Thing 3 – Social Media

If you look down the right side of this page you’ll see the live twitter feed for @CoachKubuske.
// This is my professional, and semi-personal, twitter feed that I use in my class. I have organized my other technology pieces (like wordpress and YouTube) to automatically update my Twitter with Tweets about new content added to this site. This is a chance to have technology do the work for you rather than you always feeling like this..

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when it comes to new technology in the classroom.

The other advantage to your students having access to your twitter is that it:

  1. Gives them yet another avenue to contact you about class information (please remind your students about responsible use and the fact that it is inappropriate for them to ‘direct message’ you)
  2. Allows your students to ‘humanize’ you and see that you have hobbies and interests that they might have in common

Now, if you thought this information was helpful please let me know by tweeting at me
or by mentioning 13 for 13 in your own tweet! 
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Thing 2 – Blogging

As a part of my class, I incorporate this blog using a site (and app) called wordpress. It’s a free service and gives me the freedom to create a “website”. WordPress allows users to customize their webpage, settings, themes, and other essential elements of web design. WordPress allows use to start at the novice level and still build a dynamic site. Blogging allows me to post daily content to a front page as well as “static” pages, or pages that don’t change on a daily basis. These are noted at the top in the tabs. This is where I post links to documents and answer keys.

FrontPage

The blog posts are the daily updates that read like articles on the front page. This would be information that is pertinent to that day and I would direct my students there at the beginning of a class. Its a great way to post information, task lists, and weblinks. Each post is tagged with a yellow marker showing the date, a title, and a category so I can keep organize posts for different classes on the same front page. When writing a blog post, it can be as simple as writing out a document…

Posting

I choose to use wordpress because it gives me the freedom to use ‘html’ code or as well giving me a lot of options to customize my page. The ‘dashboard’ is where I choose which options I want to change, use, or update…

DashboardYou can see on the left side some of the options. Posts and pages are for my information; Media is where I upload pictures or animations (you can also insert pictures from weblinks called “hotlinks”); Comments is where I can monitor student comments on my posts; Feedback are for polls; Appearance is where I customize the look.

I would strongly encourage other professional educators to start a blog of their own because of the flexibility it gives you to post daily information as well as static information.

Now, tell me what you think…

Unit 3 Post-Test: So what do you know NOW?

Click the link below to be swept back in time to the day you took the Unit 3 PreTest. I’d like you to retake the quiz and see how far you’ve come and what you have learned:

Unit 3: What do you think you already know

Reminders: Your Biology – Unit 3 Test is tomorrow! It will cover the following topics:

  • Cell Theory
  • Scientists who contributed
  • Types of cells (compare/contrast)
  • Cell Parts
  • Protein creation

Later today I’ll begin to post the projects you’ve created to YouTube and to this site. Feel free to come back and see what a great job you did.