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I was informed by a teacher that she would like to screencast lessons from her iPad. Since she teaches Chinese, and writing the written language is a crucial part of her curriculum, she thought the iPad and a stylus would be the perfect tools to use for screen-casting.
So I researched iPad apps and styluses that would make this goal possible. What I found were two apps, ScreenChomp and ShowMe, and an article that reveals the top styluses in the market.
After downloading the app, I found that it to be very easy to use. The app allows you to record with audio, pick the thickness of your “pencil” strokes, and import a background if you don’t want to use the default “whiteboard.” You will be given a link to share with anybody who has it. Additionally, I did not have to sign up for an account to use the services.
I did have some difficulties with ScreenChomp. In my first 5 screencasts, only one was able to actually be made into a link. Additionally, there were some instances of the app crashing.
This app was also extremely easy to use. It provided the same capabilities as ScreenChomp, but with no crashes or difficulties in getting a link to my videos. However, I did not like how we had to sign up for a ShowMe account.
Find out what The Verge, a news website that covers technology, thinks are the best stylus for iPads.
Here is my Sketchbot creating a sketch of me on sand in London’s Science Museum. Students can learn how machines can be operated by people on the web. They would need to first take a snap shot of themselves, and a sketchbot in London would draw their portrait on sand!
For my Web Browsing unit, I have decided to add Chrome Web Lab for two reasons.
Chrome Web Lab is a collection of five Chrome Experiments that show how innovative, creative, and magical the web can be.
1. Experiment 1: Universal Orchestra
Students can play music collaboratively with people all around the world in live time!
2. Experiment 2: Sketchbot
Students can learn how machines can be operated by people on the web. They would need to first take a snap shot of themselves, and a sketchbot in London would draw their portrait on sand!
3. Experiment 3: Teleporter
Students will learn how they can visit far away places through the web. View a live 360 degree video shot of places in different countries.
4. Experiment 4: Data Tracer
This experiment let’s you map out the route of an image search.
5. Experiment 5: Lab Tag Explorer
Shows how easily people can browse for information through the web.
I have decided to include Google Chrome apps and extensions into my Web Browsing unit. I think students should know that web browsers allow users to install extensions that benefit their browsing experience, as well as provide educational and productivity apps. Here is a list of apps I have already installed into my browser and will use in my class:
1. Little Alchemy: This entertaining website allows students to learn about how combing different elements creates new substances.
2. Chrome Web Lab: This website teaches students about 5 important things that people can use the web for:
3. Google I/O: Input and Output: Students can use geometry to create a machine that will transport a ball to its rightful place.
4. Builder with Chrome (LEGO): Students can see a glimpse of the world of architecture through this interactive LEGO building game.
6. Pathuku: This game can workout your brain.
7. PicMonkey: Web-based photo editor
8. Autodesk Homestyler: Home-building web-based program
Even a drama class can integrate Google Apps into its curriculum! Two blocks before her class, a teacher asked me if I could create a KWL chart and a graphic organizer for her class to use. Her unit was on street performances.
The teacher started her class with a YouTube clip that demonstrated the art of street performance. She then asked the students what they knew about the topic and what they would like to learn. I typed in each students’ comment into the KWL Chart document.
Students were then divided into groups and were told to watch linked video clips that were provided on their graphic organizer. After watching the video clips, the students gathered into their groups and attempted to answer the questions the teacher had for them.
Last week, a 4th grade teacher asked me what I can do with Google Apps and literacy circles.
For this portion of her reading program, I decided to use Google presentation because I have found it to produce greater motivation and student engagement compared to Google documents. Google document is an app that can be better utilized by middle and high school students.
Google presentation is the perfect way for groups in literacy circles to document key information about their books simultaneously onto one shared document. After the book has been read, the literacy circle conducts a collaborative discussion guided by their shared Google presentation. This document assists the group in critical thinking and reflection on what was read and discussed. Students can also add onto their understanding from what they learn from other readers in their circle.
Slide 1: Title Page
Slide 2: Table of Contents: To make it easier for the teacher, each of the literacy groups will need to link their slide to the table of contents. The teacher would only need to click on the link to go to each specific literacy circle’s slide. To do this, students will need to click Insert, Link, Slide, then Specific Slide, and finally the slide that they would like to link it to.
Slide 3: This slide is the title slide for each literacy circle. It provides the teacher with the names of each member in the group, the title of the book, author, and genre.
The next few slides depends on what the teacher wants the students to discuss. In my example, I only have the students discuss the different elements of the story.
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Use Google Hangouts to broadcast your lesson live to students who are absent.
What is Google Hangout?
Google Hangout is a video conferencing program that Google+, Google’s version of Facebook, provides. You can say Google Hangout is similar to Skype, but where they differ is Hangout’s amazing list of features. I first tried out Hangout with my mentor Mark Page. We instantly saw the potential Hangout could have in an education setting. And when I learned about Flipped Classrooms, I thought Google Hangout would be a great tool to record any teacher’s online video lectures.
Here are the features of Google Hangout and how they can be used in a flipped classroom setting:
I hope to work with a teacher this in flipping his or her classroom using Google Hangout. I know that there are many online tools that can be used to flip a classroom, but I think Google Hangout has a lot of potential, especially being relatively new.
The purpose of this blog post is to explain how Google Hangout can be used to ‘flip’ your classroom. But first we should start by learning what a Flipped Classroom is, and how Google Hangout allows teachers to ‘flip’ their classrooms.
The image above illustrates how the traditional classroom consists of teacher-centered lessons that require teachers to lecture about academic content and assign readings and questions for homework. The flipped classroom is drastically different because the academic content is learned at home through online videos. When students come to class the next day, they get to work on assignments, projects, and lab activities concerning learned content, while being facilitated by the teacher. There is also a flipped-mastery classroom model that is based on the idea of teachers assisting students in mastering learning objectives. This model also provides students with online video to watch at home, as well as hands-on learning experiences during class.
According to Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams’s Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, there are numerous reasons why teachers should be flipping their classroom.
The flipped classroom model allows: