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: http://www.edmodo.com/home 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: http://www.polleverywhere.com/polls/NTU4ODA5ODQ/results 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

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool #4

Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. 
What is great about Google Docs is that my team can collaborate on a working letter to parents or a quiz on a unit we're studying. If I had sent out the document by email to my teammates, I would be juggling many separate responses instead of having one live document on which we can work.
How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? 
I can create a live writing on which my students can go in and revise & edit the document, such as a book review. Also, if my students are working on a power point in a small group, they could actually access their presentations through their Google Docs account at home & work on the document wherever they may be, collaborating all the while with their small group! 
Which tools are you excited about using with students?
I think Google docs will be a great resource for my students to begin collaboration not just in the classroom but also at home! :)

Tool #3

Copyright & Fair Use: I thought it was very interesting how fair use has everything to do with the nature of the use of materials, the purpose and the amount of use and effect on potential markets. Transformativeness add value & purpose to what I'm using the copyrighted material for, but documentation must be used to give credit to the original sources.

I found this example on the site:

 "Commentary and Criticism:
If you are commenting upon or critiquing a copyrighted work -- for instance, writing a book review -- fair use principles allow you to reproduce some of the work to achieve your purposes. Some examples of commentary and criticism include:

* quoting a few lines from a Bob Dylan song in a music review
* summarizing and quoting from a medical article on prostate cancer in a news report
* copying a few paragraphs from a news article for use by a teacher or student in a lesson, or
 * copying a portion of a Sports Illustrated magazine article for use in a related court case.

 The underlying rationale of this rule is that the public reaps benefits from your review, which is enhanced by including some of the copyrighted material. Additional examples of commentary or criticism are provided in the examples of fair use cases."

Now that I've created a writing folder in my dropbox, in which I downloaded several valuable writing flipcharts and my students can access those flipcharts from any device with capability to open ActivInspire or any other files I add to my dropbox account. So much easier and efficient than having to email files to myself and save onto each of the student devices. Fabulous idea!!

Tool #3

Volcanoes Erupting: Germination:

Tool #2

What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? The discussion was on digital portfolios and reflection in students work. I found it interesting how teacher struggle with the same things in primary & secondary education- students digging deeper, more analytical thinking. Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? Yes, I concurred and intertwined the need for discussion on our reflections in large group before writing by hand or digitally. How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? I'm very open to it & have no hesitancy to share my thinking. I'm an extrovert. :) Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate? I think it's interesting to get other's ideas & thoughts "outside" of the box in other learning communities. http://see.ludwig.lajuntaschools.org/?p=644&cpage=1#comment-964