Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Connected Educator: Quote # 8

“However, I feel it is a disservice to children when educators become so enthralled with the tools that they lose sight of what is most important – the learning.” I see this happening in schools all the time. While I was in my senior year of High School, Smartboards were brand new, and I remember that my Economics teacher was the lucky winner of the first device in her classroom. Unfortunately, this amazing device was never used. She did not take the time to learn how to use the device in order to enhance our learning. She mainly used the board for typing notes and showing movies. While this was back in 2007, I still see this happening in classrooms today.

All teachers want new technology, but sometimes they focus so much on obtaining the new tool that they do not learn how to incorporate this tool into their teaching. This is not a good place to be in. Tools do change, and they change frequently. We, as teachers, must learn how to keep updated while confronting financial issues. My hope is that more teachers learn how to incorporate these technologies into their lessons in an engaging and meaningful way.

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Animal or Plant?

Here is a 1st-2nd grade lesson plan that I have created that utilizes the “flipped classroom” approach. In this lesson, students will learn about the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

Take a look at the video, and lesson plan that are uploaded:

– Take a look at the Go!Animate video (Hope you don’t mind Val! What a cool site! Everyone should check it out!)

– Take a look at the lesson plan.

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The Connected Educator: Quote # 7

Technology is the future. Currently, I am reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and I have to say, this novel terrifies me (along with 1984 and Feed)! This quotation reminded me of Huxley’s novel. By utilizing technology is our classrooms, we are definitely preparing our students “for an unknown future.” Technology is changing and progressing faster than anything we have seen before. I mean, the iPad 3 is already coming out! I, on the other hand, do not even own a smartphone. But, that is a completely different topic… With these advancements occurring as fast as they are today, who knows what the future will look like. Maybe we will be driving space cars!

Anyway, I believe that technology has enabled teachers to provide their students with authentic activities. For example, students can practice their writing skills by utilizing blogs. While class journals are only seen and graded by the teacher, blogs can be seen by anyone entering the virtual world! This type of authentic learning encourages students to produce their best work possible. And as an English teacher, I love these types of assignments. My hope is that more teachers begin to learn about and embrace these new technologies in order to prepare our students for an unknown world.

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How Can We Help Prevent the Spread of Germs?

This is the fourth lesson in the 3rd-4th grade mini-unit based on “the flipped model” that I am working on. In this lesson, students will watch a video that reviews the importance of hand washing.

– Take a look at the video here.

– Take a look at the lesson plan here.

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How Does the Body Respond to Germs?

This is the third lesson in the 3rd-4th grade mini-unit based on “the flipped model” that I am working on. In this lesson, students will study the different physical and internal defenses that the body utilizes to fight invading germs!

– Take a look at the voki here.

– Take a look at the video here.

– Take a look at the lesson plan here.

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Where are Germs Found?

This is the second lesson in the 3rd-4th grade mini-unit based on “the flipped model” that I am working on. In this lesson, students will learn about the different places where germs can be found.  Students will watch the video and then complete two lab exercises.

– Take a look at the video here.

– Take a look at the lesson plan here.

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What are Germs?

Here is a 3rd-4th grade lesson plan that I have created that utilizes the “flipped classroom” approach. In this lesson, students will learn about the four types of germs that they can come into contact with at school, home, etc. Students will watch the video first, review the video and a brief presentation of images in class, and then work within groups on a Scenario Fact Sheet.

Take a look at the video, PowerPoint, and lesson plan that are uploaded:

– Take a look at the video.

– Take a look at the lesson plan.

– Take a look at the images.

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