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!!

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