Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tool #11

My favorite tool was the iPad apps. I think the students will be eager to use some of the apps which hopefully will lead to better conversations inside and outside the classroom.

I appreciate the knowledge gained from going through the "11 Tools".  Technology use tends to be an "event" in my classroom as opposed to a route for gaining an understanding of the content. I am hoping with these new tools, the technology will become more integrated in the classroom.

 An unexpected outcome has been seeing the ideas of others and how they are implemented in the classroom. I have also come to realize that students will use smartphones to supplement the classroom technology. If I can direct them to use it as a learning tool they will be less likely to use it for other purposes. 

Tool #10

Three things that I think students should understand regarding digital learning are safety in online communities, copyright laws and the proper use of educational technology. Grading essays or projects, I notice much plagiarism. Incredibly students seem to copy and paste entire assignments. I try to teach them about the importance of citing sources and paraphrasing works of others. The site bibme  is helpful for students in citing their resources. I think that online safety is especially important as "social networking" has become more popular in our lives. Students need to understand how to act online as well as advocate for themselves if they become victimized.
If teaching students about digital citizenship, Atomic Learning's courses on "netiquette," "online harassment" and "avoiding plagiarism" would be useful. Mini-lessons for each of these videos early in the semester to allow students time to process and practice with these important topics would also be practical.
As far as sharing this information with parents, sending home a letter at the beginning of the year describing what we are doing in class and then post updates on our class blog would be the way to go.

Tool #9

It is very important for instructors to account for technology when lesson planning because the technology should serve as a useful tool for learning. Content must be the focus with technology being smartly inserted into the learning goals.

Accountability is important not only for the building of character in our students but also in the preservation of the devices themselves. Students need to understand the fact that technological devices are not toys but tools for learning. If I create 'centers' I divide into 3 different tech tool groupings and 3 "generic" tools where each have a set of open ended questions that students are to address. In this way students learn in different ways and it gives them options to expand their skill base.

Of the sites listed, I might like to use Museum Box since it seems to be an interactive way for students to take a small piece of history and expand their knowledge. Another interesting site is History Buff which allows students to research primary sources. As far as Apps- I really like the Smithsonian Channel for the iPad where I can create my own "channel" for student use.

Tool #8

Upon viewing the videos about new technology, I learned that the netbooks will have audio/visual "recording" capabilities....useful for Skyping.  I also learned that the students will have to log in with their own credentials. This will require planning for the students that'll forget their log-in information. (It is helpful however that student passwords are their ID#'s). Students can also be asked to use their same email account information on other sites that they have to sign up for, so that the forgotten information is accessible.

If I were in charge of classroom technology, I would create a system based on students' needs. I would like to first teach my students to be responsible users of technology. I would also devise a method of having technology taken and replaced from the technology cabinet to avoid damage, destruction, theft, and confusion. I would also assign one person from each tables to be in charge of the technology for that table. For example, if they are using Today's Meet, the name would be Table 1, etc...this way I would know who the questions are coming from.

Tool #7

Content Objective:
Given internet tools, primary sources, and collaboration, students will be able to create a presentation over life during the Renaissance analyzing music, art, literature, and cultural norms by working with a partner in an English class to evaluate Renaissance literature and how they explain the changes in Europe during that time.

late October/early November

Tools used:
Today's Meet, Google Docs, Glogster, Weebly, Blogger, Diigo.

Students will be assigned on a one to one partnership with a student in a same grade level English class. They will use Diigo sources provided by the teachers to create a presentation explaining how the piece of literature they were given demonstrates the historical time period.

English II class

Tool #6

Linked is the transcript between me and my peers as we practiced using Today' Meet. This would be a fun and useful tool for the classroom and we discussed ways to incorporate it next semester.This might be a good way to review or use for study sessions.

Poll Everywhere is another interesting site that I could use in my classes to survey students for gathering information and opinions based on the curriculum. Here is a sample poll question that I created.

Tool #5

The "blog" link below will be used for students to respond to current events and to share any other useful information.

My Blog

Wordle....How would I use it? Well, I think Wordle is useful in giving terms and concepts "personality" to enhance a students learning. Several of my peers have found this to a very effective application so I think maybe I'll try it too.

Wordle: Untitled

Tool #4

Google Docs is potentially very useful. I can see where this tool would be very appropriate in collaboration with my peers or between my classes. As a teacher, I can create a product that students can modify and that we can manipulate for future study. I can adjust the ability to allow or disallow modification which is also good as I would sometimes not want students to rearrange things, but just look. This would also help reduce my consumption of paper as I could put activities and assignments on this and check, digitally, the students work. Sort of like an online worksheet.

Tool #3

I tried to embed the following videos however I had to hotlink them as the embedding was not cooperating.

I show this clip to demonstrate what qualities a good leader possesses.

This video is shown to describe the involvement of the U.S. during The Great War.

It is always important to be aware of the rules of copyright....and it is important for students to be made aware of these laws as well.

Dropbox is very useful as a tool for students to drop assignments for me to check. I could have them do research and drop their products into my box at their leisure and at anytime, day or night.

Tool #2

I was a bit confused about posting things on a blog, but after a little help from some friends; I found it to be relatively easy. I'm still not sure what value this will be to me as I go forward but if it's the way of the future then I'll figure out how to do it. As for sharing.....I'm not terribly comfortable doing this in an open forum such as this, so I'll probably be a bit reserved. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tool #1

The set up of my blog is now complete. The set up was not too difficult to create and I'll be interested to see how the rest of the tools go.