With Common Core now in full swing and taking center stage it would be easy to set aside the magic and fun that teaching and learning can bring. Luckily with great sites like Thinkfinity’s Wonderopolis you don’t have to. The site can bring out the natural wonder of the every day by offering brief excursions from everything from animals and architecture to volcanoes and woodworking all high interest in an easy to digest format. Users can search the site for CCSS aligned wonders or explore the “Wonder of the Day”.
I wonder what I’ll explore next…
Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog has been found! Ok, it wasn’t lost, I just found it. It’s actually been active since 2003 but it’s taken this long for me to notice. Dr. Puentedura has made available to all his thoughts, slides, resources, wisdom, as well as 10 years of archival information regarding technology initiatives. It looks well worth the visit.
Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog.
The following is from the Downers Grove District #58 web site on SAMRi. They have taken Dr Ruben Puentedura’s work describing the stages of technology integration and put their own special spin on it for their teachers.
Professional Development: Become SAMRi / What is a SAMRi?
The SAMR Ladder of Questions and Transitions
• What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology?
Substitution to Augmentation:
• Have I added an improvement to the task process that could not be accomplished with the older technology at a fundamental level?
• How does this feature contribute a design?
Augmentation to Modiﬁcation:
• How is the original task being modiﬁed?
• Does this modiﬁcation fundamentally depend upon the new technology?
• How does this modiﬁcation contribute to my design?
Modiﬁcation to Redeﬁnition:
• What is the new task?
• Will any portion of the original task be retained?
• How is the new task uniquely made possible by the new technology?
• How does it contribute to my design?
via Professional Development: Become SAMRi / What is a SAMRi?.
1:1 Classroom Management
Something I ran across that seemed to ring true. The article reminds me of a colleague of mine that would say “Smartboards don’t make for smarter kids.” It’s what’s done with the technology that counts.
Try a more immediate collaborative text editor. When I first started sharing and collaborating with others I though GoogleDocs was the best thing since sliced bread. You would first create a text document and add the contact information of whomever you wanted to share and collaborate with. With the online text editor there is no logging on, no contacts to enter just share the URL and your are off and running.
Online Text Editor – Collaborate With Friends.
When you want to see how far something has gone, take a moment to see where it has been. As described on the New York Times ” A graphic history of classroom technology, from the writing slate to the electronic tablet. “
This site lets your create a temporary chat site for student engagement.