RSS Subscriptions

RSS technology gives you a fast and easy way to get up to the minute news and information on many different topics you are interested in.  You can have items pertaining to work, entertainment, family, social networking, gaming travel and many others all at your fingertip through one site as opposed to searching through 15 different sites to gather information you are looking for.   I am using the RSS reader Bloglines, which gives many different topic’s that you can choose from to follow, or you can add your own blogs or sites to keep up on information.  I have subscribed to Shane, Nathan, Kim, Sarah and Anne’s blogs from our class. I have also subscribed to Dictionary.com because I am always getting asked what something means and USA Today to keep up with the news and other world-wide information.

Even though this is the first time I have used this kind of   have a feeling the RSS feeds may become part of my everyday searches because of the ease of adding and removing so many different widgets and sites.

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IPad / Tablet Use in the Classroom

The Ipad is the device I that would benefit me in the classroom.  There are so many ways to use  the Ipad in the classroom from reading a textbook to looking up new information to add to information learned in books or videos read and seen in the classroom.  Last semester I had a book that was online and it was very helpful and easy to look up information and add to the knowledge the original text gave.  Having an Ipad or any kind of tablet would be a great way for children to explore indepth what their textbook’s information is telling them.  With the tablet you can have the newest textbook available for the students on a yearly basis along with having quizzes and tests the students have to complete and submit within a certain time frame.  The price of textbooks are rising and the technology of these devices are getting much better, which is why either or these two or other similar devices would be very beneficial to my classroom.

IPad

http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Samsung Tablet

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5669&deviceCategoryId=12

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Why Teachers Blog

The following is a site that has many blogs that educators created or use to help them through the day or year http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/tips-and-tools/early-childhood-blogs.

Christina Germano is a preschool teacher who blogs to let her students parents know what it is that is happening in the classroom as well as information she has learned or places she has visited that parents, students or other educators may find useful in their classroom.

http://blogs.scholastic.com/early_childhood_teacher/IMG_1115[1]

Dr. Patricia Vardin started her blog for all educators to be able to discuss and talk about different subjects that she writes about.  I feel this is a good way to discuss many different areas of a teachers school year or career.  Teachers in their first year to teachers in their 40th year can discuss different subjects and get others educators thoughts on matters thatmay be a issue or problem that they cannot get around.

http://www.edact.com/blog/?p=24Dr. P. Vardin

When searching and reading through the blogs I came across I found that the educators blogged to inform other educators about subjects or ideas that may be useful to them in their school or classroom.  In Christina’s blog she discussed what the class was doing and how they were using what they were doing throughout the day, week or year.  She also discussed things that she did outside of the school such as going to the scholastic headquarters and touring the building.  She mentioned that children could have parties there which many parents may not have even thought about having a party.  All the above sights were helpful and full of information to use for either new lessons or to add to existing lessons that you may be using

I feel blogging is a great way to inform parents of the ongoings in the classroom as well as other educators that may use information I may put on a blog to start a lesson or add to a lesson they may be using.  Blogging is an easy way to dicuss ideas and add  to the thought process of educators and parents alike along with helping students to be able to look back on things they have done throughout a school year or lesson so they have easy access to information they may need to use in the future.

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Flickr / Delicious Accounts

I have gotten this far I may as well continue on. I think getting everything set up is the hardest part of most internet sites, LOL.  Well baseball is over for me this summer, my team fought hard, but couldn’t get over the hump after giving up 10 runs in the first 4 innings and not scoring until the bottom of the 4th, we came out on the losing end of a 11-10 battle.  I must say the kids have heart and did not give up which is all  you can ask from them.

Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/briangephart/

Delicious

http://www.delicious.com/bkgep66/

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