Tweet Tweet: Part 2

As i continued to discover new people and information on Twitter, I came across more posts about teaching with technology that I found other educators would be interested in. Below are a few more posts about how to teach with specific technology or media in classrooms and why incorporating these is beneficial to students…

20 Ways To Use A Tablet In The Classroom

This tweet provides information on different ways a tablet can be used in a classroom.

  1. Dive into 360-degree videos that are interactive and can be tilted around to see different viewpoints.
  2. Get creative with photo taking by taking pictures in and out of the classroom related to learning content.
  3. Make music or special effects by using apps and then applying them (e.g. in a presentation).
  4. Record radio shows and podcasts to use in classroom discussion on a topic.
  5. Make immersive and interactive notes when in and out of the classroom. Different media can be incorporated into note taking through links and embedding.
  6. Do the maths with angry bird by using the app to calculate. Birds can be assigned numbers and students can predict what will happen with different angles birds are launched at.
  7. Add augmented reality to the real world using overlay on real-world objects with digital graphics.
  8. Start up a class blog to combine text, videos, and images and allow students to collaborate with each other.
  9. Test your children against Siri and Google by having student try to answer before the program answers or have students write down their answer before asking the question to the programs.
  10. See the world using 3D flyover or maps. Students can also see street view videos and explore places all over.
  11. Get someone else to read the story with the help of an audiobook library.
  12. Study the night sky with stargazing apps and study patterns of stars.
  13. Tune into worldwide radio and experience music and talk shows from all around the world in different languages.
  14. Document learning progress by logging into journals and documenting scores, projects, and posts by individual students.
  15. Set up a class webcam to log information going on within the classroom. Other information can also be logged (e.g. recording a class garden or class pet).
  16. Make your own movies by recording and using different effects and animations.
  17. Produce your own comics and storybooks using interactive apps to create animated stories.
  18. Create 3D digital models from photos by taking a series of photos at different angles.
  19. Translate foreign words and phrases instantly using apps that translate.
  20. Learn the basics of programming and begin learning how to code.

For teachers who are given tablets to use in their classroom, this is the post for them. Not all of the ideas in the list above can be used in a single classroom but ideas can be picked and chosen to fit the needs of individual classrooms. This post is beneficial to educators who may not have a plan for using tablets in a classroom. This post is valuable because it has a wide range of ideas that vary in age and subject they could be applied to. These ideas can be applied in classrooms and, in turn, spark new ideas for ways to use tablets in classrooms.

Using Blogging for Reflection and Assessment

A high school physics teacher tried to use blogging in her classroom. She created requirements and expectations alongside guiding reflection questions for her students to follow throughout the process. However, her attempt at integrating blogging into her classroom still failed. After acquiring feedback and adjusting blogging in her classroom, she came up with a list for other teachers to follow when implementing blogging in their classrooms.

  1. Discuss the Purpose – Teach students how to find information they can then use in their own work. Summarizing, reflection, and creativity will all come with practice. Blogging builds these skills and provides the continuous practice of these skills to develop them.
  2. Focus Your Critiques On Improvement – Allow students enough time to reflect on their own work. Score students on improvement of work and not just on the quality of work. Provide constant feedback so students can improve.
  3. Ask Students to Learn and Share Something New – Make sure students are sharing new information but also correct information. Students can be given the option to share videos, pictures, websites, etc. related to the material being learned. This collection of information can help to expand on class discussions.
  4. Make Commenting An Option, Not a Requirement – It is not useful to force students to comment as it does not supplement learning if students are not taking it seriously. Link students’ blog posts to one blog so students have the option to read others’ work and have the option to comment.
  5. set aside class time for reflection – Allow time to reflect every day. Ask students to think about their learning process during class time. Use this information as feedback on how effective the blogging is in the classroom.
  6. emphasize digital citizenship and online safety – Set guidelines for commenting, posting, and citing. Be sure students are showing respect for others when commenting and viewing the work of other students. Have students consider their online reputation before posting.

Seeing this advice about incorporating blogging into the classroom is useful for other educators who may be looking to incorporate it into their own. The guidelines above are advice from a teacher who has used trial and error to implement blogging in her classroom. However, with these guidelines, she now successfully uses blogging with her students. Each one above helps to understand how students learn. Students need to first be taught how to find the information, apply it, and then reflect on it. From there, students can begin to see the bigger picture and connect deeper with their own learning. I believe blogging is a great way to connect to others as I am currently using it in one of my classrooms. As I become a teacher, I will keep these guidelines in mind to ensure a successful incorporation of blogging into my classroom.

An Easy Guide To Bringing Youtube Into Your Classroom

This tweet brings us to an article that lists many different reasons on why teachers should incorporate Youtube into the classroom. Teachers should bring Youtube into their classroom to:

  1. Spark lively discussions by showing videos relevant to the content being learned and students’ lives. New and exciting information from videos can help to get students engaged in discussions.
  2. Organize your video content for easier access by using Youtube playlists. The playlists allow you to group together videos on a specific topic and select from it which videos students should watch. These playlists can be used as tools to review at home.
  3. Create a great playlist to hook students into the lesson. Provide real-world context for lessons with videos. A great playlist could provide cultural relevance, an understanding of difficult concepts, alternate viewpoints, visual context, and a review of content.
  4. Archive your work by capturing and saving products. Students can then refer back to them and save time when reviewing on their own. Critical parts of a lesson can be recorded and links to videos can be sent to students if they are absent from class.
  5. Encourage students to dig deeper into their education by asking students to create their own playlist. Students could pursue an interest related to the topic and be motivated to learn.
  6. Help both struggling and advanced students with Youtube by supplementing learning with videos. Students can also use the videos to review at home if they are behind.
  7. Review for upcoming exams by creating videos or playlists students can watch to review topics. Students can hear overall explanations of topics. A test review video can also be posted to Youtube for students to watch.
  8. Create a Youtube center in your classroom with rotation stations. A Youtube station could be used to have students watch or explore videos on a topic. The videos can be used to introduce new information to students.
  9. Add quizzes to videos to ensure student learning. After having students watch a video, a quiz can be made to see how much students are taking away from videos being watched.
  10. Create interactive video ‘quests’ with Youtube annotations for students to go on. Through annotation, videos can be linked together to have students follow certain paths on their quest.
  11. Students can become the teacher if students are given the chance to watch videos on a topic ahead of time. Then time in the classroom can be focused more on applying to overall concepts.

Youtube is a popular media that is used by people around the world. New videos are constantly being uploaded for others to view. Knowing how to apply this media is beneficial to teachers as an aid to what they are teaching students in the classroom. As there are many reasons to incorporate Youtube in the classroom, a teacher can pick and chose from the above list for what would work in his or her classroom. Giving the students another representation of material and the opportunity to use this media to go over material can be a great resource in a classroom.

Got any more useful information on teaching with technology? Comment below.

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