I added a teacher page on Facebook. Connecting any way I can so that we always have up to date schedules and notifications. I have had students send me personal friend requests, and I will not accept them, but they can stay up to date with this page, and connect to our classroom with it. Any other teachers have a facebook page? I saw one from my school, and thought it was a great idea!
The weeks are flying by! I am still researching the properties of classdojo.com, and find it to be great, as soon as I can download individual reports, it might be perfect!
I will write this week a little about some of the technology tools I am using in addition to classdojo.com.
Ipad in the classroom - younger grades (k-3)
I have many music apps, some just for fun, and some with lessons, quizzes, and activities. I've found several good ones for classical music, and orchestra readiness for the concerts we go to later in the year as well. I have begun to make a spreadsheet list for each class, while we are doing an Ipad activity I have to be careful to check off who has a turn. Since it is a on at a time activity, and I only have one ipad, they must take turns, but so far engagement has not been a problem, and knowing that they are all going to have a turn helps.
Promethean board - schedule of the day
I made a page of boxes for younger grades, to make a visual schedule for us to keep on task. This helps the kids know about how many activities we are going to do in a day, and always know what is next. I have linked the songs and websites I use to the flip chart, so that I have it all on one page. I have to save and create a new one about once a month, because as I find things and add to the page, it begins to look like a messy desktop if I don't stay organized!
I just need more hours in the day. So much to do! I am also running into hardware problems, in that my Imac needs updating badly. I don't think that I use more space or download more files than the average user, but my hard drive is full, and I can't download new programs...and I am a fan of the cool gadget programs that mac based computers can add. I found one called Reflection that is a mirroring program for the ipad to pc or mac. Works perfectly on my pc at home, but the imac can't handle it, wrong OS. So I will beg my icats friends to help!