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Snail Bob

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Snail Bob is an excellent game for students in elementary school to play. This game allows for students to grasp the concept of simple physics and the idea of cause and effect. The game is 100% interactive, and free! Students would excel at this game on a Smartboard because this game allows them to click on different buttons, gadgets, and switches to attempt to get Snail Bob to the finish line. The game allows the user to zoom in for a closer view, a pause feature, and the choice to try any different level that the player has unlocked. This game is fun, colorful, and full of educational value that allows the students to interact, select, apply, plan, create, analyze, and many other different concepts on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

http://www.agame.com/game/snail-bob.html

 

—His main point was about changing schools and our power in that process. The people that criticize public schools mainly say fear, fault, and blame as their main points. Five trends in America that undermine public support are:

1.) The population is getting old – less than 25% of tax payers have kids in schools. They have forgotten about the public good because everyone benefits. For example, when student achievement rises, teen pregnancy falls.

2.) The media is most generally negative towards the public school districts. It is so important because it can spread like wild fire.

3.) A rights revolution has begun in America. It all started in Iowa – 1972 Tinker vs. De Moines. After that case, many different due process rights have come into effect.

4.) Parents think they have the rights to create the schools anyway they wish them to be specifically for their children.  People want their schools to be exactly their way, and all of these rights are putting schools in a bind because they are not that customized.

5.) The melting pot of America. The core function of the school is to melt all the diversity, politics, ethnicity, and races all together, but a lot of parents don’t want their students to be with “them”.

—People want to strip away all local control with public schools and get the control to the state government or even the national government. (It’s the worst of times)

—We now have to unfold the full potential of every child. Back in the old days, students weren’t looked down upon if they did not go to college and just got a job right out of high school, yet today, it is the completely the opposite. People used to not need a decent education in this country, but now all of those jobs are gone and we have to unlock all of this potential. (It’s the best of times)

—“The blueberry effect” After a Q&A session at a public school in-service, Mr. Volmer learned that teachers have to take all kinds of “blueberry kids” tall, short, English as a second language, slow, curious, creative, etc. etc. etc. and he learned that schools cannot be businesses for that reason.

—The schools are specifically designed to leave certain kids behind in the past, but now the schools need to change and make every child successful. The system needs to change. The curriculum that was set in 1892 is basically being taught now too. Even the fundamental schedule has not changed for 80+ years.

—To change schools and prepare students, you must go through the community and build a conversation:

1. Community understanding 2. Community trust 3. Community permission 4. Community support

—The five important S’s Stop trash talking and bad mouthing schools. Shift your attention from the negative to the positive. Share something positive. Sustain the effort and do not stop. Start now and get into the habit of being positive.

Wallwisher

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Wallwisher is a free program that allows students and teachers to post and comment a variety of different objects and text onto one common site. There is no need for the student to create a username to post things on a wall, but they merely need their e-mail address and their name. This site is used by numerous teachers all around our nation! It allows teachers to create a wall where their students who have questions may post them, instead of asking out loud in class. Many teachers have created walls for students to post their assignments to as well. This site also allows comments and feedback on the objects that others have placed on the wall. It is very private. The teacher is able to make their wall private so that no other person, besides those in his class, may see the content on the wall. To-do lists are also very popular on wallwisher, as an array of people create their own personal online calendar. This website is easily applicable inside the classroom because students and teachers may share ideas, projects, links, comments, pictures, and many more things to connect the classroom through one simple and free site.

http://www.wallwisher.com

Google Docs

1.)   Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that allows anyone to create, store, and share instantly and securely. One can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There’s no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any computer.

2.)   This free website is going to be the new revolution within all of the school systems in America. Microsoft Office is not all that cheap, and Google Docs can do all the basics that Microsoft can, but all completely free of cost! Google Docs’ sharing features would allow me and my students to decide who could see and edit our documents. It would also be a great way to publish announcements about upcoming assignments and monitor the students progress on different works they’ve created on Google Docs. An amazing feature of this program is that it automatically saves automatically after a period of time or after a certain amount information has been processed. Another great feature is the access to see students’ revisions history throughout the entire progress of their assignment. Overall, Google Docs would be a very beneficial product to be used in the classroom.

3.)   https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=writely&passive=1209600&continue=http://docs.google.com/&followup=http://docs.google.com/&ltmpl=homepage

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Podcast

http://www.aracnet.com/~eseligma/mm/MM_RSS_feed.xml

  • Math Mutations are podcasts done by a single man named Erik Seligman. Erik is from Hillsboro, Oregon, which is where he creates all of his podcasts. In this particular podcast – “Why the Hex?” – Erik explains the reason hexagons are so popular among bathroom tiles and bee hives. He references the Honeycomb Conjecture, which was proposed around 300 AD. This conjecture states that using a hexagon is the best way to divide a surface into regions of equal area with the least total perimeter. That statement is explained by Erik to be the reason most bathroom tiles and all be hives are in the shape of a hexagon. He ends his podcast stating that nature is smarter than mathematicians.
  • Throughout the podcast Erik did not mention the use of any technology, except that of a hexagon, in that it is the smartest way to go when designing one’s bathroom floor.
  • The Honeycomb Conjecture was new to me. Erik stated simple facts that backed up this conjecture, as well as giving his own spin on what he thought on this matter. From watching this podcast, I have learned that hexagons are the best solution when wanting to minimize surface, while still having maximum area.

RSS Reader

As a teacher, RSS technology is very beneficial due to the fact that one is capable of subscribing to many different educational blogs or informational websites to better enhance a student’s knowledge base. The use of this technology will not only connect the cyber world of the teacher and their students, – if they all blog – but it will connect their classroom to an entire world of facts and information. I hope to use a website like bloglines.com when I’m a teacher because it would be a helpful resource to provide my students with current news that’s going on all around the world.

The RSS reader I am using is bloglines.com

I subscribed to the following classmates’ posts: Raechel Lautenschlager, Amanda Badertscher, Rikki Le, Kyleigh Gillen, and Kelly Winters.

New Technology

The Apple Ipad Tablet

http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/

The Apple Ipad is becoming a thing of the future. Many teachers all around the world are already beginning to buy their students Ipads for their classroom. With an array of different apps such as: Facetime, capability of downloading eBooks, internet, educational games, and so on. By the time I become a teacher, technology will have already advanced itself ten times the state it’s at now. These Ipads are perfect for the younger grade levels because of their vividness of pictures, easy touch screen capabilities, as well as their smallness in size. In the future I hope my school has the funds to purchase these Ipads for all of my students because they will not only encourage and promote learning, but further the process of making learning fun and enjoyable.