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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tool # 11 Self Assessing and Reflecting

WOW!!! I can't believe I made it to the finish line. I am feeling overwhelmed and excited at the same time. I still am having a hard time believing that there are so many technology tools out there. So much new stuff to try that I know the students will love using. And, if kids are happy, then they must be learning something too. Right?

Lately, I have been giving much thought to just how these tools will be transforming my class and changing my "old school" ways of teaching. I am looking forward to reading student blogs, and communicating in new and improved ways with parents and coworkers.

Tool # 10 Digital Citizenship

1. First and formost I want to impress to idea of respect. Techology is a privledge that can be quickly removed if not treated respectfully. I am speaking of the devices as well as other student's feelings and or privacy.

2. I will teach digital citizenship to students by modeling it as I go through assignments. I will also want to discuss copywrite laws and fail use rules before beginning an assignment. In addition, there are several video clips that are helpful demonstrations of proper citizenship.

3 A parents guide will be sent home from the Texas School Safety website to let parents know what is expected in my classroom as well as in all of Spring Oaks.

Tool #9 Incorporating Classrom Based Devices

1. Linking technology to the objective is really very important because it promotes student involvement. As technology changes the climate of a classroom,it also changes the learning styles of students. The objective remains the same but teaching and learning styles have move on into the 21st centuury.

2. Accountability is a feature within a station is of utmost importance. When students feel a sense of responsibility for their learning grades will improve as well as attitudes. I want to encourage students to journal about an experience at a particular station in order to attach meaning.

3. Thinkfinity is a great interactive website. I am also looking forward to using Learning Games for Kids, for those students that finish assignments early, or those that may need extra help.

Tool # 8 Taking a Look at the Tools

I have decided to set some very high expectations about the use of technology and being responsible students.
I will be posting clear rules about proper care and use of each device. I am also planning on assigning students the job of keeping track of devices and the chargers. If students are held accountable we will have higher sucess rate with keeping netbooks and ipads in working condition.

Tool #7

When students work collaboratively, majic happens in the classroom! I am looking forward to working with Ms. Unruh's classes and sharing our knowledge. We have discussed using Skype on a demographics project after researching countries in South America.
Objective: The students will share research data on countries in South America.
When: Second six weeks, after students are familiar with new vocabulary.
Tools: Skype in the classroom, google docs, edmodo.
Description: After researce is gathered, students will share their knowledge of cultural traits within latin countries. Information such as, their language, religion, annual income, and literacy rate.

I am looking forward to using Edmodo and I know students will love it because it works along the lines of social networking and there in even an app to download onto their phones!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tool # 6

Today I created an account on Wallwisher. I believe this will be a fun, yet casual way for student interaction. I seems to be very user friendly and not too complicated. Students write on a sticky note and post their thoughts in small boxes all around a thought or idea. Because the boxes are small and the writing ideas are short-or open ended, students will comfortable to post their idea or opinion.

In addition, I created an account with DIIGO--this is very helpful in saving and bookmarking websites and organizing them and making them easy to find when I need them. Very helpful tool to keep sites within reach while I am researching topics about continents, and I will use this often.

www.wallwisher.com/wall/RatterreeWall

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tool # 5

I have been exploring two new (to Me) Web 2.0 programs Glogster.edu and Wordshift.  Both of them will be very helpful for me.

Wordshift is really cool because it can take a word and it creates a visual thesaurus.  Because we  have so much vocabulary that my students are not familiar with, a thesaurus is a great help.  I can see how this can help ESOL students and Sped students especially.

As for Glogster, it is fun, has lots of animated graphics, backgrounds, you can add in sounds and videos and I know the students will pay extra attention if they are uploaded to flipcharts.  Very fun and educational and I know I will use these happily!

Tool # 4 Google Docs

Wow!  I feel we have come a long way with technology in the classroom! After setting up a quiz using Google Forms, I can see that this will be an interesting way for students to quickly assess their knowledge.  Gone are the days of hearing "Miss, I don't have a pencil".  Student will log in, take a quiz, log out--just that simple.

I am also getting used to the idea of using Google docs.  I can easily see my students using it as a quick writing sample, the same way that I have used the old sticky notes as an exit pass at the end of class. What a great way to have a new close procedure.

I am definitely glad that I attended the class to learn how to set up a google account, without it, I would be lost.

Tool # 3

I love using You Tube videos as a quick opening or introduction to a new unit in social studies. There is such a huge

  http://youtu.be/Zo0Tx55rwek

choice of them and they are readily available. This is an example of one I used last spring showing the ravaging tsunami in Japan. Because I am a world culture teacher, these videos are a great tool to keep handy.  In the future, I plan on putting some into flipcharts, as I have with Discovery Education  videos, however, I am still learning how to create them too!

Tool # 2 PLN

I have been viewing several educator blogs and I am very impressed with the level of success that some of the teachers are having.  The student involvement is amazing, I can tell that students really want to take ownership of what they are learning and experiencing in their classes.  I just signed up for a Diigo account and I am really looking forward to using it.  I feel that it will be a great asset.  As for sharing my thoughts online publicly, well, lets just say, I am a bit shaky.  But with time I will feel more comfortable with it I am sure.  I know my students will enjoy the experience.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tool #1

Blogging is great--I am sure I will use this daily--or at least on a weekly basis.  I love this idea, it will be a fabulous tool.