Tabaldo on Tech

Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

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Technology – A Time & A Place?

Pope Then and Now

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The Announcement of the New Pope 2005 & 2013

This past week many of us watched live via the News Channels or a streaming website the announcement of the new Pope. My hope is that Catholic Schools around the nation tuned in to watch.

The photo above was posted on Facebook with this caption:

Wow – Pictures ARE worth 1,000s of word … My how time & technology change things … (not always for the better)
This happened yesterday and seeing all of the phones (and ipad ;)) leads the question: Are we too often trying to capture the moment instead of living in the moment, or, can you do both? Tell us what you think… (photo via NBC news).

Are we too often trying to capture the moment instead of living in the moment, or, can you do both?

My response was that we were “Capturing the moment allows us to re”live” the moment again and again. I think it is great!”

What are your thoughts on this topic? Were all these devices inappropriate at this holy occasion? Are we missing some of life’s precious moments because we are distracted by our gadgets? You do not have to be Catholic to see this is an interesting debate.

Please post your thoughts here.

Hack the Classroom Event coming to Los Angeles

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What:

Hack the Classroom brings together educators and technologists for one day events to catalyze conversations about how technology can dramatically improve education.  These events are a unique opportunity to talk about technology in schools, the challenges teachers are facing, the tools they are using, and the solutions they are working on to meet students’ needs.

Hosted by:

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Featured sessions to include:

  • App Workshops: Learn hands on skills to help you maximize Google Docs, iPad Apps, Evernote, and more taught by educators with real classroom applications from how they use apps to hack their classrooms.
  • Big Idea Talks: Get inspired by the possibilities of technology through topics like Technology as Core Ciriculuum, Flipping the Classroom, and Teaching Programming as a Second Language.
  • Group Discussions: Use tools like Design Thinking to articulate challenges and brainstorm solutions to transform the future of education.

Additional Benefits:

  • Earn hours towards your professional development.
  • Create community with educators and technologists sharing a passion for technology in the classroom.

When

Saturday, April 13, 2013
8am – 2:30pm

Where

Conrad Hilton Center
Loyola Marymount University
1 Loyola Marymount University Drive
Los Angeles, 90045

Who

Because this event is hosted by Loyola Marymount, this Hack the Classroom focuses on K-12 educators working at Catholic schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.  Future Hack The Classroom events will be organized for other educator groups.

Why

Technology poses an opportunity to personalize education for students, improve teacher livelihoods, and help address the great challenges facing education today.  Hack the Classroom seeks to empower educators with the tools they need to “hack their classrooms” and, in doing so, transform the state of education.

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Found Shmoop?

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Shmoop online resources look very engaging for Students and Teachers alike!

I was looking for some online resources for math and science and ran across SHMOOP!. This Shmoop site has so much to offer when it comes to resources for your students.

Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Don’t worry… we’ll have it back home at a reasonable hour.

With Student Learning Guides like: Literature, Bible, Poetry, Shakespeare  Mythology, Bestsellers  Dr. Seuss, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Calculus, Biology, & US History, you will also find resources like: DMV, SAT, ACT, AP Exams, En Espanol and Videos.

They offer online Teacher Resources (for a small fee ~$5/guide) as well as Test Prep & College Readiness (also for fee help.)

Our Mission

Shmoop means “move something forward a little bit.” The phrase reflects our company mission, which is to shine a little light into the dark corners of students’ minds. We believe that great and difficult concepts can be explained clearly, succinctly, and with a compelling storyline. In “telling the tale” behind seemingly intangible subjects, we humanize them and make them accessible to everyone.

Sincerely,
The Shmoop Team

 

TODAY ONLY! FREE APP – Where Do Balloons Go?

Today Only – Auryn App Developers will be giving Jamie Lee Curtis’ – Where Do Balloons Go? storybook app FREE!

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Click here to get the app today!

Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery : a creativity-enhancing kid’s book by Jamie Lee Curtis (by Auryn Apps) by Auryn Inc.

This interactive book can be read to user (by JLC herself) or it can be read independently. Either way there are amazing interactive activities around every corner (uhhh page.)

Recommended for ages 3+  – For a classroom app perfect for K – 2

My son is a “spokesperson” for this app!

 

 

iPads in Middle School

Students pioneer the iPad frontier!

Every fifth-grader at Heim Middle School in Williamsville recently received an iPad to use until the end of the school year. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

Every fifth-grader at Heim Middle School in Williamsville recently received an iPad to use until the end of the school year. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

I just read this article from the Buffalo News about the iPad initiative that is rolling out in progressive public school districts.

“It’s transforming instruction,”  “I’ve got kindergarteners who email me their work.”

 

“the change in classroom instruction has been huge.”

 

“No more stumbling over unknown words in reading class. A light tap on the electronic page calls up the definition from Webster’s Dictionary.”

The use of polling apps, emailing assignments, instant access to digital content like definitions and e-books this is amazing. The article states that iPads in education is still in infancy and there are still bugs to be worked out, but for the most part they are successful at this time.

I am waiting for the research to be complete from the University at Buffalo to see if iPad use translates into improved academic achievement.

Students Need Google Search Help

Just because we think our students are tech savvy, does not mean they are proficient when it comes to productive web searching.

Students might come to us with tech skills, but those skills might be gaming skills, iTunes skills, singing cat on YouTube searching skills or App Store purchasing skills. Our students are not necessarily coming to school with quality web searching skills.  Google offers Lesson Plans for teaching Google Search. These lessons are separated into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and are on topics like “Picking the right search terms,” “Understanding search results” and “Evaluating credibility of sources” and more. In the Lesson Plan tab, you will find Standards mapping (CC, AASL & ISTE NETS-S.)

There are also YouTube videos we can show that gives students a better idea of how Google Search works:

It is not difficult to teach some basic search practices, and even work in some Google Search Lessons into you activities. This will make for more productive, robust and well-rounded searching results in the future.