Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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.

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