Monday, August 13, 2012

Tool 3L3V3N: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? I am looking forward to using stations on figurative language and other word games for the kids to play and interact with vocabulary. Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools. Conducting technology based stations or groups is a new idea for my classroom that I hope to use. 2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? The computers will allow for more self directed learning. How has your vision for your classroom changed? I will have to allow students to work through the assignment at their own pace and allow more freedom. Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner? Yes, allowing them more say in what they are researching, reading or analyzing. 3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I thought I was pretty savvy, but there is a lot I didn't know...a lot of apps I was unaware of, so it as nice to have time to look at them.

Tool TEN: Digital Citizenship

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. There should be no hazing online (blogs), students should understand copyright, to avoid plagarism, and students need to know how to look for good information, and avoid sites that aren't legit. 2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. I woudl use the Code of Best Practices. It seems to have the easiest info to understand. 3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I would probably show things from the media that support the negatives and positives of the rules, so they would be tangible to the students. 4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. Directing parents to a user friendly website is probably the easiest way to reach them as well.

Tool IIIIIIIII: Stations

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? Obviously theses students are growing up in a world of technology, so they need to be aware of the possibilites, and it also offers them a resource and to be self sufficient. My 8 year old is a Google connessiuer. He knows if we don't know he can Google it. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? As with anything in the classroom, it is considered an assignment, and part of the curriculum. 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? I used Thinkfinity and went to Literature and Metaphors. This website let's the students read a metaphor and then leads them to understanding by taking them through a series of questions. It focuses on figurative language, which is a big part of the EOC/TEKS. This could be used in a station for understanding different figurativae language terms. It allows for a print out, so that is how the student can be held accountable for hte work. For current events, we can use Time Mobile. This would be great when looking at persuasive or expository pieces. This would allow for more freedom of choice when it comes to reading pieces. As a station, this is easy to show accountability, because I could have the students read their piece and answer quesitons like: what was the author's claim, what evidence did he/she use to support, what persuasive techniques were used? 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? Comic Touch Lite is also another app we could use for storyboarding or figurative language, or to understand the parts of a story. It is similar to story bird, but less time consuming. To be accountable the student would submit the comic. Word Warp is a game the students could play for a little mind exercising. I woudln't necessarily want a physical paper for this one, it is more of an opportunity for mind flexing. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. Using the ipad or ipod for blogging, todaysmeet,editing in google docs, research etc are several ways to use this technology.

Tool El Ocho! Getting to know you....

After watching the videos/tutorials, list two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall: I have used an ipad and ipod for a few years now, and I am knowledgable. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? I plan to have the kids in groups based on the lesson, and I hope to have them blog, conducct TodaysMeets, or participate in WallWisher to respond. They will also benefit us when we are researching or analyzing poems, this will allow them some freedoms in what they get to write about and read.

Tool Se7en! Collaborative Classroom

Content objective: The students will collaborate with a student from a rural area to write an expository essay on what it is like to grow up in the country. When you plan to implement: I need to do some leg work, probably next Spring, after volleyball season. What tool(s) you plan to use: Google Docs, Skype, email A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences) Set up a school to work with, preferrably one in TX, so we have the same TEKS. Have students intorduce themselves over Skype. Set up Google docs, beign by brainstorming, then progress throught the writing process.

Tool Snake Eyes: WallWisher and TodaysMeet

Neither of these had an embedding option. I used the URL. This was something I woudl use in my classroom for book club. It allows students to post on their book and for others to read it. It is also a way for a quick ticket out of th classroom. Todaysmeet is a great way to easily get the conversation flowing. This can be used especially in the classroom while reading a novel. It is a great way for groups with laptops or ipads to make a statement/response quickly and easily, allowing all students to be engaged.

Tool Fiver: Wordle

Wordle: Garcia

Tool IV: What's up Docs!

Using Google Docs can help me in my classroom with research projects, or editing essays. It allows students to work with different classes. Amongst colleagues it allows us to share examples of student work, or documents we have created. For teaching purposes, we can print and pull information to show the editing process.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tool C! Embedded with the wrong people...

I like to use YouTube to give background information on what we are reading or authors we are studying. It is a great way to get the kids interested in the material. This summer I found a great website: It has worksheets, videos, powerpoints, and all around helpful info that is especially geared towared the EOC test. We alreay use the Dropbox for English, so I am familiar with it. When teams use it, it is a handy way to share information.