SAMR model – Technology Models

The SAMR model is a technology integration model that helps teachers utilize technology in their classrooms. I like this model because it will force me to utilize more technology in my lessons more meaningful that merely substitution, which is the first tier of SAMR. Continue reading “SAMR model – Technology Models”


Kahoot – A Tool for Formative Assessment

Kahoot is a great online assessment tool for anyone to use. Kahoot is a great assessment tool because it’s an interactive game for students to play during class time.I find Kahoot to be a good tool because students are involved in learning but are also having fun at the same time.  Students get points based on how long it took them to answer the question and whether they had the correct answer or not. After each question, the game will give you an update on who is in the lead based on point value. The quicker the student answers the question with the correct answer, the more points he/she will earn. At the end of the game, the students can see who placed in first, second and third. It’s fun for students to use because it gives them encouragement to do better because they want to “win.” This tool is good for classroom use because you can do formative assessment at the beginning of a unit to see what the students already know, and throughout a unit to check for understanding to see where you need to further scaffold student learning and which students need intervention.

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Today’sMeet – Collaboration and Communication

When it comes to collaboration and communication, it is essential for those to be present in a classroom. Often times, teachers will find that they struggle getting some of their students to talk during class. This could be because the student is shy, he/she is afraid of being judged by his/her peers, or because they simply aren’t paying attention because the class isn’t engaging them enough. If your student isn’t engaged enough or is afraid of judgement, a good tech tool to use is Today’s Meet. Today’s Meet is an online website where you can host different “chat rooms” and post different questions for your students to answer during class, or simply to have available to your students if they have questions at any time but are afraid to speak up in front of others. The nice thing about Today’s Meet is if you have a student who is afraid of being judged or being embarrassed by asking a “stupid” question (which no question is a stupid question), they can sign in using a pseudonym or alias so that nobody else knows who they actually are. I believe this tool is important because I feel that every student has the right to learn and to ask questions if he/she needs clarification. This is a good form of communication because you will have the website pulled up on the overhead screen and it will automatically update when a new message has been sent to the “chat”. It is also helpful because each day/week, you can bring up the same chat room where you were in the last class, and pick up right where you left off and see if there were any unanswered questions left to address. For a tutorial on how to use Today’s Meet, click on the link below to watch a tutorial video.

Technology Integration

Technology is something that is ever changing and is hard to keep up with. There are so many different things to use. There are SMARTboards, endless Google Apps, numerous options for social media, tablets, Chromebooks – the new possibilities are endless! One of my goals right now with technology is using Twitter and building my PLN. Twitter is something that is completely new to me, and I am finding it hard to adjust to. I am also trying to become more accustomed to using Google+. Google+ has many different parts and apps to use with it, that you can virtually do everything on it. Right now, I am trying to keep up with my accounts, and to learn how to get comfortable using these sites. These sites are great ways to network with others to learn new information, new methods of teaching and using technology, and to learn about even newer technology that is being introduced into society.

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