If there is one thing I have learned from my education classes this semester, it is to use your resources and ideas from other teachers. Looking at it the other way, I have also learned to share, share, share your ideas and findings with other teachers! Everyone hits the point (often more than once) of “being stuck” whether it comes to new lesson ideas, or how to modify lessons to make them more engaging. Us teachers are all in this together and want to make school the best experience we can for our students in order to help them be successful, so we need to help each other out! I have had the privilege of following my fellow classmates’ blogs this semester and have gained a lot more knowledge and ideas for teaching- especially when it comes to technology. By reading their blogs, I’ve been introduced to many other great tools and resources to use in the classroom aside from what I discovered that I now want to share with you.
Sara Middendorf wrote a blog about a great tool for communication and collaboration called Twiddla. Twiddla is an online whiteboard or sort of a web-based meeting playground. It is a great interactive way to teach class since you can draw on websites and photos, as well as brainstorm ideas. A teacher can also use this tool to teach the class when he or she is gone for the day. Find out how by checking out Sara’s blog!
Have you ever heard of a flipped classroom? I had heard the term, but never new exactly what it was until I read my colleague Ellen Luthanen’s blog. A flipped classroom has technology as a central focus and is completely transforming student learning. As with every major change in the education system, there are pros and cons, but check out Ellen’s blog and you’ll see how far we have already come by trying out a flipped classroom and how much farther we can go.
In my Educational Media Applications class (which is where I started this blog) I learned a lot about green screening. I actually participated in a green screening Makerspaces event with middle schoolers and even presented at the WEMTA conference for teachers on how to use green screening in the classroom. Before this class, I had never green screened before but I learned how easy, cheap, and fun it is to use in a classroom and know that I will definitely use it in my future classroom. Wesley Wingert wrote a great blog on green screening that includes an awesome green screen video that he and fellow classmate, Megan Burbach, made. Be sure to check it out along with his other blogs!