I know, I know, my resolution was to post more often. I’ve just spent some quality time with Google reader catching up on favourite bloggers and finding lots of new resources. I’ve also finally bitten the bullet and organised to move my website to a hosting service that will answer my emails and has a phone number with a person on the other end. In the process I registered a domain name. Boy was that tough! I can’t use the title of my website, ‘English Matters’, as the domain name. Apparently it is actually owned by someone and I can buy it for $14,000! Obviously it is time for a reinvention so the new site will have ‘lyntiernanenglishclassroom’ in the url. Boring, I know but everything I tried was ‘owned’ and I needed to keep some connection to the original purpose of the site, resources for kids and teachers I work with. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Bright Ideas always has…well…bright ideas. This one is from Chrissie Michaels and should work well with laptops. Instead of a ‘book report’, kids can create ‘book trailers’ using Windows MovieMaker. Looks like fun and I’ve been very conscious lately on the need to use the laptops effectively. Our school is currently surveying on who is using them and how often, since we noticed about 20% of kids were regularly not bringing them to school. Many, when asked, said they ‘hardly used them’. Teacher training and time is part of the problem, as is the lack of wireless access in most of the school. I’m still managing to use them every lesson, but I have wireless access in my classroom. I’ve been using SpellingCity for weekly spelling tests and practice and we use OneNote for our lesson notes. I’ve only just started learning Moodle and am looking forward to a quicker method of student access to resources than email.
My next job is having a really good look at the National Curriculum proposals. As you can see, I’ve been putting that off as well.