I love this program and would highly recommend it for any overworked teacher!
Always eager to find an engaging site, I have to say I was thrilled when I discovered MobyMax.com. Granted, this isn't a free service. I purchased a year's subscription for my classroom for $69.00. BUT, it offers to much that it was an easy choice. Once I entered my students (an extremely easy process), it offered placement tests in Math, Reading and L.A. Once the student levels have been established, it provides a monitored curriculum designed for each individual student. It tracks progress using specific Common Core Standards. Students are rewarded with game time as they work through the program. There are also special rewards and I can design contests to encourage participation. It reports time spent on specific activities so it's great for homework. Struggling readers are happy to find a "read to" option.
I love this program and would highly recommend it for any overworked teacher!
Sorry I haven't written so long, but once our Ed Tech classes were over I was plunged into studying for the Secondary Math Praxis the districts was "HIGHLY" recommending. So, four months to get myself up to trigonometry and calculus. Not that easy for someone as right brained and I am. When I was in school (way more years ago than most), you were considered sufficiently accomplished if you made it through algebra and geometry.
ANYWAY, I'd been using Khan Academy all ear for the kids with good results, I need to see how far the program could go, and off I went.
BOTTOMLINE - it worked. It took hours every night, but I was able to at least get a basic understanding of calculus and trig and develop a good foundation for all the other math subjects.
AND I PASSED! Quite amazing, really!
One caution for teacher using Khan Academy, however. Toward the end of the year my students started losing their accounts. Not sure why since they'd worked and kept track of scores for most of the year. But when a student account disappears - so does all the data.
This year I'm also leaning heavily of Moby Max - but I'll save that for another post.
This is one of my favorite subjects! They also mentioned Khan Academy and that's one of my very favorite sites!!!
Sure to be a great night!
1. Biggest problem with flipped classroom is accountability - but that's consistent with all classrooms.
2. Students have to have access to resources (computers) which means the school will provide it.
3. Check Mrs. Garcia's Flipped Pre Algebra Class
4. Thought! My students need a lot of repitition - I should figure out how to record what I say.
SKYPE: April Gidenrach - flipped classroom teacher - Colorado Springs for the online highschool.
She also flips her feedback. Used "JING" program that requires students to write a reflection on feedback.
VISIBLE LEARNING FOR TEACHER John Haddie discusses importance of immediate feedback.
CAMTASIA STUDIO is good for recording lectures. She burns lectures to DVD's and students can check it out.
Check out FLIPPEDCLASSROOM.ORG.
Doug Hinkle - flip pioneer
IPEVO - camera that April uses to record her lessons ($60)
Sally uses a screen cast on her MAC.
5. Especially found flipped structure good for ADHD.
6. Takes more time, but forces you to be organized and clear in your teaching.
7. Jarod recommends "SCREENER" and "SCREEN TOASTER" for recording class. These are webbased so you just record, to save and share you need to sign in.
Next section allowed us to explore Youtube, UEN.Org/flipped, Khanacademy, org, flippedclassroom.org.We discussed the pros and cons. Most were predictable. There was some frustration at my table at the conflict between scripted programs vs. more flexible opportunities to try flipped classrooms (Reading Street being the big example).
Next group introduced www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/ with interesting information in how to implement these ideas.
Then we did a fun exercise using show me - which just happens to be a program I've been wanting to learn for a year. I'm ready to go home and put together a presentation on nouns and verbs! This may be the last time I have to physically explain them. I'll post it on my weebly and the kids can review on their own.
I was late getting to class tonight so I missed the first part, which was apparently how to use the iPad for wordprocessing.
Tonight we heard from Travis Allen who is an activist for allowing students to use iPhones in the classroom. He began his campaign while in school and trying, himself, to use his phone and it's applications (calculator, information search engine, etc.) for classwork. He has a blog that's posted on the agenda.
Because I'd missed the interview, I decided to look Travis up. His website was very interesting, but the thing that caught my eye was his review of the iPad mini. This is a subject near and dear to my heard, since providing every student with a device is, in my mind, the biggest hurdle to implementing one to one technology.
Travis' review was excellent and he explored criterion that I hadn't considered. He nailed my concerns with durability, dependability, and securability, which the mini seems to meet. He addressed the typing problem with limited finger space and noted that typing on the iPad had gone from the ten finger approach to a six. The mini reduces it to four. Being a typing snob, I hadn't considered the legitimacy of adapting typing skills to smaller screens, but it definitely explains why students can type faster on their cell phones than I can. He discussed the convenience factor, noting the students would be able to carry homework with them everywhere. I'd also like to mention that a worthy iPad would reduce the number of back injuries I fear my students suffer with the huge backpacks they currently have to carry around. And last of all, he mentioned the advantage of an apparatus that didn't take up too much desk space. Not many people outside of the classroom might consider this an issue, but as a teach who is constantly having to lean over to pick up that errant pencil, this scores points for me. Overall - a great analysis. Travis looks like he was a fun person to interview.
On a side note, I decided to check on the cost for the iPad mini - $329. It looks about the size of a kindle.
NOTE! SKYPE is offering a grant. See info on agenda. Also, the grant we were teased with at the beginning of class may become a reality. We've been invited to submit detailed proposals.
More Interesting apps! They all look great:
www.educationalappstore.com (Grammar Up)
I'm having conflicted feelings as our classes draw to a close. I'm exhausted and have to admit I'm definitely into the countdown. The first thing I'll do is blow an entire Tuesday evening on something non-academic. Probably watch a movie or something. I'm also looking forward to using my homework time for writing, which has taken a serious nose dive this year.
BUT, I'm also dreading the end. I've developed so many friends in class that I won't see once it's over. Would you teachers consider an occasional reunion class? Maybe once every month or two we could get together to review all those amazing apps we just couldn't fit into our try-out times and have possibly forgotten, in spite of our promise to "explore" them later.
Our assignment this week is to reflect on iTunes U. After having read the articles, watched the how-to videos, and explored the site (including some interesting courses), I can honestly say the idea thrills me as a learner and terrorizes me as a teacher. I suddenly realize I have no idea where education is going. I have a strong suspicion that the teaching profession as we know it today will change fundamentally and perhaps disappear in the very near future.
Let me start with the first of my reactions: as a learner I see this as the ultimate educational dream. Who can object to free classes from the top educational institutions now available at the touch of our fingers? There are no restrictions as to time, qualifications of learners (i.e. getting into the institution), finances, age, or even open seats. I can choose any subject and learn from top professors. I can even check to see how previous students rated those professors. Is this the answer to skyrocketing higher educational costs? Is it the end of student loads? Will every person on the planet who can manage to get their hands on an iPod, etc., finally be able to pursue unlimited education? Is it the end of students trapped in inadequate schools or being taught by inadequate teachers? In other worse, is this the final solution to the school choice problem?
As a teacher - what does all this mean?. If unlimited education is now available for free, who can then be a professional teacher? Will teaching go the way of Hollywood with only a top few performers earning enough to live on? Will a teacher now be qualified by charisma that makes some people stars regardless of skill? Is my job now reduced to walking students through endless free classes and helping to fill in the gaps? I finally understand the fears of some teachers who look at educational technology as a competitor. Where do we go from here?
Having expressed these concerns, I can now turn to the assignment topic: How can iTunesU help me? The obvious answer is providing me with a resource to explore professional development courses that are both convenient and cost effective. Will I get credit? It sounds like I do. Will the district accept it? I can also direct my students to study online what I don't have the time or knowledge to teach them in the classroom. I can offer a class as a supplement to what I'm teaching in class. I can also use it to help fill in knowledge gaps I may not have time to fill.
I will, of course, take advantage of this amazing opportunity. I've already downloaded a course in Spanish, which will definitely help me with my Spanish speaking students. I've also downloaded a course in Elizabethan History just because I love that stuff! I can't wait to start Chemistry, which I never had time to take in college. I feel like I'm finally living in the world of Star Trek, where everything you needed or wanted was instantly available to you. It's just that I could never identify the economic structure that provided everything anyone could wish for. Life just gets more and more interesting!
Started out with a fast research project (using google docs) exploring the new iPads, Kindles HD, etc.
Dean Shareski (Canada): Moose Jaw, Saskatua
Works for the Discovery Network - growing it in Canada. Includes Discovery streaming.
Previously worked at district supporting teacher.
He started a blog seven years ago
Discussed the conflict between traditional school and the move toward student centered learning
He feels technology and student centered learning is empowering.
Points out that self responsibility is important in real life and students need to learn how to be responsible for their own learning before they face the real world.
Does a new pencil make math scores go up?
Bigger you are, the more difficult it is to innovate. You need less bureaucracy
Teachers need to be learners first.
Projects: how does online learning differ from traditional. Let students choose what they wanted to learn, but had to devote 25 hours to it.
Blog: Check agenda for links to two blogs
Began with vocabulary.
I SET UP DOJO FOR TEACHERS! VERY EXCITED TO USE.
New Vista for Learning - National Collective for techie teachers.
Dash - free math app on the iPad
Socrative (need student app and teacher app) allows students to take quizzes remotely - collects data (clickers without clickers)
Trussville has developed a 21st century online learning environments. Every student is expected to bring a device.
Teachers are given extra prep periods and collaboration periods (Friday mornings) to develop strategies.
There was s snippet of information on how to create presentations for curriculum.
LIVESCRIBE PEN seems to allow you to write out content on the screen. Maybe that's what they use at Khan Academy. I was hoping we'd learn that in the Ed Tech class.
Airliner and whiteboard.
Free education Map
Mentioned walking tour using QR codes.
Monteray Bay Aquarium - life cams letting you watch animals
WIX.com - free websites
Cravig? allows a device to become a clicker?
www.socrative.com common space for educators.
I FEEL LIKE I'M BEING TRAINED HOW TO SURF
HOW TO BREAK OUT OF CREATIVE RUTS
Mobile technologies are taking over and some schools are trying to move into a 1 to 1 environment. The point is to use the device beyond what they could do with paper and pencil.
This presentation looks at things you can do by taking photos.
INSTAGRAM is for editing and sharing photos. He uses snapseed to edit photos. But there are some great filters in instagram, so once you've gone as far as you can with other applications, upload to instagram and try their filters. There's also a GEO TAG that allows you to see other pictures from the same location.
Photo challenge: Give students a topic (friends, color, object, etc.) Use a 3 to 1 rule, you like three photos for every one that you post.
You get likes on your photos from the online community. It can be very encouraging.
Things like apariture and shutter speed no longer matter when you use a phone.
80/20: 80% core education, 20% experimental? Could that actually be allowed considering the move toward strict Core Standards? I'm wondering if I could allow my students time during basic skills to develop photography, power point, etc. that they choose.
The ticket to power in this era, is knowing how to use media.
He used a voki - it was really interesting. He inserted panels of text to get more information into the presentation.
He used gaming techniques to deliver material. It created a social environment where students could interact with other avatars. This is a really new approach!
Problems with assessments: Can you be sure you're seeing THAT student's work? Teaching eats up time and energy: this teacher says he no longer spends a lot of time teaching, but spends time developing new environments. They're trying to open their systems up to third world.
Students can face more extreme consequences (having a box fall on them or being burned, etc.)
Warehouse: runs 24 hours a day, students can come with a class or individually. They come into the gates, students need to wear a hood. There's also a website (learning.londonmet.ac.uk...
Synthetic Theatre: It involves the students in the show. It does cost: The first show is 99% and runs ten minutes. Another is FIRESTORM.
REALLY INTERESTING IDEAS. i'D LIKE TO EXPLORE FURTHER. I DO WISH THERE'S BEEN MORE LINKS.
Flipped classroms were built by teachers experimenting in classroom.
Question: What is the most valuable use of class time?
Moving direct content (lecture) to home and then lecture moved to home.
Myths and Misconceptions:
Flipped learning relies on videos: but its really about engagement in the classroom.
Hurts students who don't have internet at home: lectures were put on flash drives and DVD. Students can also access through their telephone. You also don't have to have the videos as homework.
Propagating bad technique: it means maintaining the lecture technique. Flipped classrooms don't need to have lectures.
Flipped 201: Mastery approach. Start with direct instruction, move to practice, end with assessment. If they don't understand it, then students go through the process again until they've learned it.
Differentiation is much easier because kids are moving at their own pace.
Kids don't get lost trying to keep up with the rest of the class.
You can reach every kid every day.
What does it look like?
No neat rows, no quiet classrooms.
Administrators: Consider the following:
Teachers need time to change and collaborate. Give teachers permission to make mistakes. Encourage them to keep trying.
Teacher evaluations need to recognize student engagement as a priority goal.
First year is chaos, second year you work out the kinks, third year it's culture.
IT department needs to help teachers.
Be a sounding board.
Be a buffer with the community and district.
Try flipping faculty meetings. (Email basic information, keep faculty meetings for discussion).
I think he missed a point: The flipped classroom incorporates the advantages of online learning and classroom learning making both