Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

1. Some of the tools that I liked and now have are Blogger, Google Docs, and Skype.
Begining on a small scale with Blogger, I can see myself setting all of my students up with an account so that they can post their thoughts over assigned assignments.

2. More than transformation, I think turning a room into a 21st century classroom is going to take planning.  In order to best service the students, the technology should not be used as a distraction but rather as an enhancer.

3. I learned alot during the training.  I plan to return and navigate around the site for further development.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. Three things that I would want my students to understand about about being good digital citizens are:  the importance of not being a bully, understanding how to stay safe while online, and respecting the usage of online time while at school.
2. I plan to use iSafe to further educate the students over digital safety.
3. I would teach the idea of digital citizenship through the use of videos as well as modeling to the students with the devices what being a good citizen is.  I plan to post rules and expectations as well.
4. I plan to share information with the parents through use of handouts with information and links.  I think hosting some type of event at school over the subject would be a good idea as well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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

1. It is important to tie the technology piece to the objective so that the technology use can be justified.
2. The students should be held accountable for the centers/stations so that their time their is not a waste of time.
3. After looking at the different options, my favorite were Studyladder and Thinkfinity.
4. Three apps that I liked for the iPad/iPod are iMovie, Notes, and Pages.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

Three things that I learned about the devices were:
1. How to sync the devices on iTunes
2. How to set up a new account
3.  How to name the different devices

I think that setting rules and expectations for the devices from the begining should do the trick.  After everything is explained and modeled, set up a couple of device managers that will be responsible for setting them up in the morning as well as putting them up at the end of the day.

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

  • Given Skype, TSW be able to discuss their book club book with another classroom in the school district by discussing elements from the book. 
  • Implement in the 2nd 9 weeks.  
  • Tools I plan to use- Google docs, Skype 
  • After finishing their book club book, the group would get on Skype and discuss the book with the other group from another school who also read the same book. Topics of discussion- story elements, character development/changes, lesson learned/theme/message, what they liked/didn't like about the book, and/or what would they change about the book, etc. 

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

I opened an account for Diigo and went ahead and upgraded to an educational account.  I am waiting on a respond from them at the moment.  I can see my students and I using this tool to share bookmarks, websites, and other information when it comes time to do research.  Im really looking forward to that.  The second tool that I liked was Google Docs.  As I previously mentioned, I like the shared idea vs. multiple copies.  This will really make sharing and editing amongst my team mates and I a zinch!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tool #5: Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

I created the following clip using ANIMOTO.  It contains different personal pictures that I have taken on my vacations.  Not only am I showing the students that your imagination can take you anywhere when you read but I am making a real life connection by showing them real life locations.


I also liked the website ABCya!  It has different computer games for reading that will help the kids out and can be used as a station.