Hello teachers out there in blogland! I have designed this blog to share ways to incorporate technology easily into teaching. I have a sincere passion for using technology daily in my classroom, and I hope to inspire some fellow teachers out there to embrace using technology on a daily basis. After all, technology is NOT going to slow down anytime soon!
Throughout the coming school year I will be posting how I use technology to enhance learning and keep my students engaged. Hopefully, along the way, I will help some teachers out there become more comfortable with the "technology" word!
For this first post, I thought I would share one of my favorite "plug-in" tools to use in the classroom. Last year, I purchased a HUE HD webcam after seeing it in action at the annual Upstate Technology Conference that is put on by my school district each summer. The HUE HD is a typical webcam, but what makes is so appealing? It has a movable stand that can be manipulated to act as a document cam. I had wanted an Elmo forever, but I just couldn't afford one of those on my own and budget cuts would not allow for me to have one either. In light of all of that, sometimes we teachers have to get creative.
I hooked it up in my classroom in about 2.3 seconds, and I got to work. Here are some of the ways I used it in my classroom this past year:
1. read alouds
2. workbook pages (NO COPIES needed)
4. magazine articles
1. Skype with principal to share what we were doing in our classroom on a regular basis.
2. Skype with other classes.
1. Video students working.
2. Video student projects.
3. Video students during dramatic learning exercises (newscast, act out vocab. words, etc.)
I am just as excited to use it this year as I was last year. I hope to video conference with other classrooms to have my students interact with other students on a more regular basis. I will keep you posted on how I use it this coming year.