Monday, August 20, 2012

11th hour


1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? 
I think that the blog and the tools that facilitated importing media will be the most useful.

Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
When students are participating in Book Club, they will be able to communicate and share ideas more fluently.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? 
My goal is for more interactive learning among m y students.
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?
My vision has changed in that there will have to be a lot more interactive learning in my classroom in order to accommodate the 21st Century learner. The I-Pads in the classroom should help to facilitate this goal.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Some of the tools took much longer to get the hang of that others.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tool 10:

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
Three things I would want to make sure that my students understand about being good digital citizens are safety in digital collaboration, the importance of copyright laws, and the repercussions of plagiarizing.

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
I'll probably use TEA's internet safety page.

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I feel that Dr. November's website is both enlightening and engaging.

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

By sharing my blog and website with my parents, I can share the idea of digital citizenship with the parents of my students.

Tool 9:

1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
The tools of today’s classrooms are changing. Many students cannot imagine life without their mobile devices. They use them to find answers to questions, and to express themselves
    2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

    For small groups/centers/stations where students are developing a product or contributing to a discussion, accountability is built-in. Students either create the product or contribute to the discussion. In those cases, it is good practice to begin with a rubric.

    Sometimes your center/station may be having students practice a skill on an interactive website. In that case, students aren’t creating a digital product that you can review later. How can you ensure students are engaged during the station? Here are some ideas:
    • Create an open-ended/close sentences document for students to complete
    • Create a Google Doc with links to websites/list of stations for the week. As students move through the stations, they can bold the station they completed that day and write a brief reflection about it. Students could include screen shots of activities.
    • Use the web camera or voice recorder for students to explain what they did, liked, etc.
    • Have a list of station options and have students sign their name next to what they did

      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 liked Thinkfinity and the SBISD Interactive database.
        4. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. 

        I liked Animoto Video and Awesome Note Lite.

        5. What do you see that station looking like? 

        Students would have to work in co-operative groups.

        How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

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

          Students can use the i-tools to do research, find definitions/synonyms/antonyms, interact with students from other classes/cities/states/countries.
          Tool 8:
          I learned about navigating around on an iPod touch/iPad and how to set up the SBISD wireless network.

          I also learned that each teacher will still need his/her own iTunes account tied to his/her Spring Branch email account

          For classroom procedures and routines, I plan on using suggestions from the 11 Tools site such as:

          • create general technology guidelines for use and consequences for improper use/care together with students and hold them accountable
          • come up with rules and procedures for working with technology together (partnering/table teams)
          • make it part of your workstation directions as to who gets the equipment and how the technology is to be used during the station
          • create a group of experts that can help trouble shoot problems - then, have that group share their expertise with others so capacity is built.

          Tool 7:
          Content Objective:
          Given internet tools, primary sources, and collaboration, students will be able to create a presentation over life in the 1930's analyzing music, art, literature, and cultural norms to evaluate 1930's literature and how they explain the changes in the US during that time.

          Second Semester

          Tools used:
          Today's Meet, Google Docs, Glogster, Weebly, Blogger, Diigo.

          Students will be assigned on a one to one partnership with a student another English I class. They will use Diigo sources provided by the teachers to create a presentation explaining how select WPA photographs and the novel Of Mice and Men reflect the historical time period.

          English I classes 
          Tool 6:

          The following is an example of a Today's Meet discussion among 4 peers. It can be useful in my classroom for silent discussions, particularly discussions of a controversial nature when brainstorming persuasive topics.

          Today's meet transcript

          The following is an example of a polling site that will encourage students to share their ideas anonymously.
          Poll Site
          Tool 5:

          Wordle: Untitled

          I will use wordle in my classroom to reinforce vocabulary lessons and enhance word walls.

          I can communicate with my students outside of the classroom via the blog.