As we begin second semester, I have decided it is time to implement some of what I am learning in my masters program into my classroom. I revamped my school website and added some technology requirements for my students. I was nervous knowing many of my students might not have access to the internet, but fortunately we have a wonderful library with many computers available to students before and after school. I also offered my computer for students to use as long as they scheduled a time with me for lunch or after school.
Today was the first posts to our class blog. I was so excited to see what the students have come up with and am looking forward to what is to come! Here are the tech requirements I have set so far...
1) Scribe: Each student will be a scribe for our class one day each quarter. The scribe will record what we do from our objective to our key concepts and then post them onto our class blog. Other students may add to a post for extra credit or answer any questions the author had as well.
2) Chapter Review: Each student will answer one question from our chapter review on our class wiki. If a student corrects a mistake they can receive extra credit.
3) Resource: Each student will post one link, video, website, etc. that would be a relevant Algebra resource for them or their classmates onto our wiki once per quarter.
So far, I have had students post for their SCRIBE requirement and it is great to actually hear about what they are learning. It is amazing to see what actually gets through to them! (Sometimes in math it is hard to actually see this)
You can use the SCHOOL WEBSITE link to see some of my student's work! I know it is preliminary, but I was so proud of them for branching out and trying something new!