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!

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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 and students go to .  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!


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