I work as a classroom teacher in a fourth grade classroom. I worked for 12 of the last 14 years as a curriculum and technology specialist. I have worked with classroom teachers grades K - 12 as well as with faculty and credential candidates at Dominican University of California school of education.
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Hello Sarah and welcome to our Voicethread group. I hope you find some good resources for your students. If I can help in any way, please let me know. I also requested Twitter friendship, thanks again for joining.
Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!
That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.
Do you mind telling students and your colleagues again?
Here's my deal: Something has to change in my teaching style. I cannot keep up the pace of paperwork, drill and kill teaching, and a constant feeling that there is a much better way to get students motivated. I spend thousands of hours reworking things, surfing the internet, downloading, creating and it just isn't paying off the way I want it to. Besides, I am drowning in paper. So, listening to the presentation was the first step in my attempt to change.
I am not afraid of technology, but my hesitation is that it will become yet another thing that will add to the overall disfunction of my teaching. What I really want it to do is to simplify and pinpoint very specific teaching goals. At the same time, I want it to eliminate all the busy work and a good intention assignments that never pan out they way I had envisioned. That is my goal. Ultimately, I want the students to walk away feeling like the time they spent in my room has enriched their school experience, not a feeling of, "Well, that was interesting, but it means nothing to me."
If you're interested in Technology integration, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from California!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!