Friday, July 20, 2012

Class Room Ideas from Pinterest

I think that this is a great idea for turning in papers that prevents students from looking at other peoples papers, helps me stay organized and is a little reminder for students to make sure they have everything they need to get full points.
I think that this is a great idea too! what a unique way to provide pencils to students who need them. 

How to Stay Organized

I am not planning on teaching elementary school but I really liked these classroom set up ideas and think that this website has great ideas on how to stay organized. The School Supply Addict

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cell Phones in the Classroom

The mobile learning article that I read was called 5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class. One of the things I didn't like about this article was when the author said, " We need to get used to the fact that kids don't need to know "stuff" nearly as much as they need to learn to use that "stuff." Tests of recall don't prepare our students for the world ahead". I think that stating that students don't need to know as much "stuff" as they used to because they can look it up is a horrible way to look at testing. The proper tests ask students to apply concepts and information rather than simply regurgitate it. Being able to look up information in the blink of an eye is great but sometimes there is no wifi or 3G so it’s just as important to retain some of that “stuff”.  However, I did like that he said double standards are not ok. This is extremely important in a school system like Northern VA where there is so much diversity and not all students will have the access to an Iphone or Ipad outside of the school system.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Just Because

This doesn't have anything to do with this class I just saw it and thought it deserved to be shared (except maybe the part about Snooki) 21 things that will restore your faith in humanity.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Is Power Point Evil?

After reading the article Power Point is Evil I feel like my entire academic career up to now has been a disaster. Generally I think Power Points are helpful in classrooms and for student presentations I liked the fact that I didn't have to put to much on my slide and I could just talk to the audience. I guess as a student we were taught to put minimum stuff on our slides and as the article suggests "pitch" to the audience. After reading the article though, I do kinda feel like a used car salesman. After working on my digital story I think websites like Animoto and Prezi are great alternatives but may yield the same results if students use them in the same way just with a little more pizzazz. I wonder if instead of having students demo them in class we just posted them on a class blog or something and students watched them online at home it might eliminate the sales pitch aspect of these presentations.