Sunday, August 31, 2014

Technology Accounts to Set Up for your Students

  Technology accounts to set up for students at the beginning of the school year.  Setting up accounts at the beginning of the year makes the rest of the year's technology go much smoother. Trying to decide what technology accounts to set up for your students this school year?  Trying to decide whether to set up accounts yourself or let students do it?  For tips and hints to answer these questions and more, stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Can Students Use YouTube to Do Research?

 Look at these pictures of my students – they are all on YouTube, but they are…researching?  Can that be right? 

Educational videos from YouTube can provide quality research tools in the classroom - find out details from Raki's Rad Resources.

 Yep, that’s right – these students we researched famous Astronomers for our Historical Scientists Project and deserts of the world for our virtual desert field trip project during our Desert Science Unit.

Do you ever use video as a research methodology for your students?  Stop by Raki’s Rad Resources for some suggestions at how to start – including recommended YouTube Channels.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 







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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tangible Play with OSMO!

Have you heard of OSMO?  It is a simple, but amazing way to interact with your iPad.  Check out this video!

I was lucky enough to get mine this week and am in LOVE!

You can pre-order them at a special price now.  I am happy to report it really is as amazing as it looks.  Find out more about my experience with my OSMO on my blog Technology with Class.  I think you will be just as amazed as I was!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 





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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Digital Listening Center

Last year we used a digital listening center with our 2nd graders.  Here is a LINK to the amazing website that we used.  I went through the site and wrote down all of the book titles, then searched for them within our AR software and wrote down the quiz numbers for the ones available.  Then I created a series of listening center recording sheets for the kids to use that included the name of the story and the category it was listed under on the website for easy access, the AR quiz number, AR points, AR grade, and a place to circle fiction or non-fiction.  They took their recording sheet to the computer, selected a story to listen to, then took the AR test.  The kids learned an awful lot about web page organization and using a chart, while at the same time improving their listening comprehension skills.  They had a "fun" space also with one of the cute video songs that is available on the site. HERE is a link to one of the charts; if you take a look it will make sense. We currently have 8 different charts and I plan to add more this year.  You could easily download this chart and change it to fit your needs. It took most kids 5 days to finish one chart.  The recording sheets were printed on different colored paper, and the kids kept up with them in a folder. They were super excited to complete one and then get a new one, and then the others couldn't wait to get the "blue one" too.  I added the site to our start page - post HERE to find out about our start page - which is the home page when they click on the web browser, so this made it easy for them to access.  The reward was watching AR points increase and learning to enjoy books in a different way - digitally. It took about 2 - 3 weeks to completely train the kids.  Yes, they would click on a story that was not on the sheet, yes they would have trouble finding the right book, but after 3 weeks they were pretty good at doing it themselves.  It just takes a lot of watching, re-directing and being consistent with expectations those first few weeks for them to become independent.  They really enjoyed this center.  It was definitely worth the time and effort.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Do you know of another site that has great stories for kids to listen to - besides Storyline Online - please share if you do!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 







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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Learning About Internet Safety

 

interactive websites to help kids learn about Internet safety - list compiled by Raki's Rad Resources.

Staying safe on the internet is an important skill for students to learn.  So many great things can be learned using the internet, as long as kids know how to use this tool safely.  Stop by my blog –Raki’s Rad Resources - to find 10 different websites which teach kids about internet safety by bringing the information to their level.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Learning with Technology...A Reflection


Describe the technology you explored and how you intend to use it in your course.  If you created anything with the tool while exploring its potential, provide us with a link (if the creation is online) or attach the product you created with the tool.  If you just practiced, but didn't create anything then share your screen shots (or phone cam images) of your practice.  

I chose to explore ThingLink. ThingLink is the leading platform for creating interactive images. ThingLink enables you to see your images come alive with video, text, images, music and more.

I intend to use this for introductions, important documents, and anything that I think would be enhanced by using this tool. I think this would be a great tool for my students to use as they complete assignments for the course.

Make sure to hover over the images to have the interactive experience begin. smile

Here is a link to one I created for the SAMR Model: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/548532121413615616

Also see below:



Here is one I created for next weeks Professional Learning: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/548553086541496320



I also created these for my elementary and secondary teacher friends:

Describe how the use of this tool will support presence and interactions in your course and how it helps address your course objectives. 

This tool can be updated as you see fit, so you can continually be present in your images and what you want them to say. ThingLink is a living tool that is ever changing to meet the objectives of your course. It is not your standard image that you look at once and move on. There are different areas on the image that require a person to interact. It may be through text, links, or video.
This tool addresses the objectives of my course by helping students learn and plan great active learning activities based on the SAMR Model approach.


Tell us about your experiences with the tool - was it easy to learn?  Engaging?  Useful? 

The tool was very easy to learn. You upload and image and then tag away by clicking anywhere on the image. There is also a good amount of help documentation for ThingLink. It was very engaging as I enjoyed using the tool and creating what would work best for me. As I created what I wanted using the tool I started to get more ideas of how I could use it in my course. Once you get started, the ideas start flowing. I found this tool to be very useful, interactive, productive, and technology driven.

Another great thing about ThingLink is that it tracks clicks on your images. You get great stats on how many people are utilizing what you created.




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