Monthly Archives: November 2009
Below you will find a list of timers that I have used in my classroom. I really feel privileged to have a smartboard in the classroom where I can use all these tools.
Classroom Timer You will find a wide variety of times. All of them need to be downloaded.
A beginner´s Guide to IWB
Interactive Whiteboads are a phenomenal tool. Have you ever heard about them before? Did you know that most school in the UK have one in their classroom? According to an organization named Futuresource Consulting, one in seven classrooms in the world will have interactive whiteboards by the year 2011.
They replace the traditional blackboard or whiteboard. In Argentina most schools still use chalk therefore this new board is really a big step towards integrating technology in the classroom.
Two months ago I was hired by a school in the Northern Area of Buenos Aires. They were really interested that I knew how to use Interactive Whiteboards because they had one 4 year in the school basement!!!!
A new journey started. I took a course long time ago and had to refresh my knowledge. Luckily with the advent of the web 2.0 we can nowadays become autonomous learners. The biggest advantage of being a networked teacher is that with a great webhead Joao Alves we are both investigating and learning how to integrate IWB in our daily teaching. Therefore we created a wiki to jot down our discoveries. Please join us in this conversation by joining our wiki.
Why do teachers love Smartboard? Check this wall wisher.
Listen to this inspiring podcast on how different teachers discuss the advantages and disadvantages of IWB.
Have you ever thought about looking at news stories in photographs? The boston.com offers this possibility to its readers.
Below you will find an example.
Next week I will show some of these pictures to my students on the Smartboard. They must guess what news story is being told with the photograph. A great activity to enhance writing skills and their imagination!!!!
My 12 hour teacher training course at Essarp finishes on Monday. Therefore I have been looking for online mindmapping tools for the classrrom. Jesper Isaksson created a wonderful mindmapping chart called ” E-learning and Web 2.0 tools for schools” . He used Mindomo that is a web-based tool to collaborate and create mind maps online.
Maria H. Anderse created a wonderful mindmap on “Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age“.
Other online mindmapping tools to explore include:
This year we used a private Ning with my students. In one of the blog posts I added different ways to learn vocabulary. I shared with them the website Free Rice. They really liked it!!!
Take a look at some comments.
They started to investigate other Web donations websites and compiled this long list.
Donations: Only 1 click
– Free Rice
– Libre Pan
– Lotes de agua libre!
– Libre agua
- Solo Clic!
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25 centavos GRATIS!
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– Haga clic en el botón blanco!
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Do you want to learn how to use Google Wave? If your answer is yes you can´t miss the presentation Martin Nostrala will give on Google Wave.
When: Sunday, November 15
At the same time webheads meet every Sunday. 12 GMT
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