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Monday, June 13, 2011

Tool # 11

. 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 plan to incorporate Animoto.  This tool will be very useful in the classroom for students to demonstrate their learning.  At the conclusion of a unit students or the classroom teacher can prepare a video to present new knowledge.  This was an easy process but a bit time consuming.  I suggest gathering all the data before creating the videos.  I hope to use this in the classroom to to check for understanding.

I also enjoyed learning about Google docs.

Documents are all stored in one single location.  Your peers all have access to your files.  Changes can be made and shared instantly on the Google docs homepage.  Team members can view those changes and comment.   One can solicit feedback from peers.  Data can also be saved and used to group students and plan instructional needs.  This is great for team planning.  Peers can share their expertise with each other



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 am more comfortable accessing resources on the Internet.  I plan to begin incorporating i-touches and ipads into my classroom environment at workstations.  I will also use google docs more effectively to share and store data.   I would like to incorporate videos using You tube and Discovery kids, especially in the areas of science and social studies.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

Learning to use the tools will be an adventure with my students.  It will take perseverance .  I enjoyed learning about wallwisher to help motivate my students share and reflect about their learning.  Next year, I hope our district will have follow-up sessions to answer our questions. 






Tool # 10

Students should be taught good digital citizenship skills.
  • Students should not share passwords with anyone but the classroom teacher to help avoid identity theft and cyberbullying.
  • Students should be taught not to open e-mails from unknown senders and to use settings on IM programs to block messages from people they do not know.
  • Teach students to use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online.
Teachers should
  • Teachers should install blocking, filtering, and monitoring software in order to block pop-ups, restrict access to sites with adult content, and see which sites your children visit
The following are useful resources to use in the classroom:


http://www.netsmartz.org/Educators


Teaching students about good citizenship, I would use the following links:


http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Young%20Kids/How%20to%20be%20cybersmart.aspx


http://www.netsmartz.org/Resources/Pledges


Teaching Parents is also important.  The following link is useful:
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tool # 9

Integrating Technology into our curriculum is and excellent way to motivate students to learn.  Students already all use technology in their daily lives :Internet, games. We must prepare students to complete globally to secure jobs.  We all learned about the importance of actively interacting with our learning-Technology just makes it easier. 


Below are some sites I plan to use in my own classroom:


This website differentiates instruction for you and the students:


http://tutpup.com/


A useful website to motivate students to play as they learn: 


http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/


Study Ladder.  This site is very user friendly. 


http://www.studyladder.com/


All the subjects are well organized and offer specific activities for each subject matter.  This one is for math:


http://www.studyladder.com/learn/mathematics


Teachers must have a way to measure student accountability.  A  rubric is a great start at work stations.  Both the teacher and students can help create the rubric.  This allow all participants to have a sense of ownership. Teachers can create google docs with links and sations for the week.  Students can reflect and write about what they learned at the station for the day.

Below is a useful website to plan stations for the ipad/itouches.  The site offers wonderful apps to use in the classroom.


http://edtech.springbranchisd.com/iWebsites/tabid/5856/Default.aspx

Tool # 8

I learned that The iPod touch and iPad are wifi enabled portable media players using the multi-touch graphical user interface. Both require synchronization through iTunes with a Mac or Windows computer via a USB port. Teacher must sync the classroom devices to her/his teacher laptop.  Hoepfully this process will be simple .



Helpful suggestions in the classrooms:


Students and parents must have read, signed and returned the SBISD AUP policy found in the SBISD Student Handbook. The campus is then responsible for entering the information into Skyward so that classroom teachers are aware of students who are cleared to use the devices.
Assigning classroom technicians who are responsible for removing the devices from the storage/charging cabinets each morning and placing them in the designated area in the classroom for learning. Then each afternoon they are responsible for returning, connecting to power and locking the cabinet each afternoon. They could alert you to any technical or physical issues that need to be addressed by you.


  • Publish a set of rules relating to netbook use 
  • Students must put their screens down when doing non-computer tasks to focus their attention
  • Insist that netbooks must run on batteries during teaching hours, to prevent tangled power cords
  • Provide a plan for students to allow them to prepare for the next lesson
  • When setting an activity with a complex set of steps, post instructions on the pilot's online platform and/or print them for the classroom wall to reduce time spent on repeating instructions
  • Have a ‘no other work in class’ policy so students aren’t catching up on work from other lessons in your class
  • Circulate around the class to monitor students’ screens

Tool # 7

Digital Projects




Content objective :  The students will learn the attributes of landforms. 


When you plan to implement ?  Implementation would occur during the unit on landforms.

What tool(s) you plan to use ?  I plan to use Spyke and google docs to share information .


The students will colloborate with Mrs.  Merritts's on landforms.  Classes will create a powerpoint about landforms attibutes.  Pictures will support the different landforms.  Classes will be able to share information on google docs revising information as needed.  Students and teachers can record student thinging and discussions.  At the end of the assignement students will share final product on Skype.

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This tool would be useful to promote classroom discussions.  Students can freely share their thoughts with peers.  Feedback would be immediate .

Tool # 5









This tool would be very useful in the classroom for students to demonstrate their learning.  At the conclusion of a unit students or the classroom teacher can prepare a video to present new knowledge.  This was an easy process but a bit time consuming.  I suggest gather all the data before creating the videos.  I hope to use this in the classroom to to check for understanding.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tools # 4

Sharing documents is useful for several reasons.  It saves time .  No longer do you have to email your peers documents for feedback.  Documents are all stored in one single location. Availability is easy as a touch of a button.  Your peers all have access to your files.  Changes can be made and shared instantly on the Google docs homepage.  Team members can view those changes and comment.   One can solicit feedback from peers.  Data can also be saved and used to group students and plan instructional needs.  This is great for team planning.  Peers can share their expertise with each other.  I look forward to learning more about google documents to improve my instruction and organization of information

Tool # 3


http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=7BAF8CE8-33F1-43A0-9F0E-1F2A165E4D31













One must be very careful when copying and using videos.  I learned as long as teachers and students use the information for instruction, one may post without fear of the copyright law.  However, teachers and students CANNOT copy entire works and/or scan entire collections of images or publish copyrighted materials to the general public.


Tool # 2

Participating and commenting on the online blogs was simple.  As a frequent Facebook user, I quite often comment on friends profiles.  I learned one should include questions in headings.  It is an effective way of getting a response from readers as you set a question in their mind from the first moments of your post. 
In the future, I would like to incorporate videos using on You tube and Discovery kids, especially in the areas of science and social studies.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

Tool #1

Setting up the blog was easy.  I just followed the steps and listened to the Y tube presentation.