Sunday, March 25, 2012

Khan Academy

A couple of days ago I was on my IPad downloading apps and I came across the Khan Academy application. You do not have to have an IPad to access this site though, which is nice. If you do just type in the App Store Khan Academy and download it, if you don't, type into Google Khan Academy and the first hit is the site you want to click on, here is the site,
I think this is a really interesting way to get students involved in certain areas in education. Granted he does not focus on English, which for most if not all of us is a downfall, but he does focus in the Sciences, Mathematics, and some History. An idea for this site is to have your students go on and complete whichever exercises that fit into your lesson for that time period. It is something that you could have them do at home over, say like a Christmas break. It gives videos on how to accomplish the exercises then they can practice on their own! I think it is a pretty cool idea. It keeps them in an active educational mindset while at home. What do you think?  


When I was in high school I was in a TVT class where I produced, edited, and filmed various videos. I really enjoyed this class. It made me want to potentially teach the same class someday. There is a test that I will have to become certified in but it is something that I really fell in love with my senior year of high school. When we got assigned the video project I could not wait! My group really had a lot of fun with the project and I could not wait to blog about it. I definitely want to have some sort of project like this one in my classroom someday. Even if I do not teach a TVT class I will find a way to incorporate video technology into my classroom. I do not have a link for this post, but I really wanted to let all of you know how much I enjoyed doing this project. Did anyone else enjoy it like I did?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

This past week in TO's class we not only discussed Podcasting but also various internet websites that can be beneficial in the classroom as well as fun ideas for us to explore. My and Ryan's topic was to explore Pinterest. We created a board that is called Writing Prompts, this board has quotes and different pictures that we intent to stimulate students writing. This type of assessment keeps the students interested and their options open. They are able to choose any picture and relate it to anything they wish, just as long as they write. Pinterest is a great way for teachers to gather ideas and also spark classroom creativity. I cannot air to see what everyone else was assigned and how they relate it to education!