Monday, July 30, 2012
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!