Monday, September 12, 2011

Respect

Educational Leadership, the journal of ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) has a great article by Marie-Nathalie  Beaudoin about school respect in its September 2011 issue (pages 40-44).  This goes into school culture and shares how the staff needs and wants are passed on to students.  If the teachers "are stressed, unhappy, and unsupported by their peers" they "are more inclined to treat their students with disrespect."  The good news is there are many articles in this issue with starting points, ideas for improvement and pathways to respectful school climates and communities.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Web Tools for 2011-12

Last year, I introduced Google Apps for Education to my 2nd - 5th graders.  They enjoyed working on the cloud and especially loved making webpages.  Also last year I introduced Glogster.edu to our 4th graders (paid for that one).  I'm continuing with those two this year, but adding in voki classroom.  For just under $30 you can get 200 logins - voki uses an avatar that students create and then allows either voice  uploads or typed script (with a choice of voice accents).  Students create these on all curriculum topics and share or post online.  We're also using a new Edmodo our school system provides to offer another web tool for students to have input for a classroom.  The 3rd-5th graders login to the 3rd grade lab or the 4th-5th grade lab.  They had two assignments.  One is to learn to make a quick post in response to a teacher request and the other is to vote in a poll.  This webtool has the look of Facebook, but does not allow students to post to each other, only as a response to a teacher.  Then the post is reviewed by the teacher before it is seen.

I use a wiki for my lesson plans and posting student work or links to their work.  Here's to a great year using web tools with students!