April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Shared by Jennifer Dorman
An “online/offline mystery game” for middle schoolers, spanning 8 weeks, and teaching the scientific method and “problem solving through science.”
Visit the About page to learn more. About | Vanished
No museum needed, but scroll down on the About page for a list of participating museums, including the Putnam Museum in Davenport!
March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is an interesting site, along the lines of VoiceThread, TrailMeme and the like. Described as a combination of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube, this site could be used to post student projects about their understanding of a topic (after, of course, presenting to the class in a more traditional manner)
I should add that I found this while trolling around the internets, so I don’t remember who originally provided the link to this article. Thanks, though, whoever you are!
October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve heard conflicting opinions about the use of Facebook as a librarian/teacher/boss. Some say that high school and college students love it when their teacher or library is on Facebook, since it is their information and contact medium of choice. Others say that students don’t like it, because Facebook is too “personal” of a space for school or work interactions. I’m wondering how the new Groups will change this.
I like the multiple chat feature, and that you can email the group as a whole. I haven’t created any groups yet, but I may experiment in the near future.
What do you think? Do you think you could use this feature, either for personal or professional reasons?
October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Many of these ideas could be used for high school students as well.
September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Lately, I’ve been talking a lot, both online and in the real world, about technology in education. I’ve given five presentations since the start of the school year on technology in some form, and will be giving another tonight. I’ve started a wiki about technology, constructed Trailmemes for various technologies, conducted research on new technology for possible purchase in our department, read (or attempted to read, and then gave up after much eye rolling) quite a few books about technology and its impact on the brain and behavior, upgraded my personal technology resources by finally buying a smartphone and getting a data package… all in the last month.
What, you ask, could I possibly have for you now?? How about some free, online, self-directed courses on teaching with technology? A disclaimer: I have not looked at any of these courses in depth yet, so I cannot vouch for them in any way. However, blogger Douglas Walker at Mr. Walker’s Technology Blog was good enough to blog about them first, which I take to mean that they’re something worth checking out.
So go, do!
August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
If you can’t make the Elluminate session tonight, you can view a recording of the webinar later! I’ll hopefully have time to check it out tomorrow.
In case you haven’t seen anything by Dan Meyer, he has some excellent ideas of how to make learning more interesting and engaging. Watch a video of a talk he gave at TED here.
Thanks to Free Tech for Teachers for posting this as a link!