Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Teacher blogging challenge .

I may not be doing this in order, however, here we go.

Day 13: Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.

Number 1 Google classroom.  I use this with our classes.  Students get email where there are tests and assignments on it.  I am currently redoing my web page using Google site.  Which is pretty much the same thing.

Number 2.  Educreations.  I put the videos in using my Ipad.  I am about ready to shell out my money to get the upgrade.  You can edit it, give voice over, and use images as well as writing and texts for students.

Number 3 Kahoots.  This is a good way to have students drill and practice.  They love the games and are competitive.

Number 4  Phet   This is a simulations of scientific concepts.  This is good for students to use, before a lab so they have the feel for it.  I do have to fight it sometimes since our students have chromebooks and it does not always work on them..

Number 5 Pikochart.  I am just starting to learn how to use this.  Since I read so much and think in words, this is a good way to help students who are more visual learners.

Monday, December 28, 2015

post its

I added to post it collection to upgrade my analog calendar. Since I hate looking for things I attached some of them in my notebook.  Some others I put on my podium.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

This is the business card of Kevin Mitnick.  Mr. Mitnick is a security consultant.  What makes him qualified for this?  He is a convicted, did prison time, dark hacker.  I do not mean he went in and looked around...he stole.

Now look at the card.  It really can be used to pick locks.  It is available for five dollars.  As a business card it is genius.  You know the man, you understand his business, and for the card you get something useful.  I showed this to my students.  They want one.  And classes how to pick locks.  How do I explain to my principal that the afternoon STEM class is on security.  That and I would have to get practice locks and such.  Maybe see if a locksmith can do a class.  Granted many STEM businesses sell practice sets.

Then there is this card.  The design company shows what it does.
 Simple, easily rememerable.

Your card is you.  Many teachers do not have a business card.
Many online card makers will offer free cards.  I bought some.
If I do again, I will make it simple, just my name, job and contact information.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

they are still children

fight at school yesterday. we have a policy, get into a fight we arrest you. The parents have to get involved so it solved many problems. Still it bothers me, to see one of my problem students in cuffs with a large county deputy. She's 14 years old and still a child.

I went to a football game a while back. One of our running backs had several problem. Leg cramps which they had to stretch out. Then shoulder injuries which required ice packs on both shoulders. No matter how big and strong they are they are still children.