Resources: Mobile Learning

eBooks

http://www.ebooks.com/

This is a great resource for purchasing e-books online.  You can search by specific author, title, or key works.  There are themes or genres in which to search by also.  They also have helpful information in actually doing a search.  There is specific details on what types of devices the books are can be downloaded onto (iPad, iPhone,Kindles, e-readers, PC Mac, etc.).  And there is a section on what permissions there are in regards to printing and copying.  NETS-s (#3)  are met by allowing students to plan & conduct research through e-books.  Though these e-books are for purchase, students could then check local libraries to get same e-book for free.  NETS-s (#5) met by using digital citizenship in the proper use, copying and printing of e-books.  In looking at historical fiction for students, this would be a good place to start my search for e-books.  The site also gives links to other possible useful sites.

Fiction wise

http://www.fictionwise.com/

This site is similar to the one above.  It is all about the purchase of e-books.  It has a multiple format available on most e-books.  This allows you to download the e-books onto different devices which you could have with no worries.  E-books which have a lot of graphics in them are not usually available in all formats.  The site is set up so you are able to choose or see which formats are available. This goes back to the copy right laws for authors.  Most e-books will be encrypted so printing is disabled.  Multiple genres, subjects, titles or key word searches direct your search for e-books.  NETS-s (#3) is being met by gathering information from applying to digital tools and learning to evaluate & use the information.

Moodle

https://moodle.org/

This site is a great tool available to teachers, students, administrators, and managers.  It is a productive way to set up online courses.  Though the first time use can take some time to set up, there are many forums, discussions and ways to have all your questions answered.  They have demos available on how to use it.  Plus you are allowed to play around with it and try out how it all works.  Before I took graduate classes I was not aware of Moodle.  In light of the article I previewed, I can see it as a positive way in which to set up learning sets/modules for elementary level.  It allows for collaboration between students and to build communication within a community of learners (NETS-s #2).  Plus using the system allows for the process of critical thinking, planning out research for specific topics/subjects, and use of tools available through digital media, (NETS-s #3 & #4).   Teachers will inspire and develop student learning by exposing them to digital tools, (NETS-t #1 & #2).  They can also model the use of new technology within the classroom and show how to collaborate with other teachers, parents and their students, (NETS-t #3).

ePals

http://www.epals.com/

This a neat site to connect with other teachers, around the country and the world.  It is a way to find other classrooms to pair up with on projects, with global communication and collaboration, (NETS-s #1 ) or talk about educational issues, (NETS-t #1 & #4).  There are teacher forums which allows you to find mentors as you continue your strive for excellence in teaching, (NETS-t #3 & #5).  The site has Learning Centers which have articles, activities, projects and discussions on a variety of different subjects.  You can find out how to join a project, having the search narrowed by language, region (country), project type (subject, email exchange, culture, Smithsonian, etc.), duration (2 weeks, month, semester) and collaboration (email, skype, video).  Many of the projects I viewed were students for other countries wanting to work with English speaking students, through emails, on their English.  What a great way to connect to the world!  As far as I can see this site fully embraces all of the NETS standards for both students and teachers.

Everyday Math

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/

From my article review on week 4, it mentioned the use of math software from this site.  It is set up for Pre-K through 6th grade math curriculum.  It was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and is widely used in many classrooms.  It has the information broken down by grade levels.  Under each grade, it has specific topics such as grade level goals (Common Core Standards), student gallery, and do-any-time activities.  There are video demos on how to use the algorithms/computations, differentiation, how to use technology (calculators, SMART boards) with Everyday Math.  Teachers share their strategies about pacing and planning, meeting individual needs, and ELL students, answering any number of questions and concerns, (NETS-t #3 & #5).  Plus the site has a resource list of 11 other sites which are helpful for teaching math.  It is a go-to site in regards the teaching of elementary math.

Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/

This side is wonderful resource for teachers in regards to digital and the teaching process, learning, and education.  As their slogan says, “What works in Education.” You can look at information by grade level, core strategies, assessments, videos, specific communities or subjects, blogs, schools that work and classroom guides.  There are over 20 groups to connect with for specific grade levels and issues. A sampling of some groups are: middle school, assessments, social & emotional learning, and technology tools.  There is even a group for new teachers becoming connected.  As a new teacher I excited to see all of the different topics teachers are sharing, collaborating on, giving me tons of information about what to do within my future classroom!  NETS –t # 3, #4, #5 are being modeled in the use of digital tools to engage with colleagues across the country and world, communicate relevant materials,  and contribute to the effectiveness of their schools within the community.

The Journal

http://thejournal.com/

This site is another resource and is an online journal about “Transferring Education through Technology.”  There is a lot of information to be had on this site.  Here again teachers are sharing ideas, thoughts and information about all types of digital subjects.  Some features topics: E-learning, Assessments, Learning apps, Product features, Security, Gaming, and Mobile learning.  The list goes on from there.  It also includes resource centers, webinars, current issues, archives and marketing possibilities.  NETS-t (#3) is met by being able to communicate information about the digital age, gathered from the web, to students, peers and parents.  Also NETS-t (#5) is developed by continuing their growth as educator in the new digital age and contributing to it’s overall effectiveness with the school districts.

Eschool News

http://www.eschoolnews.com/

This is another site which has loads of information about all aspects of the digital age.  Their slogan is “Technology News for the K-20 Educator.”  They take a slightly different approach with information on current legislation, litigations, special reports, funding and conferences.   There is a list of videos set up about many topics and show the top news items pertaining to education in the digital age.  They also have links to their four family sites of:  eSchool News, eCampus News, eClassroom News, and eSchool Media.   This site is more a gathering of information for educators but is not written from fellow teachers to teachers.  NETS-t (#5) is being met by having teachers strengthen their professional growth about digital information and usage, thus being informed about the issues surrounding it, communicating to colleagues and/or administrative levels.

Bottom Line Performance

http://www.bottomlineperformance.com/

I picked this site because I was interested in an article which they had posted.  It is called, “6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012.”  It was great to have what those trends are and to see if they are something in which I could use in my future classroom.  It talked about BYOD, or “bring your own device”, which was mentioned in the article I preview. With school districts being short on cash, it could help in still being able to have the use of computers in each classroom. The site has articles about many different subjects – learning design, learning games, mobile learning, e-learning, social learning, emerging technology and grab bag.  The site is a learning design firm which helps clients choose the right learning solutions for their learners.  I believe there is some good information available on this site.  NETS-t (#5) is being met by teachers finding digital resources, information, in which to better understand the digital age.

Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service

McMinnville Library

http://www.maclibrary.org/

This is probably a resource which can be overlooked but yet very useful.  There are sites set up for 19 different cities around the area.  Additionally, 29 city & county libraries around Oregon are listed also.  Through the inter-library loan system, you can look up eBooks online and check them out. Some of the different eBook subjects to choose from are: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and young adult.  You are allowed to check out 6 eBooks at a time and they are available in most formats.  There is iPod compatible audio books, MP3 audio books and “hot off the digital press” sections.  NETS-t (#5) is being met by teachers demonstrating their use of digital tools and resources which are available within their communities.   In these times of difficult financial times for school districts, the public libraries are a good source to keep in mind for digital information.

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About Jan Rue

Hi, I am a graduate student at Western Oregon University working towards a masters in teaching with an endorsement in reading. I am not currently teaching but hope to be able to teach in the elementary level.
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