6. Open, Collaborative Test – I just love this concept. For my extensions this would be amazing to try. The key is to adapt the idea to what is being taught. This too will be done in my classes this year.
7. Use of Edmodo
8. To entice class reading and discussions: Young Adult Reading Class…..but my class would be for the middle school kid so it would make it even more interesting
9. This whole concept has my brain thinking of new ideas
Source of Idea: A Teacher Went into Class with a 5-second Video Clip – What Happened Next?
10. I am presenting at ITAG in the fall and I am going to do this. Sharing this might not keep me ahead of everyone, but why not share the wealth? This one is already being tackled by me as we speak
Source of Idea: Do it before everyone else does: Create presentation slides with iPad drawing app Paper
As I continue to organize my notes, emails, booksmarks, etc. from all these amazing people in the field of education on my social network I decided to compile a list of things that I want to explore further this summer when I have some downtime. I will post the idea and the source of where it has come from as well.
If you have other topics or ideas that I should check out please let me know.
1. Solo Taxonomy
Source of Idea:
The Secret SOLO’ist Part 4 – SOLOstations!!
2. I love this. It makes so much sense. I don’t teach the 5 paragraph essay, but it has forced me to think of new ways of teaching kids how to write and express themselves for the real world.
Source of Idea:
Good Riddance to the Five-Paragraph Essay?
3. Maker Faire – I have plans to incorporate a BMS Maker Faire next year. Not sure how it is going to happen, but it will happen. The idea is planted in my head. Let it grow and watch out!
Source of Idea:
Maker High: Why Every School Should Be a Maker Faire
4. Ustreaming My Classroom – This too will happen next year. I have talked about doing this for the last year. Next year it is going to happen after watching the Egg Drop.
Source of Idea
Period 5 Egg Drop (Broadcasting live at ustre.am/2MBz)
5. Technology Upgrade – I am ready to get back in the technology game. I am ready to get myself and my students one step ahead of everyone else in my district. Reading this post motivated me to get going!
Part 2 will be up in a day or two. This is a good start.
This morning I forced my way out of bed despite how comfortable my blankets felt. You ever those mornings where you wake up and your bed feels like it has been changed into a cloud of heaven where you are afraid to move because if you do you might not ever be that comfortable again. I was in that moment this morning.
I went to the gym to workout where nobody was there. There was probably a total of 10 people. For some reaosn my mind flipped a switch and I got to work. Knocked out some good excercies and also did my Initial Test for my new program goal – 100 Push-Ups. My training guide for this came in and therefore I tested to see where I currently am.
I completed 40 successful push-ups with proper form. For my age group(30-39) that places me in the Very Good category(37-46). Now I will follow this 7 week program to move towards 100 push-ups. A new little challenge to help me stay motivated.
I also ran a mile to test the foot again. Ran an 8 minute mile and felt great. I think the foot is back where it needs to be. Now I need new shoes and a new focus mentally and it is on.
I would also like to give a big THANKS to EA (Electronic Arts) for their brilliant app sale approach. Not only did I previously not own any of their apps, but due to their sale I now own 5 apps and probably another 5 or so more before this sale ends. AGGHHH! Apps are taking over my life just like I talked about with students.
I made this comment the other day. It is not that kids are necessarily lazy. The problem lies with the fact that they live in a world where everything is instant. They know longer need to know unnecessary facts because all of those things are in the palm of their hand(literally). They need the skill sets to learn how to sort, organize, analyze, study, etc. the data. They need the skill set to be able to problem solve. They need the skill set to know what to do when they don’t know an answer.
As teachers and schools we are so far behind. Frustration sets in because we are asking them to do things with technology and methods that are outdated. A computer is fine and fast. Buy why type in a long web address when they can push a touchscreen app button and there it is? We are behind times.
Not sure where I am going with this point as I became sidetracked talking about EA apps. Back to the games. If you don’t own Pictureka! give that one a whirl. Amazing how a 60 second timer can prevent you from finding three fruits. The insanity!
Well, I am stopping here as I have officially lost my mind. My brain has been drained from any more thoughts or ideas. I started losing my mind last night and I am in need of a break to refuel my thinking cap. Have a great weekend. I must tend to reading for both the Cybils and my very own book tournament. Of course, playing more apps on my ipad and drinking coffee and listening to X-Mas music and……………
As I am scrambling to stay caught up with the reading(I thought I was doing good within my group until everyone updated their reads and now I am way behind) more and more books keep coming in the mail. Here was the picture I posted earlier in the week.
Here is an updated view of the books I have left to read now. It is close to reaching my ceiling. What a fun opportunity. I just wish my weekends were not jam packed with things going on so I could devote a day or two to just reading. Ah well, keep on trucking when I can
This weekend we had the first snow. What joy! My kids love it as they were up at 6:30 both mornings ready to go outside and play. I just need snow on Christmas Eve and Day and then it can go away. I had to coach a basketball game in Clinton and that was nice 90 minute drive both ways Friday night.Why is that people become so stupid when snow hits? Hello! We have lived here in the Midwest forever and at one point do people stop acting like they were so surprised to see snow. While driving in snow one does not need to drive 100 mph nor do you need to drive 15 on the interstate either. Stick to the happy medium and you will be fine unless some semi decides to drive you off the road. I’m just saying.
Postcards were delivered to our partners in in our Christmas Card Exchange. I cannot believe that sending out one little piece of paper to countries around the world costs 98 cents while anywhere in the US is only 28. I know that in the big picture of things this is not a whole lot of money, but really a 70 cent difference? It is not like I am mailing out a box with bricks in it. Check out our Coffeechug and his Little Lattes Global Center by clicking here www.coffeechug.wikispaces.com
I purchased the new Apple TV for my birthday(yes, I turn the lovely age of 30 this Friday!). This little device is so cool for a gadget geek like myself. My favorite feature is that my daughter can watch Dora and if nothing is on TV she can push one button and the cartoon automatically shifts from the iPad directly to my TV in seconds. That blows my mind. I don’t know how it works, but it simply amazes me. Not to mention all my music can now be streamed anywhere in my house where my Apple TV resides. How the littlest things just make my day.
Why We Can’t Stop Playing Angry Birds, Wall St Jrnlhttp://on.wsj.com/f8CBNt
Angry Birds has consumed my life once before. It has not consumed my life ever since I lost all my completions when I had to reformat my iPad. However, Trucks and Skulls which plays exactly like Angry Birds has taken over my life.
What game has consumed you?
I recieved this book as a gift from a student several years ago and now it is free on Kindle. Snag while you can as it has some good stuff crammed inside.