Monday, August 13, 2012

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.

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