Students Demonstrate Understanding with Glogster

If there is one site you follow, I highly recommend Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers site. FREE TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS
He provides an amazing amount of information and links for teachers of all subject areas. I visit his site daily and look for technology I can integrate into my classroom.
I am posting the technology we use on my wiki so students have quick access to the different programs and sites. Feel free to visit the site. OUR TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
One tool that has worked particularly well is called Glogster. Glogster is an online poster, an alternative to the traditional white poster project. Students create posters using text, images, audio, and video to show their knowledge of the concepts taught. Educators can sign up for free for a basic account to try it out. From there, you may want to subscribe depending on how you plan to use it with your students. GLOGSTER

I had my students do a basic grammar review on the parts of speech. Look at one example!
Here is the rubric I used:
GLOGSTER POSTER REQUIREMENTS
____1. Title of one chosen part of speech: HIGHLIGHT YOUR CHOICE
a. Noun
b. Verb
c. Pronoun
d. Adjective
e. Adverb
f. Preposition
g. Interjection
h. Conjunction
_____2. A definition for the part of speech
_____3. A list of 8 different examples of that part of speech
_____4. Two sentences that show the use of your part of speech
_____5. Use all of the Glogster tools with the exception of Data.
My kids were able to demonstrate their understanding of the parts of speech using higher level synthesis to create the poster.
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In the Beginning…

Someone once told me that if you don’t know where to begin, start at the beginning. I guess that’s assuming I can remember the beginning. I’m starting this blog to reflect on and share some of my teaching practices, particularly those that involve integrating technology.
I’ve been writing about teaching and technology for a while now, but this is my first attempt at committing to a blog on it. If you’re not interested in teaching or technology, but would like to read about surviving midlife, then head on over to my personal blog: http://mostlymidlife.blogspot.com which I hope to convert to Word Press in my spare time.
I’m a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher with an amazing amount of technology at my disposal, but that hasn’t always been the case. For the last couple of years, my kids have had their own personal netbook for use in the classroom. Our district, Barbers Hill ISD, located just 40 minutes east of Houston, has committed to providing a one-to-one program starting at 6th grade.
So what am I doing with all of this wonderful technology? That’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in this blog. I hope you check in often to find out what new adventures we’re taking in my class.
And because I don’t want you to leave empty handed with no real information about teaching and technology in my first blog, here is my class wiki, which every teacher should set up. It will change the way you teach and the way your kids learn forever.
BHWIKIWORLD! will take you to the actual site. If you want to get started on your own, go to http://www.wikispaces.com and sign up for an educator account. I’ll be explaining a little more on how I organized my wiki and how my kids use it in future posts.
As always, I would love to hear from you with your ideas or comments about teaching!
Best,
Melissa 😉
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