Thursday, February 23, 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 like animoto, flashcards, etc.  My kids created book previews -- like movie previews--on animoto.  They were awesome

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 can see great potential in using some of these tools in my classroom to get students engaged in the learning process.  I will have to change some of the activities we are currently using in our curriculum to teach the objectives.Since I do not have a classroom, I am not sure how well I can utilize some of the tech.  We have numerous laptops in safes throughout the building that are seldom used since the tech people cant seem to keep working-- so I am concerned that so much money is being spent on something new when we havent fully utilized what we have.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I was surprised that the instructions were posted and at times links in the instructions did not work or were dead.  I was also dismayed by the number of resources available to Science and Math and the lack of resources in the area of ELA. Again, I really think concentration should have been on getting what we have to work to its fullest capacity and on a regular basis before we moved on.

Tool #10

Tool #10 - Digital Citizenship

Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. 
I want to them to make sure they understand safety precautions,how to determine authenticity of sources and information. I would also like them to understand netiquette .
Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
--atomic learning resources 
--examples from the web to reinforce the digital citizenship concepts
Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
Practice blogging, posting etc to learn netiquette
Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
I would create a PDF and post it to my website for parents to review. I could also send out an email to parents containing the same info/file through.

Tool #9

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It is important for the technology to be linked to the objective because otherwise, what is the point?
Most of us are not tech teachers but of content area--the tech is a bonus
 Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
So that the work actually gets done instead of a bunch of surfing or electronic communication
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?
Thinkfinity was good because of all the resources available to teachers and students alike. The site offers everything from lesson plans and resources to intereative graphic oraganizers. I
also liked the Flashcards+ app and could see my studnts using it for vocabulary activities.There is a lack of resources available for secondary English and AP USH.
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?
See above...I am not sure how many of them work other than on a laptop though since I did not receive an iPad or iPod Touch
What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. Perhaps for research and/or info sharing. They cant really use them for composing, data entry etc. Truthfully--though no one asked me, I think laptops are much better suited for classroom use--they have keyboards and are more durable