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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Science Mommy

I just wanted to pass along one of my new favorite blogs.  I came across it while doing a search for my science final (teaching the difference between observation and inference) and now I'm hooked.  As both a mom and a pre-service teacher, I see myself using a lot of her ideas (all with appropriate credit, of course).  Thanks, Science Mommy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pulse/Echo Pen by Livescribe

Livescribe 4 GB Echo Smartpen I've had one of these beauties (actually an older version) since the beginning of the semester.  I've used it in classrooms and to do student interviews.  I rarely listen to recordings except when I can't remember those details of the next assignment the instructor always seems to give right as everyone's packing up to leave.  But it's been really handy, and I love that it's easy to e-mail my notes to other students who may have missed class.

I also see a ton of educational potential for this sucker.  There have already been some YouTube videos made by the company for various uses, some of which I would never use (sending students home with talking pen?  really?).  I see lots of applications for students who may be struggling for various reasons.  If I end up getting a middle school gig I also see this as a way to post lessons for students who missed class (do you see a trend here?).

Anyway, if you take notes for any reason, I can honestly say I'm happy with my smartpen.