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!