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Scribd

Scribd is a social reading and publishing site. This allows for several uses of different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, but the one that most interests me is the highest – creating. Students can publish work online that they have created, and share¬†it globally. This allows helps them to meet the Ohio Core Standard of using technology to publish and distribute writing.

Scribd can also be used to conduct research. There are millions of documents that can be read, evaluated, and commented on. Students can participate in online discussion regarding uploaded work. As a Language Arts teacher, this would be useful technology for a lesson that requires students to write, upload, and discuss their writing., and the writings of their classmates.

This website allows a variety of documents to be uploaded including word processing files, presentations, images, and spreadsheets. All documents can easily be connected and shared with other sites including Facebook and WordPress. Users can follow and be followed for easy interaction with other contributors who share the same needs and interests. The current uploads are separated into categories such as school work, non/fiction, court and law documents, crafts, how-to guides, and many more. This site offers many possibilities for teachers both in and outside of the classroom.

Create A Graph

Create A Graph is a program that allows teachers and students to easily create charts and graphs. After selecting the design and plugging in the labels and data, the image can be saved or printed. This allows the user to use analyzing level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This is an excellent resource for students and teachers. Students can use this to complete assignments that require them to analyze information. Teachers can use it to analyze data that they’ve gathered through various assessments. I included a simple example of how this could be done to determine the validity of an exam. This allows the teacher to easily see what questions were understood by much of the class, and which ones may have some issues. The teacher can the look more closely at problem areas, and determine what the be approach to solving it is.

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Google Apps for Education

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I remember Google first becoming known in schools when I was a Senior in high school. I have always been interested in the way that this company has grown and expanded. One sector they are currently developing is their Apps for Education. These tools make it easy for teachers to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and students. They  can be used with nearly every computer, smart phone, or other browsing-supported device. They work most effectively if all faculty and students are users. It is also more effective to use all the apps together, as they all work together.

For example, Google Groups would be the app that teachers would want to start with. They can link colleagues in one group, parents in another, and have a group for each of their classes. These groups will be accessible from all the other apps.

Google Mail, or Gmail, allows teachers to send emails like any other similar service. It’s appeal is that it works with the other apps. Teachers can sync their email and calendar so that important dates can easily be transferred. They can easily create and share calendars with individuals or with their different groups.

Google Docs offers amazing collaboration options. This is useful for giving feedback to students that they can access instantaneously. It also allows students to work together on a project from their homes. It is also useful for collaborating with colleagues on projects and team teaching.

One of the newest apps, Google Drive, works as an online storage space. Users get 5GB of space for free, and can upgrade to 20GB for only $4 a month. All the documents that are stored can easily be shared with individuals or with different groups of people.This can be used as a place for students to upload work to be graded, for documents and videos related to the class to be shared with students, or much more.

These apps have been beneficial to me as a student, and I know they will continue to be as an educator. A typical experience with these apps might go like this:

A student is working on an essay Google Docs when they realize they have a question for their teacher. Using Gmail, they send a message with their question. The teacher is alerted on their smart phone that they have a new email. They pull up the students essay and write some guiding comments. They then respond to the email that they have left comments in Docs, and offer a face to face conference during their free period the next day. The student is notified right away of the email and responds right away that the meeting works for them – it’s added to both of their calendars. This whole interaction could occur in as little as 5 minutes.