Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts
Friday, May 22, 2009
Unless you only teach the seniors (and I live with one, so my sympathies to those of you who have had to deal with them for the past few weeks!) you’ve got about nine more days with your students this year. Looking for some websites to send them off with that will keep their brains engaged over the summer without feeling too much like work? The Best Collections of Online Educational Games is a great source for entertaining and educational activities for students of all ages. The collections were compiled by recognized Ed Tech leader Larry Ferlazzo. Use this site yourself to find some interesting activities for these last two weeks of school or send the link home for some engaging summer fun. (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/05/21/the-best-collections-of-online-educational-games/)
Webquests can be a great way to extend and refine your students’ thinking about a topic and can also serve as a great culminating activity for a unit. A webquest allows students to use the Internet to find information, but also requires them to do something with that information. Webquests can be done individually or in groups and can be designed for any subject area or grade level. You can search for existing webquests here or here or create your own. If you’d like to learn more, Krista Rosensteel will be doing a Summer Tech Tuesday session about using and creating webquests on July 21st. (http://webquest.org/index.php)
This is an important notice to all teachers who have a MASD Weblog account. Due to issues with that server, this summer Todd will be moving all content from the weblogs to our new blog server. The new blogs have many more features and will still allow you to post audio and video podcasts as well as other files. If you have a weblog account and would like your current content to be moved to the new blog site, please email Todd Ritter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the day on June 5th. If he does not hear from you, he will assume that you are not interested in keeping anything on your weblog page.
If it has been a while since you’ve visited your weblog and you’re not sure what’s there, go to https://weblog.mbgsd.org/weblog/. Find your name and click on it to see what you have there. If you want to keep some entries but not others, you can delete the ones you don’t want. Login to your account by clicking on the “login” link on the page and using your usual MASD network login. Under each entry you will find a Delete link. By deleting any files you no longer want, you’ll save Todd from having to move them. If you need any help with this or have any questions, just let me know.
Don’t forget…keep an eye on the 48 Carats site to register for the summer technology sessions. For instructional assistants, if you haven’t used 48 Carats before, email Dianne McGowan (email@example.com) and she’ll get you started.