Monday, 28 May 2012

For your Viewing Purposes

The internet can be overwhelming for teachers with the number of webpages to scour for appropriate, educational content that can be viewed and implemented in the classroom.  Many teachers rely on YouTube as a source for video content that can be used in an educational setting, but there are plenty of other great websites to peruse to find the right video for instructional purposes.  I've complied a brief list of a few video resources and have tried to cover a wide base of subject areas and applications.  Please check these out for your upcoming lessons and offer the list to your students for their own use.

Vimeo is a great resource for both creating and viewing videos.  The website has videos in a wide variety of categories and has an informative video tutorial for those interesting in improving their own video creating skills. 

School tube is a great way to connect students who need to be away for extra-curricular activities or illness to what has been completed or discussed in class.  This website allows you to sign up as an institution and essentially create your own channel, which you can use to 'broadcast' your lessons, class discussions, whatever you are doing on a particular day in the classroom, to students who are absent from class.  All you need is a camera, the ability to upload video to the website, and voila! Your students can view what took place in class and get a similar experience with what you've presented live in class, in video format.

If you are looking for a way to present new concepts in class or having students complete a research project on science related content, Untamed Science would be worthwhile to check out.  It has articles that students can read and related videos on topics such as cell biology, genetics, and world biomes. is a compilation of thousands of educational videos compiled from multiple sources. There is an app available for this site.

How Stuff Works will feed the curious mind.  It shows behind the scences video, demonstrating the inner works of everyday activities and processes. 

The last, (but not the least useful) website I'd like to mention is Math t.v. This website, created by Charles P. McKeague, a recognized college math professor and math textbook developer,  offers tutorials on a variety of math concepts and there are often a choice of 'tutors' that offer their assistance with each topic. Basic math concepts such as expanded notation, word problems, and rounding numbers are explained as well as more sophisticated concepts related to calculus and trigonometry. 

There are plenty of websites that I haven't explored here, but will definitely mention in posts to come!

Monday, 7 May 2012

The Start of Something Good

This is the start of my blogging journey.  I hope this blog will be a way for students, colleagues, parents, and the general public to get access to great information related to technology AND inclusion.  My journey into assisting students and teachers with infusing technology in the classroom has begun and I am tingling with excitement~!

I attended the Student Services Administrators Association of Manitoba (SSAAM) conference on Friday, May 4, 2012.  The keynote speakers in the morning brought forth some great insight into the movement towards inclusion within school divisions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but the afternoon sessions for which I registered were fabulous! I attended a presentation by a kindergarten/resource teacher/technology mentor who's infused technology into her classroom in so many ways it was a bit mind-boggling! Devon Caldwell, who works in Fort La Bosse School Division, presented some varied and fun ways to infuse software, social media, and communication via the computer in an educational setting.  With a SMART board, lap top, and projector, she shared some great resources to use in the classroom to collaborate with colleagues, communicate with other communities and parents, and keep herself organized while meeting the needs of a busy group of students.  This is a master teacher at work!
Here is a list, with a brief description of each, of some of the apps and online resources that Devon presented in an hour's time.  All are free and available for download from the websites listed below:
  • A great resource for completing calendar activities
  • A software app that can be downloaded to smartphones and computers.  It helps keeps documents organized, allows you to take notes, create to-do lists, view PDFs, take photos of objects anywhere with text and then search for that handwritten or printed text within those saved images.  Devon uses this app to collect, store, and organize assessment data for her students.
  • This website allows you to set up an account in which you can input the phone numbers of your contacts, record a message that can be sent out to all your friends, colleagues, etc.  Free and simple to use.
Microsoft AutoCollage
  • A free downloadable software which takes your photos or photos you've comnpiled online and allows you to create a collage.
  • An online resource that allows you to browse artwork and type up the story to match. You can choose an artist or a theme and allow your creativity to take you away!
  • A great resource for pre-created SMART board activities related to math.
  • A resource for creating original, animated video presentations using your own photos and selections from their online music library.  Available for free download to your computer or mobile device.
These technological apps appear very user-friendly and are a cinch to download and start using.  Great ways to stay organized and keep kids engaged!