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Help with communication and collaboration

So I’m really excited to tell you about the online whiteboard I found.  The white board is Twiddla.  Twiddla is a web- based meeting playground. The website allows for you to write and draw on websites, graphics, photos, documents or brain storm ideas.  You can also be communicating thru audio.  You’re not by yourself you are with multiple people. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall and its free! Teacher get Twiddla free and there is a free 30 day trial.  This tool is something I would use if I was absent from the day and I still want to teach the student.  I could  be away from the school and ask students question.  Students could then answer on a smart board and I could see how well their understanding the material.  Twiddla can also be helpful when students need help outside of the classroom and you can’t meet face to face. Continue reading


Using TPack

TPack stands for Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge. TPack “is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective pedagogical practice in a technology enhanced learning environment.” The best way to understand Tpack is by using a Venn diagram, as shown below.  The three circles represent technological, pedagogical, and content Knowledge.  Many instructors are strong in the content knowledge because it is a subject area that you are very interested in and knows a good deal about.  The pedagogical knowledge is an instructor’s knowledge on how to teach and make the information more accessible .  The pedagogical knowledge is taught to soon to be educators in college.  The pedagogical knowledge will also grow with time and experience. The technological knowledge is knowing what technology is out there and what will benefit the students the most (using the SAMR model).  This is an important part in achieving TPack.  Not having all three parts of TPack is like not adding the chocolate chips to chocolate chip cookies.  You will still have a cookie but not the best chocolate chip cookie.  Missing a part of TPack will still be and educator but the best educator.

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This semester I have learned about PBIS in schools in my Education media apps course.  PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. According to the PBIS web site “PBIS is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.”

PBIS is a three tiered system, as seen in the picture below.  Tier one is school wide students are given the information and are supported as a group.  Tier two is small groups instruction for those students who may need a little more reinforcement. Tier three is more intensive and meant for one on one instruction.  The goal is to always help students and bring them back to tier one.

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Looking a Head

cartoon_bird_dog_looking_for_birds_with_binoculars_royalty_free_clipart_picture_090529-143671-330042I am excited about this semester I’m going to expanded my mathematical mind, my knowledge of technology,and my confidence in the classroom.  I am excited to learn about the Josephus Problem in mathematics; I will post about that later.  I hope my paper explains all the information I have learned to the reader effectively.  I’m also a little nervous about my presentation; I don’t want to talk to fast. I cannot wait to see everything my google account can do.  Who knew one little email account could have so many applications to the classroom? I have also decided to start this blog.  I plan on using my blog to help me learn about technology. Times are changing and technology is a huge part of the world today. So I’m stepping outside my box and blogging.  By creating my blog, I will learn how to use and find resource that will advance my knowledge of technology.  Thus helping me incorporate technology into the classroom.  Speaking about the classroom, I’m pre-student teaching this semester! I’m starting to connect to the students and cannot wait to teach them my first lesson! At the same time, I’m a little nervous about the EdTPA.  I know I have nothing to worry about I have amazing instructors here to help me.



This semester in school I am very interested in learning more on how I can use the iPad in my classroom. I am most interested in exploring the app Explain Everything.  I believe the app can help me create math videos for students to reference at home.  Allowing the students to have an extra five-minute lecture to watch at home can help with any question they may have.  I have used the app Explain Everything to create a short video just touching the surface to everything the app provides.  Like most technology there is always more to learn, luckily for me, my cooperating teacher is a fan of Explain Everything and uses it for his flipped classroom.