Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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.

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