Communicating with students, parents, and colleagues is an essential component of a teacher’s job. It is also a part of our job that can take up a huge amount of time with emails, phone calls, newsletters, etc. Trying to streamline the information that needs to get to my students and their parents is a goal of mine this year. I plan to use Haiku to try to post pertinent information and update it frequently so it becomes the “go to” place for my parents and students. Hopefully this will eliminate the need for so many emails.
In reflecting on the tools presented this week in class, voice recording and podcasts, I see huge potential for both of these in my classroom. I have already thought of so many uses for voice recording; recording students’ reading, presentations, vocabulary work such as what we did in class, narration to a slide show, oral note taking, and many more. I will definitely be using this in my classroom and can’t wait to introduce this tool to my students.
Podcasts are a bit intimidating to me. While I can see great potential for their use, the time to create them seems prohibitive to me. However, in reading this week about the “flipped classroom” I would love to use the podcast technology to tap into that idea. I can assign the WONDERS and EnVision videos or videos from Khan Academy or http://learnzillion.com/ , but I could record my own podcasts as well to enable students to learn at home and refer back to teaching covered in class. Through Haiku this could all be posted and archived for later use. Once I created the podcasts they can be used over and over so just making the time to do them once would be very beneficial for years to come. My ultimate goal would be to truly “flip” where homework is actually pre-teaching and class time becomes a time to go deeper and provide the hands on experience to go with the learning they have done at home.
Overall, a great week to dive in and set the goals high, I am excited for the learning to come!
- Flipping the Classroom (crankyolddog.wordpress.com)
- The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect. (techcrunch.com)
- Atomic Learning Releases New Content Including Flipped Classroom… (prweb.com)