As educators and moms' we are so busy that most of the time we are taking care of everyone, but ourselves. I know this is is not an Educational Technology post, but a post for Educational Technology moms'. I wanted you to know there is a movie coming out just for moms' that looks to be funny and just a great watch. I am looking forward to going to see the movie with my best friends. I am sure there will be lots of laughs, smiles, and tears. I am beyond excited!! Make sure to check out Moms' Night Out that will be in theaters on May 9th. You can visit the website at http://www.momsnightoutmovie.com
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In the world of Education there are so many great tools that a teacher can use. Sometimes it can be very overwhelming because there is so much to choose from. The best advice I can give is to "Plan with the End in Mind". I do not suggest that you jump on new technology tools because they seem cool and you might seem cooler if you use them. It is crucial to know what you want your students or teachers to achieve first and then see what technology or technology resource will help you achieve your outcome (the end). If you keep that in mind, you will be successful. I always tell people to take "Baby Steps" when it comes to technology. Do not overwhelm yourself with doing to much too fast. You want to master one or two things before adding on something else. I have had this discussion with teachers and students on Web 2.0 tools, ActivInspire tools, resources/activities in Moodle and just about every Educational Technology topic. With that in mind I am going to share with you 3 tools that you should surely try. I am going to focus on the 3 programs I listed above and give you 1 tool to master for each and why it is beneficial to use.
ActivInspire: The "Hidden" feature located in the Action Browser. I love this tool because it quickly makes an object disappear/appear when you click on it. The kids think it is magic. This allows you to make a memory game, reveal answers, and so much more. Your students will truly enjoy it and retain the information better by adding this tool to your mastered list. If you have ActivInspire and like to import Smart Notebook files, you will find that you will need to reset the hidden feature in ActivInspire. It is a quick way to get your Smart Notebook files just the way you want them in ActivInspire. Check out these great videos on how to set it up: http://mbc.sandi.net/library/222082 https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2011-01-25.0808.M.AFAB7AFEF25E8DE6CFDF6DCD3D53F6.vcr&sid=817 Great How to article: http://www.isteconference.org/2012/uploads/KEY_70034363/ISTEActions.pdf
Moodle: I have many favorite tools on Moodle, but I will only tell you about one today = ) A great feature that I love is the Forum because so many times in an online class or even in a face to face class we don't get the chance to talk to the people in our class or the person next to us. Forums allow you to ask questions and get answer to problems you have been trying to solve for a long time. If someone has a great idea, why reinvent the wheel? I love the collaboration that goes on and the wonderful ideas that come from using a Forum. You will surely see student engagement go up and students will feel included in the class environment. There are different types of Forums you can set up so make sure you find the one that best fits your needs. I love this illustrated guide for teachers http://issuu.com/muppetmasteruk/docs/moodle2_revised_ I hope you found the information valuable from this post. I will keep you updated with more of my favorites. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Need a resource? Just ask. Have a great week!
I am so excited to have been a tester of the new ClassDojo Messaging add-on! I am beyond thrilled to have this as now I no longer need to have different programs to keep track of Classroom Management and Communication with parents. Being an educator we already have so much to keep up with so to me less is better.
ClassDojo Messaging is a new feature within ClassDojo’s app on iOS and Android devices. I am in love!!
I am so excited that teachers can access Broadcasts as well as Direct Messages within their class’s Messaging inbox.You can even send images through the Direct Messages....big plus for me!!
Another bonus is the accountability part...A teacher can click on the broadcast message they have sent to see which parents have seen it! No more hearing well you never told me that or it never got sent home..you now have proof = )
Quick summary points from ClassDoJo ● ClassDojo Messaging — a new feature within ClassDojo’s existing platform — launches today, enabling teachers and parents to easily and meaningfully communicate about student progress. ● Teachers will be able to send parents private, “Direct Messages” to update them about their child’s progress as well as “Broadcast” message an entire group of parents with ease about class events. ● We believe this new feature is a major step forward for teachers, many of whom currently converse with parents using non-ideal tools such as formal emails, impersonal text messages, or handwritten notes all of which require more effort, are overwhelming, do not engage parents in a meaningful conversation, and ultimately result in less real communication about students and their progress. ● The feature launches initially on iOS and Android devices, and has been tested by scores of teachers over the past month with overwhelmingly positive reactions! Teachers appreciate the thoughtfully designed, teacher focused features, such as the privacy of not sharing personal contact details, the two types of messaging (Broadcast and Direct Messages), and also “read receipts” showing acknowledgements when parents have seen messages. Most importantly, teachers are now finding it easier to engage in higher quality conversations with parents about students’ progress and development. ● Learn more here: www.classdojo.com/messaging
Get ready for better communication with your parents and students. I can't speak highly enough about how great this new feature is. As much as I love my current communication app with parents...I am certainly making the move to the ClassDojo Messaging add-on! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!