Very interesting. It’s almost like taking newspaper clippings and making a chart out of them. It’s to see that there’s another website where teachers can communicate more than what they can on other websites. I didn’t even realize how many teachers were connected and shared so many articles, pictures, tips, ideas, etc. But that’s the kind of use scoop-it should have. We as teachers should help each other out come up with creative ideas to incorporate games and such into lessons. One thing I would do like to see though is being able to post questions about how to handle students, what they could have done differently, and advice on lesson plans either with posters, pictures, etc. We need to get the students involved with the website too. The teachers are always posting something for students, so we could have the students follow teachers while the teachers post games, articles (for homework), etc. so that they can get engaged in learning.

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NCS Tech Insights

July 16, 2012

Just like any other teaching website/blog, NCS tech provided resources for teacher use to in their classrooms. The inspirational  videos were good though. There were some that I recognized and some I have never seen before. I like the obvious to me but not to others video. I connected with that because that’s how I feel sometimes. People would think of these amazing ideas that I would have never even thought of and think that I would never be a genious like them. But then some ideas would seem obvious only to us and not some other people. I could use that to teach students that when people think of good ideas that you would have never thought of doesn’t make you stupid. He has some books that could help teachers incorporate technology (mainly the internet) into their classroom. He gives out lesson summaries which is basically a self reflection. It can help not only him, but other teachers think what they could have done differently or how to make the lesson better next time. Great blog.

Apparently, this is a blog where people from the US, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Thailand all teamed up together to create a blog. I didn’t even know they could do that. Well, the did anyway. Now, they’re not together anymore. But anyway, they did an action research to see if blogging could improve students’ writing skill, motivate students, etc. It actually worked. Students were motivated and their writing skills improved tremendously in just a mere four weeks. Four weeks! Usually, it would have taken at a whole semester or two just to get them to that level. Well done, guys. They have about the same resources that most teachers would share. Still, it helps if someone is stuck. I actually saw “the Seven Degree of Connectedness”. I guess teacher have a lot more in common than  I thought. Very nice website overall. I think there should be more blogs where people from all over the world because we may be different people, but we have the same goals for our students: to help learn and grow.

This slide here caught my eye because I never knew that they had a website where you could record your own music and mix it up to however you want it to sound.  It’s pretty epic.  I could use myna to record music and have a music lesson to teach the students to count the beats and count the tempo and measure. We could even use it to teach how to use technology, obviously. So, if you’re looking for something that can teach students about making music, this is the place.

 

Yes, isn’t this website ever so “lovely”. It’s a website where people can make more advanced diagrams making it their own. In the past, I had trouble making a timeline because I couldn’t put any creativity into it. But now that I know about lovely charts, I can make my timelines and diagrams more colorful and arrange it anyway I want. I can make timelines for history, diagrams for math, or clusters to make a group. It’s the best diagram website I have ever seen.

 

Kids love animation and sometimes even want to draw them. As teachers, we’re always trying to find ways so that students get a chance to be creative. We even try to get creative with our lessons, but get stuck sometimes. Well, this website certainly has answered that call. Doink is an animation website where people can create their own animated pictures. This could be used for art class. The students would have a fun animation day and learn how to draw and bring their pictures to life. It would also teach them how animators use computers when making movies. I would give them a movie making day. It will get the students engaged in learning.

 

There will always be students who love reading comic books or graphic novels. But this website, Comic Master, allows people to create their own graphic novel(s). They just have to put in grids to so that they can put in the background, words, characters, etc. This would be a great tool for students because it will teach them how to organize their stories giving them a beginning, middle, and end, and also organize their thoughts  of how they want to tell the story. It also gives them a chance to be creative while teaching them how tell stories. They could  use it as a journal as well if they’re not too keen on writing. It would give them a way to express themselves and their feelings.

 

Tagul is almost like wordle except that tangul has more options in shapes and colors. Just type in your words (however many), pick the shape and colors, and apply. This could be used as an icebreaker on the first day of school. The teacher can have the students use computers and direct them to the website. I would just tell them to put in the words that describe their lives (family, friends, etc.) and themselves as people. This would give them a chance to be creative, learn how to use a computer, and open to everyone in the classroom. The teacher could also make an educational poster to print off and hang up on the wall for inspiration. There’s an endless list of possibilities that teachers could do with tagul.

One of the things the articles discussed about voicethreads is that there is more participation from the students. They can communicate what they learned and their opinions. I think that it’s a great idea because then I would be able to know if they actually understood what I would be trying to teach them or not. Then I can answer whatever questions they have right on the spot. Another thing that eutopia.com pointed was that now students weren’t afraid to speak up. I didn’t think it would be that beneficial to some students especially the shy ones. In my opinion, I would use voice thread whenever I got sick because, in a way, I would still be teaching my students the lesson or my substitute teacher would use it to help him/her teach the lesson. I will also use it as a power point in the classroom. I never heard of voice thread before, but I had fun with it. I will definitely use it in my future classroom.

 

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Chris Lehmann is definitely a thinker. His blogs talk about his feelings and stories about the school and the students. He talked about how some people say they’re all up for educational change but don’t really believe it. He went on to discuss that not only is fixing education is but important, but necessary. I can agree with that because to me somebody who says that yet doesn’t believe it is a total hypocrite. Chris also talked about how students made these projects and emotional it was. He was proud to know the students had deep understanding of what it means to learn, create, and lead. Almost one of those movie moments. This just shows how much emotion and care he has for his students, and he uses this blog to do that

Wow! That Cool Cat Teacher is pretty awesome. She is an inspiration for all teachers. Her blogs talk about how we should using technology. She shares some basic teaching tips with the use of media (such as a poster for rules on pinterest, a video on sharing from youtube, etc.) which I didn’t think about doing. For one, I would get to be creative, and two, I wouldn’t have to waste time making posters (which is still creative but time consuming). The main thing she really cares about though is importance of teaching children all over the world through the use of technology. It amazes me that she has big name organizations (Flat Classroom Project where students push down the “walls” and merge into one, big class instead of classes being isolated, for example). Not to mention the awards she’s won. She really is an inspiration to us all. Makes me want to better teach my students and bring everyone together.