The UEN website is a great tool to use in the classroom because it provides probably the best resource information available for students, their parents, and their teachers. Students can use the virtual tours, take fieldtrips, and many other tools that Pioneer Library provides. Pioneer Library provides excellent information and resources for a student's specific grade and the specific grade their teacher teaches as well. It is a great tool that provides an easier and faster search rather than using a Google search. It provides many different lesson plans that teachers can plan for their students and also their specific grades they teach. It also provides the main Core Curriculum for the state of Utah to know what the students need to be learning for their year. As I mentioned before, besides the lesson plans and the core curriculum, it provides virtual tours and many other interactives that enhances the students' learning. One great tool that I enjoyed learning about was the Culture Grams. It takes you to where you are a child from a different country. It tells what a child will do a typical day in that country. I believe this helps students to appreciate where they live and to respect and find interest in a peer from a different country. Another tool that I thought was great was Searchasaurus. It provides fun facts of the day, pictures, and other activities that will make a student's learning more interesting. Students and their parents can use these great tools at home to enhance their children's learning. Students also can use these tools in school with help from their teacher to also enhance their learning from these great tools. I think that UEN is fairly easy to use and to access. It provides any teacher, student, and their parents to access any tools to help learning and to make it worth having. I have enjoyed using the UEN website.
I think facebook would be a great tool to use in the classroom. You could use facebook to have a student present their facebook profile page to the class. You could choose one student for the week to create their profile page and present it in front of the class. This way, they could be spotlighted as student of the week and it would have students and their teacher get to learn more about them. Another way to use this tool would be to have students work in groups and communicate through writing on each other's walls and also instant messaging. All students in the class could add each of their classmates as a friend.
I have been using a little bit of Publisher this past week and it is awesome! I have been using it for flyers, but it works for almost anything! It is very easy to use and it could be used to give out newsletters to parents about certain events coming up in the school year. Also, students could use Publisher to create assignments from their textbook and make it of use. They could make a brochure about the different oceans, countries, or whatever geological features they want to explore. It is a great and easy tool for both students and teachers!
I thought that kidspiration was a great tool to use for both students and teachers. There were so many categories that involved much of the different grade levels. I also loved that there were so many options to choose from how you want to design each page. One day, the teacher can ask each student to create a page of their favorite fruits and why different ones are healthy for them. They can all have the same subject of their favorite fruits, but it can be completely different of how each student chooses to design their page. I liked that the students could create their original page because of the many different options it offers. I thought it was also a great tool to help teachers for their lesson plans. It used a lot of colors, pictures, and fun fonts, and other things that would make learning more enjoyable for the teacher and their students.
I thought that inspiration was also a great tool, but it felt that it lacked in some of the other fun things that kidspiration had. I didn't like the pictures as much. I thought they were more general and boring than kidspiration. I didn't like the layout very much. It was harder for me to find different things that I was looking for. It took me a little longer to find different things I would have liked to use. I didn't like that it didn't have very many pictures like kidspiration had. I thought that this tool was more directed toward older students or that this program was created before kidspiration came out. It seemed that kidspiration was a more updated and easier tool to use than inspiration. It was a great tool, but I just felt that I worked better with kidspiration instead.
Power Point would be a great tool to help students learn how to study better and develop skills to do better on tests as well. For instance, in the Power Point book, there is an activity called "What number am I? It gives a variety of different clues to guess the number a student is thinking of. It helps students to learn these math terms better and to know how to solve problems easier. It would be a good tool and game to develop in the classroom for any students.
I liked the spreadsheet program because it would help with keeping track of grades and highlighting different areas in different colors and fonts to help organize grading better. I think for the students, they could learn how to do a spreadsheet for reading logs or to practice different spelling words.
I think that blogger would be a fun get-to-know you tool for the students. It would be easier for the upper grades, but the students could learn how to use it. Maybe once or twice a week, each student can show his or her blog for the class. It would be like a spotlight for the week. It would benefit them in learning those computer skills and the rest of the class can find out all about their different classmates.