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Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:16:16 AM
joannabeard
Joined on 17 January, 2011
5 Posts
January

Answer the questions below then respond to two other teachers posts.

What is one way you have used your smartboard or hovercam that excited students and helped them learn?  Why do you think it was so effective?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 9:47:06 AM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: January

I used it to show a video actually off my smart phone.  We could not use the video for "Cherokee People" because it was on youtube.  The kids actually gave me the idea, and it worked.  Hope I don't get in trouble for using my phone, but it was for an educational purpose. They had a copy of the lyrics and are enjoying the song.  It does go right along with our lesson.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:38:17 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: January

That is a great idea.  They often know more about technology than we do, don't they? I probably wouldn't have been able to figure that out.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:39:26 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: January (1)

Isn't that neat how they can help us plan our lessons if we just give them the chance. This is a great idea!
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:09:22 PM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (2)

That's an awesome idea.  The students are very technology minded.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:33:53 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (3)

I wish I had a smart phone.  I found a clip on youtube also.  It was an interview asking college graduates (at their graduation) to explain what causes the seasons.  I think that seeing these people struggle with the explanation would have made my students strut with pride because they know what causes the seasons.  I love using my projector and do every time I remember that I have it.
Friday, April 13, 2012 9:04:44 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (4)

I love this idea Susan!  There are so many video clips I would love to show the kids but they are often blocked. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 11:31:33 AM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (4)

That is a great idea.  Often clips I try to use are on  you tube and are blocked.  If I knew in advance, I suppose I could request access to the site, but it's usually when we are in a teachable moment.... just a spur of the moment thing.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:10:16 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (5)

I love how the students teach me about technology. They are a great help to me.
Monday, April 16, 2012 10:19:41 AM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (6)

This is good idea. I will have to try.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:36:51 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: January (1)

I use my projector weekly to review reading vocabulary.  There are several teacher-made websites that go along with our reading series which offer vocab games and additional links that give information pertaining to our story.  For example, this week our story is about Gertrude Ederle, a champion swimmer, from the 1920's.  Through one of the links we were able to watch a film clip of her swimming the Engligh Channel and the New York parade held in her honor.  The students really liked the visual of her because the story only had cartoon illustrations and no photographs.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:42:35 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: January (1)

The projector will give such a great visual. I look foward to using mine soon. I think the reading series has several technology components that can be used with the new technology that we've received. I haven't checked it all out since my equipment is just now being installed. I'm so excited about using it. I think it will help keep my student more on task too because it is so large as well as something new.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 4:05:52 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1)

I, agree, that the new technology keeps students more on task!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:55:43 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: January (1)

I agree!
Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:07:31 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (1)

I also use mine for vocabulary. You are right the film clip just makes the story come to life. This leaves a longer impression on them.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:30:42 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (1)

The kids love seeing the vocabulary words and always get the correct.  This helps with their tests.  I love using the projector.  I just wish we didn't have so many things blocked.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 5:32:40 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (2)

I love the idea of being able to show film clips that pertain to our story.  The children will love this! 
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:12:07 PM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (2)

We enjoy that too!  Any time we have a new story, we look for things on the web to add to the info in the book, whether it's photos, videos, or more information, it's fun to research!!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:56:17 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (2) (1)

This is a great idea.
Friday, February 03, 2012 10:37:25 AM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (3)

I am also using the PowerPoints that have been made to compliment our stories.  Some questions are similar to test questions, and they allow the students to think about the answers before the day of the test. 
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 12:35:51 PM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (3)

I need to send them a thank you note.  Those power points are great.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:04:02 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (3) (1)

I looked at some of the websites too. I just wish there were some for kindergarten. I checked to see if there were any, but they don't have the kindergarten yet.

Friday, February 03, 2012 4:24:54 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (4)

I am excited about the use of the projector. I really want to check into interactive books to share with them. My neice had one on her ipad and I loved it. These kids would really enjoy them.
Monday, April 16, 2012 1:06:26 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (4)

I like that idea also.  There are several interactive sets that I am going to purchase with my own money just because they are so fantastic for teaching my students.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 12:37:23 PM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (5)

I use mine to display more of a biography of some of the people we are learning about in social studies.  It helps to put pictures with the people and places.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:05:55 PM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (6)

I have also used mine to introduce new reading vocabulary.  The students really enjoy it more.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:02:02 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (6)

I think that is a great idea. Having such an ease of access to the internet connected to it will make it easy to google the word to find pictures that match the word too. Good idea!
Friday, April 13, 2012 11:53:14 AM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (1) (6) (1)

I use mine to introduce new vocabulary, too.  I allow the students to tell me what they think of when they hear the word, and I demonstrate my lack of artistic ability for them.
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:23:34 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (7)

I love that there are so many resources online for our reading series.
Friday, April 13, 2012 9:05:53 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (8)

I use my projector to review reading vocabulary as well.  I love Walke's Web...such a great resource.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 4:12:44 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (1) (9)

A film clip definitely helps to bring the story to life.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 10:03:23 AM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: January (2)

I haven't used it yet because it is not completely connected, but I loved the inservice from Sharon. I think the smartboard and hovercam will be a great way of keeping the students attention because it has such a large view and such usuable icons that will keep their attention like the spotlight and gallery.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:10:38 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: Re: January (2)

It is very exciting and you will find the children really do get involved. They began asking every week what do we have this week to show.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:36:19 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (2) (1)

You will love it!  There are so many things that you can do on these boards and the kids enjoy them so much!
Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:03:15 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: January (3)

I use my hovercam for my Math classes. When we are learning new skills  and also when we work in our Spiral Review.  They are good for working with Reading vocabulary words. I feel the children set their eyes on the screen and keep up better than they do pencil and paper.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 5:37:39 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (3)

I am also looking forward to using my hovercam with my Math.  My little ones need me to model most of their worksheets. I do not have an overhead of every worksheet we use so I often hang one on the board to work along with my students.  They can not all see well.    I agree that this tool will keep their attention and should help them keep up better than the pencil and paper. 
Friday, February 03, 2012 10:35:19 AM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (3) (1)

The hovercam is a great help in math--I agree.  I also like that you are allowing students watch as you model correct (and neat) writing done in class.  I think it helps to set positive examples for them. 

P.S. I am proud--excited for you and your students--of all that you are doing to embrace and enjoy the technology available to us this year.
Friday, February 03, 2012 4:28:01 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: January (3) (2)

I am looking forward to using the hovercam and projector to better keep them on task. The magic of it all really holds their attention.
Thursday, February 02, 2012 5:29:42 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (4)

I have not been able to use my smartboard hovercam at this point since my projector was not installed until today.  I am looking forward to scanning our decodable readers from Phonics and practicing skills such as letter identification, captiatlization, and punctuation. The students are already intrigued by our new equipment.  I expect this technology to really grab their attention.    
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:38:22 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (4)

There are little videos that introduce sounds.  I think you would like to use them.  It really gets the students' attention.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:25:11 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (4)

Thanks  Anything that gets attention is helpful.
Friday, February 03, 2012 10:28:49 AM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: January (5)

When we were doing solid figures, I passed around bowls of small figures and projected the larger ones on the screen.  We investigated the sides, edges, and vertices together.  I was able to show them, on the screen, exactly what I was talking about.  Many of them were also excited when I projected the actual solid figures during the test.  Others were so excited that they forgot what the words "edges" and "vertices" mean.

I also use the hovercam to illustrate how to form cursive letters.  While students have been writing words in cursive since second grade, many of them do not know how to form the letters correctly.  It seems to help most of them write the words correctly when I am able to actively model letter formation for them.
Monday, April 16, 2012 1:07:21 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: January (5)

These are all really great ideas.  It's nice that we can learn so much from each other.
Friday, February 03, 2012 4:20:56 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: January (6)

I have not been able to use my mimio pad and projecter yet since all the connections are not working yet.  I am looking forward to using them and the hovercam with the class. The children are very excited because I had to explain what all the new equipment was about. They loved the old overhead and its magic pictures so I know this will really keep their attention. Mrs Littlefield showed how reveal and spotlight will really make it interesting to this age. I plan to use it with our weekly word list introduction and replacing me hanging one of their worksheets on the board to guide them through a lesson.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:02:47 PM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: January (7)

I have used the gallery on my mimio to show students the different animals that live in different habitats.  I believe it is effective because it is a fresh new way to engage the students.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:21:46 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: January (7)

I explored through the gallery and found several things that could be used in my class.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:33:32 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: January (8)

I use my smart board for so many things.  I use duel users and my students race to spell words.  There are games that we play in different subject areas.  My student teacher has introduced me to a variety of games.  I save flipcharts in math, ELA, and reading every week.  These boards are amazing and I use mine Monday through Friday! I love it!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:00:56 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: Re: January (8)

Maybe your student teacher should give us some ideas to use in our classes.  Sounds as though she has been well schooled in this.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:58:59 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: January (9)

I use my hovercam almost everyday in my Math class.  We do spiral review, which is independent work  on past skills.  We check using the hovercam and really get into discussions about our answers. They seem to stay so much more engaged with this than oral check alone.  Also, they love doing voc. with hovercam.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:27:15 PM
heatherbest
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: January (10)

      I have used my mimio daily as a visual aid for reinforcement of skills taught. Also, used it to introduce new skills. I use it for guided practice and as a way to check independent work aloud. I also use the internet with my mimio.
I have used the hovercam when I don't have materials scanned for my mimio.
   Using these new computer aids has been effective in teaching because students
are more engaged in learning.  
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:20:09 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: January (10)

You are so right! Incorporating technology into a lesson is much more engaging.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:19:35 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: January (11)

We are still ironing out the kinks in our technology.  The projecter would not respond to the computer this time so by the time we got that connection problem solved our time was over. Mrs Littlefield gave me a very informative sheet to practice on my own so hopefully the class will get to enjoy it soon.  I look forward to using the hovercam to introduce and practice the weekly word lists.  She also gave us information to connect us to our reading series to use with our mimio and hovergam.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:27:09 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (12)

Since I have neither the smartboard nor the hovercam, I have not used it. We had to do my training session in another teacher's room.  I got excited about the hovercam and look forward to getting one, and I'm sure that my class will when I am able to show them examples of what we are studying and they will be able to see an experiment more "up close and personal".
Monday, March 05, 2012 1:25:02 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: January (13)

I use my mimio on a daily basis.  We view animated power points shows that contain the current story's vocabulary words.  These are a fun way to introduce the vocabulary words.  The kids look forward to these and they laugh and cheer and try to guess the meanings and love to give synonyms and antonyms of the words.  Incorporating technology into my lessons is much more effective than just lecturing or reading to them.  It encourages them to learn and excites them and the lessons become interactive.
Friday, March 09, 2012 2:01:18 PM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: January (13)

Yeah, I use those animated vocabulary reviews also.  Students love them.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:09:10 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: January (13)

My students like these also from walkse website
Monday, April 16, 2012 10:18:40 AM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: January (13)

mine like the walkse website as well
 
Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:59:04 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: January (14)

I use the Hovercam for all worksheets, read aloud books, journaling, counting, displaying manipulatives, etc. I think it is effective because it is such a LARGE visual and most people are visual learners.
They have been as excited about it as I have been. It makes my teaching so much better because the students can actually feel like I'm talking to them personally rather than just those that can see it best.
Friday, April 13, 2012 9:00:05 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (15)

I used my hovercam everyday while teaching our Map Unit. It was so nice to be able to show the maps on the projection screen and have the students follow along.  It greatly helped when teaching latitude and longitude as well as other map skills.  The kids loved it and I noticed that my Map Skills tests scores were better this year than they have ever been!
Friday, April 13, 2012 10:34:01 AM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (16)

     My students and I have used the hovercam in ELA and Math to complete and check worksheets together.  This made it easy for everyone to see and understand the type of answer that we were expecting.  In math when a couple of students brought salespapers from local stores so that we could compare prices and calculate unit prices, we were all able to see the ads together on the screen using the hovercam.
     The students are always excited about something new and different.  It removes some of the boredom from the old ho-hum way of doing things. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:57:17 PM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: January (17)

I have been using my hover cam for graphic organizor in writing.  It is very convenient. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:07:52 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (18)

I have used my smart board to build background for stories using concept webs, Venn Diagrams etc. Students enjoy using the smartboard and the Hovercam.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:14:22 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (19)

I have used my smart board with my microscope to show the students different parts of insects and how wings and other body parts differ from one insect to another.  I did this when our story was on bees.  The students were really excited to see something that they had never seen before and made them want to learn more about insects and therefore were more interested in their reading story.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:19:56 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: January (19)

Having the Front Row PA system with the hover cam/projector and laptop in my classroom has helped me reach those students who have hearing problems AND those who do not always attend with just a monotone voice. I try to vary the intonation, pitch, etc. in my voice when I teach, but I don't have to do that as much now that I have the public address system.
I also plug it in so that all my "sound" comes through the sound system rather than the computer. The movies, video clips, storybooks, etc. all sound like we are in a theatre. My students use the microphone to tell their stories, read aloud, read their journals or respond to answers. It is great because they can actually be heard by all the students rather than just me. This is another exciting piece of technology that has enhanced my teaching and my students' learning. I'm so thankful for all of these new innovative tools.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 4:02:12 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: January (20)

I love my Promethean!  I use it every day.  I teach my phonics, math and reading using the board. The children love to count money on the board. It is one of their favorite activities to do on my Promethean.  They get to use their pen to pull down the coins I call out to them.  They then count the money in front of their peers.  They love to show the other children that they can do it. 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:57:51 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: January (21)


The projector has been a great interactive tool.  It really helps to keep students focused and engaged.