students use this program. I was in a computer lab with 6th and 7th grade students, some of the students did not like the assignment but most of the students were having fun and enjoyed working on a computer.

If you want to check this app out you can go to:   https://docs.google.com/demo/edit?id=scADrrkFt9uZovJzzyXNnLdAZ&dt=document#document
Also for more information on this subject you can check out: http://www.google.com/google-d-s/documents/

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Smart Boards


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Smart boards are really good tools in teaching because this gets the students involved with what ever the subject by using a fun an interactive program. Smart boards use a very high tech software that allows students to interact with a touch board and do the activities that are projected onto the board. This software I hope i get to use because I think I can create really good activities to keep my students engaged in the project.

If you want to see a couple of videos here is some I found for this topic on youtube:

5 tips and tricks for using the smart board

students using the smart board

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Digital Storytelling



This video explains digital storytelling in a simple and easy way to understand.
I went to the digital storytelling seminar in Des Mione for the Iowa Tech Conference. I have some experience and some things this video does not talk about is camera angles that you can use, here is some that can be used: Long shot – establishes context from a distance.
High angle- looks down, from above and to show a new angle of what ever it is your shooting.
Low angle- looks up, to make some one look higher then they really are. 
This was one subject we talked about during the ITEC conference to introduce our selves in the class.