After taking Tech PD, I feel really comfortable walking into a classroom and using technology. This is my 2nd course in the last 6 months and I am so happy I decided to take these on! In Tech PD, almost everything I did was brand new to me. I took on two big projects and feel very successful in both! I created a Weebly page and became semi-versed with Symbaloo.
I am so excited to share my new love for technology on your blog. The biggest accomplishment that I had in this course was learning about Weebly and Symbaloo. As part of my integration project, I created a Weebly page about Brain Breaks and the importance of taking Brain Breaks throughout the day. I compiled a page for grades K-3 and 4-6 with quick ideas and links to different types of brain breaks to use in the classroom. I learned how to embed links to my page. I have never designed a website so this was all new to me. It took some time to play around with the layout and format that I wanted to use. I am sure I may change it as I become more comfortable with Weebly. But for my first try, I think I did pretty good! I also included a short teacher survey to provide some feedback about my weebly page(which I learned how to do in Going Google in the spring)!
Not only did I learn about Weebly but I learned about a neat tool called Symbaloo. This is a quick way to organize videos in folders. I created a Symbaloo account and then a folder titled Brain Breaks. I searched Symbaloo and the internet for videos that might be useful to the classroom teacher. After gathering videos appropriate for grades K-6, I thought it would be a great idea to have it directly accessible via my weebly page. So I attached it right to tammyriska.weebly.com. It is all accessible via one page!
I hope that teachers will find my weebly page helpful in getting the wiggles out of their students. I know that I will use it when I am subbing!