Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tool #11

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.

I like google docs. I'm not sure how to work it in, but I will at some point. I've actually already used animoto since learning about it. I will probably use some of the iPad apps I've learned about. I would probably use Edmoto, once I become more familiar with it.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?

I guess I have realized that technology is much more present than I realize and I need to embrace it rather than shy away from it. The students are so much more technology focused, that activities that integrate it will be easier and more familiar for them. They are using tech. everyday anyway. I know when I post assignments to my website, they have a greater chance of being read than when I pass out handouts. I need to take this a step further into my lessons and activities. I need to find other ways for students to demonstrate mastery beyond answering questions that I write.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I suppose it made me look at technology more than I ever would have before. I will probably visit the SBISD tech page now.

Tool #10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.

Making sure they check the validity of sources and information from the internet. And focusing while using the internet - that research means research, not playing on facebook. I think we would also need to discuss if we are participating in any kind of posting activity - like how to properly respond to or politely disagree with your classmates' opinions.

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.

There's a video linked to the SBISD website that I would show. I could also use Atomic learning.

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.

I think we would need to spend time looking at websites and evaluating as a class whether it's valuable. Is the source biased, are their facts accurate? etc. I think we could look at examples of poor citizenship - like people spamming a discussion board or something and look at poor quality websites so we know what to avoid.

4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.

I assume this means parents of students. I would create guidelines and post them on my teacher website for parents to access.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tool #9

1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?

The students are using the technology anyway and so many of them have cell phones (and want to use them in class) that it makes sense to harness this into a learning objective. It would also help generate student interest. I did let mine use their cell phones to look up internet sources for outside research on a major essay. It worked and we were able to stay in the class room as opposed to having to go to the library or computer lab.

2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

For the same reason that we hold them accountable with any other activity - to make sure they've done something. If they have to produce a document or something, it proves they were actually working as they should have been and not playing around on Facebook or something.

3. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

I went to the Thinkfinity Literature page. This was only sort of organized. There were activities on here that didn't pertain to literature, so you have to wade through a bunch of things to find something applicable. I found something on Transcendentalism that was more or less an online worksheet. The students might like the new format of being online as opposed to yet more paper.

I also went to the SBISD database because the next couple websites all said math and science. I did like how much info was on this page and how many of the apps were explained. Nice job SBISD. There were several flipcharts to access on here too.

4. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

The 2nd thing I found was a free classics books app, which I love. I've used animoto before and they had a app. I know some of my fellow teachers like Flashcard+. I'm not really sure how to integrate into my classroom. I don't even have an iPad since I don't have a classroom, so much of this is purely hypothetical for me. Right now, since there are so few assigned to each classroom, I would use them primarily as a group work activity.

5. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

I liked the Poetry Creator app. I see the iPad apps as an extension of other classroom activities, rather than the primary means of delivering instruction.