Although I work all summer, this will be my last tech tip for the school year.
Summer is a time to relax and spend time with family. It is also a good time to get caught up on the those things that you wanted to do during the school year. This summer, I challenge you to create a class website. It takes some work to get started, but will be a great resource for parents.
Before you create your site, start by:
See the embedded Google Doc below for page ideas
2 Options for creating a site:
Option 1: Create a site that is updated yearly that contains items like class schedules, information, supplies, a class syllabus, etc.
Option 2: Create a site that is updated weekly with homework assignments and pictures of class projects - If you update your site, do so at the same time (ex: every Friday afternoon or Monday morning) for consistency
Tip: You can also create a website with your department or grade level
I highly recommend Weebly for site creation. Other options are Wix, Google Sites, or Wikispaces
~The IT Persin,
Last week I helped out at Aiken Elementary for "Prime Time Reading Day". My activity involved technology and used the site Voki.
With Voki you can create a talking Avatar (human or animal) and give it a voice with your own speech or use text to speech.
Steps to create a Voki:
One of the limitations of the free version is after you publish, there is no way to go back and edit the original Avatar. However, there are no accounts to create. I like this program as an alternative if you do not have access to tablets for recording. It could be used for reading poetry (use the holiday avatars), for a historical character report, or for creative writing. If you choose to use your own voice, you are limited to a 60 second audio recording.
One final tech tip next week!
The IT Persin,
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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