Monday, January 31, 2011

Do You Want to Be a Part of History?

Book Jacket Porch Lies by Patricia McKissack
Anthony @mrcapps needs 9 book trailers done by February 14 for Black History Month. This is a part of our effort to get the schools in Mobile County using technology.

Here's how you can help:
1. Volunteer to do a trailer.
2. Select one of these books:
Jerry Pinkney Back Home
Jerry Pinkney The Nightingale
Donald Crews Big Mama's
Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
Willie Perdomo Visiting Langston
Marie Bradby More Than Anything Else
Patricia McKissack Porch Lies
Faith Ringgold Tar Beach
Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

3. Leave a comment agreeing to take a book. Be sure to specify which one.
4. Watch the instructions for doing a trailer. Trailers are a lot of fun and they are easy to do.
5. Watch a few of the trailers done last semester.
6. Read the book. I have ordered all of them except 1 and they will be in the lab on Wednesday for checkout.
7. Plan your trailer.
8. Come to the lab and you will get help it in doing it. iMovie makes it wasy!
8. Be a part of history. It will be used at St. Elmo School to increase the reading of the books designated for reading in Black History Month. And the teachers there will see how powerful technology is in getting kids to read.

Help get technology into Mobile County Schools! Call, email, SMS or Tweet if you have any questions.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Continuing to Search for Answers, I've Found One!

I just love being connected and connecting! I followed a comment by Dr. Strange on the EDM310 Alumni blog. Dr. Strange provided a link to JoshKing's EDM 310 Alumni Blog. Josh and a fellow classmate created a website using This may be a solution to creating an organized portfollio as Ms. Byrd is requiring. This is a great website!



I found this when investigating whether or not Glogster is going to be the tool for my Math Methods SED454 Class. We are asked to find a way to electronically capture and build a professional portfolio of the work we do during our block semester and student teaching. Dr. Byrd not only requires it for the course, but recommends it as a marketing tool for ourselves when interviewing for permanent placement.

I am looking for a way to not only organize my materials for this class in a poster format, but I want to be able to search for information I may use down the road. Blogs are great, but it's different to pull up information easily unless I know where it is. Blogger can be divided into 10 pages, which is how I may organize the material for now.

Does anyone have any recommendations for programs that may help me here?


Jackie Gorski

Direct Instruction

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Continuing to Blog

Josh King is just one of may EDM310 Alumni continuing to blog. Keep up with Josh on Josh King's EDM310 Class Blog.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A light bulb moment

I had a 'light bulb' moment when I saw this video and had to share it. This video is a great picture of the type of teacher I want to be. I want to be the musical stairs, not the plain stairs or the escalator. I don't want the students to take the easy way, nor do I want to teach the easy way (the escalator). I don't want to be the hard, boring teacher teaching things the same old way (the original stairs). I want to challenge and engage my students by presenting the same old things in new and creative ways (the musical stairs).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tools for Mac and iPhone

Recently an App Store has been added for all Mac computers. Available at the App Store is Whiteboard Collaborative on the Mac and also for the iPhone. The whiteboard on both works simultaneously. There is also an app on the iPhone called TouchMouse, and you can download the app for your Mac from LogiTech. Your iPhone becomes a mouse to be used for your Mac. Both the WhiteBoard and the TouchMouse could be great tools for a classroom.

The Bosarge Daily: All Bout EDUCATION

Amanda Bosarge
Have you seen the Bosarge Daily? Do ckeck it out. Amanda Bosarge was an EDM310 Superstar in the Fall 2010 term. Via Twitter.