Friday, January 27, 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.

Animoto is my favorite tool because students can use it for making trailers for their research papers.
This brings up the interest level in class.

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 realize that people who place plans on paper for the technology of the future need to visit the classrooms that were created with the architecture of the past. While some of the plans can be implemented, not all are a viable option for teachers.  I still have problems with the clock in the back of my room that has not kept proper time in 45 years. I have enough wires hanging in my room to look lie a city in India.This will be a learning curve for older teachers. Take your Xanex now.

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

How much I like animoto.  The view of the future classroom seems to remove the teacher student relationship back a step.  I see a future where the teacher is replaced with one on a screen.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tool #10

Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. 
I want then to use valid websites, and I want them to be safe.
I want them to realize the dangers of misuse of media.

Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
I plan to use a flipchart presentation and atomic learning to disucss digital citizenship and research with my students

Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I would use my projector in my room along with the Atomic Learning Website and a flipchart on my activboard. I would discuss validity of websites and give examples
Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
I could create a handout pertaining to the subject and distribute it on parent night early in the school year.

Tool #9

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Yes, because if it is not tied to the objective it is a waste of instructional time.

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Students should be accountable so that we know they are actually on task and completing the assignments rather than wasting time. It also gives them responsibility for expensive equipment.

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 flashcard site was neat. I think I will share that one with my students very soon. I also took a look at thinkfinity. I did not see many resources that pertain to my subject area and grade.  
Students could use both of the sites for reviewing material.

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?

Flashcard app could be used as well as the sites and apps pertaining to dictionaries and thesauruses. I also could see using the various news apps to promote class discussions.

What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
I think my students can use these devices for research primarily since my content area is a higher level.

Tool #2

I have been following the blogs of people in my department who are doing the 11 Tools by using my google reader. I have been watching as they post. I even commented on some of them.  I have been impressed with  how fast the younger teachers get this stuff.

I think that personal learning networks are beneficial. However, I found this experience to be kind of overwhelming. Too much information at one time.  I could see how following these blogs or blogs from other professional organizations would be helpful if a person can get through the process of navigation. I do not have a problem sharing my thoughts publicly.

In the future, I plan on visiting the blogs of the teachers in my department to keep up with what is going on in their classrooms.  I also plan on visiting The Learning Network, a blog maintained by The New York Times.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

TOOL # 7

The students will collaborate with Mrs. York's 12th grade classrooms via Skype regarding ideas for topics for argumentative research. This project would best be  implemented at the beginning of January for students to have choices and share current ideas for research.We will be use Skype and Google Docs.

The Plan:
Before Skyping another classroom, we will discuss current issues and world conditions that are suitable for argumentative topics.  We will research this information and place topics in Google Docs.  We will then call Mrs.York's 12th grade classroom and discuss the subjects  which are most volatile and have the most information.  We will discuss the different opinions on each side. We will listen to their opinions and form a list of subjects which are acceptable on the 12th grade level.  From this discussion we type a response paper to one topic.

TOOL # 8

Netbooks:  They are much lighter and more mobile than the other devices.  I like the idea of the web cam being available on top.  We can never have enough  usb ports.  The card reader is useful.

IPADS:  I will now have to create another account in Itunes to manage my aps.  
SBISD ed tech web site has appropriate different apps for my grade level and subject area.

Management:  This poses a problem with space and overcrowed classrooms.  How do we put in a station? The Ipads and netbooks, but this is barely a dent considering the number of students we have.  For disadvantaged students these are a blessing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tool # 6

Make a live audience poll at Poll EverywhereThe first tool that I checked was poll everywhere.  I could use this in class for a review and for a challenge.
This is down side is that not everyone has a cell phone.

I am currently using blogger to communicate with others.  This, of course depends on the amount of time available.
Blogger is the basis of the tools we are doing.

The poll everywhere will encourage students to participate because of the instant feedback.