MentorMob and Symbaloo can be used together to create the ultimate interactive online learning center. Educators can combine the power of these tools to build a 24/7 resource that provides three essential components for learning:
TeachingGuided practiceIndependent practice
This format will seem familiar to teachers who have created lesson plans that include these solid building blocks for improving academic outcomes.
In the age of the technology avalanche, what happens to a teacher’s role
"Can students use technologies in academic ways? We know they can use technologies without us. They’ve got mobiles, texts, Facebook, and people out in the work world and academic world use technologies all the time. If you have a very engaging science teacher, but no technology there, where will students learn the other part of being a scientist, for example, and how can they add their own content and creativity?”
TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. "S
Connie Wise's insight:
At a time when education technology is getting a lot of attention, there is no class time allocated to technology education. While school science classes ensure that everyone knows a little about atoms, planets and dinosaurs, there are no lessons on the working of a computer. Some argue that software experts should keep this hidden; we need teach this only to the computer science students.
However, just as we need to know about animal cells, it is vital to understand a little about computers. In today’s world, one may argue that this is more important than learning about rock formations. Basic concepts on operating systems like file management should be introduced in grade school.
The first one is Symbaloo. It is not new to me, but it is new to most within my district. Symbaloo is one of my favorite websites to use. It is a visual bookmarking site. I just love how easy it is to create “Webmixes” with all kinds of tiles that link to specific websites. And to make it even better, it is a social network so the Webmixes can be shared with others and added to individual accounts as well.
The second one is Smore, a website which “creates beautiful flyers instantly.” You can sign up on the Smore homepage for your own free account. Once signed in, Smore gives you options for “Designing an awesome new flyer.” You can change the design, background, colors, and fonts. Smore also lets you add content such as text, titles, embedded links, videos, audio, pictures, an event calendar and invitation, gallery of pictures with text, and a bio. And because it is online and you don’t have have to worry about having your information run off the page, you can add as much as you want.
A huge factor for schools in dealing with students and working online is CIPA/COPPA compliance. This is to ensure student safety as well as monitor and filter their online behavior. As Web 2.0 becomes more popular and educational technology online sites replace desktop software, this has become more of an issue. These websites do not require an email address to create an account.
Now, let’s continue with our discussion of finding great interactive websites that support our students academically for use on a classroom website or for teaching a lesson in the classroom.Let’s find some great sites for your website assignments. Remember, the sites you add benefit students the most if they teach, provide guided practice, and independent practice. Try this example by following these steps: