Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tool Six

I watched a tutorial on how to use Skype in the classroom.  This would be a great way for my students to talk with authors from around the country.  Also, we could talk to students from different countries around the world and discover what their schools are like.  Skype truly allows students to travel around the globe without packing, spending money for tickets, etc.  All the world truly is a stage with this tool.

Blogger is another wonderful tool which teachers can use to get their students actively engaged in discussions about a topic.  I can create a blog for my students to use in which they can comment on important topics such as ways to recycle, how to create environmentally friendly zoos, etc.  The topics which can be discussed are endless. The teacher has to discuss appropriate and inappropriate ways to comment about topics. 

Tool Five - Part B

I created a trading card with an eagle on it through a series of trials and errors.  At last I produced the wanted product.  Trading cards could be a great way for students to learn different facts.

Tool Five

Wordle: Untitled Making a wordle seemed like it would be very easy; however, it was very frustrating getting it to work. My post is not made up of words that I really wanted to use. For some reason Google Chrome is not letting me log in with my SBISD credentials.

Friday, February 15, 2013


I belive using a Google doc is very beneficial.  You can share it with members of your team or even with students.  This is a great way to save paper.

Making a survey was very easy.  This a great way to get information back from students, colleagues, or parents.  A survey could be made regarding a wide range of topics.

VIDEOS (Copyright and Fair Use) and Dropbox

I found videos on YouTube to be very beneficial.  You can find videos on a variety of subjects from behavior to academics.  There are videos about how to implement reading intervention programs.  Right now at Cedar Brook Elementary we are involved in a book study called  The Daily Five.  I was able to find videos related to the techniques suggested in this book for helping students develop into independent readers with a love for reading and learning. I imbeded two of these videos as part of Tool # 3

Copyright and Fair Use

I really did not know very much about this area.  I learned that the following categories can be used by teachers and students:  Homegrown (things you make yourself), Public Domain (works that are shared with everyone), Creative Commons (Licensed up front for public use), and Fair Use (the use of copyrighted material without needed to pay for it.)


Dropbox is a way that teachers can save diferent types of files.  This can also be used as a way to leave assignments for students who are able to read well enough to understand what to do.  Students can also use Dropbox to write back to the teacher. If parent have Dropbox also, this would be a way to share some of the activities that their children have been participating in at school.

Forum.For.Educators: Tool 2 - Blogging and comments

I enjoyed reading the blog post of at least five of my colleagues.  I was careful to follow the rules of Vicki Davis, a popular edublogger, who points out the importance of using pertinent comments.  She also emphasizes the power of words to help or hurt.  I want my comments to always be helpful even if I disagree with a post.  There is always a courteous way to make one's point known.

Tool 1

I enjoyed creating my blog.  I chose a VOKI with a Siamese cat by the Eiffel Tower because I love cats and traveling is my passion. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tool 3 - Video and dropbox

I am going to imbed a video into my blog which could be helpful to other teachers of reading.

Reading to self is am important part of the daily five.  Students learn metacognitive
strategies.  They can use post it notes to ask questions about material not understood.

Tool 2 - Blogging and comments

I feel that we as teachers should keep our mind alert by studying subjects we enjoy.  Therefore, I am posting the URL for Khan Academy which is  This site is wonderful for studying any subject from the French Revolution to Calculus.  Mr. Khan is a brilliant teacher who is able to take challenging subjects and present them in a way that makes them undauting.  All educators can learn from Mr. Khan's gift.  Also, the fact that he wants to continue to provide free access to these courses for anyone from around the globe with internet access is wonderful!

Tool 1 - Getting Started