Friday, October 21, 2011

Delicious

As part of my PLP course we were asked to experiment with a social bookmarking site. I already use Diigo . Delicious seems to be very similar. A group that I travel with used Diigo last year for an annual trip we take. We go to the Caribbean for a week and always rent a house. We bookmarked houses to rent. It made it easy for everyone in our group, not all of us live in the same area, to show what they had found. We also used the bookmarking site to look for houses to rent. In the classroom I use this with students as a research tool.

Monday, October 17, 2011

PLP

I am currently taking a course called PLP (powerful learning practice). It is designed to teach educators about social networks and social communities. I feel like I am already engaged with many aspects of social networking. I am hoping to delve much deeper into these communities. I hope that I can expand my networks and better understand how to bring this into my classroom.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gaming

I subscribe to the Journal which I think is one of the best tech magazines out there. They have a great digital interface. I just read an article on gaming in education. The topic has always fascinated me, and now it seems like game creation is becoming available to classrooms. This article is worth a read with great links: Gaming Article

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sponge Activities

I was at a workshop this summer and a person mentioned sponge activities. These are for the classroom when some students have completed work, or have some choice about work to do. The idea is to create a resource of ideas for student work. They are ideas that usually only take a short amount of time to complete, but help a student dig deeper into an area you are studying. It is also an opportunity for students to create sponges for other students. An example in my classroom is about Lewis and Clark. I have a large poster in the back showing the U.S. as a country in 1803. An activity will be for students to create info cards about any state, from that time period, and attach them to the poster.

Google Apps

I am taking a class today on Google Apps. Far too many items to explain, but the presenter Jessica Wilson said it was fine to give out the link to her website: CLICK

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Using Bar codes (QR) for the classroom

This is a very cool idea that I found on Diigo. It is a way to use bar codes in the class. Click

Diigo

I have been using Diigo for about 6 months. I am very impressed. A great bookmarking site with all of the social networking capabilities built in. As a middle school teacher I continually have to work around COPPA (law that prevents people under 13 from joining internet sites). Diigo has an educators account that lets you be the administrator for a school group. I would always advise getting parental permission first! If you don't know about this check it out at diigo.com