Cyber Monday! Oct 1 2012
So now that school is back in session we have gotten back into the swing of things! So every Monday I meet with my teachers and the various buildings and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.
This week was a strange week with things going on in my buildings, this was also the first week for the middle school to meet up. Some of the resources I have shared in the past may be repeated because of the new buildings that I am working with.
Skype is a tool that is used all over the US for personnel, educational as well as business use. There are several different ways to use Skype in the classroom. You can connect to other classrooms and do a mystery Skype: https://education.skype.com/projects/2832-mystery-skype you can contact authors: http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/ there are several different ideas. For more ideas on how to use Skype check out their lesson page: https://education.skype.com/projects
Download Skype here: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/
Livebinders is a web tool that allows you to collect and organize websites into a binder format. Live binders can be used as a professional development tool such as this one on Diigo in the classroom: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=42185 or if you need a bunch of websites for an upcoming lesson: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=51435 or your students can use livebinders for projects that pull in other tools such as youtube, glogster, and any other web content.
Here is a great place to get started with Livebinders: http://www.livebinders.com/?type=video
I am a HUGE Diigo evangelist. Diigo is a tool used for bookmarking your favorite websites and saving them online. The great part of saving your bookmarks online is they are available from any computer or device. Another great thing about these services is the ability to “tag” your bookmarks and make them searchable. There are several other things you can do with diigo in the classroom to find out more check out Diigo’e EDU page: http://www.diigo.com/education
Here is a video to explain social bookmarking in plain english: http://www.youtube.com/embed/HeBmvDpVbWc
CK12.org is a website/company dedicated to free open source standards aligned textbooks. Many districts are replacing their current textbooks with these textbooks where as other teachers are supplementing their current content with the resources available on their website.
Socrative.com is a student response system that is web based and can be used by any device that has a web browser.
From Socratives website:
“Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.”
From simple exit tickets to full blown quizes, Socrative is the tool for you. For more information check out this video about Socrative: http://vimeo.com/socrative/intro
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My name is TJ Houston.
I am the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools. I love integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers find the way on the information super highway. Things I love: My family, My awesome Girlfriend, Technology, Education, and Photography.
I run PD sessions twice a week and run community training the first Saturday of the month. I love teaching people new things.