Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Edmodo in the Classroom

Yesterday and today we worked with 6th grade students and introduced them to Edmodo.  They liked the look, as they thought Edmodo looked like Facebook.  The students were eager to update their profile pictures and answer our questions.  We had students answer a simple poll and then determine what kind of Technology Personality Type they were.  We found a great little online profile at www.ftc.gov.

The biggest obstacle to tackle this morning was students who did not remember how they had signed in--even though we had given them that information.  No matter how much you plan, there is going to be someone who forgets something, someone who is absent, and someone who is attending something else.  The rose in this particular thorn, were the other students who were eager to help their friends.  Little did they realize that they were learning more in the process :)

As time goes on, I do believe that the tools used daily in the sixth grade classroom will change.  The staff and students have been wonderful to work with and are willing to walk through this journey with us.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Onward we go.......

This year we started a fabulous 1:1 initiative.  Currently, we have deployed approximately 550 Asus netbooks to our sixth graders and 175 Asus or Nobi netbooks deployed to our seventh graders.  Each teacher has a MacBook Pro and Ubuntu loaded on their personal computer.  Those are a couple of the technical details.

Through this blog, I am going to attempt the trials and tribulations of our first year of implementation.  So far, it has been an interesting journey.  We have been kept on our toes and have had a variety of issues, experiences, and triumps.

Each month, we get the opportunity to work for one hour with all teachers involved in the initiative.  This opportunity has been fabulous.  We get to work with all of the sixth graders twice a month as well.  So far, we have been introducing our staff to 21st Century Best Practices.  We are heavily involved in Google Apps for Education and web tools.  Students education has been centered around digital citizenship and Edmodo.

Here is the website that we use for our training session: 
https://4cthefuture.pbworks.com/w/page/40849700/4C%20thefuture

Monday, April 11, 2011

On The Road Again

It has been a long time since I have posted anything.  I think that I have been so busy reading other great blogs and learning new things that I haven't had much time to reflect.  I will get back to writing again, soon.  In the meantime, my colleagues and I will be on the road at 12:00 to drive across North Dakota to Bismarck and Mandan where the ND Face to Face Conference will be held.  Carla and I are each doing presentations.  Wish us well!!

Here is a link to my presentation on Strategies for Engagement using the SMARTBoard:

Strategies for Engagement