Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tool eleven: Self Assessing and Reflecting

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.
Make Beliefs Comix and Go Animate are two technology products that I have enjoyed learning. These tools would be appropriate for learned information. Students could use the technology to summarize learned material and their understanding of 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?
definitely want to incorporate the tools that I have learned into my lesson plans to accommodate the 21st Century learner. The students that I work with already receive the experience of technology but they will know have options on how they can present their information.  

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
This material was presented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. I believe this format was a better learning method for myself.

Tool 10: Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship!


1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
I would make sure my students would understand the following: How to access appropriate information from search engines. Check the source's references. Confirm information by looking at multiple sources. Read carefully. Develop the ability to "skim" for information.

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructively.
125 learning sites for kids.

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I would utilize the material that was presented to me.

4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
I would send a news letter home to the parent requiring their signature and return, it will discuss the digital citizenship and embedded with the Atomic Learning link to research the topic.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tool nine: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning


  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? This generation is technology based. Technology has evolved into our personal lives. Information is readily  available through phones, laptops, and apps. Incorporating technology in the classroom would only teach students to create, research, and access information from what is readily available.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? Creating accountability for stations and centers would allow students to be active in academic conversation, data collection, and development of understanding. Accountability for the research collected, completion of the assignment, and the role they take on for the assignment.
  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?   Softschool.com, BrainPop.com, and PhET are programs I could apply to a station by creating a lesson that requires research. The programs offer interactive lessons and worksheets that allow a student to be involved in academic conversation, data collection, and development of understanding. Accountability for the research collected, completion of the assignment, and the role they take on for the assignment.
  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? Apps that I found useful were Safari, Newsstand, and iCloud from iPad. In creating a station I would utilize Newsstand to create a topic, Safari to research the topic, and iCloud to store the findings and share with group members.
  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. The camera, notes, and the calendar are other items that could be utilized at a station. These apps. would assist in data collection.  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tool eight: Taking a look at tools


  1. After watching the videos/tutorials, list two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall. I will utilize the Netbook when working with Special Education students. The Read, Write, Gold Software allows me to modify the work and allow students to wok from the computer to complete assignments. The IPad would be great to utilize for research. I am able to download helpful apps for my students, it has camera capability, and a note pad to write findings.
  2. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful? students and parents must have read, signed and returned the SBISD AUP policy found in the SBISD Student Handbook.
    • 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
    • create an accountability piece for all stations

Tool Seven: Going Global

  1. Post the following about the project:
    1. Content objective- Students will read Romeo and Juliet in sections. The student will have open dialogue on Skype with other participating classes to complete a written summary of the story.
    2. When you plan to implement- Coming to a class near you.
    3. What tool(s) you plan to use- Skype and Google docs.
    4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences). Students will read the story in sections. Students will discuss reading with other classes on Skype to decode the dialogue. Students can carry further conversation from Google docs. to assist with the completions of their written summary assignments.

Tool Six: Promote Discussion


  1. Share your thoughts on how you see the tools being integrated into your classroom. How do you see them encouraging participation? Google docs., Open Class, allows classrooms to interact with other classrooms from all over the world. Students are more involved when they are able to integrate with other children of their age from different regions. Bloggers gives the students a way to interact in real-time, ask questions, provide assistance, to students. Projects, assignments can be created and completed in this format as well.