So my students have turned me on to these YouTube celebrities that talk about hair and makeup and the maddening idea of what is in their purses or what their room looks like. I really do find it absolutely amazing that 4 million people would care what is in the purse of a YouTube celebrity... but I get it. I have to admit that I absolutely loooove Nerdy Nummies with Rosanna Pansino and listen to her talk about nothing.
All of this gave me an idea, though. Every day I leave school with about 20% juice left in my battery because I use my phone constantly... seriously, I abuse my phone. The kids and I both know that my phone enables us to have the class they enjoy. So, what's in my phone?
YouTube - I worship at that altar of Youtube in class and have figured out how to get around my distict's filter. I recently received an Apple TV for my class (AMEN!!!!) and now I can quickly project any video I'm watching.
Twitter - So, no, I don't use Twitter in the classroom but Twitter has truly helped me to become a better teacher. Over the last three years I have taken part in #edchat, #sschat, #tlap, and #sstlap. I have sat through a lot of PD in my 16 years. I have learned how to write across the curriculum, manage my classroom, and collaborate with other disciplines. I have never heard, "Hey! We're getting this amazing social studies person in to talk to you guys." Twitter allows me to have relevant PD every week and learn from amazing teachers. And, to be honest..... PD is so much better in pajamas with a glass of wine:)
Quizlet - I've blogged about Quizlet before. The kids love it and my phone becomes a study station. It makes me smile!
Class Dojo - I absolutely loooove that I can walk around my class and award points. I project up the full screen so the kids can see who is earning what. I don't use Class dojo everyday, but whenever I feel like I need the kids back on track, I can pull my phone out of my pocket and start the rewards.
Plickers - Plickers is my new favorite toy. I use it about 3 times a week in class and the toy hasn't lost its lustre. The kids love it and I adore the data I receive. The other teachers in my cluster were so excited when they saw it!
Remind101 - In my district, I can not rely on internet access at home but many of my families have cell phones. Remind101 allows me the ability to reach out whenever. The kids love the text from Mrs. Wilkins and I love the communication.
Podcasts - I looooove listening to educational podcasts. I'm a total ed geek but I love listening to a good discussion or debate about trends in ed. my favorite station is Bam! Radio Network. It offers a little something for everyone and I adore listening to it in my car on my commute.
So, now that I've shown you my iPhone, is there something amazing in your iPhone that you would like to share?