Archive for Things 1-7

Nov
12
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on November 12, 2014

1.   I took a word document (a lesson plan) and converted the document into an .mp3 format (audio). I created this by using Zamzar. Zamzar is a free online file conversion tool that will allow you to upload a file to their web site, choose the conversion format desired, enter your email address, and wait for the file to be converted and sent back to you. This is so easy to use and it delivers your downloaded file right to your email so quickly!

zamzar

My reflections on Zamzar is that it is a terrific tool! This could definitely influence my classroom instruction through a number of reasons. Any grade level could benefit from this tool. For instance, if i have struggling students who need something to be read to them, I can now easily convert it into an audio format. Another great thing about this is if a computer is not compatible to a certain document, I can convert that document into something that will be compatible for that computer. This will save me more time and be beneficial at the same time.

2nd zamzar emaiil              audio pic

 

 

 

 

 

2.   I created my own Google Calendar for my colleagues at my school. We are always wondering when events take place and what times they are held at. The Google Calendar is a great way to keep things organized and stay on track with days and deadlines. I also like this calendar because you can share it with other members of your choosing. I chose to share this calendar with my colleagues but you could definitely use this at the beginning of the school year and share it with your students and parents. This way, students and parents can be up to date on upcoming events and reminders.

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3.    I took one of my Google Docs that had a URL (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx1cAC9lwAPPU1JzUFU0bXBlWTA/view?usp=sharing) and converted this long URL to a shortened URL (http://tinyurl.com/pmn7cr6). I included both my original URL that had 77 characters and the new URL that became 26 characters. To make this happen, I used TinyURL.com. This resource tool is fantastic because it is difficult for children to remember long URL’s, this URL shortener website will make it easier for students to remember the site. There are more URL shortener websites however, this one I chose is very simple and fast to load.

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4.  Evernote allows you to save images, web clippings, and audio messages to a common “cloud” location. It is a great web resource because it allows you to access the documents anywhere just like Google Docs. I also like this resource because anyone can access it without a login or password making it easy for students to access. I made my own Evernote account here.

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5.  LiveBinders is an awesome web resource. It is an area where you can put all information about a content on a single page. You can organize online materials here along with sharing the page with teachers and students. In the future, I would love to create my own LiveBinder on certain subjects or materials. I think students would benefit from using it and would keep things clean and organized. I have looked at other LiveBinders that other teachers have made and can be a good resource to include in my classroom. A couple I have chosen that would fit the curriculum of my classroom would be http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=9999 where it covers material for 5th grade civil war. It has great tabs that apply to certain aspects on the civil war. Another LiveBinder I found useful is http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=898165. I liked this LiveBinder because it had a holiday section where I found a scholastic website for Thanksgiving that I actually had my students look at this week!  The binder also contains other tabs that are resourceful as well.

livebinders

Nov
12
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on November 12, 2014

1.     I chose choice #1, the Skype assignment. I created a new username and password. My username is schoolrocks23. This name will be specifically for educational purposes. Learning about the 50 ways to use Skype in the classroom brings up a lot of interesting ideas.  A few of my favorites that I never thought about was conducting interviews with someone, having an author or illustrator talk to a classroom, and my personal favorite, videoconferencing with other students in different states! This is my favorite because students can learn from other students. They will be able to ask questions and visually see who they are talking to! I will definitely use this tool and apply it for different reasons.

Using Skype, I conferred with two of my fifth grade students. We discussed how we could use Skype and how it could be beneficial. The students came up with great ideas including speaking with family members, speaking with other students, and talking with a friend. It was a great way to introduce this to this students and find out how this could be a learning tool.

skype pic

Nov
12
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on November 12, 2014

1.   For this activity, I chose to concentrate my unit of study on mathematics. Fifth grade has a difficult math curriculum and need all the help I can get! I would like to improve my upcoming lesson in unit 3 on Lesson 1.

2-3.   Here, I created a new document using the Google Drive Documents. I uploaded my typed lesson and shared it with  my instructor as well as two of my colleagues at school. I made sure to share this with “comments allowed” in order to receive feedback.

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4.   I asked my two colleagues to read my lesson plan carefully and comment on anything they think should be added or changed. Receiving information from experienced teachers is one of the best ways to learn and become a better teacher yourself. This is how the document looked after the comments were made.

5.  Doodle is a great tool to schedule a meeting or conduct a survey online! Teaching is a very busy career and sometimes we can not see certain people in the school at certain times, this scheduling tool online helps to illuminate the stress of meeting up with another staff member to discuss a day or time where everyone can meet. Doodle is simple to use and once your request goes out, it goes straight to the inbox of who you invited. I would consider this a tool I would use in my professional career. Learning about this tool will make things easier to communicate days and times with others especially when there is more than two people trying to meet. This will be very helpful and is dedicated to manage everyone’s time easily.

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6.   During my meeting with my staff members, I created a Lino to display students resources. I have included vocabulary words, example problems, a PowerPoint lesson that gives step by step directions, and finally have included two videos. I also thought it was important to add the objectives of what the student will be learning in this chapter. Take a look at my Lino I have created. I will use this tool again in the future to keep notes organized or create one for my students. Either way, it is a great resource to keep it mind.

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7.   The two resources I would use to modify or adjust my lesson would be both Google Docs and Lino. I would use Google Docs to share important documents or articles with my students. Students will then be able to pull these documents up anywhere they want. Most importantly, these documents will never be lost and can always be accessed. I also like this tool because students can upload their papers and I can easily check them and make comments on their papers! This way, students can see exactly what I am commenting on and make the appropriate changes.The second resource, Lino, is a great sticky note tool. It would be nice for each student to make their own. If not, having these sticky notes set up for each lesson will be a great tool to keep things organized.

Oct
28
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on October 28, 2014

1.   I have created my own Symbaloo 5th grade page. This is a bookmarking tool that will support my teaching now and into the future. Below is what my Symbaloo looks like now and will develop each day.

http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/5thgrade234 via @symbaloo

Symbaloo

2.   As I learn new resources from this point forward, I will make sure to bookmark them in my bookmarking tool.

3.   Creating a Dropbox account was very useful. I was not sure what this tool was for but now I have realized what a great and easy tool this is for sharing files and folders.

Dropbox

Here are three links to my documents that I have created:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7bpp1ctd033j4lv/AABtnVEdYEav236e_X2EAPN3a?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7j84e2phb5kvrmf/AABgkv_QHLirCcsf4MzGCM5wa?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7fa2fnf53uqd0jg/AABLj6SsW_ZETLEqCdZae4sua?dl=0

4.   These new practices I have learned about will help me bring technology into my classroom. These tools will be beneficial and crucial when connecting with students and parents. The bookmarking tool I have chosen to create is called Symbaloo. This will help me to keep my own bookmarks in order or bookmarks to share with my students. This tool is easy to use and has visual effects. The Dropbox tool is another great idea to keep things organized. This tool allows you to upload files and be able to access them at any device without using a hardware. It is also great because you can share files with your students or parents where they can access them any time they want. This would be the best for absent students to get their missed work online through this Dropbox tool.

5.   Learning this “thing” helped me realize the benefits that computer technology has in the classroom. This has changed my own practices because I will now keep a Dropbox active and post things daily. This will not only be for my benefit only but will benefit my students and parents to easily access any paperwork or assignments. I also enjoyed creating my own bookmarking page. I thought that is was fun and students can easily access and navigate through the page. I also could see myself creating multiple pages for different subjects. I will now use these new tools I have learned about and apply them into my teaching.

Oct
22
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on October 22, 2014

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Below, I used Tagxedo to make my world cloud. My resource I use periodically is BrainPop. I have copied and pasted a small paragraph and created my world wall into a shape of an apple.

Tagxedo

I believe all of the 108 ways to use world clouds are very beneficial. My favorites include students using world clouds for discussions, vocabulary words, and projects. Learners can answer to questions or respond to a comment on world walls. They can also use this tool to type their vocabulary words for each unit. Students can then print these out and place them where they can access them easily. In school projects, students can create a word wall describing a famous person, explaining different land regions, or even adding it to a student paper. This article lists clear examples on how to use world clouds and incorporate them into lesson plans. The best part of these world clouds is that it can be used in all different subjects and grade levels. In my classroom this a resourceful tool because I will incorporate it into various lesson plans.

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 My Gliffy

Here, I created a graphic organizer on Gliffy. I incorporated pictures and videos to pertain to various learners.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Schools QR Code

       I created a QR code that is linked to my school’s website!

Scan above to view Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy’s school homepage.

 

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My Piktochart

Here is an infographic on Piktochart that I can use for my upcoming lesson on plagiarism. It did not save as I had planned but was a great experience that I have learned from!

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I have uploaded a few visuals on my Face of the Classroom website!

Oct
15
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on October 15, 2014

Weebly is a free service for teachers and students to easily build websites.

My account on Weebly allows me to share my Face of the Classroom with students, parents, and staff.

Check out my Face of the Classroom at http://zarmakoupis.weebly.com 

 

Oct
13
Filed Under (Things 1-7) by on October 13, 2014

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I took the Tech Quiz (21t4t tech test) and scored 50%! The questions consisted of different questions that should have been mastered in Basics. However, some of the areas I needed to brush up on where the basic file names when saving, the ISTE Standards for Teachers, Best Practice Strategies, and SAMR model, the computer shortcuts using the keyboard, and how I should be using more different types of technology than a Windows PC.

Something new I learned when reviewing these areas is how .com, .gov, and .us are all common domains. GoDaddy.com is a great website to check out and see what domain names are available online. It does not cost you anything to search domain names. This site is a great tool when beginning to create a business website. I also learned that I need to get more comfortable with different file name endings such as .png, .mp3,.mp4, .avi. I know now that .png is for images however .jpg works the best. I also learned that .mp3 and .mp4 are for multimedia projects that can be useful for students to know when creating these types of projects. Reading the ISTE Standards for Teachers, Best Practice Strategies, and the SAMR Model can be overwhelming. However, when I looked back and focused my attention on one of these at a time I found that I understood more the second time around. I enjoyed going to the ISTE website and finding out that there is a Standards for Teachers pdf and a Standards for Students pdf. I read through both the standards and found that they are self-explanatory. It is not confusing or misleading. I am definitely printing both of these files to use as a guide for my lesson plans. The SAMR Model shows different strategies in moving away from traditional paper pencil assignments and into computer technology. Google Docs is a great tool to start the transition. Watching the SAMR Model in 120 seconds made things clearer for me (http://youtu.be/us0w823KY0g). Finally, I learned the different keyboard tricks. The most interesting ones were typing three lines such as —, ===, or ~~~ and pressing enter which gives you a perfect line across the page. Changing words into all caps or switching the words back to lower case letters was also a neat trick I did not know about. Format tricks are also useful to know because it speeds to process of things. Selecting the text and easily pressing Ctrl B, I, or U will give you all the formats you might need.

Learning these basics could not have come at a better time. In my technology class, I modeled taking a screenshot to my students and how to use the keyboard to paste (ctrl v). Students thought this was amazing and liked how easy it was. They took a screenshot of their work, pasted in Microsoft Word and saved. Saving using ctrl s, was another trick I showed students. Some students needed more guidance than others but I will continue to use these tricks throughout this year so students become familiar and comfortable with using these great shortcuts.

Learning through the process of quiz-quiz results-tutorials-practice skills really works. It helped me learn by noticing in the quiz what I was lacking in learning and then going back and rereading. Since I would consider myself a visual learner, the videos and tutorials online helped me visualize what the text was saying and furthered explained in details what was being taught. Finally, putting these skills into practice was the final step. This process made me realized what I really learned and how I am going to apply it in the future. Noticing how these methods together work in teaching, makes me think that perhaps students can learn this way as well. Developing lesson plans that consists of this quiz-quiz results-tutorials-practice skills process I believe will help students be in charge of their learning and be beneficial.

 

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The 21st Century course, which is provided at the MISD, will provide me with the tools in using technology in classroom instruction. I will be applying this knowledge at Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy to my second-fifth grade students in computer lab, my co-teaching in fifth grade covering all subjects, and with my fellow staff members.

Thing 1 Screen Shot

Here on the left are two webpages which have been brought together and captured in a screenshot to show how I am applying the technology material, provided by the 21st century course.

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