Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

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 think "Googledocs" will prove to be useful in my class.  I plan to show a progression of the Spanish my students learn by having them each create a story that evolves as the year progresses.

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?

It goes without saying, I have to ask myself, "How can the students use technology in this lesson?" In other words, it will have to be less textbook more technology. Although I do plan on using some of the online resources that our textbook suggests and provides.  I'll definitely have to take adequate training to  help me implement technology into my lessons.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I was surprised the most by the infinite number of "apps" available for our learners.  I need to find the ones that will best be applied in the acquisition of a new language.

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.


Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
The objective is the starting point of any lesson. By integrating technology into the objective one automatically integrates technology into the lesson. Also, it notifies the students and reminds the teacher that technology is integral.

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

By holding students accountable, one encourages ownership/collaboration in the learning process.

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" seemed fairly useful. It offers tools that can be used in the classroom for creating stories. The fact that these products can be printed is a plus as I can use the printed copy for correcting and accountability.

What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

Google Translate or can help students when they encounter a speed-bump or when they would like to go above and beyond what they have learned at that point.

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

For Tool #8, in your post:
  1. After watching the videos/tutorials, list two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall.
I have learned that there are many wonderful "apps" (Ipad) available to be used in education. One that seems like it will be useful to my students is a product by BidBox LLC, named "Vocabulary Trainer: English-Spanish". Many of my students are familiar with Ipads and Apple products so their ability to use them in the classroom should be fairly easy. In fact, I'm sure they will show me lots of new things that I was not aware of.
  1. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?

The devices will be stored, under lock and key, in the nice "mobile containers" provided to each classroom. We have been provided 4 Ipads and 4 Netbooks. If we have a group project, each group will get one. Otherwise students may "check-out" the device by signing a sheet with the necessary information.

Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

I played around with TodaysMeet and PollEverywhere, 2 tools that allow one to get immediate feedback from students in a classroom (assuming they have internet access).

Here are my samples:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

For your Tool 7 assignment, create a post and respond to the following:
  1. After visiting the resources above, design a collaborative project with another classroom.
  2. Post the following about the project: "The Never-ending Story"
      1. Content objective Create a story using newly learned Spanish vocabulary/grammar.
    1. When you plan to implement Begin during 2nd 6 weeks.
    2. What tool(s) you plan to use Google Docs
    3. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences) The student will add to the story as the year goes on. The student will submit at least one entry per week so that by the end of the year the student has produced a robust project.
    4. If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here!