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For the Student that Loves to Flipping Read! (Helpful Teaching Resource Discovered on Twitter)

Starting an educational twitter account has been a great success. At least two or three times a day I find myself scrolling my timeline and adding a few tweets to my favorites, to check on later. The pool of resources is endless and the discussions between fellow cohort members has been great too.

One simple resource that I found, that I never would have searched out on my own, is the web site: www.flipsnack.com. It is a web site that allows you to produce flip books for iPhones, iPads, etc. The benefit of this is endless. It can simply be used to provide a sense of pride in the second grade student who gets to see her storybook on her Dad’s iPad or a more professional look to the classroom’s monthly newsletter. I think any level teacher could use this to engage students and parents, a like.

Now, I should give credit where credit is due and share the helpful hint. I got this @Joe_Mazza and his tweet below:

The YouTube is here:

If you are comfortable with a scanner, skip ahead to the flipsnack.com portion at 1:19 via this link:  http://http://youtu.be/shMPFH9HQTI?t=1m19s

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The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching

The blog referenced in this post, which is worth reading, can be found here: http://plpnetwork.com/2011/03/22/the-nuts-bolts-of-21st-century-teaching/

The nuts and bolts of 21st century teaching can probably still need a wrench. In other words, someone to make everything turn and tighten. This is the teacher. This independent style of learning for his students is a great idea. A simple flaw is seen here though:

“Then we got stuck. Researching was the easy part, knowing what to do with it is much more difficult. The goal of week three is to construct a mock-up of their exhibit. My students struggled immensely with how to take their research and create an exhibit. What information do they use? What do they want to be their focal point? What story do they want to tell?
 
It’s not that they don’t have good ideas. They have some great ones. As I walked around, I heard some incredible proposals, such as designing the concentration camp exhibit around the concept that many prisoners consumed only 300 calories a day. What does 300 calories a day look like? Yet even with great ideas on the table, they seemed reticent to move forward.”

I doubt if they were asked to present their findings in power point format they would run into such mental roadblocks. The technology of information presenting is wonderful, but concrete representation should still be creative and encouraged. This teacher was definitely doing this, but were all their previous teachers? Is that why this exhibit is so tough to figure out?

“Once they found a number of resources, I introduced them to Google Docs. It never fails that my students are completely amazed by this web tool. Often there are audible gasps.”

I laughed at this portion because it described my reaction the first time a college project partner explained google docs to me.

I think this was a great project idea. I was drawn on the choice of topic. As educators, should we be teaching the Holocaust directly? As this way we maybe be better able to help our students who are emotionally effected by the material. Perhaps, it is better that students are allowed to research such a topic on their own and at their own pace. In high school, my class had a field trip to the Holocaust museum, in Washington, D.C., but we were tasked with going ourselves. So we could go in groups or by ourselves, if we felt that was the best way for us to take in the information there. I have always thought that was a great way of going about this tough subject matter.

I applaud this teachers innovative manner, but hope this is not how he teaches a majority of his lessons.

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June 18, 2013 · 9:05 pm

Follow Me @MrHeronMU

I have decided to use twitter for the ED554 Social Media requirement. I have used twitter in different capacities and have always found it to be effective. I think twitter is perfect to develop a professional network of fellow educators. I look forward to discussing different topics and new classroom technologies with friends, classmates and peers through this venue. If you use twitter, please give me a follow @MrHeronMU.

Here is a screenshot (Shift+Cmd+4 is a great feature for any Mac folks, who aren’t using it already) of my profile:

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I think twitter is an up and coming asset to teachers, but you don’t have to take my word for it:

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Counting on Technology’s Assistance

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I will focus my lesson plan for this semester on the counting portions of the Mathematics standards for Second Grade. Primarily, 2.4 and the patterns portions from 5.17.

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Free Technology for Teachers – Extremely Impressive Blog

For the first assignment this week, I looked around and read the blog “Free Technology for Teachers”. As someone who has only reads music blogs, it is hard for me to say how this stacks up against other blogs out there for teachers, but I certainly liked it. It is obviously is a blog reviewing and sharing good technology for the classroom. This definitely seems fitting for this class. I do plan on checking back with this blog quite often to try and test out new programs and iPad apps that I may want to use one day in my Classroom.

Along with apps, I notice the blog post educational YouTube videos, such as the video on the explosion of a volcano underwater, from PBS. It was

Another post I enjoyed was 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports. I always liked finding new ways to share projects when I was a student, so I hope some of these can be implemented in assigned work with my own student. One app I am exploring now, from this post, is Pixntell. It is for creating narrated picture shows. Check it out here: Pixntell.

Will add any further discovers from this blog to the comment section of this post, so check back if you want to hear further reviews of something they have posted.

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