I “polled everywhere” today!

Today, I did my first online poll with students using http://polleverywhere.com. I actually created it last week when I wrote my lesson plan and administered it today. It was awesome! The kids seemed to enjoy taking out their forbidden phones and actually using them to participate in class. Continue reading I “polled everywhere” today!

My latest powerpoint..oops, I mean KEYNOTE

If you’ve been following my tweets, then you know that I have a new love in my life– my new Macbook! I have been experimenting with iWork, and I have to say that the cool factor is way more than anything I’ve tried with a PC. Nevertheless, the learning curve is pretty steep, and I am still practicing and seeing the ins and outs of what Apple has to offer. Here is a Keynote presentation that I created for a PD with the teachers yesterday. You will not get to see all the cool transitions that it had since the slideshare player does not show it. Nevertheless, this one turned out to my satisfaction, and I am excited about what I can do with this software in the future!

When I have time, I would like to turn this slideshow into a slide cast by adding audio narration to each slide:

Slidecasting 101

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Stay tuned!

Extreme Powerpoint Makeover/ Guest Appearance

I thought the last post was getting lengthy, so I broke this update into two entries. (Check out the previous post to get caught up if you haven’t been here for a while.)

Now, where was I? OH! I have also been having fun with Powerpoint again. Throw a little Skype into the mix, and you have a lesson made in tech heaven. Here’s the scenario: Those of you who know me (or my blog) know that I had somewhat of a Powerpoint epiphany around this time last school year, and my ppts haven’t been the same since. I worked closely with the senior class of my school at the time to create awesome powerpoints for their senior project. I agreed to help them out again this year, although I was at a new school. Since my schedule eliminated the possibility of a visit, I used skype to present to them. I think the best thing about the experience (which wasn’t without its challenges) was my ability to share my screen with the students watching online. We met twice–the first time a student showed me her ppt over Skype’s shared screen, and the second meeting was my showing a revamped version using the principles I taught the students.
Here’s the before and after.

before

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after

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These are very abridged versions of the ppts, but hopefully you can see the changes in the few slides included. After she presents, I will post the student’s finished ppt in its entirety.

Last, but definitely not least, I have another guest entry for your viewing pleasure!

The pics in the gallery above are of a project completed by one of my former colleagues, Kay Butler, with her students. After seeing the pictures of my geometry project on parallel lines, Kay decided to use pictures to motivate her Math 3 students to learn how to write quadratic equations from the graph of a parabola. Mrs. Butler’s class collected photos of architecture and other real life visuals involving parabolas. These photos, if you look closely, are superimposed on a grid that students then used to identify points for quadratic regression. When I saw this, I knew I had to blog it! For more info, email Kay at kbutler@pftsta.k12.la.us. Go Kay! Keep up the great work!

Whew! Do you feel caught up? I do! As you can see, the new year has come with new experiences and exponential growth in the happenings of my crazy classroom. I will continue to share as much as I can, and I hope that this is helpful to someone out there! Happy new year!!!

I can see the finish line!

The slideshow above is my final assignment for a course I took this semester on writing literary reviews. I have one more paper to write and I will be done with all my course work for my master’s degree! I am finally beginning to get excited about this–it has been so much hard work to get to this point. I always said I wouldn’t stop until I got my doctorate, but at this point, I’m not so sure. I might stop here. We’ll see, but I cannot wait to walk across that stage on December 20th! Have a great holiday and wish me luck on this last assignment…

two of three (short and sweet)

This is another post is about my new found love for PowerPoint. After reading Slide:ology, I have a totally different outlook on what makes presentations HOT. I will attach PowerPoints that I helped my students make ASAP, but, for now, enjoy a few pics of the “workshop that changed everything.”

UPDATE! Here is an example of an awesome ppt that one of my students made for her senior project as a result of our work together.