Technology Integration Related Tags: Classroom Technology More Related Discussions Shamina Gilmore , Elementary School teacher from Miami, FL. Posted 01/13/2010 8:28AM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 46 Replies 889 Views The kids are all but unfamiliar with technology. These days this is what they love. Why not incorporate into your lesson. Makes it easier for you and the students. Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 46 Share Comments (46 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Show 10 More Comments Posted 2/7/2010 6:28pm Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher Thank you for your input, Karen. I like how you put students in charge of managing and creating products. Can you be more specific about what kinds of topics your students blog about and what kinds of activities/products they have created with VoiceThread? I haven't had any experience with either of these applications in the classroom setting. Sign in to vote! Posted 2/7/2010 6:32pm Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher J. Lance, I love how your activity led to another discussion of other great leaders. I frequently use that site and feel that tools such as video streams help bring history and other topics to life. Thank you for sharing. Sign in to vote! Posted 3/4/2010 9:14am Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. WOW!!! Those are awesome assignments. Maybe we can bounce some iedas off of each other. I was recently moved to another school which has some technology but, not the technology that I am used to. Now I have no smartboard and i am so lost because I used my smartboard everyday at my old school. Anyway, I would love hear some more ideas as to what you are doing and I will give myou some ideas as well. Sign in to vote! Posted 3/4/2010 9:18am Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. Is there anyone on here that created a classroom webpage? I would like to know whats the best hosting site and which ones are the most inexpensive ones to use. Classroom websites are a great tool as well so that students always stay abreast and can communicate with you as well as always knowing what to do and when it's due. So, please let me know what you know. Sign in to vote! Posted 3/14/2010 7:05pm Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher Hi Shamina, The bulb to my projector is out and I haven't used my SmartBoard in a while either. Like you, I was used to having the SmartBoard, but now I must get creative in terms of how to incorporate technology without it. My current project is to skype a school in a Spanish speaking country. I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to expose my students to other cultures and lifestyles around the globe. You can also check out Terry Freedman's new Amazing Web 2.0 Projects book at: http://www.ictineducation.org/free-stuff/ This book has great ideas that you might be interested in. I came across it through Twitter- another favorite site to connect and share ideas with teachers (It's probably a good place to also ask about creating a class webpage). Please let us know what projects and activities you come up with and good luck! Sign in to vote! Posted 3/16/2010 6:16pm Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. Hello, Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. I found a site to create my classroom website. Classjump.com. My students were so excited when I told them about the new website. They went home and they had so much fun on the site and they tell me how much they love it everyday. They are able to go on the site and talk to each other, view there homework for the week, look at pictures from school (with their parents permission of course) and they can read all the news (new happenings). Its such a great tool. Im really happy about it. What I want to know is about the skyping part. How can you do that? It sounds exciting. Please give me more information on how that is possible to do. Also, I would like to know if you could possibly share with me some lesson plans with rigor and relevance or anyone for that matter, for second grade students. I like to challenge my students and give the best that I can. So if anyone doesn't mind sharing or telling what website that I can use to find lesson plans with rigor and relevance. Thanks. Sign in to vote! Posted 3/17/2010 8:52am Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher Hi Shamina, Thank you for sharing this resource. I might have to look into replacing my paper newsletter with a class site. Instead of sending home the information, it might be better to post it online where students can have access to it. I am new to Skype and am currently working with the IT department at my school in terms of what equipment I need. I also need to find a reliable source to skype with- which in my context is a school in a Spanish-speaking country we have studied. For your students, you might want to choose a classroom in a country or culture that you have studied. This could be a great opportunity to teach cultural diversity and appreciation. Also, this experience could be relevant if they compare and contrast their school with the school you skype with. I will be on the look out for lesson plans with rigor and relevance. What specific topics are you looking for? I have found that thematic units geared towards gifted learners contain what you are looking for. I also feel that all students can benefit from materials/activities that are geared towards gifted learners because they promote higher order thinking skills. Have a great week, Elvira Sign in to vote! Posted 3/17/2010 12:14pm Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S., Trust me when you do the website the students are going to absolutely love it. Plus you will save some paper in the process of doing so. I like the idea of skyping however, I'm not sure of well the administration at my school is going to recieve that. I would love to do it though. I hate when I am so limited as far as technology goes. it's a real damper someetimes. On another note, I googled blooms taxonomy lesson plans and I got a hold of so many things. I am going to use this in the class to figure out other ways to incorporate technology incorporating bloom's taxonomy. Try googling it yourself and see what you come up with. Good luck! Thanks for the info. Sign in to vote! Posted 3/17/2010 6:46pm Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher Shamina, Check out this site for neat lessons and activities. http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/investigations.htm Sign in to vote! Posted 3/20/2010 3:18pm Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. thanks so much! 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