Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Oh What Fun it is to Voki


A Voki is a fun way to get kids to be creative and show what they know.  The above link is to a voki I had the kids create about a character in Charlotte's Web.  Creating a Voki is easy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Using Mimio Tools to Create Engaging Lessons

You can create lessons on a mimio page with hyperlinks to keep students engaged.  Here is a sample page.  I have many pages put together usually by the day.  First I have an adjective song that I found on Gaggle.  I sent students the link so they can play it outside of the class or during their free time.   I have an adjective game hyperlinked  for them to practice using adjectives.  Then I put them to work finding adjectives in the text.  I just happen to have the text on their computers but you could do the same thing on your class computers using student share drive.  I have a generic exit ticket for them to fill out on my wiki.  You can put the link to a google doc on student share drive and students can take turns.

This is just a sample lesson.  You can create games for students to play or create manipulatives to aide in a lesson.

This is a sample of a mimio page I created to use as a manipulative while teaching multiplication.  We are studying Charlotte's Web so I used a field and carrots to resemble a farm. I screenclipped the farm and added the carrots to be pulled out as the manipulative as I give them the problems.  They will do this with me or I can use it as a formative assessment tool. This would represent 2x2=4. 2 rows with 2 carrots in each row.  They then put the carrots back in a pile and I will give them another problem.  This can be done in groups as well and students can take turns using the mouse and others can use boards or you can call students to come to the board and drag the carrots to show the problem.

It's More Than A Fancy Overhead

As we prepare students for the 21st century we must begin to teach as 21st century teachers.  You don't need computers for all of your students.  You just have to have the idea that you are the facilitator of the learning that takes place and do not need to always be in control.  By using the mimio or promethean tools provided by the school, teachers can create interactive and engaging lessons.  When you let students use these tools to explore and create you will be shocked at what they create. 

Using mimio and promethean to hyperlink games, points of intrest, videos, and research sites you want to control are just a few things you can do.  I use mimo pages to create my lesson plans for the day.  The students follow along the day by clicking the arrows at the top of the screen.  When I didn't have a one to one classroom I had my groups set up so that each table had a computer.  Each student used the mouse and followed along while they interacted using the computer on the table.  It can be done!  Students can use these tools to creaate responses to their learning.  You will be suprised at how students explore and show you what they know.

Give it a try!  I can help you and LEARN FROM YOU !