I'm back again today bringing you two technology tips.
Funny name, but really cool website. It is almost exactly like Facebook, but is meant for education. I learned about this last week in a technology training. We are using it to communicate to each other about our training for the technology grant our district received. However, I have set up my own classroom and I can communicate with parents through this about so much. You can post assignments, quizzes, polls, etc. This will be a great communication tool this year especially for field trips and assignment due dates. Plus, the kids will think it is so cool that they can join and be friends with me.
Our school currently only has 2 Promethean boards and 2-3 Smartboards. I really, really, really wanted one, so I chose to write a DonorsChoose grant. I had heard about a Mimio and knew that would be perfect! It is a small piece that unfolds and sticks on your board. you connect it to a laptop and projector and !BAM! you now have an interactive whiteboard. there is a mouse pointer that you use with it and you have to calibrate it each time you turn on the Mimio. My students are always engaged and actively involved in learning with it. So, if you are looking for an alternative this would definitely benefit you. The price is around $500....not a bad deal at all! Just make sure you have a projector and a computer to hook up to it.
You can read more about it HERE!
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