My second adventure into technology was my students creating book reports using the free version of Animoto. I asked them to make three 30 second videos to describe the beginning, middle, and end of the book. One thing I learned after creating the assignment was that I could get a free educator account for my students to use. I will use this section next time so I can download them and put them on a loop for Open House. The projects were very creative and for the most part complete.
I have faithfully taken my students to computer lab once a week with every class, but it wasn’t integrated into my other curriculum. They practiced skills that were only loosely connected, like learning to type or basic math facts practice. Khan Academy was the first tool to make it easy to coordinate with California State Standards and the Common Core Standards by grade. Khan Academy has videos showing how to do the different math processes and practice exercises set in a game format. The site has math subjects up to calculus, finance, and some science topics. The science tends to be high school level content. The flipped classroom is easy to start using Khan Academy, for us novices in the production of videos or camera shy. You can take a look at the site http://www.khanacademy.org/.
Come along on my journey as a digital immigrant to sojourn into creating a 21st Century Classroom where technology is a cornerstone learning tool of the students to research, analyze, and create. I began my journey three years ago. My first goal was to create a website with many resources for my students. The site is hosted on Blackboard and is a secure environment monitored by Blackboard and my school district. I will share other tools with you that you can access in future posts.