Posts tagged ‘DigitalTools’
Hey guys! I just added my video for the mid-session project. It is on how to use some basic functions in Microsoft Excel. I recorded it from right inside my computer using Cam Studio and my laptop’s built-in microphone to record my voice and my activities in excel. Then I uploaded the video to youtube, and the link is at the top of this post.
Excel is a great tool to use for many different purposes. It can be used in various math courses or computer courses to simplify calculations or to avoid having to repeat calculations for different sets of numbers. It is also great for accountants or for people who are starting a business to keep track of your various expenses, income, taxes, and so forth.
As a teacher, excel is also a convenient tool to keep track of students’ grades, get the class average, each student’s average, etc. This makes grading quick and easy as opposed to punching every grade in the calculator. I would encourage you all to play around with excel on your own, or to get a CD that explains it in further detail, since there is a lot to learn from this tool in your computer!
One of the reasons why I would consider using Edmodo in my classroom is that I can get very disorganized with things when I’m using paper and markers, when it comes to handing out assignments to students, keeping track of every little thing, and getting everyone’s grades down in one book. Also, my handwriting can get sloppy at times. I feel that having so many books or so many records to keep track of on paper can get very cumbersome for me. That is why I may like to use Edmodo. I can have every assignment posted there, so that students can always check there to confirm what the homeworks are and when they are due. In addition, I can record every single grade there. I can keep track of the records of all my students. This is a lot neater than having a bunch of papers lying around. In addition, I can post important alerts and updates even if I’m not in class, and the students will see them when they check Edmodo. The other thing I like is that it is great for use if I am teaching multiple classes. I can create a different group for each class, and subgroups for different class periods, and students can log on to their respective groups. Also, I can organize different files by category into their respective folders, and make handouts available to students on the site. I do not see any drawbacks or anything that wouldn’t work for me on this site. I can also connect with other professionals and colleagues on this site to share important teaching strategies, ideas, and updates. I only see good that can come out of this. In addition, it is professional, as it deals only with academics and education, so I don’t have to worry about my students trying to friend me like on facebook or other social media sites.
I also like School Binder because it offers the same benefits as Edmodo. Actually, I like School Binder better because on Edmodo, I did not find a place where I can keep attendance, or have a class roster right in front of me. On School Binder, there is a section on the right when you click on any class, where you can access the class roster, record and edit attendance, as well as keep track of grades. Each aspect has its own link where you simply slick. On Edmodo, it is a little harder to access any specific category. In addition, I did not find anything in Edmodo that sends reminders when assignments are due. Teachers have so many classes and assignments and students to keep track of, so an email reminder would be helpful. If Edmodo does have a reminder option, they did not do a very good job of making it visible. On School Binder, there is a clearly visible reminder option. It creates flexibility because you get to choose how you want to be reminded- text message, email, on the website, or any combination of those. When I get reminders, if School Binder gives me the option to automatically send reminders to my students, I would do that. Otherwise, I would just send out a mass email reminder or some kind of public notice on School Binder. This feels more organized that Edmodo, so I am picking this over Edmodo.
The Printing press is a tool that can enable students to make their own brochures, newspapers, booklets or fliers.
Three Pros of this application:
1. It is very easy to use: Students can choose what they would like to make, there are pictures next to each word and diagrams when necessary. These pictures make the process much smoother because the students can choose easily which application he or she wants to use while keeping him or her engaged with pictures and the minimal amount of words. The text is in black, but many other colors are used in the illustrations, or as a background color.
2. Another Pro is the personalization that the tool gives right at the beginning. The student has to enter his name at the beginning of the project. Although this does not seem like a very big deal, any way students can personalize their work, hopefully with tie them into their project more.
3. Another Pro is the very clear directions that accompany the tool. Each step has a guide. Just as important is the option that the student has to turn the guide off if he or she feels as if it is too repetitive or unhelpful.
One use of this in an educational setting would simply be using it in the classroom or for homework to write either about the class, or something being studied. I think it is extremely feasible for students to create a brochure for the setting of the book they are reading about why the reader should visit place x, y orz.