Are you “blogged” down with new technology requirements? Confused about web 2.0? Do you need to learn the tools that will make you a 21st Century teacher? If you are a teacher at White Oak Intermediate School, relief is on the way. We hope you will join us for our very first (of hopefully many) A-H-H sessions. After Hours Help is coming to your campus, Monday, March 9th from 3:45 to 5:00 in the computer lab. Come prepared to see classroom blogging at its best. Snacks, Sonic drinks, and DOOR PRIZES will make the event even more enjoyable. We will offer a follow-up session on Wednesday, March 11th, where you can begin to set up your own classroom blog with all the technical support you need to succeed. After these sessions, you will be saying A-H-H!
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are currently working on a project to learn Microsoft Power Point. They randomly chose a subtopic from the topic each teacher chose on the facts4me website. They spent one class period researching and recording information from the website and saving pictures to use in the powerpoint. This past week they built at least five slides from the information. The first slide is the title slide that includes the name of their subtopic and their name, the next three slides are information of their topic, and the last slide is the source slide that shows where they got their information. This week we will be learning how to change the background, add slide transitions, add audio if desired, and view our slide shows. I cannot wait to see what they have produced!
I have just returned from an exciting week in Austin at the TCEA convention. I was able to rub elbows with the brightest and the best in the state in regards to educational technology-including the TCEA Classroom Teacher of the Year, the new director that represents Area 7, and the new treasurer of the SOS-SIG. Best of all, these three individuals came back home with me to my own district! Isn’t life great! I return with a new sense of resolve to embrace all the technology that is available to me and my students so we might understand and successfully implement those tools that will make learning what it should be – worthwhile. This blog is a direct result of my week in Austin. I want to be visible to my colleagues so I can more easily find and collaborate with educators with similar student goals to equip myself to better affect my students. I want my students to learn and understand this new forum and how it can connect them to other students so they can see how the sharing of ideas is beneficial. In addition to using blogs like this one, these are other areas I would like to explore as a result of this week:
- MOODLE lessons in technology
- Summer Technology Camps
- Becoming an additional support person for all things tech. on my campus for other teachers and students
- Offering computer lab availability after school hours and on Saturdays with provided support
- Collaborating one on one with grade level teachers to integrate their lessons with technology
- Become trained on the interactive white board and provide lessons that access its technology
As you can see, I’ve caught the techno bug and don’t want the cure.