Feb 162011
 

Today we’ll have a UTIPS Refresher training, with some special attention paid to Math teachers who at times need to use custom equations in their questions that, unfortunately, can’t be built within UTIPS anymore.

Let’s first start off here at my UTIPS Student Page: http://clint.utips.sedck12.org – head there and quickly take the short math quiz that I’ve prepared for you called Iron Math Test. We’ll use the data generated from your results to start our training with a review of the Reports area of your UTIPS accounts.

After the review of the basics (see attached document), we’ll show these teachers a few HTML formatting tips & tricks (see attached PDF document), how to use an Online Equation Editor/Generator, and how to use Wolfram Alpha to generate images of equation plots to use in their questions.

Feb 162011
 

Document Cameras in the Classroom

Why would I use a Classroom document camera?

A document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom. There are very few special skills needed to use this piece of equipment. A classroom document camera can be connected to a DLP/LCD projector through a computer or connected directly to a DLP/ LCD projector. This one piece of classroom technology can be used to actively engage students in the learning process. Visual learners will benefit from the use of a classroom document camera by seeing small items, text, demonstrations in a much bigger way. Hands-on learners can also benefit from the use of a document camera by allowing them to be the ones placing objects or items under the document camera and explaining what they are showing. Another benefit of using a document camera is the decrease in copying expense. Schools are always looking at ways to maximize the financial resources that are available. A classroom document camera can drastically reduce the amount of copying a teacher has to do. Instead of copying 30 quizzes for a class, place 1 copy of the quiz under a document camera and either have students answer the questions on a sheet of paper or use clickers such as the Classroom Performance System (CPS) to have students answer the quiz questions. Many teachers refer to all classroom document cameras as “Elmos” but there are several companies that make document cameras including Elmo, Epson, and Lumens.

DOWNLOAD A PRINT FRIENDLY PDF OF ALL CLASSROOM DOCUMENT IDEAS (The document will open in this window. You can save the document to your computer or print it out for future use)

How can I use a document camera in my classroom?

Preschool – Primary Grades Classroom Document Camera Ideas

  • Show and Tell
  • Science Experiments
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • “Big Books” – Big books are expensive. You can turn any book into a big book by placing it under the document camera
  • Math manipulatives
  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Picture schedule. Place a picture schedule under the document camera. Turn the classroom document camera and projector on when it’s time to transition to the next activity and show the students what the next activity will be. “We just finished centers (show picture of “centers” on the schedule), now it’s time for math (show schedule picture that represents “math”)
  • Demonstrating letter formation
  • ABC tiles – let students come up and rearrange the tiles to create words
  • Maps
  • Photos and images
  • Worksheets – students can view you filling out the information instead of just listening
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites. Parents can “see” what their children are learning throughout the day.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker to use in activities such as end of year programs, classroom review and back to school nights.

Intermediate/Middle School Classroom Document Camera Ideas

  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Displaying student work
  • Model note taking skills by using an actual piece of notebook paper.
  • Model sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation and grammar editing
  • Worksheets such as study guides or daily assignments. Fill out the worksheet with the students.
  • Complete graphic organizers as a whole class
  • Project a test for grading; students follow with their eyes and not just their ears
  • Daily Oral Language – can be saved from year to year without writing it on the board each day
  • Math Manipulatives such as compass, ruler, thermometer, base ten blocks, etc
  • Demonstrate how to use a calculator
  • Show students how to set up math problems using notebook paper
  • Math workbook pages
  • Displaying and creating graphs
  • Science experiments
  • Dissections
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • Maps
  • Small items. Use the “zoom” feature to see the small details
  • Valuable items you may not want to put in the hands of students
  • Overhead transparencies (you may need to put a white sheet of paper behind it)
  • Pictures of historical places and events from a book or photo
  • Art pictures or projects
  • Let the student be the “teacher”
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites. Parents can “see” what their children are learning throughout the day.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker

High School Classroom Document Camera Ideas

  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Bell ringers or exit slips (activities for the students to do as they are coming into class or right before they leave)
  • Model writing skills, editing, revising
  • Worksheets such as study guides or daily assignments. Can be filled out as a classroom activity.
  • Complete graphic organizers as a whole class
  • Display textbooks
  • Reference books
  • Math manipulatives such as rulers, compass, algebra tiles, geometric figures
  • Model how to use a calculator
  • Graph paper
  • Model setting up and steps for solving math problems
  • Science experiments
  • Dissections
  • Microscope
  • Science worksheets
  • Science manipulatives
  • Model chemistry problems, solving physics formulas
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • Social Studies maps
  • Resource material you may only have one of or do not want to put in the hands of students
  • Historical items
  • Art projects
  • Displaying student work
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites. Parents can “see” what their children are learning throughout the day.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker.

 

I posted the Primary Grades idea list from another blog previously, but this is from the original source – includes ideas for using document cameras in middle and high school classrooms as well.

Feb 162011
 
Check out this website I found at livebinders.com

This LiveBinder (a collection of categorized links/sites) on iPads in Schools is very comprehensive. Categories include “For Students”, “For Special Education”, “For Teachers”, “For Administrators”, and several others.

Great information and reference for all of those new iPads in our region!

Feb 152011
 

First of all, please head to my Student UTIPS Page to take a quick UTIPS quiz – http://clint.utips.sedck12.org and click on the FMS Sample Test.

Here’s the notes for our training today on UTIPS. To access your UTIPS account, here’s the link to follow: http://www.utips.sedck12.org – let me know if you have issues when attempting to log in or need your username/password.

Feb 112011
 

Welcome to the Victorian Government
iPads for Learning website

This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including the specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.

Why iPads?
iPad Trial

It was only a matter of time… New sites are sprouting up detailing the use of iPads in education. This site goes beyond basically listing recommended apps – they include links for support, steps to iPad success, training to do before deployment, and many others.

Feb 082011
 

Education Series:
Evernote is a great tool for students, teachers, researchers and administrators alike. Check out some of the great guest posts on the Evernote blog:

Sponsored Accounts are available for educational institutions for a %50 discount off of the $5/month or $45/year Premium Evernote accounts.

I have been using Evernote, but it has been sporadically and not too effectively. I really need to start thinking this way and using this amazing tool more.

More teachers and students need to know about this service. I think that I’ll incorporate it into my ‘Speaking Web 2.0’ presentations coming up…

Feb 072011
 

Preschool – Primary Grades Classroom Document Camera Ideas

  • Show and Tell
  • Science Experiments
  • Zoom in on small items to see the details
  • “Big Books” – Big books are expensive. You can turn any book into a big book by placing it under the document camera
  • Math manipulatives
  • Place a timer under the document camera to help with time management.
  • Picture schedule. Place a picture schedule under the document camera. Turn the classroom document camera and projector on when it’s time to transition to the next activity and show the students what the next activity will be. “We just finished centers (show picture of “centers” on the schedule), now it’s time for math (show schedule picture that represents “math”)
  • Demonstrating letter formation
  • ABC tiles – let students come up and rearrange the tiles to create words
  • Maps
  • Photos and images
  • Worksheets – students can view you filling out the information instead of just listening
  • Save images for later use. A classroom document camera connected to a computer can act as a scanner. Teachers can place items under the document camera and use them in class that day and “save” the image for future use.
  • Save an image of what you did in class on the document camera to place on classroom websites. Parents can “see” what their children are learning throughout the day.
  • Saved images can also be incorporated into PowerPoint Presentations and Windows Movie Maker to use in activities such as end of year programs, classroom review and back to school nights.

Great ideas for ways to use document cameras in the elementary classroom – includes tips for MIddle School and High School teachers as well!

Feb 072011
 
Below is a really good list of educational iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone apps for educational purposes. Since I am not the ‘expert’ for all educational iOS apps, these are recommendations by Provo School District, iPad Summit Attendees, and by others who are heavily using the iPad in the classroom. If you have used an amazing app in your classroom, please let me know, and I’ll add it to our ever-growing list of iOS Recommended Apps.

Feb 042011
 
Don't do this from school, but users now have the option of accessing the facebook site via HTTPS. The option can be turned on in the advanced security features in the Account Security section of the Facebook Account Settings page. ????Just go to ???Account>Account settings> Account security??? and check ???Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.???

This will secure your connection from people who may be eavesdropping on the network. ??Using plain old HTTP is how many users accounts have been hacked, your passwords are open to be viewed by someone who watching network traffic.