Added by Hanna Shekhter on March 12, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments
I personally have minimal experience with using virtual environments. Although I have heard of Webkinz and Club Penguin, I have never actually seen them in use and I had never even heard of Second Life or the teenage version of it. After creating an account in Second Life, it only took me a few clicks before I was sure that there were more appropriate places to gather and share information. I did not log into the teenage version of the site - Teen Second Life, but I felt the same way…Continue
Added by Ariella Allen on March 12, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments
Podcasts can be a great tool to use in the classroom. While there are many ways they can be used, I would like to focus on two different approaches.
The first is how a teacher can use them. A teacher can create a podcast or vodcast to review or even introduce a lesson. After the lesson is taught, the teacher can create a podcast with the key points. Students can see what they should focus on and what they were meant to take out from the lesson. The teacher can also…Continue
Added by Yitzchak Matanky on March 12, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments
This week I learned about Social Networking. Dictionary.com defines a Social Network as:
"An online community of …Continue
Added by Leah Moskovich on March 12, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments
I have been looking this week at animoto. The program seems simple enough to use, but I am not sold on the functionality for the text based classes I teach. The videos on the site are a nice way of digital storytelling and could be used in introducing a concept or summarizing what was learned. But I do not see how it could be used in the learning process of a text based class, has anyone done this? The free version also seems very limited in the same way as a thirty second clip might be good…Continue
Added by Aaron Feigenbaum on March 12, 2012 at 12:08am — No Comments
The term “productivity tools” encompasses a huge array of online applications that do all sorts of nifty things. People like to talk about tools that mimic MS Office programs, tools that allow collaboration and communication, tools that facilitate resource sharing, and on and on the list goes. I heartily agree that their scope and versatility is staggering (maybe even worth breaking down into smaller categories…), and I wanted to offer another perspective in how wide-ranging they…Continue
Added by Daniel Z Loewenstein on March 11, 2012 at 11:40pm — No Comments
I don’t know if any of you have tried Diigo for doing research with your classes. We have been working in grades 6-8 on building research skills with meaningful assignments that require students to delve deep and not superficially into a topic. Part of this obviously requires students to research a lot online. This can be incredibly frustrating when students are working on lap tops, school computers, home computers etc. It is even more frustrating when working with a group. You…Continue
Added by Rebecca Troodler on March 11, 2012 at 10:16pm — No Comments
“Productivity tools” is a term that I heard for the first time only a week ago. While I don’t consider myself particularly computer savvy, I thought I knew a decent amount about writing and presentation software, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. It took approximately 3 minutes for me to realize how much I have been missing out on. All it took was viewing this Video, an explanation of Google…Continue
Added by Rena Kirshblum on March 11, 2012 at 8:12pm — No Comments
Lawrence Kohlberg is well known for his theories on moral development which he built upon the ideas of Jean Piaget.
The premise of human nature Kohlberg begins with is that humans are inherently communicative and capable of reason. They also possess a desire to understand others and the world around them. Arguing that his theory measures moral reasoning and not particular moral conclusions, Kohlberg insists that the form and structure of moral arguments…Continue
(Sigh) I hate to sound like an old curmudgeon because I really like technology. But all of the tools I tried for the this week's tech-course assignment seem so labor-intensive. Which is fine, if there's a distinct payoff that makes them worthwhile. I hate to say it but the amount of time that an individual instructor would need to invest in creating a video, or cartoons, or other media for instructional use seems disproportionate to the potential impact. More than that, it diverts…Continue
Added by Laurence Scheindlin on March 11, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments
Podcasts and Vodcasts have several positive and negative attributes.
I like the multi media aspect of both. It's fun to spice up the classroom, especially in Chumash when many schools focus primarily on skills. A video could be a nice escape to liven up a duller skills lesson. For Chumash, the website "G-dCast" has fun parshat ha shavua videos. This could be a different way to intro or end to a…
Added by Alyson Jacobs on March 11, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments
I have to say that I do agree that there are beneficial uses to podcasting.
For example, if you are a teacher who focuses on reading skills, it may be easier to keep up with all of your students by having them record themselves and you listen to it out of class. Because you will never get anything done if you try to listen to everyone every day.
Also, they help with differentiation. The teacher can make different podcasts for different students depending on their levels and…Continue
Added by Eytan London on March 10, 2012 at 9:56pm — No Comments
Added by Dina Rabhan on March 8, 2012 at 9:22pm — No Comments
This year at Haftr Middle School we started creating erev shabbat podcast filled with divrei Torah from the administrators and two students, one boy one girl. The feedback from the parent body especially has been very positive. Firstly, they are impressed and proud that "their" school is part of the 21st century. Secondly, they enjoy listening to a dvar Torah before shabbat. Thirdly, the students get a kick out of hearing themselves broadcasted all over the internet. Finally, i enjoy…Continue
Added by dovid kupchik on March 7, 2012 at 12:20am — No Comments
The other day i asked my 7th grade class "how many of you use twitter?". The response was zero. None of the students use twitter and a few said their parents do. The primary reason for not using it is because they don't own the latest technology ie an i-phone, to use twitter. i am curious to hear from my colleagues if they have experience with twitter on the middle school level.
Added by dovid kupchik on March 6, 2012 at 11:34pm — No Comments
For me, Podcasts are completely unfamiliar. I never coined myself as the “podcasting type” and now I am making one. Because I am not so technologically savvy, I am less keen on taking podcasts upon myself.
The question I have is how can I use podcasts effectively in my classroom?
If I already use audio and video in my class, is that podcasting? The answer I have come to realize is, no.
For starters, Podcasting is an easy way of distributing a series of…Continue
I think Twitter is a great tool that can be used in the classroom. Obviously, like anything else, there are limits. It should not be used all the time. And it definitely should not be used as a way to avoid human interaction.
It can be used in so many different ways. Among them, it can be used while teaching. Students can ask questions through Twitter. The teacher can either be tagged or create a unique hashtag. Now the teacher can leave the smart board on while teaching and…Continue
Added by Yitzchak Matanky on March 6, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments