Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Things I Have Learned this Year from Colleagues

I have learned a lot from my fabulous colleagues this year.  Here are some of the best pointers I've learned.

1. The accessibility features on a mac are very handy for zooming in and out during presentations.
To do this, make sure to have accessibility enabled and then you can zoom in with using the ctrl+track/mouse and presto! You're there. It is particularly helpful when you are trying to show a URL.

2. Not all headphones are alike. A good rule of thumb is that if they are cheap, they are cheap.

3. Chromebooks are actually a great alternative for college students and anyone wanting to collaborate.

4. iPhones are great tools for use in the classroom. Use them as clickers. Use them as cameras. Use them to record students reading to each other.

5. Sock Puppets app is great for DLI.  Have the students role play in the Dual Immersion language.

6. Use the clock app on the iPad and display using the Apple TV as a timer and also for stop watch.

7. When having students use the camera app on iPads, have them play for at least 30 minutes before you want something serious.

8. Relax and learn from your students. They can really teach you a lot.

9. If you can't figure something out, ask a fifth grader.

10. If the fifth grader doesn't know, ask a teenager. They DEFINITELY know.

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