Friday, March 2, 2012

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

1.  My favorites so far are animoto and poll everywhere.  I can see using the poll everywhere to see how the kids are doing.  It's unusual and I think they'll really relate to it.
2.  The kids are very sophisticated when it comes to computers and all their software and applications.  Now that I know more, I will be able to introduce some "sparks" in the classroom with the different tools I know now.  The only problem is the TIME to do all this!  I will try to keep up.  I can use some of the remedial tools or apps on the iPad, so that's a start.
3. I really hated that we had to do this during the school year and right before testing.  The timing should have been such that we could have gotten PDLC credit in the summer or given advance notice that it was coming so we don't have so many excess hours.  That said, I really like some of the tools and hope to integrate them into the curriculum.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. I would like for my students to understand that they must use common sense and be safe on the web. Another thing they need to know is not to plagiarize! I'd also like them to really take it seriously when we say don't share your passwords and be careful on what you post: it can come back to haunt you for a very long time!
2. I like Atomic Learning because it can teach you what you want to know fast! I think I can use that a lot in the classroom.
3. I would "teach" digital citizenship by first telling them the rules and why they are the rules, then discussing it, and then letting them see what happens if they violate those rules.
4. Parents also need to know about digital citizenship because they need to reinforce this at home. I would tell them at Open House, in a newsletter, on my website, or relay it via the kids.

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

1. If you don't tie in the technology to the objective, then all you're doing is keeping the kids busy and wasting valuable time.
2. Students have to be accountable because they have only a certain number of student minutes to use and they have to use them wisely, to beat a dead horse. They must take care to learn what the object is at their stations or everybody loses.
3. I looked at TenMarks and ManipulaMath. Ten Marks can easily be used to create bonus questions or review questions for the students. ManipulaMath was too difficult for my algebra students but it had some good geometry content. I could use them as stations for bonus or review questions. They would like it a lot. They could get part of their daily grade according to how they did on it.
4. I found many apps on the Ipad that I can use in the classroom. For reading class there is dragon lite where the kids read aloud and then it translates on to the Ipad. It would check them for pronunciation and fluency. I also found several math facts drilling websites. I could easily put them in as stations too and check their scores for daily grade points.
5. Last, the Ipad has a variety of uses, least of which is research. Any reading they do is good, so I might have them read about a certain topic and then report back to me, either in writing or verbally in front of the group to promote their correct diction and ensure understanding.

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

I learned where all the vital buttons were, how to access different things and other important data like the volume, etc.

To manage the devices, the students will have to earn the privilege of working on the Ipads. They need to have my permission. I will have students drill math facts and for my reading class they'll practice reading aloud or talking to the Ipad and see if it's translating or hearing them correctly.

    Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

    Students will master factoring trinomials by participating in games on Manga High. I will work with Michelle Watts on this project. The objective is to get the kids to factor any trinomial easily. We will implement it in the spring semester and use Manga High. The kids will enjoy knowing who makes the highest score and who wins. We will do this as a review project.

      Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

      I checked out TodaysMeet and can see how the kids would like it. It was acting up a little , but I get the general idea.

      Next I tried Poll Everywhere and it was fun. I can see the kids really enjoying this!

      Next I'd like to explore Edmodo.

      Tuesday, January 31, 2012

      Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0 Tools!

      I like the Wordle because it's creative and fun.  I think the kids would enjoy it because we'd normally not do it in math class.  It ties in the vocabulary to learning.

      Animoto is fun to create videos for the kids.  I think it'll really jazz them up.  I created a couple of neat videos.

       Click HERE for video.

      I think that the kids will like the short videos and the wordle will be fun for them to create artistically.  It'll be different for them.