Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An App A Day....



At MPI, I've been fortunate enough to be able to use one of the school's iPads and also recently got an iPhone.  I have been caught up in a flurry of Apps for use in Education and have decided to share some of my favourites here.


Pintrest - you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web". I have started using Pintrest with my Social Studies class, students will be pictures of traditional-style houses as well as their own house (non-traditional). I have also used this app to post pictures related to French and Social Studies this year. Seems to be working! The "trial run" finishes on January 5th.

ScreenChomp - you share great ideas and explain your thoughts at the same time, also allowing you to add pictures, draw and record on the screen. I have played with it on the iPad and was able to correct student work and offer constructive feedback simultaneously. I see great possibilities for Second Language learning, something we'll delve into in the New Year. Be sure to check it out!

Quarrel - This educational game has been consuming me lately! It's a mix of Risk and Scrabble, two of my favourite games!  Give it a try and let me know what you think....it's a WINNER in my book!

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Fall" into technology!

It's a new year and I'm at a new school.  I now teach at Mount Pearl Intermediate, a Grades 5-9 school in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland & Labrador.  I am excited to "fall" into technology over the next year, and use it as much as possible in my courses.  The main thing is that technology have a purpose.  Using technology for the sake of using technology is senseless!  Welcome to 21st Century Learning....are we there yet?






Twitter - Twitter is an excellent social media tool that can be used in the classroom.  It can be used to tweet things such as homework and other reminders. However, I feel that the best use for Twitter may be in the classroom, as a way for students to participate.



TweetDeck - A program that organizes tweets according to hastags (#), users, keywords, etc.  It allows for users to view all tweets that fit into the predetermined categories.  Like Twitter, it allows for real-time updates.




TeamBoard - TeamBoard is a new acquisition for schools in ESDNL.  There has been no official training, and there are many bugs and issues being discovered by teachers in the district.  Hopefully everything will be ironed out, allowing teachers and students to successfully use this technology to the best of our ability.  My plan is to learn as much about it as I can by Christmas.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

More useful technology integration ideas




Skype in the Classroom - Skype is a web-based program that allows computer-phone calling (at a much more affordable rate), or free computer-computer calling in realtime, all using the marvels of the Internet.  In addition to voice calls, it allows for voice conferencing between several people at once, and even video conferencing.  Another great feature is the ability to send files.  I hope to use it for my Religion and Social Studies classes this year in some capacity.  Wish me luck!


Skype in the Classroom Expands Resources with Addition of New
Partners : http://tinyurl.com/chnarg5 






Dropbox -  Dropbox is an amazing online storage system.  Users can upload their files and access them on any computer with Internet connectivity.  When your computer connects and updates, it saves a local copy of the files, which act as another storage drive on your computer.  Any chances made to files is updated on the server.  It's a great resource to share and edit documents among multiple users.




iTunesU -  I am very interested in trying this out, and hope to do so within the next few weeks.  Stay "tuned" for an update!  :D



Monday, May 28, 2012


HippoRemote - The first is an iPod/iPad app that works with your Mac (or PC) and allows you to use your iPod as a remote mouse, keyboard, remote control & gamepad.  The "lite" version is free, so you can try it out and purchase it later if you find it useful.  Personally, I like this app.  It can be used with a projector/interactive whiteboard from a distance, which is great if you want to offer support to students without "getting in the way".  I have only used it as a mouse and keyboard, but I'm VERY interested in trying out all of the features.  However, it does seem a bit "sluggish".  More testing is necessary.


Socrative -A clicker/response system that allows students/audiences to respond to questions in real-time. It can be used on any device with a web browser (tablet, smartphone, laptop, iPod, iPad, etc.).  Teachers login to their account, or go to t.socrative.com and students go to m.socrative.com .  Provide students with the virtual room # xxxx, in order to participate.  The room will be different every time, so there's no need to memorize it.  The teacher asks a question aloud, and chooses how the students may answer (true/false, multiple choice, short answer, quick quiz, etc.) or can create a quiz beforehand.  Student results are visible on the teacher's screen or sent in an email.  I tested this out twice, once as a student (answering questions for another teacher), and once I asked questions to a student aloud.  I also had them complete a pre-made "quick quiz", as well as a short quiz that I created for them.  The results can be emailed, or downloaded.  A VERY useful way to gauge student learning in an engaging environment!


Edmodo - This is a Facebook-type Social Networking site, but it's specifically for use in Education.  I know of schools that have successfully implemented this, and students use it regularly.  I have recently signed up my homeroom class, and am planning on using it for communication purposes.  My plan is to expand it for use by all classes by Christmas.

Friday, May 25, 2012

While I'm not new to the idea of blogging, this is the first time I've ever had a "working blog".  Over the coming years, I want to create a collection of thoughts and reflections with respect to technology.  The hope is to present on technology initiatives that I am experimenting with, and to reflect on their success/failure in the classroom.  In addition, I hope to help others find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into their own classrooms.  Please comment on my ramblings and offer suggestions!


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Here's the link to my older blog, where I wrote about Technology in the Classroom, the Future of Learning, etc.