Daily Digital Discoveries 08/27/2010

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  1. Hello Mrs. Krause,
    Math drills online, ideal. I did some observation at an elementary school last year and the teacher would put her kids in groups of about 3 to 4 and put them in activity stations accordingly. One station was computer lessons, (this was a 3rd grade class) the program would take them through numerous activities but I noticed they were all basically the same type of problems, no change in levels. I like the ability to put your own problems in for the kids. Teachers would be the ones to know and challenge their ability.
    The clickers that are being used now, this is new to me. I just received one for a Biology course at my college. I have never used one of these before and honestly had never seen one. So many in schools today get embarrassed by giving wrong answers or are afraid of looking “dumb” in front of people. This provides an alternative form of interaction that I believe to be positive step and allowing more than one student to answer a problem.

  2. Hello Mrs. Krause,

    My name is Tierra Dinkins and I am an undergraduate education student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a an Educational Media class which also has a blog edm310.blogspot.com/. The class is meant to teach future teachers how media can be used in the classroom. Dr. Strange teaches through action instead of “burp back teaching” and assigns everyone in the class to start a blog. My blog is located at dinkinstierraedm310.blogspot.com/. It is also apart of our assignment to comment on an assigned teachers blog every two weeks and you are my first teacher.
    I found all of your post very interesting especially DrillFly. Math is not a strong subject for many students and the fact that there is a website that anyone can create and share drills with students is a wonderful idea. Many students are on the internet for more than an hour a day and with a website like DrillFly it is easier to access help to improve their math grade. The information you posted about Google is also very helpful to new teachers. I do however think that it would be hard to use Google in its fullness in many under privileged schools. In Mobile, AL where I live it is very hard to assign work through the internet because many of our schools have students that do not have access to the internet. I do think new inventions like the XO is a wonderful way to reach even the underprivileged students in the world.

    Tierra Dinkins

  3. Hello, Mrs. Krause. My name is Amanda Brewton, and I am an Education major and Spanish minor at the University of South Alabama. I am taking a Micro Computing course that focuses on using media in the classroom.Here is the link to our class blog:EDM 310 Class BlogI also have my own blog, which I created for the class (Amanda Brewton’s EDM 310 Class Blog). On September 12, I will be summarizing my visits to your blog with a post on my blog. So, I welcome you to check it out! First of all, I want to let you know that I really enjoyed your links. I thought that the DrillFly website was very simple and a neat way for younger students who are becoming more technologically literate to practice their math skills. I also liked the OEDb website about the many ways teachers can use Google to their advantage. I like the fact that Google is free, that many students today are familiar with it, that students can use Google News to learn about current events, and that the class can create its own library with Google Book. For the 21st Century Education Film Series I watched “Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning” and I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I think that Randall’s approach to the design of learning environments is truly inspiring. I think it’s great how much he cares about what is best for the student. The PRS Teaching Strategy link struck a chord with me because I have actually used the “clickers” in classes at USA. I found that the anonymity of the PRS device made me feel more secure with my answers. I did like using the “Think-Pair-Share” strategy, as well. I also really liked your “Blogs Wikis Docs Chart” because I thought it was very simple and accessible. It’s definitely something I would use as a resource for figuring out which one would be better for my lesson.Amanda Brewton

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