Saturday, May 16, 2015

Learning about Edmodo

I learned about a great new website this year called Edmodo.  My school and school district was really active in using it, so I decided to check it out and start using it towards the end of the school year.

It's a really great program because it you can post lessons, websites for learning, quizzes and other assessments on the program and send it out to the students and it's all online.

First you create classes, then you add students to your classes.  Then you can create homework, quizzes, test and classwork online and send it out to them.  They complete it online and return it to you for grading.  It also helps reduce the paper trail and allows to keep records of their learning online.

Also, there is a program called snapshot which creates quizzes based on standards and you send it out to the students.  They take the 'snapshots' and you have information on how they are on the standards.  When they're finished it recommends online lessons for them to enhance their learning.

You can use it to individualize your learning for your students, allowing them to work on activities and/or lessons at their level while you provide direct instruction to other students.  It also can help you monitor students iep goals online through snapshot and other online assessments.  There are so many possibilities for learning and individualizing student work.

Another asset of edmodo is that during days you have a substitute and/or snow days if students have access to a computer you can have their learning all online for them.

Anyway, that's just a general overview of how you can use edmodo.  Does anybody else use edmodo?  How do you use it in your classroom or school?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It's currently May

This year has flown.  So had to believe it's May already and the year is winding down.  Only three weeks but who's counting?

Anyway, a new month means a new Currently and I'm joining in on the party
Listening:  I'm catching up on old Downton Abbey Episodes on Netflix.  Love that show.

Loving: There are 3 more weeks until summer vacation and I'm so ready and excited!

Thinking:  So much I want to accomplish this summer-reading, writing, relaxing and taking care of myself

Wanting:  It's starting to warm up in Phoenix.  It actually hit a 100 on May 1st crazy!!  I know it's coming but I'm not ready for it yet.

Needing: A new computer.  My old one is on it's last legs and I need a new one for all the stuff I want to accomplish on it.

Summer, Yes, Hope, Dream:  I plan on going to Minnesota, work out on a regular basis and hopefully take some fun road trips (to the ocean).

Come join us and find out what everyone's doing currently!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Technology Thursday

So part of my spring break plans have been to play around with the technology I've been learning.  I recently took an online Edmodo class through our school district.  A lot of the teachers at school have been using it with our students and the more I learned about it the more excited I became at it's potential for my students.  I can set up online assessments based on standards for my students to see where they are and what they need to work on.  I can add materials, resources, activities and lessons for them to work on which helps me do more individualizing for them.  Does anyone else use Edmodo for teaching.

I've also been learning a lot about Notebook, which is what people use for creating programs on the smartboard.  I don't have one yet, but hope to in the near future.  However, I've been learning how helpful it can be in creating lessons.   I can use it to create lessons and thinking maps for when we're reading or doing other activities.

I've discovered I can also use it in conjunction with Near Pod which I haven't used yet, but also am pretty excited about using.  I've just recently discovered Near Pod, which is an application which will sync your computers with students computers and/ or other devices such as I Pads and allows you to project lessons to their computers, they can work on it and send it back to your computers.

Anyway, so many cool possibilities with those three programs.  I haven't used much of it because I've been gearing up for spring break, but I'm looking forward to jumping into it full force when I return to school next week.

What is your favorite website, application and/or technology and how do you use it with your students.

Happy Thursday!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's time for March Currently

This school year has been just flying by so fast.   I've really been delving into technology recently and have been so excited in what I've discovered.  It will really help transform my teaching and hopefully be a lot more engaging to my high maintenance kids.  I've been learning all about Edmodo, the use of notebook to create lessons, and just recently learned about Nearpod.  I met with our technology coach in our district a few weeks ago who helped me really get started with this and I'm really looking forward to having time over Spring Break to really learn more about it so I can be off and running with it when I return in a week.  What's your favorite technology piece and or application?

Now that I'm finally on Spring Break and have time to relax I thought I'd join my favorite linky party with Oh' Boy Fourth Grade.

Listening-I'm listening to great oldies music on Pandora while I do some spring cleaning and catching up with life.

Loving- This gorgeous Arizona weather.  It was cool and rainy earlier on this week, and now the weather is sunny and gorgeous.  March is one of the most fun times to be in Arizona which spring training, lots of fun festivals to go to and gorgeous weather.

Thinking-I've been thinking about all I want to accomplish over spring break-working out, relaxing, enjoying life and time to plan and play around with technology.

Wanting- Time to exercise and now I have it.  No excuses now.  

Needing- I've been excited about all the technology I've been learning about and so happy to have time to play around with and incorporate it into my planning.  I can't wait to show off what I've learned when I return.

Spring Break Plans- I'm staying in touch, resting, enjoying this great weather, hanging out with friends and time to plan and explore the technology I've been learning.  Today is my first day of Spring Break.

What have you been doing currently?  Come join us!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Currently

Finally I've returned and have time to do a currently.  It's been a very busy year.  I've been readjusting and trying different things.  So I'm excited to join in with the monthly currently.

Listening: I've been watching an Irish drama called The Fall.  It's so good.  I'm just finishing up the second season.

Loving:  I'm loving the cooler weather.  It's a beautiful time here in Phoenix, warm enough to be out and about and exercise outdoors.

Thinking:  It's a fun time to be in Phoenix.  The super bowl is coming up next week, which is going to be so fun and exciting.  We also have a big golf tournament the same weekend. 

Wanting: I've been really wanting to learn more about incorporating yoga and meditation into my classroom and my school.  If anybody knows more about that I'd love to hear about it.  I think it would pretty cool to see the results.

Needing: It's been a pretty stressful year, and I do such a bad job of taking care of myself and exercising so that I can alleviate that stress and maintain some balance in my life.

A Wish:  Balance-My goal this year is to maintain balance this year, to play hard and work hard.  Also to make sure I work out on a regular basis.

Come on over and link up with  Oh Boy 4th Grade for currently.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Behavior systems and Class Dojo

So happy it's the weekend.  It's been a long and busy week.   I've been in the process of revamping my behavior systems in my classroom.  I have a few high maintenance students this year and I'm trying to meet their needs.  I've revamped how I use Class Dojo with the students.  Every 20 points they earn they are able to earn a reward.  It could be lunch with the teacher, a prize or tickets to our PBIS story.  I also use a sticker chart, they can earn up to two stickers each time.  Once they fill it up they earn a prize from a prize box.

What do you do in your classroom?  I'd be interested in how your using Class Dojo in the classroom.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A new month, a new Currently

We just finished up with our first quarter.  This year is just flying by!!   I'm on Fall Break now and very excited to have some time to myself, and get back on track with my workouts.  Fall Break also means that the weather is finally starting to cool down in AZ and all the fun stuff begins again.   I'm also looking forward to time to read and catch up with my life.

The start of a new month also means linking up with Farley for a new Currently.

Listening-My new nextflix marathon is Breaking Bad.  Everyone I know has been addicted to it so now it's my turn.

Loving-Finally it's Fall Break.  School has been very busy and very stressful and I'm looking forward to some time off.  I'm looking forward to time to recharge, regroup and get ready for next quarter.
Also, enjoying time with my family and friends.

Thinking-This week I'm playing catch up with my life and so I want to take full advantage of my time off.  I'm busy with doctor's appointments and running errands, but top priority is working out on a regular basis.

Needing-So far, so good.  I've been exercising almost every day.  Now the challenge will be to maintain that discipline when I return to school next week.

Trick or Treat-Sorry no treats from me, but Happy Halloween!!

Come and join the fun!!

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