I’ve had the opportunity to look at this program that is owned by Edmentum called Study Island. http://www.studyisland.com/tour The beauty that I find in this program is the Online Standards Mastery Program. This simple tool is aligned and specifically written to the Florida FCAT and Common Core standards, presented in an online test-like fashion. Although the school that I teach at doesn’t apply to these standards as we are a private college preparatory school, we have the ability to create customized test for our various classes. This allows us to create placements exams for new students as well as create practice exams for students in a majority of our classes even the AP classes. Another key point about this program is that a school is able to not only track their curriculum standards but also get real-time results and track students, teachers and the school as a whole in terms of data. This really helps the school to get a “picture” of how they are doing as well as their students. Being able to specifically design this to fit the needs of our school and have the data and information to track the curriculum as well as the progress of the teachers and students is an asset to any school.
So you’ve decided to learn some technology tools to integrate into your current class curriculum.
This first Cycle that we’re going to start will run from June 1, 2013 till July 1, 2013. The second cycle will not begin until July 8, 2013 and last until July 31, 2013. This will give you optimal choices and flexibility to learn some new technology tools at your own pace.
Below is a flow chart that gives you an idea as to how the first cycle will run. The dates are rough estimates if you would choose to pace yourself throughout the month.
I have also included a reference guide for you to save to your computer, which give you a quick guide to some tutorials on the major tools that we will be learning.
Click the link below to download for your computer.
When you are ready to start scheduling your trainings, shoot me an email or call me and we’ll get started!
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After reviewing two different videos: Jimmy Wales: How a ragtag band created Wikipedia & Mercator Lecture – Jimmy Wales, I decided to start exploring the world of wikis. I loved learning how with a wiki you can have a network of people contributing to one source. Especially knowing that the information contributed can be monitored and regulated. While researching different educational wiki sites, I’ve found some great one that have some great technology resources for educators.
Educational Origami was one of the favorite sites that I found for resources for educators. It had links ranging from Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to Learning Styles, Digital Citizenship and various Web 2.0 tools.
21st Century Teacher
The 21st Century teacher breaks down what an educator needs to consider for educating our students.
Learning to Change Video
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory
On this page they discussed Gardners’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and then break down the different categories as well as programs that can be used in the classroom to focus on that category.
The Digital Citizenship even contains a page with a tool in it, which school can use to analyze their students knowledge.
Web 2.0 Tools
This page was great since it listed all the various tools and it easily able to be updated by contributors.
The Other Wiki that I explored is called
Cool Tools for Schools
This site was a great source for just education tools. I liked how it was very simple and had graphics to accompany the layout. There was a wide variety of tool categories such as:
- Slide show
The Creativity Page I found most interesting as then on the page they went into further categories such as:
- Classroom Activities
- Creating your own games.
Teacher Resources Page
The Teacher Resources Page was nice because they then broke down the links based on subjects such as:
- Written Language
- Professional Development, etc.
Under Professional Development they had a very cool link to http://learner.org
From here teachers can get various ideas of how to expand technology and creativity into their curriculum.
Both of these site are great resources for educators, with a slightly different feel to them. The Educational Origami site focuses on the classroom as a whole from a Learning Theories point of view all the way to technology tools. The Cool Tools for Schools is great for resources, plus it’s easy to navigate with the graphics and layout. The beauty of these wikis is that educators and technology gurus can consistently update and add new resources that are discovered and become available to people.
After viewing all of these, I’m going to start a wiki to use in my classes, where students can upload their projects when they are completed and then the final project can be available for the parents and other students to view. The students will enjoy having their work online as well as the ability to continually update where they are. The parents will get to visually see the work that their children have completely.