Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Using the Smart-Board in the Classroom

I have had a great opportunity to experience technology in a kindergarten classroom this semester. Everyday in my classroom my mentor teacher would have her Smart-Board ready with links and videos to start off the day with the students. Everyday the class gathers on the floor in the morning and the write their morning announcements on the board, this gives children a fun way to learn and interact with technology! I can tell the children really enjoy it and they all want to join in the activities when they are using the Smart-Board.
Kindergarten teacher, Christy Klimes, delivers calendar instruction to her students using the SMART Board.
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Another fun thing they use the Smart-Board for in the morning is watching and interacting with YouTube videos. My mentor teacher has slides full of different sight word links the children were currently working on. Below is an example of a one of the sight word videos the children interact with.

Along with singing along with this video the teacher has come up with dances to go along with all the different songs they do. Go to this link to take you to the YouTube Channel full of interactive videos for students: Have Fun Teaching . The children have so much fun doing this and there are so many more videos and other interactive tools to use with the Smart-Board in the classroom you just have to go looking for them!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fun Brain Games

So everyone knows about the days where nothing is going your way and you need some help to get things going right. Or maybe you just have five extra minutes to spare! Today I'm gonna talk to you about a fun brain game that you find on Pinterest you can play with your class to get everyone back together and ready to work.

One pin I found is more of a physical activity, which can easily calm students down if they have too much energy. Below is a picture of a cube that you could easily put together and write any activities you want! You throw the cube like dice and whichever one it lands on is the one you do.

Make a physical activity cube for restless kids. | 25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers
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On this cube they have activities such as spin in a circle, jump 5 times, and flap your arms like a bird! These are great examples that you can use but other ones you could possibly use with the cube are activities such as shake a friends hand on different sides, or to have them pick games for small group time. There are so many things you can do using this idea of the cube in your classroom! You can also find many more fun activities on Pinterest and it's even kid friendly so your class can use it also.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Google Throughout the Classroom

Hello everyone!!

Today I'm going to talk about using Google for all kinds of activities in the classroom. There are so many things that you can use or even have your children use that are available on Google.

Some things I have used in the past are Google Docs, which is great for having groups work together with a document. Google Slides to make presentations that I showed my students and students can also use to work together to put together a project. Other things to do with Google could be the sites, calendar, mail, drive, Google plus and many more!!

Here are some examples that I use!

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This is Google Calendar and I used this in my Technology class along with all my group mates so we could line up our schedules if we ever needed to work together outside of class. Google Calendar could also be used for planning out things in the classroom, have the children plan out their days together, or even just to show the children what your plans are for each week.
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Here is a photo of my Google Drive that I use often for group projects with presentations, documents and other useful information! You can also make different folders and organize things more to make it easier for children to find things.

You can use all that Google offers in the classroom and so much more! If you haven't heard of some of these things I would definitely recommend exploring more into Google.

Here is a presentation that I found with 32 ways to use Google Apps in the classroom! Look at this to find out more information and look at all the apps you can use in your classroom someday!! Google Presentation

Have some fun exploring Google!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Using WebQuests in the Classroom

First off! What is a WebQuest you ask? According to a definition a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. These can be created using various programs, including a simple word processing document that includes links to websites.

So basically a WebQuest is a collaborative activity in which some or all information that learners need to complete a task comes from resources online!

Recently, I have created a WebQuest in my Educational Technology and Design class at UNI with a group over Feeding the Farming Animals. Here it is below!

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A WebQuest is a great way to have children safely use the internet to collaborate together and complete their task. Students are getting knee deep in technology using real-world tools such as exploring videos, websites, gadgets, and many other resources they may have learned about yet. Technology is becoming use all the time in the classrooms now and this is a great and fun way for children to learn. Not only can they complete tasks with the WeQuests, students can also easily create their own for their classmates. Another thing children can get out of this is putting all the information together that they have learned into a fun project instead of something boring.

As a future teacher using this technology will be very nice for my students to use and they are fun to make. I can also use it for a variety of subjects and it still allows them to learn from each other and display their findings in their own way.

I've attached a link about making a WebQuest and how easy it is. It will tell you about well-planned WebQuests, what you should put in a WebQuest, how to start, and about the design process you should use. Creating WebQuests.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Welcome to my blog

Hello everyone! Thank you and welcome to my new blog site for Insttech class. I'm excited to begin this and share things with anyone who decides to read this! Well if you want to know a little bit about me, my name is Hannah Finn at the moment I am a Freshman Elementary Education major at the University of Northern Iowa. I live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and have one older sister Chelsea who is married and almost going to have a baby and my two older brothers Matt and Myles. I am very excited to become an elementary teacher and share my knowledge with my future students. I hope to find more information, techniques and other ways to help my students be more successful and have a good time in my classroom. I am currently in a Educational Technology and Design class and I am hoping to gain more knowledge about how I can incorporate technology in my classroom for my future students to enjoy and learn from. I believe we will be using a lot more technology in the classroom when I begin teaching so it's great to start now. You can learn so much with the help of technology and a good teacher! :)
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