Thanks for attending the workshop this morning on how to construct Technology Enhanced Items for the upcoming SOL tests. The handout can be found under “Workshops” and if you have any questions for me, or comments, feel free to leave a one below! If you want to heap loads of praise, or give nuggets of wisdom, suggestions, or an idea for a great Italian restaurant, do that too!
While this is really a practice for me to learn how to embed Google Maps into a web page or blog, I am learning how to extend the use of Google into classroom instruction. This is one that I’m making for Virginia History and will be happy to show you how I’m doing this. Interested? Just let me know!
View VS 2b Regions of Virginia in a larger map
SnackTools is a free app site that lets you, the teacher, publish different types of items to share with others. Imagine making:
–professonal quality slideshows of your activities
–online surveys and polls
–stylish flip books (my favorite section)
and other sundry items. For example, here is a slide show that I made from pictures taken around the building:
(If you do not hit the pause button, the show will keep repeating)
Imagine having scores of books available for students to listen to as they read along in their own books, for FREE! Books that are on the public domain (AKA no copyright) can be even be downloaded to podcasts. I’ve not checked out the particulars for any fees for downloading, but there are no costs to listen to online. There are multiples of categories, including children’s literature and historical fiction. Have fun browsing their site at http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/
Imagine, while teaching a lesson in Social Studies (Parliament Bldg? Eiffel Tower? Niagra Falls?), being able to access a web cam easily without having to go on a massive Web hunt. Or, have you wondered what web cams are available that you might not have thought of? I found a quick and easy way to do this on Google Maps! In the upper right hand corner, click on the Satellite or Map boxes, and check the Web Cam choice. Little icons of available web cams appear on the map, and if you zoom in closer, more choices appear. What fun!
During a previous SuperBowl, you probably saw the Google ad that set to video a gentleman’s search on Google about Paris. You can do likewise by making your own Google search video. Make your search into a “story” and set it to music! I tried one about a recent plumbing issue and really enjoyed making it. Try it out!
Now that YouTube has been opened for teachers, please take a moment to look at their education channel to see the benefits of using videos in your classroom. Have an experiment you want to show? Want to show the effects of a tornado on a train? More than just showing videos, take some time to check the site for Ten Ways to Use YouTube in the Classroom, see suggestions, and much more.
With classroom management suggestions, it’s recommended that you open your own account where you can place the videos you wish to show there. Interested in more suggestions and ideas? Don’t hesitate to ask!