Whiteboard Lesson

  1. Download the template for this interactive whiteboard lesson: Jeopardy Wheel
    1. http://exchange.smarttech.com/details.html?id=46f02228-751c-43d5-84dc-ab60ce65c09a
  2. Create a lesson to prep for the HSPA (Standardized test that requires a passing grade to graduate high school).
    1. Creative writing (picture prompt) is part of the English section of the exam
  3. On the notches of the wheel are creative titles (that can be somewhat misleading). Representing the game show on GSN the $25,000 Pyramid where the titles aren’t exactly what the phrases are related to
  4. Spin the wheel.  Whatever notch it lands on – click on it. When you click on it a picture comes up.
  5. It is the student’s challenge and lesson to write a short story picture prompt on this photo. They have approximately 20 minutes – keeping in mind – it is a short story!
  6. About two of these should be able to be completed in a class session


PLN (Personal Learning Network)

  1. Find a way to connect with other teachers, exchange ideas, write blogs, etc.
    1. www.teachingvillage.org
    2. There is a wordpress blog also for some help
      1. http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/how-to-create-a-robust-and-meaningful-personal-learning-network-pln/
      2. Within this blog teachers are able to meet teachers from across the world, establish connections, and have meaningful discussions
      3. Take part in a massive open online course
        1. http://etmooc.org/

Obesity & Technology

There have been several devices that come out to aid in the stop of childhood obesity. One of the major ones is the Wii Fit, which combines video games (which all children love) and physical activity. For example, in a race, the person must actually run in place to get the person to move on the screen. The Wii Fit also comes with a scale and monitors your activity. Apps for the iPhone and other smart phones for nutrition, calorie counting, motivational sayings, etc. you name it and the chances of it being available are likely.  Parents play a large role in monitoring their children’s activities. None of these technologies that can help the obesity issue will work if the parent’s are not involved.

Music Lessons

I would suggest copying the file onto a CD that can be played on a computer, in the car, or in a stereo (not everyone can afford an iPod). The students need to use some class time to communicate, and maybe even meet up after school with parents providing transportation to another child’s house. To display their final musical outcome, the students can either perform it in front of the class, or if they have access to a studio, record and make their own CD or MP3 copies.


1. Technological integration strategies in teacher-directed instruction only extend to power-point presentations or using a home or library computer for research. A calculator is one of the main tools in mathematics. I would find it extremely hard to take a math class online with no instruction, its basically a “fend for yourself” type of situation.

2. Scientific labs such as dissection or the mixture of chemicals via test tubes or a bunson burner are impossible to accomplish via virtual instruction. Smells especially cannot be duplicated through a computer.


Using Google in a Lesson

Using Google in a lesson: Google Scholar


  1. The lesson will be on creative writing, picture prompts, etc. (Things currently on a standardized test)
  2. Use Google Scholar to research creative writing techniques, its advantages, and why it is important. Here are some examples:
    1. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=Sp_wuhe8QTkC&oi=fnd&pg=PA9&dq=creative+writing&ots=Mf1G19UenH&sig=uBsty6Wgy9n6IPpWlOJU35uouVk#v=onepage&q=creative%20writing&f=false
    2. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=wNpfs-bLxiwC&oi=fnd&pg=PA8&dq=creative+writing+techniques&ots=ff44fWsBSK&sig=wmAv1WE16_fMv2tbhdBYh67bCwo#v=onepage&q=creative%20writing%20techniques&f=false
  3. Give this website a try, it’s actually a UK website, it is a generator that can be useful if you are still stuck on starting a paper.
    1. http://www.writingexercises.co.uk/firstlinegenerator.php
  4. Taking all this information, give a try at writing the most outrageous (but still has a story line) and creative story that you can draw up.

The History Wars

1. Technology is extremely important in gaining other perspectives regarding history. In World Literature we read “Distant View of a Minaret” by Alifa Rifaat. She grew up, and the story takes place in, Egypt. She definitely comes off as a feminist in her writings and often has negative things to say regarding the men in that culture. To really gain an understanding, I had to research articles by other  men and women in Egypt. This opened my eyes, more than any teacher lecture could have accomplished. For that class we did an annotated bibliography, something that could be very helpful to students to do as an assignment. Of course, historians like to believe that they know everything but that just is not possible and it is true that almost anyone can write something on the internet, which causes the need for the use of reliable sources.

3. Google  has images, which can play a major role in the teaching of a certain culture’s history, While some students are audible learners some are visual learners. Putting the two together can assist in creating a great lesson. There are some videos, especially on youtube, of culture dances and walks through the villages.