Here they come!
It’s that time of year again. You’re excited, admit it. All those new faces, familiar faces, sounds and challenges. Part of you thinks, “I could stay on vacation.” Another part (traitor) is excited to get in there. Whether you’ve been at one of the many summer trainings going on around the state, or you’ve just been reading and thinking. The teacher in you knows it’s time, and is ready to try those ideas out!
I don’t want to overwhelm you, but… here’s a couple more. :-)
Let someone else be the bad guy!
The beginning of the year means going over the rules and other necessary, but BORING tasks. It needs to be done, but maybe you can share the load. I am a big fan of using avatars to do tasks like this. My favorite is Voki www.voki.com I would set up a Voki avatar to tell my students what their bell-ringer activity was. That way I was free to greet them and be friendly. As a secondary teacher at the beginning of the year, I would have to repeat my classroom procedures for six different classes. I made it more interesting by having a diferent Voki avatar read each rule and then I would explain it.
There are several different sites that will allow you to set up a speaking avatar like Voki. When you have a website, program or application that you like, but would like it to do something just a bit differently, the website “moreofit.com” www.moreofit.com is the place to search. Here, from moreofit.com is a link to 500 other popular sites like Voki. http://www.moreofit.com/similar-to/www.voki.com/Top_10_Sites_Like_Voki/
It’s what we do!
Even though it’s a new school year, some things don’t change. If you are stuck and need a new idea, the PATINS Coordinators are ready to help! We are all excited and geared up to have a great 2014-15 with you!
App of the Week!
From the Zyrobotics News Feed: Forest Fighter! Has been nominated for a 2014 Summer Award for Best App for Children and Toddlers. For more information, http://www.bestmobileappawards.com/app-submission/forest-fighter