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I recently came across an amazing technology, Socrative, that allows teachers to interact with students via a quiz, exit ticket or short response without the use of required hardware. This service is a free Web 2.0 tool which allows teachers and students access to a response system via any device that will connect to the internet. Using phones, tablets, ipods or computers students can access the Teacher's virtual classroom (which is given a unique room number) and complete a quiz or respond to an oral question. The teacher can view results live or have them sent to email. Students give their name as the first response and then complete the engaged quiz or question. It's AMAZING! Go on and try it! The possibilities are endless. The site to sign up for an account and begin using is Socrative.com
Just Beam It (Trekkie friends) is a site/service that allows you to upload a file for which it produces a short url that can be copied into your email to share with others. After you drag a file to the transfer box, Just Beam It, creates a unique url that links people to the file. The service supports files up to 2GB!!! No more filling your FirstClass email disk space with giant files. Simply copy the short url and collaborate away!
Becky and Mark
It has been so much fun designing the technology trainings for our campus. However, what has been even more fun has been to watch some of our teachers tackle some pretty cool technologies in their classrooms. While they have not all blogged about it (YET, I hope) on the Brag Board, a short set of walk-throughs today yielded some great examples of technology being used with our students! Even more exciting was the fact that the students were using the technology and not just the teacher!
Text polling seems to be the buzz right now on campus. Mr. Ramsdell was telling me about using it for discussion purposes. I witnessed Mrs. Reisinger using it with her classes as her closing product! The poll asked kids to tell what math concept their group thought was easiest to work from that day. I would guess that Lead Your Schools would be very proud of that use of closing question.
Mr. Colosimo has his art students using a Web 2.0 tool called Tagxedo today. This program allows you to put in text and then it creates a word cloud based on that text. Tagxedo has multiple shapes that you can create and you can even upload your own picture. The program sizes words based on their frequency in the text. Mr. Colosimo had his students putting in song lyrics and creating a visual display. The images below, if you can't tell, are Mark and Becky in Tagxedo. The content that creates the images actually comes from our TMS InTech website!
I am so impressed that so many of you are trying new things. Keep up the good work and we hope to continue to be able to report cool technology happening in our classrooms!
Mark & Becky
With New Year's comes resolutions, new things to focus on, if you will. This year my new focus will be on my dissertation study. In past semesters, I have had to take coursework, which has now ended, leaving me with my own interests driving my research. It is an interesting place to be, considering I have been looking forward to being at this point since I started my Master's program in 2006.
Another focus that has changed for me is from mathematics toward technology integration. My Master's and Ph.D. focus is on mathematics, but technology has always interested me. Working for the last two years as an Instructional Specialists has given me opportunity to explore technology and its' impact on instruction more in depth.
In a week or so, I will be presenting my study to you as a faculty and asking for your consent to participate in it. I am hopeful that you find the study interesting and are willing to be a part of it. I am excited to begin because I feel that it will have a positive impact on those participating.
Until then, thanks for all your hard work in our classrooms and keep trying out new technologies. Technology integration is not easy, sometimes it takes baby steps, but the important thing is progress. Keep at it!!
Mark & Becky are Instructional Technologists that strive to spread their love and awe of all that technology has to offer the classroom. They enjoy developing professional development opportunities for the purpose of teaching the non-digital native how to implement technology seamlessly into their classrooms.
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