Monthly Archives: October 2014

Nearpod

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Nearpod is an interactive app that works with smart phones in the classroom setting. Nearpod is an application that allows teachers to create their own presentation and interact with smartphones. This engages students in classroom because it is something new and different. Students can use their phones and download the Nearpod application. Within the application students can type in the presentation number given by the teacher. Once all the students have succeeded in this, they can continue on with the lesson plan. Continue reading

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SMARTBoards

The SMARTBoard is a useful tool in a standard classroom. It allows for teachers to project their computer screen onto a screen and they can use that screen as a white board. The teacher can navigate through a web page, for example, by using a pen on the SMARTBoard. The teacher can also write out the lesson on the board, for example a math lesson, and it can be saved onto the computer. The SMARTboard is very useful for the teacher and students in many ways. A teacher can use their computer to teach a lesson – one that faces the students at the front of the class. The pen can act as a mouse and can navigate through web pages, documents, slide shows, ect. This allows teacher to face their students as they lecture and students can follow instructions more easily. Another benefit in using smart boards are the ability to use  them as a white board and save the notes written on the board to your computer. A long math problem, for example, can be used for a later date and can be accessed by students if shared. This way, students can always reference back to the notes if they need any revision of if they were absent from class. The teacher can also manage a more organize schedule and don’t have to rewrite lessons. The SMARTBoard is very useful and efficient, and it is a great addition to any classroom.

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The Surface Pro

I have been researching tech that can be great for school, and the best thing that popped to my head was tablets. I looked around via internet for my solution and I found a great one, the Surface Pro.

The Surface Pro is a tablet that has the  functionality of an actual computer and runs on windows 8. This is probably the most ideal tech pal you can use in school. While most schools have computer rooms and like Ashland,  which are starting to have tablets as something to use for classes now and then. Having something from both worlds for each student which can take out all the fuss of reserving times for those rooms and having all your work on one device. So that means students don’t have go through the trouble of emailing themselves essays, or finding the application they used for science class. With a touch screen students can interact with programs such as adobe programs like illustrate or photoshop. They are able to use a stylus to draw and freely use the device in a natural way.

The benefits for AHS can include people who couldn’t go to the library during study so they can do research, but they can have a computer right in front of them. The Surface Pro is really, REALLY thin, so fitting in a backpack, locker, or even a binder wouldn’t be a problem. It has enough battery to last through a day of school and more after. It has a USB 3 port and a mini display port, along with a slot for a micro SD. The Surface Pro has more than memory for educational use and even personal use. All these reasons prove that the Surface Pro 3 is the best there is.

 

 

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