A few months ago (and more recently), we asked for your help: we wanted real-life teachers to share what was happening in their classrooms technology-wise. And share you did! We heard from so many of you, and we’re going to be sharing your classrooms with our fabulous readers starting…today! I don’t know about you guys, but I find it so insightful to see what other folks are out there doing. Sometimes they mention a tool they use or an application for a particular device that I hadn’t thought of, and I wish I had been able to think of that particular thing so much earlier! This is why collaboration is so awesome, and important.
Today, we’re hearing from Dorothy Minor, who teaches at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. Thanks, Dorothy!
And don’t forget, if you’d like to share your classroom with us, please do! We’d love to hear from you!
Freshman Comp/Community College/Public
The Web 2.0 tools are the most useful technologies to me. I do have a Smartboard and like it, but the online tools allow students to learn, collaborate, and create. I do like Blackboard for ease of keeping grades and handouts readily available for students.
Technology in the classroom encourages innovation, collaboration, creativity, and learning. Students feel they can control some of their learning; they find tools that help them produce effective results. The counterproductive elements arise only when the technology is not working or is working very slowly.
I love the Web 2.0 tools such as Padlet, Themeefy, Mightybell, InstaGrok, and many,many others. These tools provide the opportunity to collaborate, share, and create.
A BrightLink Pro 1410Wi
Use it as a digital whiteboard — Why use a flip chart or traditional whiteboard in your next meeting? Now you can easily utilize digital tools. Use any wall as an interactive surface to insert images or templates, add new pages to your notes or presentation, and more.
Present, annotate and edit — Display an existing presentation, annotate on content and make any edits — all with a host of innovative, user-friendly tools. Then save, print or email your notes and content, eliminating the need for time-consuming, post-meeting summary statements.
The room is difficult to change because the computers must remain in place. The room is large and has a small seating area which I really like. Classes even of twenty students, however, are too large to take full advantage of the seating area because the space is too cramped.
I love the interaction with students and the opportunity for us to share ideas, develop new ideas,and be creative.I enjoy learning along with the students and discovering new ways to examine a subject.
Here’s my ideal classroom:
I would have Internet-equipped computers for all students and me in one area of the room, arranged in pods so that students could work individually or turn to a peer and work together at times. In another part of the room, I would have comfortable seating arranged in a circle so that students and I could sit together for discussions, planning sessions, and sharing ideas and projects. One wall of the room would be covered with white boards for brainstorming and planning. We would also have a Smartboard and projector.
Want to get featured on Edudemic? Get all the info about how to take part in the Edudemic Teacher Profiles in the post here!