"Although its not particularly flashy, I would highlight good old discussion board posts. Most online college courses require discussion board posts and its important that students are familiar with the format. I find that they need instruction on…"
I am looking for east and free tools to use to foster student discussion in class. I'm presenting at our district's ed tech conference. So far I have Wallwisher, Edmodo and Ning, but would like to have one or two more. Chatzy, Twitter and Today's Meet are blocked (so sad). Anything I'm missing?
"Voicethreads can be used... It is not immediate but the kids can post questions and you can answer them even using video, or just voice or written... You could put pictures of the actual book pages and comment and show exactly what you want on a…"
"Yes, it's very nice and you can embed YouTube videos within the presentation. I really like this feature. After providing content via textual information I included a related YouTube video to wrap the content together. This is the first year I…"
"Thank you for the ideas. I think I'm going to try Edmodo one day...more to see if it would work than anything. But I plan to start working on DVD's for at least two to of the days. The screen cast idea is good too. I may use it when I make…"
"I have a friend who made a DVD of lessons for sub. He was actually teaching and the students following along. Not sure if you can trust subs with technology. Always paper and pencil lessons for students. Depends on how long you will be out"
"How about a class writing blog? One of my writing teachers (I'm a tech specialist) was out for six weeks and had kids turning in their writing on a class blog. Each child had a blog via classblogmeister and posted those links on her Wordpress…"
"You can record screencasts using Camtasia (30 day free trial), or Jing (free, but web based). I have recorded lectures and uploaded them to YouTube. If YouTube is blocked give SchoolTube a try. If you are using Camtasia, you also have the option of…"
"When I'm out of the classroom and have time to plan, I create a SmartBoard lesson that has me talking and giving directions. I teach German and rarely do we have a German speaking sub. I put a picture of my face on the slides and link it to an…"
In about two weeks, I will have to take a week off of school. It is the week right before our state writing test, too. YIKES!I need some ideas on how to teach when I'm not actually there. I can leave sub plans that will be passed out, completed, and turned in without any thought or concern to the quality. I can have students work out of the test prep book. Neither one is really appealing.I cannot Skype due to bandwidth and equipment issues. Nor can I Twitter to them due to the filter.Does…See More