Module 8 – Done already???

I loved taking this course and following along with the modules.  I’m not sure about my favorite….maybe module 7?  Okay, definitely module 7.  I know this is repetitive, but I never knew I had it in me!!!!  I am so excited to know how to video via screencasting! And, it was fun!  I think I may be becoming a techie….

I would say tweeting and creating this blog were my biggest challenges.  I think I have the basics of tweeting down, but I still need to learn how to join a chat.  I love the idea of a blog, I just don’t know yet what I will do with it in the future…I am thinking of making my portfolio/evidence notebook into a blog.  In Massachusetts, we have to turn in evidence that we met standards and goals and this may be the way to do it.  I still need to work though on the categories piece to a blog.  I just am not able to wrap my head around it.

So, looking to the future, I would like to continue tweeting and joining some twitter chats and start a new blog here on wordpress based on my goals for this coming year (I may even start a blog for my gardens….I am an amateur and I may want to start documenting what I have).  I will also continue to create video tutorials to use in my classroom using screencast-o-matic.

As I look through all the possibilities of tools to use, I would like to try several. ThingLink, Edublogs, Edpuzzle, and Prezi are the ones that jump out first.  I have looked at ThingLink already, but I need to figure out how to make one, so that I can have my students make one.  I have also played around with Prezi a bit, but not a lot and I’m not sure yet how to incorporate it into middle school math classes.  I love the idea of Edublogs…I was even thinking that the school newspaper is already on-line and not published via hardcopy anymore.  Could it be turned into a blog site instead?  hhhmmmm….. Edpuzzle is an app that a friend of mine told me about.  She uses it to flip the classroom in a way.  I don’t know about 6th graders flipping…so many are not responsible enough just yet, but I do like the idea of having a video that they could watch attached to the homework and they could answer questions on the Edpuzzle app.  I think I still need to play around with that idea.

Having said all that, I think I have a lot of goals!

  • I would like to set up a blog for my professional goals/portfolio which would be turned in by May 15, 2017
  •  I would like to start a personal blog on gardening…now.  🙂  I will be planting a new plum tree when we return from vacation and it will cause the front gardens to be changed.  I plan on documenting this.
  • I would like to join some twitter chats, just one by September.  I think they will begin increasing in numbers as school time approaches.
  • I will be exploring ThingLink, Prezi, and Edpuzzle by the end of August to determine their possibilities….more on that goal in August.  I will also be looking again at Moovly…not mentioned in our book, but a great site.  It is free and you can sign up with your Google Account, which keeps our students safe (they all have a school Google Account).
  • I will be creating one video tutorial per chapter by June 2017 using Explain Everything and Screencast-o-matic.
  • Finally, in September 2016, I would like to explore  with my principal the idea of turning the school newspaper into a website or blog using Edublogs.  I think if we allow the students to create the categories, they would have a lot of ideas.

I have truly enjoyed all the learning that has happened with this class.  I really didn’t think I had any of this in me.  It was fun, it was fun to meet others and share ideas, and I enjoyed looking at others’ pages, creations, and ideas for usage.  Thank you very much for this!

 

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Author: keep, flip, change

A middle school math teacher wanting to learn more!

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