Sunday, December 8, 2013
Blog Post 16
Now that I have spent an entire semester learning about important tools that every classroom should have, I think I have a better idea of how my classroom will be set up. My classroom will have at least three desktop computers for students to use, a total of 20 ipads, organized bookshelves, a SmartBoard, a white board, along with 22 desks. I plan to teach second or third grade students, therefore I will be teaching all subjects such as: reading, math, science, social studies, and English. There will be a wall in my classroom that will be called the wall of words. The wall will contain vocabulary words that my students and I have worked on in class.
In my future classroom I hope to engage my students by using projects and technology. Even though technology is good to use I hope to still be able to teach using the traditional way of teaching. I still think that students can be taught using the white board. However, through my journey in EDM 310 I have opened up to the idea of using the Smart Board, blogger, prezi, and ipads. The SmartBoard will be a great tool for me to use when explaining to students how to look up sources that they can use in projects. I can also pass out Ipads to my students when we are doing research and allow them follow along with what I am doing on the SmartBoard. Using the SmartBoard will allow me pull up websites I want my students to look at via the internet and I can also come provide students with the opportunity to come up and use the SmartBoard on their own. When I was in elementary school teachers used those old projectors that required a worksheet made for the projector, which is one of the reasons why I think SmartBoards are unique. In my classroom I hope to be able to show my students games, play videos, and use tools from my Symbaloo Account.
During writing sessions I will assign students the opportunity to use their blogs. We will have a classroom blog that parents, friends, and other teachers will have the opportunity to comment on. The blog is designed to guide students with their writing skills. Every parent will have a link to the blog and I will ask the parents to check the blog regularly as well as leave comments. I hope that having friends and family comment on my student’s blog will encourage them and provide them with useful feedback. During our parent-teacher open house meeting I will inform parents that they do not have to comment on just their child’s blog and I will also explain why their child is blogging and inform them of privacy rights set up with our classroom blog so that no one will be worried about safety issues. I will check my student’s blog twice a month; however they will not know when I plan to check their blogs. My reason for conducting random blog checks is to make sure that every student is writing to the best of their ability at all times and so I can have accurate information when I get ready to assess how well they are doing in English.
In addition, I stated that I plan to use ipads in my classroom. I hope that there will be enough ipads in my classroom for each student to use. EDM 310 has revealed some amazing applications that I plan to use on my own ipad in the next couple of months. I am excited to learn more about how to use these applications so that I can incorporate them into my classroom instruction. I really enjoyed learning how to make book trailers using imovie this semester. In my classroom I plan to group my students in groups of three and have them create an inspirational book trailer. By the time I actually start teaching in the classroom I hope that Apple will have more options and features available to use on the ipad for imovie. Did you know there is an Accelerated Reader on the ipad? Students no longer have to go to the computer anymore to take test I can have student’s checkout the classroom ipad and take their AR test right from their desk. This will be convenient for most students! There are so many resources on the ipad App store for students to use as well as myself as a future educator.
In blog post 1 I said that I would like to use candy such as M&M’s as a way to help students with their math skills. Candy is always nice, but sometimes it can be a mess to clean up. The SmartBoard has many clip arts and shapes that students can use to count with and I even found some math worksheets that I can pull up on the SmartBoard to substitute using candy. My students can take turns coming up to the SmartBoard working out the problems on the different worksheets that I found for them. Candy can help students get involved with what they are learning and it also causes them to get hyper, but I believe that the SmartBoard will spark more interest in elementary students.
I also said that I would teach my students using PowerPoints in blog post 1. After finding out about prezi, I realized that PowerPoints are dull and boring. Prezi allows you to add websites, pictures, videos, and music just like PowerPoints, but I feel like prezi is more appealing to the eye. Prezi has slides that are animated and there is no fee to use this website. How will my students use prezi in my classroom? My students can use this website to make presentations about a book we have read in class, create solar system and use the slides to tell about each planets, or I could assign them a biography project and have them include pictures a video that relates to them on their presentation.