The Importance of Twitter in Education

I’ve been on Twitter for almost a year now and I’m addicted to it. I’m so addicted that I have two accounts. One account is my “teacher” account and the second account is my “goofing off” account. I thought this was the best way to help spread the word about what I do in the classroom but also follow my favorite sports and music.
I firmly believe that every teacher should get a twitter account. It’s the greatest professional development for me. I learn about the newest web tools to use and also neat articles. It’s also cool to follow Bill Nye The Science Guy or The Smithsonian. They share really neat info to share in the classroom. It’s the best way to communicate with fellow teachers too. You can google some of the best teachers to follow. Twitter is more than checking to see what your favorite star is eating. It’s a great way to learn! Do your self a favor and go get an account now!

Animoto-Create videos fast!

Animoto is a web 2.0 tool that allows you to make videos.  Animoto is kind of like iMovies but it is much faster to make a movie.  For example, if you go on a field trip in the morning, you can have a movie to show the students in the afternoon.  You can also create videos from your iPhone by downloading the app.

Check out the video I created a while back so you can get a feel for Animoto.

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Toontastic- Creating Cartoons

Here is a neat app my wife told me about. Toontastic is an iPad app that allows you to create cartoons for free. You can set up your cartoon with a conflict and resolution. You can choose a setting or draw your own. You can also use the characters that come with the app or create your own. My son loves this app. He has created some that are very cute and funny. You can search and share the movies very easily too. Check out this app!

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You Tube for Teachers

I had the amazing opportunity to go to NSTA this year in Indy. (Big thanks to my wife Allison by the way!) While I was there, You Tube was there to discuss their site for teachers. Youtube for Teachers allow teachers to show videos to their class without having to worry about if it is appropriate. I always show You tube videos on the fly for my ELLs. This means that if I think they are not understanding what a tornado is, then I’m going to show a video of a tornado with out screening it. Youtube for Teachers has videos that are screened and are very educational. The homepage is divided by core content and grade levels. It’s very easy to navigate through. The gentleman that works for Youtube, said that the comments can be disabled too. I was really amazed on how great it looked. I will use this in my classroom!

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Easter Egg Hunting

In the unit, we had an Easter egg hunt before Spring Break. Surprisingly, the majority of the class have been Easter Egg hunting. I guess they have had the chance to do it with the local churches. Easter Egg Hunting is a great way to teach Math too. For example, we had 195 eggs donated to us. There are 13 students in the unit so we figured out how much eggs each of the students get. It ended up we couldn’t find all of the eggs so we had to do another division problem. Check out the pics!

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