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New Year, New Semester, New Start

Well I have definitely taken a break from my domain lately. With the aftermath of the five week strike and two shortened semesters, I have finally come up for air and am ready to move forward! I am finding the use of Quizlet live for review of material from previous courses and for test review to be very useful! The students seem to enjoy using it in class, but as well are using it out of class to help them […]

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Quizlet results

And the verdict is…..LOVE IT!! But I learned a few things from this experience. Be very clear for students about the fact that not everything on the test will be covered on quizlet (they need to review the rest of the course content). Also, to make sure that students understand how to use quizlet. The students loved using quizlet as a tool to prepare for their test, in fact, 70% of my students used it! My plan is to continue […]

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Update

So I haven’t written in a while as it has been extremely hectic. I have been using Quizlet, AnswerGarden, Google Docs and Nearpod quite a bit in my classes. It has been an interesting process, trying to learn the ins and outs of each of these but am really starting to feel more comfortable as I use them! Some of the struggles are ones that are beyond my control (getting kicked out of the presentation, connection issues, etc.) but ones […]

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Desire 2 Learn

I have been tinkering with D2L and some of the things that it can do and started using the surveys tool. I surveyed my students about how they wanted to see the class time structured and love that I can make it anonymous so that students don’t feel they need to censor their responses. It is giving me the stats in a nice clear format and showing me the results I want! Another tool I have used in the past […]

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Google Docs and more…

Well, I have used several different on line tools in my classes this past week. I reminded students that I will not be using ALL of these tools, EVERY week but was just introducing them to some of the tools in order for all of us to  get comfortable with them! One barrier I found was the wireless connection didn’t always work for everyone so became a glitch that took time to resolve or wait for and others began to […]

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Back with a Vengeance!

Well, just finished my first class of the semester and used three new technologies in the class! I didn’t intend to use so many but they all seemed to work for what I was trying. The first thing I used was my course trailer that I posted about last week.  Students liked it (or so it appeared!). I definitely need to make the text stay on the screen longer though for ease of reading! The second tool I used was […]

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Short break!

You may notice that I haven’t posted in a few days because I have been focused on getting my courses ready for the first week of class next week! I have still been using some of the technologies (nearpod, answer garden, quizlet) but have not had the time to post any details about my experiences in them! I will post next week after my first class using a technology

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Finished product!

I have finished my first course “trailer!” I think I did an okay job but there were a few lessons learned for sure! I used a website called www.rawshorts.com which gave me an option to access a free (although limited) subscription. This is what the end result was! https://www.rawshorts.com/app/animations/Igtv86QUUZegpmWtCMRTuw_cyc102-child-and-youth-care-methods-1-trailer It isn’t the greatest but will be fun to  show students and now that I have it, I can use it every year and edit if I wanted! It took me […]

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Lessons learned…

So yesterday I mentioned creating course “trailers” for the students to get a snapshot of what the course is about….well what I didn’t do and lesson learned for sure, is research the best program to use before starting. I spent several hours working on my first trailer and when I went to open it today, it was gone!!! I didn’t realize that there were limits on the length in the free version of the program I signed up for and it […]

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Onwards and Upwards!

Back into the grind of things today….looking at my courses and getting them ready for the new semester coming up. So excited to implement everything I have learned about technology over the past few months! My biggest challenge at this point though is to remind myself to SLOW DOWN!! I need to step back and take it one day at a time and one “technology” at a time! Today, I am going to attempt to create a 30 second course […]

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