"Used in my Reading Intervention class to provide more reading practice while helping others in need."
"Used in my Reading Intervention Class to increase decoding skills."
Several of my students have their own blog pages based on need and interest.  I am currently using this as a tool to increase vocabulary, reading and writing skills with struggling readers.

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I recently taught one of my students how to use her blog for creative writing purposes.  She enjoys reading and journaling.  This student needed to complete extended learning hours, so she decided to create her own website taking on the persona of her favorite characters to showcase her writing ability.
I continue to use the resources I have created with my students in the classroom.  Currently, I have students making their own blogs to exemplify growth in individual areas.  It is very amazing to see students who struggle with writing in the classroom so motivated to use the blogging tools I am teaching them.  One of my students has a difficult time summarizing and comprehending information, so he is using his blog to use the "Stop, think and restate" strategy to show the learning he is doing with his assigned readings.

Emerging Technology Google Doc Link Click to review reflection and technology resources using Google doc

In the following blog post, I have created links and resources to help teachers inspire students through authentic ways using technology to transform teaching and learning. I am committed to using these resources this coming school year.  My goal is to motivate my students and create an atmosphere where students are not robots, but true thinkers who have ownership in the learning process.  A colleague and I worked together and created a wealth of helpful hints and resources to build 21st century skills in the teaching and learning process.
Over this past 5 weeks I have learned more about teaching and learning than I have in the 2 years I've been in graduate school.  I have been given the opportunity to think and create!  I have been given the opportunity to learn at my own pace and take away what is useful for me as a teacher.  I have been given the opportunity to take risks using my learning style. I have been given the opportunity to show mastery.  I have been given the opportunity to engage.  All these experiences have made it more apparent that my students need more OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN in this fashion.

1. Use Google docs and webcam software to teach 21st Century Skills. Create your own meeting webcam using meeting.io.  All you need is a built in web camera and the internet!!  Use the link above:-) It is free and perfect to use with parents that might not be able to make a meeting or conference in person!

Great to use with other professionals and parents that can't come to a meeting or conference!
Click on Google docs link above to learn more about this interactive tool where you can write a group document without having to meet in person! Easy to teach students.
2Use Edmodo to Interact with Students and Parents. This is a really useful website if your district does not have something in place like progress book to post grades, feedback and assignments.  It is like Facebook, but is much more secure for students and/or parents to interact and post replies. I created my account and am thinking about using either this site or Facebook next school year as a teaching/learning tool.  I like how you can create quizzes and on-line assignments, then provide feedback using grading options.  Students only need an access code provided by the teacher to create an account ( no email address) to view his/her class.  They can reply to posts and get assignments as well as grades/feedback.  Cool!!

3.  Use Wikis to flip your classrooms or to inspire students to think and learn.  http://blog.wikispaces.com/

Wiki Example

Use Wikis with students so they can take ownership and publish their learning. Wikis = student canvas!!

U-Tube Video that teaches "flipping" using wikis

4.  Join Social Media Sites to share and learn new innovations: Classroom 2.0-the social network for those interested in  Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. They have over 66,000 members from 188 countries!

Using Project Based learning (sometimes called Problem Based Learning) is a inquiry based teaching modality that provides real life, hands on opportunities using Ohio Standards to increase student achievement and excitement for learning.  Students use 21st century skills in a collaborative effort to assist them in developing academic and functional skills that can assist them for life beyond the classroom. When implementing Project Based Learning, it is easy to assess students using authentic assessments like rubrics.  There are many benefits using this type of teaching and learning, such as:  increases student and teacher motivation, higher level thinking processes are evident, students master cross content objectives, student learn and use 21st century skills, students feel a sense of ownership and meaning in the process, students learn to work in collaboration with others and with many projects there is a connection from school to community.  Some have argued that project based learning is difficult to organize, some educators have a difficult time maintaining flexibility in changing plans and projects can take weeks; however, when I have implemented this type of teaching and learning, students mastered more objectives than preplanned.  Also, some reluctant readers and writers, were very motivated to do both during this process. The process allows teachers to be more creative and artistic in the teaching process.  For me, I felt very energized teaching in this way.  Watch the YouTube video below!

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Use Wonderoplois, tagxedo and Wordle to teach visual learners.

Use tagxedo.com to create visuals.
Use this site to create visuals for words.
In class this evening, we learned and practiced using Google docs. I will defiantly use this throughout the school year.  I particularly enjoyed utilizing the "form" document to create a questionnaire for my class.  I created a document to use the first day of school in order to get to know my students.  It is also an efficient way to generate students' feedback using "plus/delta's" and to gauge their opinions about the topics they are learning.  I will use this for my students to provide feedback about my teaching and their learning.  See my sample below:
Watch my first Jing video explaining Advance Searching in changing reading levels with Google searches:

I can see using this at the school I currently teach since we use on-line learning as a tool in the classroom.  It would be helpful to have tutorials explaining our on-line Plato and Apangea functions students can access.  I also could use this in my transition class as a way for students to share PowerPoint and blogs or create "how to" videos for incoming students.

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    My name is Renee Hedges.  I am an Intervention Specialist for Schnee Learning Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and have been teaching for twelve years. I have experience at the elementary and high school level.   In addition, I have a submajor in Deaf Education and have taught American Sign Language to both elementary and high school students.  I am completing my master's degree as an Intervention Specialist and will be finished in the Spring, 2013.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son.