Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tool #11

1. Dropbox, XtraNormal and CommonSense.  I really liked XtraNormal and found it be fun and engaging not only for me but for the students.  I would create a lesson in which the students had to create their own XtraNormal relating to the current unit to be shared with the rest of the class.  This gives them a chance to be creative, interactive and review the material.

2. I think this has opened my eyes to how much technology can be used in my classroom.  When I went to school, we did not have all of these resources so when I was first faced with the prospect of using them, I didn't really know where to begin.  There are so many ways that I use this technology in  my life, but I had never really taken the time to figure out how it could be used in an educational setting. I think that my classroom will now have more of an emphasis on the ActiveBoard and not the dry erase board to focus the students on the technology.

3. I was surprised by how much I learned about different ways to use the technology.  To be honest, when I began this project, I thought it would useless, lame and a waste of my time, but I have discovered many useful resources and been given many great, innovative and engaging ideas.  I am now much more ready and excited to use technology in my classroom.

Tool #10

1. Students should understand not to steal stuff from other internet sources and claim it as their own.  If they do refer to other sources, they must be properly documented and sourced.  Also, digital citizenship should be about acceptance and cooperation.  There is no place for online bullying.  \

2. CommonSense.  A tour of CommonSense with the students would be a great place to begin the discussion about digital citizenship and proper internet etiquette.

3. The tour of CommonSense is a good place to start the teaching process.  Also, making sure that the students understand that the internet is still a personal forum like the classroom or the lunchroom or any other social gathering place.  Just because you cannot see the person with whom who you are interacting does not mean that they were not a person and do not have feelings.

4. A letter home to parents about my policy on digital citizenship that is signed by both the parents and the students to indicate that they received the information and policy and agree to abide by it.

Tool #9

1. I think that by tying the technology to the objective, the students are more likely to remember the content. The technology can become the trigger for the information such as a reference to "do you recall when we used _________ to explain/discuss/learn/manipulate ____________?"

2. Students should be held accountable because it will help maintain the technology and it will last longer.  If the students are held accountable for the condition of the devices, they will be less likely to damage the devices or deface them in any way.  Also, it will indicate to the students that the technology is not just for fun, but also for learning and should be taken seriously.

3., and
Both of these sites can be used to access maps.  In addition, National Geographic provide informational videos and interactive games/puzzles, much like Discovery Education.  The maps can be used at a station for exploration of various countries by the students and for information on specific countries, depending on the unit.  The videos and games can be used at a station to help review students and also give them a fun, interactive way to learn about the different countries and cultures. Students could be held accountable for their time at the stations by demonstrating completion of the game/puzzle, a quiz, written work product on the assigned country, etc.

4. Dropbox and Screens
The Dropbox app allows the students to access their Dropbox account.  They can post assignments and check postings by me.  Students could use this in a station to turn in assessment and also to manipulate a discussion question.  Screens allows for remote desktop access which means that the students could interact with the ActivBoard.

5. The iPad can function as a screen for video viewing, a Dropbox platform for file sharing, a tablet for map creation, etc.  There are many many ways to use the iPad.

Tool #8

I learned that the iPads and netbooks will have recording capability so that the students can add sounds and audio to their presentations as well can Skype with other classes or students.  I also learned that the students will have to log on to the devices with their own credentials, unless I log on previously with mine.

I think that the iPads and netbooks will be useful in group work and in stations.  They can also be used in tandem with traditional materials.  The devices can be managed through protective cases and the storage cart located in my classroom.  Having the students get and return the devices by an assigned person will reduce the number of students who are handling the devices when traveling across the room and also will keep the room organized during the transportation.

Tool #7

Content Objective:
    Given internet tools, primary sources and collaborations, students will create a presentation about a country of their choice that we studied during World Geography.  The presentation will explain key physical, social and political characteristics of that country.

   Mid-April, as a review for EOC.

Which Tools:
   TodaysMeet, Google Docs, Glogster, Diigo

    Students will work with a single assigned partner from the same class to create the presentation.  The students will be given internet resources by the teacher, such as Diigo, and they will use these to create the presentation.  The presentation will review the chosen country for the students in the partnership but also for the rest of the class.  The students will use the country information on the EOC.

   Collaboration will be with another World Geography class.

Tool #6

Below is the transcript for my TodaysMeet concerning this Tool.  I had some trouble with my Xtra Normal project and used TodaysMeet to solve it with some other teachers.

My Xtra Normal project, which was awesome, cannot be published here.  Apparently, you need a paid account to do so.  However, my experience with the site was great and I am definitely going to use such resources in my classroom and with my students to enhance their learning and engage them in the material.

Tool #5

Wordle: Untitled

Wordle can be used in my classroom by having the students identity vocabulary and explaining both the meaning and the relevance.

I am going to use a Blogger for my classroom to communicate with students about assignments, class rules, etc.  It can also be a place for discussion, test review and general question/answer sessions to take place.