Using Social Media to Continue the Learning

When I started using Twitter in the classroom, it was to more easily connect with my students and share out information.  I used it to send reminders about upcoming class work or to share out links to resources they might find useful or interesting.  Students would tell me that they would actually click the links…

Start a Virtual Book Chat

One of the advantages to having books available on electronic devices is the ability to quickly share out key ideas and statements in order to start or continue a discussion.  I have seen many groups try to start an online discussion about something they were reading and by using the digital form of that book…

Setting Up a Class Social Media Page Using Tagboard

Social media usually gets a bad rap from many as being distractive or harmful but it is a tool that has a lot of potential and is very powerful when used correctly.  Many teachers become better by using social media to connect with others and to share/collaborate across great distances.  I have used Twitter to…

Tech Time 2.0 Episodes 4 and 5

We just finished the latest Tech Time 2.0 Google Hangout on Air.  These are just a way I thought we could have teachers share out what they are doing with technology that is effective in their classrooms.  This is just another way to support collaboration between teachers. If you look at the topics of the…

Recording Video from a Document Camera

The document camera has the potential to be more than just a digital overhead projector.  Not many people use the camera on the document camera for other than viewing something they are writing on.  Having the ability to record the video coming in from the camera can help in the explanation of any topic.  Ideas…

The Case for a Google Doc versus a Paper Doc

True learning involves a process that never ends, we are continually growing and changing as we learn.  The learning process is one that should make us continually evaluate what we “knew” before and allow to us make changes to everything as we learn something new.  Learning involves a process of trying things out, possibly failing,…

Remind 101 – Easily Connect with Students and/or Parents

Remind101 is a free service that allows teachers to easily connect with both students and parents using text messages.   The beauty is that the teacher never has to give out their phone number and the students never have to give their number to the teacher.  Everything is done through the Remind101 service.  The teacher…

Ditch the Physical Binders for Projects

   As a teacher, I never envied the teachers who did large projects and had to lug around huge collections of binders as part of the final project.  As a science teacher, I did not even like to haul around the science journals my students would turn in.  Collecting resources and developing different parts of…