"TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12 environment and providing our members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education and business" (http://www.tcea.org/)
Our Instructional technology team will be attending the annual TCEA Convention, and will be off campus February 2-6. We will be attending workshops and learning about the newest and most effective classroom tech.
BlockPosters.com is a simple online tool that creates big results. This tool allows users to upload a picture, choose a size, and download the finished product. Using "tile" printing techniques, this program can increase the size of any photo to an incredible 10 page wide image. This is a great way to draw attention in a BIG way! Get creative with whatever subject you teach with blockposters.com
Aurasma is an Augmented Reality (AR) programs that bring simple pictures to life. Think of how on Harry Potter the newspaper article talks to the reader - it is very similar, but you are using a wireless device.
Watch the video below to see Aruasma AR in action:
Aurasma in action
Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. The site offers free interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help students dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too! - Stacey J. Dudzinski
A word cloud program displays the frequency of words in a text in a visual way, with the most frequently occurring words displayed larger. Text can be typed, copy and pasted from other sources, or sometimes you can enter a website URL and the program will use all the words on the webpage. There are many uses for this software in the classroom.
1. Text Summaries- The most important ideas should be predominate, helping students focus on the main idea and eliminating nonessential details when writing a text summary.
2. Pre-Reading Strategies- A word cloud can help students focus on new vocabulary that may be introduced or make predictions regarding an upcoming text.
3. Writing Revision- By pasting their own work into the program students look for repetition cropping up in their writing.
4. Text Analysis- Examining a word cloud on a text or website can lead to important questions about the writing. What is the theme, message, or mood of this text? Can we determine any bias the author may have? What does the author chose to emphasize and why do you think that is? How does the language of a work determine these factors? Imagine a word cloud on the declaration of independence or the first chapter of a novel.
5. Group Brainstorming- Each group member must contribute a word to program and duplication is allowed. Projects in which each member uses an adjective to describe an individual can produce interesting results for historical figures, literary characters, or classmates. Similarly, historical or current events, scientific processes, mathematical premises, or any type of academic content can be used in a group brainstorming session.
Examples of free word cloud programs include: Wordle, Tagxedo, and Word Clouds.
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