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Last year, at Hollywood Elementary School, I started my schools Twitter page (@Hollywood ES). ABC7 News Stormwatch team came in for an in-school “field trip” with my students to explain what a meteorologist does and how they do it. During their presentation, they live tweeted and shared photos and videos of the students. Parents were able to follow all the action on Twitter as well!

When looking at the ISTE Standards for my Johns Hopkins courses, I felt as though the Twitter page is a clear example of Standard 3.

 Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

  1. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
  2. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
  3. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats
  4. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

Have any of you started a Twitter page for your class as a way to share answers similar to TODAYSMEET? Or a way to curate current event information? Please share how you use Twitter in the classroom 🙂 

 

 

COOL TOOL ALERT: Decide Now!

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Educational Cool Tool

EQUITY IN THE CLASSROOM

Ensuring excellence and equity among students is a common concern for teachers across all grade levels. Equity refers to the principle of fairness; however, being fair is not always as easy as it sounds for educators. Equity sticks are commonly used to keep students engaged, ensure we are calling on each student rather than a selected few and making students responsible for their own learning. “Equity” takes away the judgment of the individual teacher when determining which student to call on in class. It allows for random selection. In today’s wonderful world of technology “cool tools,” popsicle sticks are a thing of the past. Decision-making on a larger scale can be accomplished with an app called “Decide Now.”
As you can see in the image to the right, I have used “Decide Now!” to input my entire class roster. One spin of the wheel and a student is randomly selected! “Decide Now” doesn’t just allow you to input the names of students in your class and make it easier to randomly select a student to answer in a fun and engaging way, but it can be used for reinforcement ideas, as a “prize wheel,” for classroom jobs, for trivia game topics, to choose partners, centers, the ideas are honestly endless! In an effort to be fair, “Decide Now” makes it easier than ever.
In essence, it is an extremely easy to use app based on a wheel of choices similar to “Wheel of Fortune”. You can input choices and name spinners along with picking color options. Using your document camera you can display the wheel on the board and excite the students as they anxiously wait to see the decision that is made. As a method for breaking up the monotony, this app offers a great way to break from the routine.

This program:
• Works on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• Requires iOS 4.3
• Allows teachers to establish equity in their classrooms in an engaging way using an alternative method
• Provides customization of labels
• Attach to a projector with a VGA connector and create a whole class activity
• Adds chance and excitement to once tedious tasks

Image Citation:
Catforce Studio (2014) Decide Now (Version 1.6)
Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decide-now!/id383718755?mt=8

Assessment Tools

 

Here is a review of some of my favorite assessment tools to use in the classroom.  All of these tools are engaging and allow teachers to receive prompt and immediate feedback about their class’ understanding of the material, however they have their pitfalls as well.  In classrooms where 1:1 technology is lacking, I suggest using plickers.  They are WONDERFUL and I have included the link to the download the free plicker cards. All you need is 1 smartphone with the app downloaded on it. The other sites work best with multiple or 1:1 devices.

*These are even a wonderful way to engage teachers and staff members during Professional Development or staff meetings!

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