The school system in Mountain Brook, Alabama is having an e-Day, here is the article.
I am now in the running for teacher of the year where I could win a laptop.
Thank you Daniel Jenkins and my 4th period class!
Paper books are now becoming a part of the past, and I am a firm believer that our school’s can benefit from this technology. The cost could be lower which could help out school budgets with cash strapped schools. I applaud you Amazon you are making headway toward the future of reading
This is huge news!!!! For all those people who wanted to check out books for the Kindle you now will have your chance.
Do you know what this is?
This is a QR code and they are popping up everywhere, whether you are looking up or purchasing an app or just having it take you to a web site. A QR code is a fast way for you to use Smartphone, iPod touch 4th Gen. or iPad2 to look up information without having to use a keyboard to type in the URL. For a QR code to work you will need such a device which has been listed (you have to have a camera for this to work) download barcode reader app and you are set.
I am stepping out on a limb by predicting this, but I believe this is the future of advertising, and education as well. Teachers, listen up you can take advantage of this now if you have the right equipment or if your system allows the use of Cell phones. You can implement this now, and all is needed is an app that can be downloaded that will read the QR code. It is totally your choice because there are many apps that are out there. This can be the future of station learning.
Here is a website that will create a QR code for a website of your choice. http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
Teachers in general can use this technology, but science classes could benefit the most out of it. Here are the steps for it. Set up your classroom with different stations that have the QR code on it. The students can use the hardware for looking up the information such as videos or general information. They can also answer questions on the certain topic, if you chose. I believe this will engage the students in two ways they will learn in a traditional station to station way and also, using technology the students are engaged in an act of learning that is familiar with them.
I know this would be difficult to accomplish if you have a cell phone policy at your school if you plan to use Smartphones. An alternative would be if you school has iPod touches that can be used for educational purposes. If you check your school’s library they could help you out if your school has them. WIFI is also something that could pose a problem if you do not have WIFI in the school, but most 90school systems have implemented this.
This is an amazing video on TED. Bill Gates explains how we need to put more money into our schools.
Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools | Video on TED.com
This has been a long time coming for me, but I am so glad Google has decided to release this. Google Cloud Connect is a great new way to sync your Microsoft Office documents to your Google Docs account. If you are a teacher or anyone that has a lot of documents and a need for them to be portable this is a great way for you to use both the benefits of Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Once you install the software on your computer you will need to sign in to your account, and in order for you to sync it to Google Docs is just hit the save button. This is going to make sending your documents to Google Docs so much easier than going to the upload portion of Google Docs and finding the files you want to upload you just hit the save button. Now how easy is that? I hope if you use it you will enjoy this as much as I do.
You can find Google Cloud Connect here http://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudconnect
To everyone that reads my blog I am sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have been busy trying to recieve a weather station for our high school. Thanks for being patient with me.