I'm taking an online course through MOOC-ED and we are talking about the 4 C's and how we can help teachers use them in the classroom. The assignment was to use PowToon or something similar. I found the application to be very user friendly and can see how students would enjoy using it with a problem based assignment.
The Cumberland County Schools hold an annual elementary Battle of the Books. The 2011-2012 year is beginning and I wanted a cool way to introduce the books and authors to my 4th and 5th grade students. My hope is that I can "catch" their interest by infusing some technology.
Timelines are an important part of daily life. We use them for project planning, trips (iteneraries), and to record our history. For those reasons teaching timelines is extremely important-besides they are also "Tested" skills. Being a teacher and a librarian has me on the outlook for ways to help our students construct their learning. One of my favorite teachers has used a timeline program with her class the past few years but after an extreme amount of problems with the newest edition I set out to find a better tool, and I think I have found it in Capzles. Take a look:
Our students are getting into movie making at a very early age. Yesterday, with the help of our new netBooks I had a group of 16 fifth graders giving up their recess to play producers. First we explored the ability of the our new netBooks to record video. That was a hoot to see since I allowed them to just play around and explore. Next I had them put on their headphones and microphones to record sound. Finally, we put the two pieces together. All of this was pretty remarkable since we only had twenty-five minutes from start to finish. All-in-all the students did a great job. The students are ready to form a club and start producing. Since I want them to gain needed skills they will be able to use in the classroom I'm planning a bit more structure to it all and have found Silvia Tolisano to be a great resource.
There are many conversations among educators about the future of books in our schools. While I support the evolution of reading and the use of ebooks I question the idea that schools can or should get rid of traditional forms of books found in the library. Getting rid of stacks in our higher ed libraries to make room for coffee bars and common areas may be beneficial for high school students as they create their learning communities. However, I share a concern with other educators about our ablility to build the love of reading in our elementary children without paper books. There is just something special about cuddeling up with a good book while someone reads to you.
The video below does a great job of challenging traditional thinking. Let me know what you think about the subject.
Originally from Indiana I've called Texas my home for the last 9 years and absolutely loved living there. Moving away from my Texas friends was a hard choice but being closer to family was important at this time of my life. No, I don't miss the snow and cold weather in Indiana and would rather "bake" in the Texas heat! The love of my life for the past 38 years and I have a long distance marriage since our family situation requires him to be with them. I recently began cross stitching, quilting and kniting again. I look forward to giving more grandma hugs and meeting great people while enjoying the weather here in NC.