SLM 508 Learning Technologies

Learning in the 21st Century

Good Reads for extended reading July 10, 2012

Filed under: Lesson Plans,SLM 508,Technology,Uncategorized — Mrs.Hamilton @ 5:20 pm
One of the big changes in our curriculum next year as we adopt the Common Core Standards is to get students reading outside of the classroom.  Our English classes will now include required reading at home in addition to the text that students are discussing in the classroom.  With this in mind, Good Reads is a great way to connect students to choices.  The bookshelf I have embedded below is designed to highlight books that would fall under the 9th grade memoir unit.  If students could not find a book to read, they could go to this virtual bookshelf for ideas.


Telling Our Story

5 of 5 stars true
A powerful tale of tough choices. Every human should read this book.
Warriors Don't Cry
5 of 5 stars true
A powerful tale about what it was like to be one of the Little Rock Nine.
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
4 of 5 stars true
A different perspective from the classic Holocaust memoir told from the perspective of the resistance.

Share book reviews and ratings with Mrs. H., and even join a book club on Goodreads.


Google Drive: A great way to collaborate. July 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mrs.Hamilton @ 11:22 pm

My technologies class has been spending this week talking about different ways to use social media to collaborate with students and staff.  One of the neat tools that we have been playing around with is Google drive.  Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is an online word processing suite that is free to Google users.  Users can create documents, share ownership of each document and even edit at the same time.  I have used Google docs in my classroom to write group papers.  As a graduate student we have put together group slideshow presentations without ever meeting in person.  My husband and I keep Google Doc Christmas lists that allow our families to call “dibs” on gifts without purchasing duplicate gifts.  To check out Google Drive click on This Google Doc to learn about my favorite social networking site.


Flickr Galleries June 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mrs.Hamilton @ 12:56 am

Flickr Galleries

Flickr is a great way to display a gallery of examples to students in your classroom. As a librarian part of my job will be to help teachers from all content areas meet their own curricular goals by using the media center.  This gallery of cupcakes can be used to show the different techniques used by bakers when decorating their goods.  It would be a great addition to the Food and Nutrition class’s unit on baking and decorating.

This exploration of ideas would fit under the NETS-S Indicator 1:

“Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities”

This would be a great preview of the different styles and techniques that would be learned throughout the unit.