|Ms. Stack as a Diction-fairy.|
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
We first have to thank our amazing IT department, because without the many updates to our network over the summer, BYOD simply would not have been possible. The high schools were outfitted with new Cisco wi-fi and the middle schools with Alcatel-Lucent. Now all schools in the district are completely wi-fi enabled.
Some examples of the amazing work can be found here:
Friday, October 24, 2014
We have talked about QR codes before on this blog, here and here. In a recent Lunch and Learn, teachers were trained by our Technology Integration Mentors, Ms. Schuliaz, Ms. Stack (that's me!), and Ms. Tschan on BYOD and QR codes in the classroom. Math teacher, Ms. O'Hagan, attended this workshop and created two different QR codes for her algebra and calculus classes. Now hanging in her classroom are QR codes that when scanned by a QR code reader (a free app from your app store) on a smart phone will take students directly to the homework page of her website through an Internet browser. What a great idea!
Our students now see QR codes all over the high school; on flyers in the cafeteria which take users to the voting form for Homecoming Queen and King to Mr. Grozzkreuz and Mr. Stein's Armenian Genocide Museum in the main foyer which allows users to hear a voice of the Genocide. These QR codes are teacher and student-generated.
How will you use QR codes in your classroom?
|Ms. O'Hagan's homework QR codes.|
|QR Codes hang in the cafeteria.|
|Student-generated QR code.|
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|Doceri for iPad|
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Kahoot is a FREE game-based classroom response system. Users can create online quizzes and surveys. Recently, I had the privilege to observe Chemistry teacher, Mr. Lee Mattes, as he used Kahoot's online quiz in his classroom as review for an upcoming test.
Mr. Mattes created the online quiz in only a few minutes. It is user-friendly and he was even able to import pictures and videos into the quiz itself. Quizzes are multiple choice questions. He then began the quiz from his laptop while displaying it up on his white screen using a projector.
|The first question of the quiz is multiple choice with four options.|
|The students do not see the question on their device, only the four buttons.|
Students also get real-time feedback. They see which questions they are struggling with and can use those questions to go and get extra-help.
|Students see instantaneously if they answered correctly or incorrectly.|
Monday, October 20, 2014
It's here! Google Classroom is a new product in Google Apps for Education, which all of the teachers at Mepham High School have access to and can begin using to create an online classroom. Google Classroom, which is similar to Edmodo and Microsoft's OneNote Class Notebook Creator, lets teachers communicate with their classes and easily share assignments, materials, and messages. According to Google's Website, "Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom."
Ms. Stack will be providing the teachers at Mepham High School an opportunity to create his/her own Google Classroom during a Lunch & Learn in the school library. Date: Sometime in November. Stay tuned for updates.