Sunday, July 22, 2012

HBA, Craziness, and Technology

So I give myself the HBA...Horrible Blogger Award...this summer. I have posted here and there, but not as much as I intended to. Things have been very very hectic! I don't feel as though I have had much of a summer break. Thanks to many of you my bucket business has taken off! Every spare moment I have been making buckets. For the bigger news we have decided to begin our move to the west coast! Yep, we are wanting to move to Ashland, Oregon area. So our little trip to California was not just time to see family, but we were also looking at areas to live, school districts, and jobs. Therefore we just put our house on the market and are going from there. More than likely my husband will head out there prior to my daughter and I may be another year until we go. We also adopted/rescued a cutie, 7wk old, Maltese girl puppy, Georgia (it's like having another infant), but she is so cute it's worth it! And I have to admit she is good, really really good! She slept through the night, doesn't whine, and loves to snuggle.

Now on to teaching stuff....

One of the other things I had to complete this summer was a technology inservice for the county I work in. They are starting a new technology push called eClass, and my school is one of the pilot schools. Believe it or not I LOVE technology! I know I don't post about it a lot, but I am a bit of a techie geek at my school. A lot of my files are mimio files for the interactive board and those are very difficult to share on blogger, I don't even know if that is possible.

Well the class was mostly run by Discovery Education was was pretty neat to be a part of, a lot of the presenters were from around the US. As I get back into being a "good blogger" I intend to share some of the fun things that were presented so that maybe you can get a few ideas of how simple it is to integrate and use technology in your classroom, not just interactive boards.

The first thing I wanted to share was using student created videos in your classroom. This was probably the most hands on class I attended, as well as the most interesting and believe it or not simple! I know that when people mention video in your classroom you immediately think of actually video taping (do we still say taping???) your actual students. It doesn't have to be that!

There was this great and simple activity that can be done in one, YES ONE, class session. It's called paper slide videos. The easiest way to explain it is...a Power Point using paper and a video camera! Not kidding.

What better way to show you how to make one, then for you to watch one! The only difference is that the students can only have ONE take! Yep ONE take, so they have to be serious and practice.

Now here are a few great examples of how to use them in your classroom and a few student created ones!

Possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!! Seriously can't wait to make some of these with my students this year!

As an added bonus for being so horrible, AND for reaching over 1,000 followers...I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT....I have tried to put as many of my documents that you may need for the beginning of the school year here! Hopefully this will help you as you area getting started and setting up your classroom. I will be in my classroom next week, so be prepared for pictures and hopefully a lot of great ideas!


Unknown said...

Thank you for the freebies!! Don't accept that HBA award!!!! Can't wait to see picks of your room! Congrats on all of your followers!

Mrs. Anderson said...

Thanks for sharing the paper slide video idea. It's something new to me and looks like fun!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great idea for a paper slide video and for the wonderful freebies! You don't need that HBA award; even fantastic bloggers are entitled to a little downtime.

Jen said...

What a great technology post! Would you consider adding this post to my "connected" classroom link up? Then grab the badge on the side. :)

Connected Classroom Link Up

Unknown said...

LOVE the paper slide video idea! My kids love making videos!

Will Grade For Coffee

Rachel said...

Love the paper slide videos! I'm totally using this idea next year!

Megan said...

Paper slide videos are fantastic. One take videos are much more doable because you don't have to spend the time on editing software. Great use for flip cams!
On another note. I really like your weekly behavior and work habits report. However, at the bottom is a place for grades but I'm confused to when you fill them out. At the end of the quarter, each week, etc?

Thanks for sharing the great resources!
Blackboard and Beyond

Erin H said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I am adapting your behavior plan from last year and using a version of it in my room. I can't wait to share with my team and students! I have become one of your newest followers this summer. Don't even think of accepting the HBA award...It's given me time to catch up on all of your previous posts ;0)!

Erika said...

Love the paper slide video ideas! What do you use to hold your ipad or recorder so still?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

Believe it or not, I held the camera, but I know some people use stands...we don't have one here yet!