Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tool #11

1. My students will use the itouches and ipads to take pictures of items around our campus that show different types of angles and lines.  The students will work with a partner in our class to collaborate as they take pictures.  Then, they will work with a student from another class to collaborate on a way to make a presentation of the pictures they found.  To be able to work on the project at different times, the students will probably use Google Apps.

2. I am excited to incorporate this technology into many areas of activities in our curriculum. Being able to collaborate with others be it student to student or educator to educator is a fun way to enhance our learning. New guidelines will be put in place in our classroom so that all of this new technology will be taken care of in a responsible way.

3. There were not any unexpected outcomes that surprised me.  I knew I would be learning more about technilogy, and that is exactly what happened during the 11 Tools program.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tool #10

1. Students should understand these 3 things about being a good digital citizen:
     A.  They need to make correct choices when on the computer, even when no one is watching them.
     B.  They should ask for help when they get any pop ups or they land on a site accidentally that is      
           inappropriate.  Honesty is best in these types of situations.
     C.  They can still have fun while being a good citizen.  Following guidelines provides safety and it allows
           them to be comfortable while using these new technology devices.

2. I will use Brainpop because it has some good videos on digital citizenship.  It is kid friendly and the kids
    enjoy it. We would also discuss as a class what is important.

3. I would teach the idea of digital citizenship by making the connection that the students are all citizens in life
and in their own community. They have to make good choices to represent themselves, and this is the same for using computers and technology devices. They can be tracked and we can watch to see if they are behaving, so making good choices will allow them to have lots of use of these new devices. If a student makes incorrect choices, he/she may lose their privilege to use the technology.

4. I would share this idea of digital citizenship with the parents by sending an email or posting on my class blog all of the guidelines and discussion points that we talked about as a class.

5. I will also have the kids and parents sign an agreement to show they understand the guidelines, and they are going to be held accountable for following them.          

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tool #9

1. It is important to tie the technology to the objective, so that the students actually have a purpose in using it with each assignment.  If my students can see a true purpose in their learning, they will take it seriously with the devices and also enjoy what they are doing as they work on given assignments.  I want the kids to enjoy the new devices, and understand that any technology can be used in learning where appropriate.

2. The students should be help accountable for their work in stations, so that they will take it seriously. Assignments in technology can be just as important as other types of assignments. I have found that if there is not a purpose in learning, some students won't take it as seriously as another assignment that they know they would be held accountable for in the end.

3. I liked the 2 sites below.

Interactivate - There are activities/games that will help the kids to practice their facts.  So many kids get bored with studying their facts, so I am always trying to find more exciting ways to encourage them to continue practicing their facts.

Tenmarks -  One option on this site is tutorials.  If the students are working on a skill in an individual station, and they get stuck/confused, checking out a tutorial is helpful until I can get to them and help them more.  I think it is also good, because it allows the kids to see skills taught in different ways.

I could hold the kids accountable by having them generate some kind of report that they have to turn into me.

4. Apps for ipod/ipad
IMovie - This would be fun for the kids to use in language arts for their book clubs.  It could be used as a culmintaing activity and the students could act out the main events in sequence from their book club with their classmates.  The actual movie would be what would be graded and show proof of participation for accountability.

Arithmetik - Allows the kids to practice their math facts and work on their speed.  For this one, I would have the students track their time for each round  they need to complete during the activity.

5. Brainpop- Use in social studies to review a skill.  The kids could record their answers that they entered into the quizzes that are taken for the accountability part of it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tool 8

I learned when using the itouches, they will "go to sleep" after a certain amount of time passes, if they are not being used for some kind of activity.

I also learned that you can organize your apps in order of importance. If there are apps that are not used very often, then you can push them back into the later pages that show all the apps.  So, they are still there, but not taking up space in the front with the apps used most often.

I can also find apps within the SBISD website.  That is very helpful!

Management of Devices:
1. There will be agreements that the students must follow to care for these new devices and each student will sign an agreement.  This will also be sent home to the parents, so that they are aware of what is expected of the child when using them.

2. Technology helpers - These students will be responsible to for making sure all devices have been plugged back in at the end of each day and let me know of any problems.

3. I would like to assign in some way a number or code that applies to each child, so that they know which one to use, or some kind of schedule for use, when they are used for any kind of free time.  Of course when they are using them in stations of any kind, then a specific set of students would be using them at specific times.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tool #7

Collaborative Project with Mrs. Nichols K class

Content Objective
Given specific animals, TLW teach another class specific characteristics about the habitats and biomes the animals live in, and the food chains and food webs of these animals.

By the end of the school year - May 2012

Tools To Use
Internet for research
Skype in the Classroom

Kindergarten students show 4th graders what they have learned about specific animals.

4th graders know the animals ahead of time and research to find the following information to teach the Kindergarten class.
1. Biomes
2. Habitats
3. Food chains and food webs for the animals

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tools #6

I have chosen Wallwisher and Skype in the classroom.

I feel Wallwisher would be a good tool for communitcation among the students in my classroom for many different activities.  I have posted a sticky note on my wall and used it as a tool to discuss our read aloud book in our class.  I have asked the students to predict what will happen next in our book titled Ruby Slippers.

We are going to use Skype in February to communicate face to face with a Naturalist from the Houston Arboretum as a connection with our Life Science unit.  We plan to have her go out into the field and have the kids be able to talk and ask questions with her to add some hands on aspects to our study.  We also hope to communicate with another class on a separate continent, for the kids to see different biomes and relationships between the animals on the North American and their continent.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tool #5 Part 1

My students could use Stupeflix with a project in science.  They could research a specific biome and find pictures to represent the animals and plants that are part of it and then put captions to tell about each picture.

Tool #5 Part 2

Wordle: Texas A&M

I could use Wordle in the classroom in Social Studies.  The kids could focus on 1800s Texas history and use all of the terms that they know about it including names of people and vocabulary to create their Wordle.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tool #4

I can use these tools in Google Apps to send something that I am thinking of using with the kids and have my colleagues comment of it, before I put it to a final copy.  This is easy for us to see everyone's comments and get help from each other.

I could use this with my students by having them type a paper and then have them work on editing and revising their own and each other's papers. I can also have them submit something to me, and I can comment on it as well. They always love to hear from their teacher. :)

I think I am excited about using Google Apps for the kids to create documents and presentations to be able to work collaboratively.  I also think it would be fun for them to be able to get on the computer at home and do some work on documents using this.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tool #3

I visited many sites and the ones I found most useful were Blinkx and Teacher Tube.  Blinkx showed many choices from so many different websites, and I did not have to spend time searching each site for a specific topic.  This site searched and found the different websites I could choose from, that had ideas of videos, for the topic I was looking for at the time.

I also found Teacher Tube to be beneficial because it was focused more on curriculum across subjects and the teachers had posted their own videos about their curriculum.

Copyright and fair use is a serious component when I am working on research or the students are researching to find information. I did not know that we could not copy entire works or images and post them to the general public.  I thought that as long as you sited where it came from, then you would be just fine.  I also learned that when finding items to use in my teaching, it is best to put them in a secure location, so that I always have them to use in all of my teaching, and I have a little more freedom for creating items for a lesson. It all still needs to be appropriate for the level of  learning and teaching going on in the classroom.

I really like Dropbox.  I can use it anywhere and it makes some things easier.  If I need to do some work at home, all I have to do it put the file in Dropbox and then access it on my home computer.  That way I would not have to take home my work laptop.  I can see using it with my students by putting homework on it and then having them access it at home.  I guess then, I would have to have the kids create their won account, so that they could access it. I can also put an assignment in it for a class activity or station activity, and then the kids can access it to complete the activity.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tool #2

A point that stood out for me on the Commenting Advice was that you could interact with other people's comments. I have not done this before, but I have read when other people have gone back and forth on a blog. I guess with an educational blog that would be beneficial when you see a post that relates to your teaching and be able to comment and get information that will help with whatever topic is being discussed at that time.

I did not apply any advice in my comments. I just showed appreciate about what I had read on their blog that interested me.

I don't love sharing my thoughts publicly with the world to see.

Yes, it was different that sharing with my teammates, because I don't know the person who writes the blog.  I don't share much with people I don't know. I would rather share my successes and challenges with my teammates.

I saw one blog that was Educator's PLN, that looked interesting, as it looked like many people made posts to it, so I could potentially learn from teachers in all different grade levels.

Tool #1

This activity creating the voki was easy.  I do wish they had some more choices of the actual picture for the voki like sports or other interests people may have to choose for representation. I had to study the page for a few minutes, before I realized all of the things I needed to do with it.  This voki was new for me.  I had seen one on someone else's blog, but did not know what it was or how it was created.  Now, I have learned something new.