Help with technology

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  1. Bendoulic

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    I have been out of the field for a few years and need help with technology. Our prinicpal wants us to really use technology so I would like some advice as to where to start. I am not a techie on my own time either, so don't know a lot overall. Could you suggest some websites or something to get me started. My kids do have laptops so access is not a problem. :help: Many thanks. I should add that I teach junior high learning disabled kids. I can see many great web sites listed, but it is just too overwhelming for a beginner.
     
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    That is a pretty broad request. What do you need help with? What do you want to do? If you are basically new to computers, I would probably recommend going to the bookstore and sit for a couple hours and look through all the beginner books and pick out a few. The Dummies books are sometimes very good, and they all have lists of websites and places to go for the next step in the back.
     
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    That is the problem. I teach them in every area so it is tough to be specific. A start would be, our prinicpal suggested we use Youtube to show science videos. Youtube is blocked on our server and to get around it is a big deal. Also, the kids could not get around it, only me. So, where could I get access to videos to for example show the kids things like thermal energy, conduction, convection.

    We are covering setting, and irony in our stories. How can I SHOW then this as they cannot conceptualize it.

    Thank you
     
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    You can use zamzar.com to convert and save videos from YouTube. You can also get videos at United Streaming. This does require a subscription but you can check with your district because lots of states have subscriptions availabe but it is not always known.
     
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    Youtube for educational material? Umm, I dunno. Youtube is filled with TONS of junk and I would be wary of any material put up there that bills itself as educational, unless it was uploaded by a known/respected educational authority.

    FYI! I have regularly seen porn-oriented material appear in the "related videos" column next to the video you specifically picked out - the software used to suggest other videos doesn't seem to be all that smart & many times gives the user suggestions only very vaguely related to the featured video.
     
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    Actually YouTube does have videos that I have shown in class. I don't let the kids search for them but I will search for them and save it on my computer using zamzar and then show it in class.
     
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    If you are wanting to show videos, try TeacherTube which shouldn't be blocked or United Streaming.

    Also, whatever concepts you are teaching, google _______ interactive and you will probably come up with a lot of interactive activities. I used a great one today for constellations. Kids love technology so the more you can incorporate it into your plans, the better.
     
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    Constellations? How about some of those star-shaped stickers that can be applied to the ceiling? No batteries, no software, no worries about viruses, they don't wear out, and they are sooooo inexpensive. And students can "access" them anytime by just looking up.

    I think Edmund Scientific still carries them.

    Old-skool can many times still get the job done.
     
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    Also look at howstuffworks.com - I was surprised and pleased to find some of the Great Books videos on there, and my district doesn't block it. There are video from the Discovery Channel, TLC, etc., in just about every subject. :)
     
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    this is what I use. Some science topics are hard to teach and video clips make it a lot easier for both student and teacher. I always use a constructed response question afterward.
     

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