TodaysMeet is one of my favorite tools. I like TodaysMeet because it promotes discussion in class. It is another way students can communicate with me and others. I have noticed that some students communicate better through writing than verbally, and using TodaysMeet can serve that purpose.
A website I find useful during my lesson planning time is the Springbranch database where I'm able to find Web 2.0 tools, flipcharts, ipod & ipad apps. So far I have used 3 math flipcharts obtained from the database.
The University of Houston did a good job preparing me for my classroom and although they trained us on how to use some technology in the classroom, I feel they should have done more. This program has helped me realize that there are plenty of websites, apps, and electronic devices that can be used to educate students.
I have included a center where students created their own flipcharts. For example, last week we learned about 2 and 3-D shapes. After my lesson, I set up their netbooks at a workstation and they created a shape using other shapes and had to tell me, by typing, what shapes they used.
An unexpected outcome was that at first I thought training students on how to use a website or device would be diffictult, but it seems they are quick learners. There were times where they discovered something new and later taught me what they knew.