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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Using Videos in the Classroom

During class, our assignment was to create a public service announcement video. We chose to speak about fish rights. We didn't really experiences that many problems with the project. We did two different scenes and it was relatively easy to make everything come together. I really enjoyed this project and would recommend continuing this in different classes. Below is the video my group made. A video assignment could be used to help make something more memorable and exciting for a student, especially in a subject area that they feel is less appealing to them. If a student has been acting up in class, the teacher could place a video camera in the classroom and show the parents the student’s behavior. Or even could video tape the student’s academic progress the student is making and report the footage to the parents.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Popplet

I found Popplet to be very interesting. The more I explored on the website, I found different ways to collect your thoughts, share your ideas and inspirations, and classroom projects. This tool could be used very effectively in a classroom.  I found it also neat how Popplet is an app on any Apple device. The sooner we enforce techinology in the classrooms, the more advance the future generations will be.  

Kidspiration

The other day in class, we were introduced to Kidspiration. Kidspiration provides visual workspace for K-5 learners. Students are able to combine pictures, text, numbers and spoken words to develop vocabulary, word recognition, reading for comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Kidspiration allows the students think and learn and help teachers improve upon their teaching skills. As students make visual connections, they build fundamental skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Kidspiration offers activities in all curriculum areas, so students use visual learning naturally and confidently. I believe Kidspiration is a very effective tool that can be used daily in a classroom that benefits the students in a positive way such as developing strong thinking skills, strengthens reading and writing skills, and build conceptual understanding in math.