Saturday, June 23, 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.
    I'd like to use Polls Everywhere from time to time to determine which read alouds we do for cognitive strategy instruction.  I'd also like to use Wallwisher after teaching a cognitive strategy.  Rather than always have the kids use actual sticky notes during Daily 5 to respond to something they read, they can use Wallwisher to post sticky notes about their reading and the cognitive strategy.

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'm going to need to monitor what they're doing with technology since we have more now.  I'd also like to try giving them the chance to collaborate with students from another school, perhaps even in another town.  I'm going to have to give them more opportunities to use technology in different ways.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
     I liked learning about different places to house my "stuff" rather than just on my computer or e-mail.  I enjoyed learning new technology and websites, and I am excited about incorporating it next year.

Tool 10


1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. I'd want them to know: 1) not everyone on the internet is honest or nice. Be careful with any personal information. 2) cyber bullying is just as bad as bullying in real life. Treat others as you want to be treated. 3) remember copyright applies to the internet, too.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. I liked the Budd:e section for primary students. There is a video called "Primary Students What Can Happen Online." I thought it would be a good introduction or being safe online.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I think teaching digital citizenship is something we'll have to touch on all year. I think anytime I introduce something new for students to do with the devices, we;ll talk about digital citizenship.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. I think a good place to talk about this would be during curriculum night.

Tool 9


  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? To me, there is no point in using the technology if it isn't being used to teach something. Otherwise, the kids are just playing around with an electronic toy and getting nothing educational out of it.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? I think this ties with the answer above. While many students will do the right thing, if we don't hold them accountable, there's a good chance some students will just play around with the devices and not use them for educational purposes.
  3. 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 liked IXL, which I found by visiting Learning Games for Kids (which wasn't that impressive.) IXL had some fun math games on it that I thought the students could enjoy during math workstations. I also thought Tutpup was cool. I know many students are competitive and would enjoy competing with other students. I could use it during math or literacy work stations. I like the idea of a Google Doc that they sign in to or write a sentence or 2 explaining what they did in their work stations notebooks.
  4. 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? I liked 1st Grade Math Splash. It looks fun, and it hits all the TEKS for 1st grade math. It would work great for math workstations. I'd have students also write in their math workstations journals either a few of their favorite problems or explain anything that was a challenge for them. I also liked Shake and Spell, although I'm not sure it's free. (On my phone, it was 99 cents.) If it is free, I think it would be a fun addition to Word Work for Daily 5. I'd have kids write some of the words they made in their Daily 5 workstations notebook.
  5. 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'd like to download some of my books on tape/CD to the touches so kids can do Listen to Reading during Daily 5 without having to navigate an ancient CD/tape player.

Tool 8

1.  I learned how to set up an I Tunes account for school.  I also learned how to take pictures and make videos with the Dell 2120.
2.  In order to manage the devices, we'll come up with a set of class technology expectations together. We'll also have a long period of modeling and guided practice with the devices before the students are set loose with them.I'll also look for me "experts," the kids who either already know how to use the devices or who catch on really quick.  Those kids can help the ones who might run into any difficulty.

Tool 7

A. Content objective- Given student created criteria and characteristics charts and writing samples, TLW critique writing by collaborating with peers and using the anchor charts with 100% participation.
B. When you plan to implement- I'd like to implement this when we are in the middle of studying SFML writing.
C. What tool(s) you plan to use- I thing Google Docs would be a good place to have the pieces and responses to the writing.  We could also occasionally Skype to discuss pieces together.
D.  A brief description of the project- My students will collaborate with other students to critique pieces of writing using anchor charts and checklists we will create together.  Eventually, this will evolve to conferring and critiquing each other's writing to improve it.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tool 6

I thought it would be cute, promote classroom comradery, and encourage writing if the kids could post birthday wishes for the birthday boy or girl. I was kind of excited about Edmoto. I wanted to see what other teachers in Spring Branch were doing, but I had to have some kind of authorization code from the district to sign up and look at it. I guess I'll be checking that one out later in the year when I'm back at school. Since we are supposed to be encouraging student choice, I thought I could occasionally use Poll Everywhere to find out which read aloud students might want me to read. It's giving them choice but making sure whatever they choose fits in with whatever cognitive strategy I'm trying to teach.

Tool 5

http://storybird.com/create/

I thought this site would be good to use as a choice for an activity to do for Daily 5 Work on Writing.  Kids could use this to write little books and stories if they choose Work on Writing and want to use the computer to compose their writing, rather than only use paper.  I think it would be a fun, novel way to get some of my more reluctant writers to write since some of my students love the computer.  Giving lots of choice in Daily Five is pretty important since some kids get bored easily.


Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

I thought we could use Animoto to introduce concepts to students. I made this one with some United States symbols. I could see using it for social studies and science concepts the easiest. The kids could also use it themselves for part of their end of year science project on insects. While I couldn't get Wordle to work on my computer at home, I did try ABCYa! It had a lot of fun activities on it that I think would be great for my students to use during language arts and math work stations.