Tuesday, August 14, 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.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? Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Start with Dropbox, hey it's free and less space on my hard drive...Wish my life skills student were a little higher functioning. Could use Google Form to personalize testing (modify other tests...Something we're always doing in Sped!!). I'm probably most excited about Storybird and Mixbook...Student can create a book at their level and not have to start at scratch...Mixbook with the personal photos!! Stuudents can share and open up about their personal lives...I can use this technology as a tool...It's not a cure all...but a tool (Again All Students matter what) but if it leads to students using higher level thinking processes....I can see areas in the class where technology can fit in..maybe be a major focus..Changes!...Changes! look here...In special ed our moto is "Be Flexible"The unexpected outcome of this program for me is that I learned some new tools that are really really cool...Now to remembering to use them when I can..

Tools 10

Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
An understanding of the concept of cyber Bullying, basic tips for being kind online,having a vocabulary of cyber secuity issues,Spam and Scams, understanding intellectual property, copyright and plagierism. violations of the SBISD Acceptable Use Policy. How to operate safely, friendly and ethically  in the digital world. I created an account with the and plan on using one of their individual lesson/activities to provide my young learners a positive foundation for e-safety. By teaching a digital etiquette lesson on emailing. Handouts,promoting technology training for parents in the district.

Tools 9

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the
    Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
    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?
    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?
    about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your
    students using the device as a station.
This is the real world we are talking about will be a daily part of their life. They'll probably have a job where they're either working with it or on it. Well this is school and the typical student spends what, five days a week...six hours a day here....We teachers are held accountable...shouldn't the student?? Standardize testing etc...Because I have a life skills classroom I visited two of the sites for early childhood that looked like fun...(Learning Games for Kids and Studyladder). Of the two I liked Studyladder better but they both were interesting.I signed up an account at Studyladder and could see, for example how I could set it up as a station for the food pyramid..there are ways of setting tasks and getting immediate feedback and results. With Learning Games for Kids I could see them can bold the activity they completed that day and write a brief reflection about it.Basically, Having a list of station options and have students sign their name next to what they did.
I received my ipad at the end of the school year last year and basically put some games on it (Free Apps) and brought them home for the summer....For my students I see the ipad customizing reading material to a particular student or using some of the concentration type/match/cause and effect games that I actually download (Pyramid Sol, Dragon Mahjong, Traris, Dots, Amikago). I see that station as more of a relaxed laid back area where the student could get comfortable and read. Another way we could use the ipad and use it as a station utilizing the facetime/camera apps to create a collage/movie??? Maybe the Map App to mark out a route??

Tool 8

After watching the videos/tutorials, list two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful? I was surprised that some of the devices do not have to be synced to iTunes to download . I have an ipod myself and have only dealt with syncing it to iTunes to download music. I received an Activeboard during the 2011-2012 school year and two ipads. Not sure about the Dell 2120 netbook, MacBook, iMac, WACOM Intuos tablet, xBox 360 KINNECT. I had heard that I was receiving an  iPod Touch and HPtouchscreen. I'm guessing I could use the Dell 2120 netbook with the Activeboard. Interesting that it doesn't have a disk drive and only one USB port..I just received the ipads so still studying the apps that are out there and taking recomendations from colleagues. Since I teach a life skills classroom one of the ways we schedule use is by way of a timer. Will say that this is alot more to manage...since I'm a newbie as far as receiving this...would have to go with other's suggestions...I do have cabinets that lock...may have to appoint a monitor to make sure everything gets back in the cabinet like that one post suggested...

Tools 7

create a post and respond to the following: After visiting the resources above, design a collaborative project with another classroom. Post the following about the project:
 Content objective  When you plan to implement  What tool(s) you plan to use
 A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences)  If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here!
I am thinking of designing a outdoor indigenous southwestern garden area at our school with another one of the lifeskills classrooms here at Northbrook.One of our classroom has already started with some potted plants but I could see how this will enrich that and we don't have to start from scratch.After aligning it with objectives and standards we could invite other classrooms from the southwest or even worldwide to join us in picking our indigenous plants, predicting how they will survive, cope, and grow in this environment, measuring their progress and recording the outcome. collecting data and sharing it with all participating classrooms could lead to multiple discssion such as "What would you think the outcome would be if this happened???" etc.Since this project could get rather huge we (the classrooms at the physical location) would have to start early on this...could see it becoming a two year project...We could take input on various experiments that we could do in the garden from students from the global community, but we'd want to plan them out in as much detail as possible.We would have to assemble a list of materials needed if they want to create their own garden or experiment rather then watch it performed by the host school. And after running through any rough spots to this project and creating a detailed timeline ..We will put out a Call for Collaboration and away we go...

Tools 6

  1. Share your thoughts on how you see the tools being integrated into your classroom. How do you see them encouraging participation? (Poll Everywhere and Wallwisher)I really like both of these tools...Could see the topics being tailored to personal interest and high interest..Also could see high participation in the Anonymity of Wallwisher ...Struggling with the idea of approving every post tho...

Tools 5

Use at least two of the tools above to create products. Think about your content. Create a “set” for one of your lessonsMake a model for a student created product. Embed both products in your blog or link to the products from your blog.Describe for your readers how you think each tool can be incorporated into your classroom - how you could see the tool being used by you instructionally and your students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or topic in your classroom.
I signed in to two of the tools listed in Tool 5, (Storybird and Mixbook). I created a simple storybook in Storybird which could be used in a variety of my lesson plans (for example, creating a comic strip) it was very easy to do which is important since I teach life skills. Mixbook was interesting also because I could import my own pictures which tends to really personalize things ..If I had enough funds it would be great to create with my stdents a coffee table sized book about their families...may have to pair it down. Love to see them take ownership of a project and could see that here...embeded the storybook from Storybird and her's a link  to the project on Mixbook

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tools 4

Create at least one document in Google Docs and share it with a few others on your campus or within your department. It could a team member, a department colleague, or another teacher with whom you plan a collaboration. Ask that person to comment or chat and real-time edit the document with you.Create one form in Google Docs and send it via email to at least two other people and ask them to respond.Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? Which tools are you excited about using with students?
Completed Google Document and Form...Completed both by using the idea of a daily stdent log since I am a life skills teacher. I'm excited about having google apps in my classroom as I could see how it could help my collegues and I unify information that we have to send home with the student and simplify alot of that (help that noone misses out on important news)..In a higher level class I could see how the stdents cold create their own tests to check their knowledge of a sbject.

Tools 3

  • Visit several of the video hosting/streaming sites mentioned above. Share with your readers which sites you found most useful for your content and why. Using any of the video resources mentioned above, find and select two videos that may be useful resources in your classroom. Articulate what you learned about copyright and fair use. What was new to you? Create a Dropbox account and add some files to it  How could you use this tool in your classroom?

  • Copyright means to me that using an other's words must be accredited to that person, Did not know about the 14 year span before it becomes public domain.Love the idea of Dropbox -- but see how 2Gb could be used up in no time...But a great idea for having all student's work centrally located!!

    Trying new things!!

    Tools 2

    Visit at least 5 blogs - choose a few from the list below and a few from your campus wiki (on the right sidebar) and comment to one of the posts. share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate? Share the url or name of a blog or social network that you plan to visit in the future. What does that site have to offerLooked at 5 edcational blogs as this may be a core subject that I may be treaching in Lifeskills this year..found the writing to vary from casual too academic....but interesting none the less. When I have read some of the posts from my fellow bloggers it looks like they're both excited and nervous about the new technology. I'm ecited about participating in PLN because there is so mch I don't know and can learn from others...I don't have much of a problem sharing my thoughts publicly, interested in fiinding ot how many out there may feel the same way about a topic.  I plan to explore the website listed below since so many of my students lately are coming from that background

    Not sure what it has to offer but will be interested to find out...