Monday, July 30, 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 love the new application I just saw modeled this week called Educreation. It's an amazing app which acts like a recordeable whiteboard, enabling me or the students to broadcast our ideas via sight and sound: • Put teacher lessons on the web so students can watch them before and after class • Showcase video tutorials • Add commentary to the water cycle (or other social studies & science models) • Diagram a sentence or math problem 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 have a broader expanse of online tools and apps to utilize and integrate into lessons. I think that as long as I set expectations and take thee time to really utilize each online tool well, so my kids and I are confident in our learning. I feel my vision has become more open and comfortable using these tools via our netbooks and iPads, as long as, and I repeat, I take the time to teach my students to use them and use them well (and wisely). I'm setting up my new classroom on our new campus in a way in which the electronics are just as accessible as they were last year. I love my new charging station that has been placed in each of our classrooms. My children will need to learn the proper way to take out and return/ plug in each iPad and netbook so that they are continually cared for. 3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? Yes, there is just so much more online than I even imagined. As I said before, I feel the key to success is take a couple of tools I'm excited about implementing and learning and using those tools well before moving on. They key is quality use and learning.

Tool #10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. First, it's important my students understand how to navigate the web safely and try to avoid inappropriate material. As well, using time wisely and efficiently so as not to waste unnecessary time online. Another important lesson to learn is they need to be taught that not everything they read or see online is true. Information needs to be verified via several sources and considered carefully. We need to be smart internet users who use common sense just as we do walking around the real world. Another great tool is using the iSafe internet site to teach safe internet usage. Our librarian, Lisa Branon, also gave our third graders lessons last year on internet safety, which will again be a great supplement to our talks in the classrooms this coming year. 2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. Well, I definitely plan on creating an iSafe account in order to utilize that website for internet safety lessons. On a regular basis, I will continue using MangaHigh and Brainpop, Jr during whole group and workstations, as well as Edmodo for supplemental learning and information. 3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I would teach them that as they login, create accounts on websites and surf the web, they are leaving a 'digital' footprint as they do walking around the sand on the beach. I heard one principal once say, "don't put anything on the internet that you don't want read in a newspaper." I would teach them how to determine if they're using a credible website and that they need a plan and purpose as they are searching for information online. 4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. I feel the best means of sharing information on digital citizenship with parents is during our 3rd great curriculum night- sharing our librarian's lesson on internet safety that night so they are aware of what the kids are being taught at school so it can be reinforced and discussed at home.

Tool #9

1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? It's important to tie technology to the objective, because firstly, we can't meet their needs through strategies of the past. We must look forward to build capacity in them using tools to be successful for the jobs of the future in order to raise successful people who are confident in being able to meet demands of the future. 2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? They should held accountable for stations/ centers so they know that it is not play time and there are expectations required of them so they know they're responsible for taking care of the technology. They need know they are responsible for their learning and will be held accountable for it even during assessments. 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? One that I used daily and successfully this past year during 3rd grade math workstation time was Mangahigh. I loved that my children worked along according to where they were in their learning. However, it was sometimes frustrating that Mangahigh would not always load in time for my children to use it. I also used Edmodo weekly in order to post supplemental articles and videos for my children to read & review. I would then have them respond to a question I posted based on that supplemental material. They loved logging in and posting academic comments, while giving their opinions via technology. Of course, expectations must be clearly set and modeled for children to understand that there are rules and this is a learning center, not computer home play time. As well, I can set up a check in/out sheet to log in their computer time and keep them aware of the amount of time and quality time they are spending using the technology. 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? Two applications that I found interesting recently are Educreations and Bamboo Paper. Educreations is a really neat iPod/iPad application where the student can create science and/or social studies drawings and captions, word problems, and other academic notations while explaining them via voice recordings as they move along, creating a live video. Then they can playback this video and use it as a teaching tool in small group or even to prove their learning for teacher review. Bamboo Paper is an app where they take pictures of objects around the classroom/campus and write a paragraph or caption explaining their learning connected to that object. These are both novel applications that can be easily incorporated to math, language arts or science/social studies and I think the students will really enjoy and having fun using them. Again expectations must always be set in advance in order for students to understand that there is criteria to be met in order to retain the privilege of using the technology. Also, last year we required to students to take home and review a contract for using the Kindle Fires, with their parents. They had to sign and return the contract as well, which set expectations for care & fair use. This will be repeated again this year. 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. Another great use of iPods/ iPads is for book clubs. I can download books from which they can choose independent and/or book club literature. Books can be highlighted using the iBooks and Kindle apps and there are other great tools integrated in those apps as well, such as word meaning look up and a built in thesaurus. They can also use the iPods/iPads built in Notes app to take notes on their reading and write responses as well!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tool #8

Three primary things I've learned concerning devices (netbooks & iPads) that we'll be using in my classroom this year are: 1) Clear guidelines, care and expectations (and consequences as the result of improper use) must be set & retaught within the first few weeks of school, in order that student directives are clear 2) I need to sync all devices with my laptop (which the current iPad given to me has been) after I have completed downloading apps and content into my laptop's itunes account, as well as keep them up to date by syncing them throughout the year when I upload new apps, podcasts, etc. 3) I'm excited about the possibility of using webcams connected to the netbooks for various students assignments/projects. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful? I think that building capacity in my "technology experts" is critical, such as teaching them care for the devices (i.e. charging, protection, placement in room), trouble shooting problems and helping others. If they learn a new set of technology skills and feel a sense of pride in "ownership" of the devices, they will in turn take better care of them and feel more confident using them. They can also teach & share with the other children throughout the year. As well, another perk is my third graders will be able to share all they've learned with their Kindergarten reading buddies during a technology "conference" share time and in turn, this will build capacity in Kindergarteners as well! :) Fabulous idea, huh?!

Tool #7:

The project's Content objective: TLW read and analyze different types of poetry, discovering its features. When you plan to implement: Spring 2013 What tool(s) you plan to use: Wallwisher, Google Docs, Skype, Storybird, Edmodo A brief description of the project: Students will read and respond to poetry during reading workshop time using Wallwisher via the student netbooks and iPads. For homework, in loo of their normal 20 minutes of reading, the students will read & respond to poetry posted on our class Edmodo site, respond to target questions, such as "Is this a lyrical or narrative poem? Why?", as well as other more specific questions concerning alliteration, personification, similes & metaphors used, etc. During classtime, students can begin creating poetry and revising poetry in small groups using their Google Docs accounts and we can share & revise with other classrooms using Skype. In the end, students will be able to created their own poetry using our Storybird account in which they can create lyrical or narrative poems of their own to publish & share with the class. Collaboration: All third grade FWE classrooms teach poetry; therefore, we will collaborate vertically across grade levels or within our own grade level.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tool #6

My Class Edmodo site: The students have enjoyed using our Edmodo networking site this year, because they can respond to videos, assignments (such as readings or Word documents) & post their responses for the class to read. It's been a great way to engage students in material or to give supplemental work (in science, social studies, etc) at night which supports what our objectives are in the classroom. *************************************************************************************** My Class Poll Website: I love how my students can respond to science experiment target questions & can see their results on the activboard so that we can have discussion about their results. Participation will be heightened because the students will see their results via the poll and will have a visual that will stimulate conversation in comparing their results of their data, discussing the affects of the results and how they came about. They love technology and it might actually encourage them to be more diligent in keeping record of their information collection as we're moving through experiments since this is such a fun product! I love looking at my colleague, Sally Craddock's blog- she has some interesting ideas on Poll Everywhere and then Edmodo. I love her screen shots on her blog as well! I need to ask her how she did that!

Tool #5

3rd Grade States Wordle: I can't wait until my kids see this so they get some ideas for creating their own Wordles as the're working on memorizing the US states. Wordle: Our 3rd Grade States With Storybird, students can be inspired to write creatively during writing workshop time... most likely in fiction writing. Good night,Dear Boy! by GarrettFWE on Storybird