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.


Tool #4: Moving Up to the Clouds

Using Google docs in the classroom this year will be my first experience with it.  Previously, I had navigated around and looked at the tools that Google had to offer but with the exception of Email, Maps, and Translation, I hadn't used anything else.  I  really like the idea of a shared doc vs multiple copies.  I can really see the benefit behind that regarding time.  Using Google docs with my team and students will really benefit me considering that I will be dealing with alot more kids this year than I have before.  

Tool #3: Finding Online Video and Image Resources

After visiting a few of the mentioned sites, I felt that TeacherTube and CNN are a couple that I will be visiting on a regular basis.  Being new to the 5th grade, I will have lots of questions about how to do and implement strategies in my classroom.  Other than having my team as a resource, I plan on going to TeacherTube and looking at the videos to help me out as well.  Considering that I will be teaching Social Studies as well, CNN is a great website that will keep us updated on what is going on in government as well as a great aid with videos and clips.  

The following video stresses the importance of being able to read.  Enjoy!

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The following video would make for a good introduction regarding the presidential elections.


Bottom line with copywrite; don't take anything that is not yours and claim it as your own!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tool #2: Building Community in the Online Environment

I am new to a PLN.  After doing my homework on it and reading other people's comments about it, I feel that it is going to be a great community to be a part of.  Still being new to the teaching career, there are tons of things that I don't know yet and experience that I am yet to gain.  By being part of a growing circle where like-minded people share ideas and feedback on teaching and education, I can only see myself growing and becoming better at my craft.  

There are many tools out there ready and at our disposal.  The following website, http://www.youtube.com/education?category=K-12, is a website that I plan on using in my classroom.  Think of YouTube but classroom friendly and full of useful everyday information that teachers and students can benefit from.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tool #1: Getting Started - Creating your blog!

Well, I began my 11 Tools training today.  I created my blog and put up my first posting.  I had a bit of an issue creating the Voki but thanks to our AWESOME librarian, I was able to successfully accomplish the task.  Super excited about where this is going to take us during the school year!