The Spirit of Christmas arrived at IRJC today. Our school participated in a Silent Cake Auction with all proceeds going to our Santa's Anonymous Fund. Our staff and students raised over $1000.00 for this very important fund. Staff donated amazing cakes and cupcakes and students had a chance to bid on their favorites. We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of our students and their families. Thank you for making this event such a success at our school! Click on the Slideshow to see some of the awesome cakes/cupcakes.
I came across this blog today. It is a fantatstic tool for sharing with teachers. Richard Byrne has included a ton of great technology tools that can help engage students and deepen student learning. Richard states in his blog, " I believe that when it is used correctly, technology has the power to improve student engagement and student achievement. I also believe that technology gives teachers the ability to form powerful, global, professional learning communities."
This week's cool tool is called Thinglink. ThingLink helps you create and discover rich, interactive images. Make your images come alive with music, video, text, and images.
It sure looks and sounds like a cool tool, but how will it enrich learning? In terms of teaching academic vocabulary, Thinglink acts as a digital tool that can help contruct knowledge and differentiate instruction about vocabulary. Students can create ThingLinks that are embedded in their personal blogs or assignments. Here is a neat Video on creating a Thinglink. I found a super example of a ThingLink that focuses on Teaching in the 21st Century. Another neat Thinglink I found focused on the Digital Classroom.
It can be as simple as a novel study introduction. Here is a created Thinglink for a 5th Grade Social Studies Project. It is created by Susan Oxnevad.
My plan is to use this digital tool in my science lessons. For example, we are currently learning about the Weather Watch right now. I hope to have students create a Thinglink on Clouds. I hope to share with you soon!
Thank you Thinglink and Cool Tools for the 21st Century blog.
My goal is to add a "cool tech tool" every week that teachers can easily embed into their lessons to help provide learners with a variety of learning experiences. This week I came across a really neat learning tool called instaGrok. It is a teaching tool that focuses on teaching academic vocabulary to students of all ages. If students are given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. (Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners)
That being said, InstaGrok is an intelligent visual search engine and interactive learning tool that collects educational content and displays it in the form of a cloud of related words. The tool is very appealing because it offers a variety of multimedia features to meet the unique learning needs of students. In addition to the visual map, content is displayed in the form of text, images, video and web links. Also, students can use the handy slider tool to access usable information by self selecting the level of difficulty of results displayed. In addition to the visual mode, an integrated journal and note-taking feature allows users to take notes without leaving the site. Click on the push pin to add content to the journal then add original thoughts and ideas as notes. The journal can be emailed or printed for convenience. When you sign up, I would highly recommend going through the quick demo video.
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