Use What You Have

2 Aug

I am all about using the resources that are available to you. In my current situation, I’m not sure what will be ready to use when school begins because the school is being renovated. Therefore, I have to be ready for whatever presents itself (including limited technology available for a while). Students can be excited about the least bit of technology used in your teaching, whether it is a smartboard, an iPod Touch or an iPad, they will be engaged in the learning. Last year our school adopted a new set of textbooks for music education. The series came with electronic books and animated listening maps. Very simple technology, but fantastic impact. The students LOVED using them. This year I will be able to add these media sources to the smartboard and the students themselves can interact with the material. Make sure you are ready to “mix it up”. Use a variety of technology resources, but ALWAYS make sure you know how to run EVERYTHING before you present it to your class.

Another simple use of technology that will interest students is to present your summer vacation (whatever it was) using a presentation media such as PhotoStory or Powerpoint. I am using PhotoStory to present my summer vacation to my classes, since all 700 students will want to know what I did over summer break. Simple in design, my intention was to give students a challenge with reading, history and math at the same time they are entertained by my pictures.

COMING SOON… “My Summer Vacation”. Please leave any suggestions, comments or additional information that you would like to share.

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