Wikis are an amazing resource for education! I am happy to report that this is a tool I am actually familiar with in my day to day life! This year, I actually taught my coworkers about the use of wikis! As a grade level, my colleagues and I group all of our 175 fourth grade students into several ability groups. As time progresses, students are constantly moving between levels. At first, the other teachers would pass around a spreadsheet crossing off and adding names. Kids were being forgotten, double added, and improperly placed all of the time! We began using a wiki to update group lists, and it's changed everything! Wikis are a wonderful tool!
Although to some, social networking is social networking, LinkedIn and Facebook are very different types of websites. Facebook is a very casual site, many times to a fault. People are able to freely express themselves and are seemingly encouraged to gossip, judge, and dramatically hype themselves up. Facebook can also be an innocent place for family and friend to stay in touch through sharing photos and stories. Alternatively, LinkedIn is a very professional type of website created specifically for business networking purposes. Through LinkedIn, one is able to create a resume-style website to enhance business potential, personal reputation, and potential jobs or clients. Both websites are places to connect to those you know and share personal information; however, these things are done quite differently across the sites. Even though it is nice to be able to combine things in life for simplicity, LinkedIn and Facebook provide two completely different things to users, both of which can be very useful for the intended purpose.
Apps could possibly be one of the best inventions ever! I was actually just thinking the other day about how I would like to learn more about some of the apps out there for teachers. Low and behold, this week's assignments was to do just that! In my findings, I discovered three apps which I think could be very useful. The first app that looked attractive was the Teacher's Assistant Pro. I love that it will track information on students quickly and efficiently. I do have two concerns about the app, however, I worry first that I could be reprimanded for using my phone during instructional time, and I also don't like that it costs since I can't really try it before I buy. Another app that looks really intriguing is Free Books. Who knew? What a wonderful and fantastic resource for not just educators-but everyone! Finally, I found Dropbox. I started using this program not too long ago, and it's changed my life! So long, flash drives and emailing files to yourself. I absolutely love having a place to store everything so that it is accessible to me anywhere. All and all, there are tons of amazing apps available, but the three mentioned above definitely have potential to be of great benefit.