Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why doesn't the moon fall down?

The video podcast I watched was called Why doesn't the moon fall down? I found it in the K-5 grade level. The podcast was a lady explaining why the moon does not fall out of the sky. As she was talking, there were visuals such as pictures demonstrating what she was saying on the screen.
I feel this particular podcast would be a great tool in the classroom to teach students about gravity and because of the visuals could even be used for very young children. Things usually make more sense to kids when presented with something they can physically see. I have always been a visually learner and if my teacher had shown me something like this podcast, the rotation of the moon may have been a little clearer. I plan on using activities and visuals in my classroom to teach my students about every subject.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


I loved these videos! They were teaching kids about real life and letting them experience it, while still doing the required standards. For children who are hands on learners and don't do well in the classroom the experience on the ranch would be a great way for them to learn about how people in other countries live and how fortunate they are to live in the United States. The students growing the garden were gaining knowledge of where their food comes from and they were more apt to eat healthy because they grew it with their very own hands.

Videos and podcasts like this can be very helpful to teachers. I am a very hands on learner and want to make learning fun. I feel students learn and retain more by actually experiencing things. I want to do things like this in my class, or at least show them videos like this so they can see students just like them experiencing something they are learning about.To see these videos and more

iTunes U

ITunes U is a wonderful tool for students and teachers. It is a free website where audio and video files can be put up for classroom use or outside the classroom. In iTunes U if you want to allow access only to members of your campus, you can host your own password-protected iTunes U site. This enables you to create and manage the content available on the site, while controlling who can access and download resources from it.

As a teacher, this is a wonderful tool to use with students. The teacher can record the lectures from that day and put them up on their iTunes U site. The student can then see what they missed from the comfort of their own home. However, iTunes U will only be beneficial for the student if the student makes the effort to use it. To find out more about iTunes U visit:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ipod use in the classroom

When looking through Duke Universities use of ipods in their classrooms, I found a music class that was using an ipod to test students when playing music. The instructor would pull up the sheet music on his computer and the student would then play the song on his/her ipod.

I found lesson plans using ipods on apple's website. Most of the lesson plans involve using an ipod as well as a voice recorder. There were lessons that could be used on field trips, drama class and many more. The link to the website is: