Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tool #11

My favorite tools would have to be the glogster tool and the voki.  My students are finishing a glogster on Native Americans currently, and they have done a tremendous job.  I would like to use voki with book clubs.  I think it would be awesome for students to create a voki using the main character of a book and have the character summarize what happened in the book.

Using all these tools has made me think of new ways to use technology with my students. I now have new ideas for making them accountable for their time on the computers during stations.  I know that these tools can help them learn content and can push them to higher levels of thinking by creating their own products.  I have very bright students who need to be challenged to create their own products and share their own ideas about what we are learning.

I have been using technology regularly, but my challenge will be to not just use the games and the Odyssey program...it will be to use the programs that enable students to create their own advanced products.  I am ready to take on this challenge and I know my students will be successful!

Tool #10

Digital Citizens

I would want my students to understand the importance of being responsible on the internet.  Students don't always understand how serious it is to put negative comments out on the internet.  Our technology specialist led the students in a brainpop lesson on being safe and responsible online.  The kids did a good job of listening and asking questions.  The students know to use the search engines from the library page to ensure they get good results.  I have had students citing their sources on their glogster projects and they understand they cannot use something that from a website or book without referencing it in their projects.  Students understand that if they are to use the technology in school, they must use it responsibly.

Tool #9

It is important to tie technology to the objective because students need to be able to use computers effectively in order to be successful in adulthood.  They need to understand how to use technology responsibly.  It also helps keep students engaged.  Students are surrounded by technology outside of school, so it is important that the school environment is not that different from what they normally experience.

Students must be held accountable during workstations.  They need to know that they are not just there to play a game, but that they are doing activities for a purpose.  It is important that they be reflective about their learning at the station.

One of the websites I could see using is Studyadder.  I think it could be good to use it as a station and also for extra practice at home for kids who struggle.  It's more engaging than a worksheet and the lessons have videos that help explain concepts to the kids.

I can also see using thinkfinity.  I have a wokstation report that works for all different workstations where students reflect on what they enjoyed about the station and what they learned from it.

iPad Apps- I like the Splash Math app--you can purchase different concepts individually or all of them for $10.  My students really enjoy playing the math games.  I also like the grammaropolis app.  It is a good way for students to review grammar skills.

I think that students can use the ipads video themselves summarizing a concept.  It would be great to have a student of the week summarize what they learned this week in different subjects.  This could be posted on the class blog.

Tool #4

I have created a google document and shared it with a coworker.  I believe I can use this with students in the classroom when they are working on a group project.  It's a great way to continue station work even if they are working on a joint project...they can chat about the project at different times during rotations.

The form is great, too.  I could use this to take a survey of the class, and then the students could graph the responses!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tool #8

I'm super excited about the icloud feature on the devices.  I think that it will make it easy for me to add apps to all of the different devices.

I also just like that it explained some ways to make the technology more usable in the classroom--like having student experts and letting students understand when they need to come to me versus when they can go to a student for help.  The ipads in the classroom link has some great tips for using the computers with the students.

Tool #7

I would like to have a place where my students could connect with students from younger grades.  My class is going to be sharing their writing with a second grade class.  After they share their writing with these younger students, I think it would be nice for them to post messages about what they liked.  My fourth graders could use wall wisher to describing how much they enjoyed hearing their partner's papers, and the encourage the other class to keep writing!  The 2nd graders could share something they learned from their big buddy counterparts.

Objective:  The students will present a published piece of writing to a younger class.  They will share and support each other's writing.

I plan to implement this the first week of November, 2012.

Tool #6

I used Edmodo.  This program will be really fun for my students. I may decide to have them respond to polls, post assignments, and share their thoughts about what we are learning.  The kids will enjoy using it because it looks like facebook and so it's got a novelty factor that they will like.  The program encourages a community feel for the students to share their thinking with others in class.  I created an account for a teacher training, and I thought it really enhanced my learning.
http://sbisd.edmodo.com/withem  You may not see much on the public profile as I have tried to keep things private for security purposes.

I also used Wallwisher for this post.  http://wallwisher.com/wall/withem  I think this would be a great activity for them to use during a technology station.  They can respond to something we learned in class.  I could use it as part of their observation grade, too.