Tuesday, March 20, 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 do not really know any of them well enough to have a favorite.  

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 will need to make a ton of changes, but I can't even begin to plan them right now.  I am just not familiar enough with any of this.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Not really.

Tool #10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
  • Time management. Research is not play time.
  • Validity and reliability. Many sites are not good sources. They need to know how to figure out which ones are helpful.
  • Purpose. The students need to be aware of the purpose of internet research.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. The grade-level resource list will be used.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. Through discussion and modeling, I would show them the proper way to research a topic.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. All information given to the students would be available to the parents on my teacher web page.

Tool #9

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? Most students are more adept at communicating and interacting through technology than many teachers. To be effective as a teacher, we must be able to interact in like manner to engage the students.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? The students need to take ownership of the facilities, tools, and processes of their own individual educations. By being accountable for the equipment, they will in turn learn to be accountable for the education.
  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? The SBISD databases contain tools to help the students take a hands-on approach to learning. Thinkfinity is a site that will encourage the student to set challenges for him/herself, thus increasing educational ownership.
  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? I am still afraid of the iPad. I have not been able to play with it for fear of breaking it.
  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 only think I can really think of is in small-group research activities. Of course, many of the tools found in this training could be used, but I am really uncomfortable with all of this.

Tool #8

After viewing the videos and reading up on the technology, I have learned that I am clueless about most of it.  Unfortunately, I will get swamped if I try to figure this out during the year.  This is something that should be taking place in the summer.  I also learned that I need to figure this out before I get left behind.  This causes me no shortage of frustration.I have no idea how I will manage the technology in the classroom.  I plan on figuring it out by next year, though.

Tool #7

After briefly learning about some of the tools, I think a few of them could be used to branch out across content areas with other classes. For my lesson, I would teach The Great Gatsby in conjunction with a U.S. History teacher who is covering the 1920s. I would create an interactive wall where we could discuss the characters, events, and themes of the novel while the History classes link those ideas to historical ideologies, cultural movements, and important themes of that era.

Tool #6

I began to build a wall using wallwisher, but I would need student responses to continue.  I would post literary concepts or prompts on the wall, and the students would need to add their own thoughts to my contributions.  We could build the wall as a class.  Here it is.It could be useful, but the same thing could be done many other ways.  Again, this is not something that seems ground-breaking, but I might be missing something.

Tool #5

Here is a cool video of the many places there are to visit.

I also made a comic strip here.  The character has a little too much hair, in my opinion.

Both, animoto and makebeliefscomix could make a presentation a little more interesting, but there are many ways to do that already.  I just don't see how this makes teaching more effective.

Tool #4

The Google Apps could be helpful within the department and in the classroom in the same way that any form of communication could be.  Sometimes, we could use verbal communication to give and receive feedback, but Google Apps could allow us to do it in a much more technologically-savvy and much less efficient way.  I am really not excited to use it with my students, as I do not feel comfortable with it yet.  Perhaps that will come this summer.

Tool #3

I found the blinkx site pretty helpful, as all of the sites were right there.  This made it easier to find videos to add to my blog, thus making this entire experience a little easier to complete.

Click here to see a guy ramble about the first chapter of The Great Gatsby.

The same guy then discusses the Valley of Ashes in the same novel.  You can see that here.

During this step, I did not learn too much about copyright and fair use laws.  I am sure there is some new information, but I will not really dive into this until the summer.

I downloaded a dropbox during our last inservice, and I added files to it then.

Tool #2

After viewing and commenting on a number of my colleague's blogs, I have found that I still do not understand how this can be effectively used in the classroom.  Perhaps it could replace the use of journals, as that is really all it is.  The blogs are a little more interactive than journals, but I am still not sold.  The comments I made were pretty much worthless as far as feedback to the owner of the blog.  I prefer to give feedback in a more personal manner.

In the future, I have no idea which blogs I plan to visit, as I will probably not really dive into this until the summer.  I just have more time to devote to it then.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

11 Tools

This is my very first blog.  It is more of a test blog.  I have serious reservations about how this will help me in the classroom.