Thing 4: Cloud Initiation
1. Symbaloopage URL for Dyann: https://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13eOcM9g2g This is the bookmarking tool of my choice.
2.Dropbox Link for document
1: http://www.mel.org. Link for document
2: https://newsela.com/Link for document
3. What these new practices might look like in my environment.
a.Teaching basic reading and GED skills to adults is difficult because they don’t have a lot of background knowledge they need. I think Symbaloopage is going to be fantastic because I can assign each student what to look for or do on it.
4. Thoughtful response on how this changed my own practice.
a. I already use Dropbox at home, and didn’t want to mix the two, but now I have learned how to share just the folders I want to share.
b. Also, since my husband set up my Dropbox, and set up my computers to automatically save to Dropbox, I have never actually explored it and realized how easy it is to use. I shall save all of my school files, now, on Dropbox. AND, since I use two separate logins at school and 2 different data bases, etc, this will simplify my school life incredibly!
c. I know that I will use Symbaloo. I have been teaching 8 adults basic reading skills (basic phonics, basic sequencing, basic inferences, etc.) and just recently I found that if I use “fun” reading and challenging skills, rather than the GED and ABE “worksheets” the students are having a lot of fun. Also, with the lack of background knowledge, I have been getting side tracked a lot. Now, I can (instead of printing off all the things I want them to read) direct them to Symbaloo and the icon I want them to use and we will be off and running. I am really looking forward to using this tool.
d. Lastly, I wrote this on a different computer. I pulled up Dropbox and copied and pasted it in. My, this is GREAT!