Thursday, April 18, 2013

Plant growth and iDiary

I've mentioned the app, iDiary here before, but the more I use it the more I am liking it. It originally started out as being an app that the kiddos could use during their work on writing time of our our Daily 5 format, but has blossomed into so much more. I was very excited when one of my kiddos asked if she could use it to track the growth of her seed during our Organisms unit. This was a great way for her to journal and share her thoughts with her family as she would email her entry to her mom each day as well. I love the way kiddos can import pictures into their journal entry and even include captions for their pics. We will definitely be using this app in more curricular areas in the future.

Monday, April 1, 2013

An interesting article
I'm sure we all can name at least one person in our buildings that is not on the tech train albeit they are a fantastic educator. Change is good, but nobody said it would be easy. I found that out first hand this weekend as my husband was trying desperately to explain to his dad how to use a certain website. My husband couldn't figure out why dad "didn't get it" and my father in law can't figure out... well, let's just say, he has trouble understanding the whole computer thing at times. I came across this article today on "How to get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology" by Jennifer Carey. Take a peek. It's a quick read with some great ideas for not only hesitant educators, but maybe even my dear old father in law as well.