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Today I spoke at the ACSI conference in Colorado Springs, it was a great experience and I really enjoyed connecting with other educators and sharing some technology resources that they hadn’t seen before.  (Wix site for conference) The highlight of my day was hearing keynote speaker, Guy Doud.  In one of the education courses that I took in college we watched the video about Guy Doud called “Molder of Dreams”.  Guy was the 1986 National Teacher of the Year awarded by President Ronald Reagan.  Listening to Guy today, it is clear that he deserved the title of National Teacher of the Year, but really, he has been Teacher of the Year many years to those whose lives he has reached through teaching.  He is certainly an inspiration to me and reminded me exactly why it is that I started teaching.  I encourage you to enjoy some of Guy’s motivation for your Friday.  You can read Guy’s story here.  You can also download an mp3 audio version (outstanding because you can hear his story the way he tells it…very funny!)  If you are interested in Guy’s book, Molder of Dreams, or in his video, Molder of Dreams, check them out here.   (VERY reasonably priced and believe me well worth every penny!)   Do you have students in your classroom that reminds you of a young Guy Doud?  What teachers in your life formed your life and the way that you teach and relate to students?  Thank God for teachers like Guy Doud!

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, Foreign Language, Geography, History, Interactive book, Interactive Whiteboard, Language Arts, Math, Middle/High School, Phonics, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Social Studies, Teacher Resources, Video Tutorials, Virtual Field Trips, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 18-09-2008

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What it is: Flowgram is a website that makes it easier to teach your students online.  Flowgram has a simple platform that makes is easy for anyone to package and share anything on the web.  Flowgram can combine slideshows, documents, pictures, screencasts, websites, audio, video etc. with your voice narration.  This makes it simple to teach any concept using the web.  Flowgram requires no download, it runs directly from your Internet browser.  Recipients of the Flowgram can fully interact with anything that is on the Flowgram (webpage links, video, etc.).  Flowgrams can be sent via email, linked to, or embedded in a blog or website for viewing.   

 

How to integrate Flowgram into the classroom:  Flowgram is a wonderful way to create interactive tutorials for students learning any technology concept.  Beyond that, Flowgram makes it easy for you to take your students on virtual field trips on any subject.  What I love about Flowgram, is that it meets individual student needs.  Students can work at their own pace and interact with any part of the Flowgram as many times as they need.  It would also be a great place to create reviews for tests, and perfect for students who have missed school.  Teach your students to make Flowgrams and start your own library of student created tutorials on any subject.  Students teaching students is powerful!  Because you can narrate Flowgrams, they are wonderful to use with students who struggle with reading and navigating the Internet on their own…it is like having you sit right next to them, leading with your undivided attention.  

 

Tips:  I have started creating a weekly Flowgram for teachers at my school called Tenkely’s Tips.  I will be creating a new page with a collection of the weekly Flowgrams.  Feel free to check them out! :)

 

Leave a comment and share how you are using Flowgram in your classroom.

 

 

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