Monthly Archives: April 2015

Online Research for K-8 Students

In high school, I was asked to do my first research project. I’d never done much research before, besides googling things I wanted to know, so when I was presented with a list of databases to look through for good sources, I had no idea how to start.

This video is a tutorial for using the Minuteman Library Network‘s online databases for research at a elementary and middle school level, so younger students can get a head start with learning how to find reliable information on the internet.

The voice in the video is provided by Cheska Komissar, who volunteered her services because I am not known for my clarity of speech.

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Audible Audiobooks

As most English teachers know, a good number of students don’t read their books. The best way to help with this would be to teach children to love reading, but that type of approach is of little use in high school, when the students’ thoughts about reading are long-since set in stone.

But the problem might not be in the books, but in the actual act of reading. Perhaps some students don’t read because they read slowly or need to focus intently to comprehend the reading. Some students might not read simply because they don’t like sitting down and staring at paper. So why do they have to read at all?

Why not listen?

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Socrative- An IPad App

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iPad software could have a huge impact in the teaching and learning styles of the staff at AHS today. Socrative is an application designed for teachers and students to learn. Although it is similar Nearpod, this application is designed with two different applications, one specifically for students, and one for teachers. There are quizzes, quick questions, a “space race” and an exit ticket. Apps like these could change the classroom because it engages kids with technology. A technology based class can be both distracting but also engaging to students. Although within the many distractions of using iPads, the educational software is phenomenal.

 

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3D Printing in classrooms

What is 3D printing? 

3d-printing_13D printing is “a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.” For example, 3D printing could be made using heated plastic and made layer by layer from the ground up. Or, it could be carved into wood using a rotating drill. It all starts with a virtual design that you the creator design and export onto the computer working with the machine. I’ve had multiple experiences with different kinds of programs that allows someone to freely design something that they want to be 3D-printed, and most of these programs are fairly easy to use. They allow total individuality over what you want to be created, how big, what color, etc.

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Bibliography Tabbing in Google Docs

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1. Begin by highlighting all of the entries in your bibliography.

 

 

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2. Move your mouse up to the ruler above your paper. If you do not see this ruler, it can be activated in the menu under View > Show Ruler.

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5. Voila! Your bibliography is now tabbed correctly.

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Using 3D Printing for Educational Purposes

The use of 3D printing has increased in the past few years, and what better way to use this technology than in a classroom setting.  The ability to print  three dimensional objects could be used in most subjects, whether it be models for art, graphs in math, or historical buildings, the possibilities are seemingly endless.  The ability to 3D print allows students and teachers the luxury of being able to have a physical representation of what they are working on.  It could be a project of ancient Egypt and there could be a newly printed model of a pyramid.  students in an engineer class can use the printer and software to design things to help out the community, such as prosthetics.

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