Topic 1: TI-NSpire, iOS, Android. I would like learn more about the classroom applications that the TI-Nspire, iOS (iPod, IPad), and Android OS possess. I am also interested in how to develop your own apps for these systems. I have personally used a TI-NSpire and I must say, they blow the TI-83 and TI-84 out of the water. I would also like to explore the differences and similarities between each product. Many of these products provide great visuals along with the incorporations of cutting edge technology. I would like to explore more in the uses of these products and how to effectively use them during insturction or for differentiation.
Topic 2: Smart Boards. I have never had the opportunity to utilize a Smart Board and I have been itching to get my hands on one. I hear so many great comments about them from other teachers who are privlidged to have access to one. I would like to explore more in depth about their capabilites, products offered, and how to produce your own lessons using a Smart Board.
Topic 3: Food Therapy. Majority of the schools I have visited or taught at, usually offer the same lack lustered meals for the scholars through out the day. I would like to research the effects of the food the scholars have to eat through out the day against the effects of healther or alternative foods. I would also like to incorporate how this could be used as a project for scholars to develop their own business within the school that offers an affordable, yet healthier food program. Scholars would be able to develop a business plan, budget, learn about nutrition, proper meal planning, and develop a schedule where they could provide these services. They would also learn about the effects certain food have on the body and your brain.
Week 3: Planning YOUR tech week
Each course member will plan and lead a week of the course, with help from me and one more course member. Toward this goal, do the following now...
- Propose three topics you would like to explore in-depth. We need some choice in case several people name the same topic. It can be a piece of technology, like GeoGebra. Or an area of science related to math, like space exploration. Or a social topic, like using statistics for justice. Or a tech term you want to understand better.
- For each topic, write a short blurb ("elevator speech") about why you love it or find it intriguing. Anywhere from one sentence to a paragraph. This will help you recruit a helper course member.
Next week, we will return to this task with more comments and discussions. For now, it's short and sweet - just name three things you like.