Teachers need to stick together. It is an exhausting profession so get help in the areas that you can! When thinking of Pinterest, many think of planning their dream weddings, getting tips on their hair and makeup, and getting DIY ideas. There are tooonnnnnsssss of ideas for teachers! There are free printables for teachers, bulletin board ideas, and lesson plans for teachers to use. What more could a teacher want! Signing up for Pinterest is free and easy, all you need is an email address. There are categories on Pinterest that you can search for and education is one of the main ideas. If you are looking for something specific, you can just search for it on the search bar as well. People can pin any idea that like on Pinterest, and these ideas might not be free. Pinterest is just a place to store all of these ideas, the website then takes you to the actual source of the pin. Every teacher needs to get a Pinterest account. There are so many fun ideas on there. Teachers need to share all of the wonderful ideas that they have with one another!
Here is how to use Pinterest specifically for teachers! Pinterest for Teachers
Here is the link just to Pinterest itself- Pinterest
Every time I see Kahoot, I think of an owl. Maybe I should suggest to them to use that as their mascot! Okay on a serious note… this is one of the coolest applications that I learned about during this semester. It has been around for awhile now so I am very much behind in the game. Kahoot is a free app that teachers, or even students, can use to poll students in a fun interactive way. Here is a YouTube video showing how to use it Kahoot Youtube Video This is a great way to assess students what they know on certain topics. We have played around with it during class and I was even fortunate enough to see it in action while observing a classroom. This teacher did a math review with her students all on Kahoot. This school district was lucky enough to have enough Ipads to go around for students to use which is very beneficial, but students can use any kind of computer or mobile device. Kahoot isn’t just for quizzes, you can also hold discussions as well as survey students or other people. I have seen speakers in my own education classes use it as an ice breaker and to get to know people better. It is an awesome resource for teachers to have and they make it easy for teachers to use. Everyone should check it out!
The SAMR Model is a way to help teachers use technology in the classroom. I had the privilege of making a video explaining it, check it out below! Kathy Shrock has a great overview explaining what SAMR is. You can view her ideas here Kathy Schrock SAMR. She ties it in with Bloom’s Taxonomy as well which is amazing. As a future teacher, tying in multiple ideas is great and something that I will need to get used to! I am excited to explore the many different ways to incorporate technology in the classroom!
So I am writing this the day after I tweeted for the very first time, I used a hashtag and all! Twitter was starting to become popular during my first time in college. Just like blogging, I didn’t think that I had anything worth saying. It was not a decision that I took lightly, signing up for Twitter, but I am so glad that I did. I have not been an avid user, but ever since signing up I have found so many great ideas on there! Twitter is one technology that I want to try out this semester, and be better at. I will casually look at it now but I know I am not using it to its full potential. I think that Twitter will also be a great addition to my classroom someday.