The few weeks between my semester ending and when the kids are still in school are my least busy weeks of the year so I try to get ahead on school work for the fall. This year I've learned about some new technology that can be added to my classroom teaching and hopefully make the content more engaging!
The first one that I tried was weebly.com, where a free website could be created. Not only am I using the site as a space to blog in (it was recommended that instructors increase their web presence/control their image - what do you think??), but I'm also going to use it for one of my class assignments. Normally my Environmental Science Lab students submit a long and detailed lab report for a major grade but this fall they're going to use their information to create a website. More engaging? We'll see how it goes!
Next on the list - PollEverywhere.com. This is a site that can be used to ask questions of students in class and they can use their cell phones to answer anonymously and then see the answers provided by the class. Clickers have been around for a while but seemed difficult to incorporate as an adjunct since the set needs to be checked out whenever they are used in the classroom - so a lot of back and forth to the media center! Poll Everywhere is easy to incorporate into power points, and I love power points, so I'm giving it a try this fall.
Below are 2 Poll Everywhere questions that you can try out!
What is your favorite vacation spot?
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
The last "new technology" that I'm incorporating into my classes is Mediasite. This is a site that records screen casts. I'm using it to give students a tour of the online classroom since many aren't familiar with the Learning Management Systems.
Below is a quick example of what Mediasite can do!
Sharing a little bit of science in our everyday world .
Email to Class
Class Pics on Twitter
Science of Hockey
Road Salt and Ice
Blog Story - Science!
Snow - Climate Change
Flood in Ellicott City
Reindeer, Moose, Musk-ox
Oil, Gold, Power
Why I Blog
View Meteor Shower
Iron Age to Van Gogh - Native/Invasive species
Forest to Spa
Delaware to Germany/Grow Hedges
Space-A Vacation/How Planes Fly
Snake in my Yard
Assasin Bugs/Japanese Beetles
Venus Fly Trap
Blogs I Follow:
DNA Science Blog
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Mom's Big Year