Sunday, February 3, 2013

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.    
    Wall wisher and Stupeflix are two of my favorite tools. As I said in tool five I would like to have student take photos or videos of situations in their every day lives that illustrait a physics concept. They could then use Stupeflix to edit a video together with music, dialog, and text and present it to the rest of the class.

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 already have the students work together in groups and have thought that one computer or ipad would  help enhance many activities. But there are many situations where it would be beneficial for every student to have access to a digital device at the same time. Unfortunately this is not posible. I realize that each student can have access to a devise by setting up stations and designing projects that carry over a few days, a week, or longer. It will take a lot of planning on my part and managing of the devices.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
     I didn't realize how many new resources I would become exposed to. I enjoyed moving through the 11 tool, and I look forward to using the tools I have discovered.

tool 10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. 
Good digital citizenship is of the utmost importance for students to understand because there are predators on line that could harm them, everyone leaves behind a digital footprint that cannot be erased, and it is important for students to have the tools to develop healthy, beneficial, and collaborative relationships online.

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
Cool Cat Teacher's Blog on the Deep Web: This has really peaked by interest. I look forward to doing more research on the Deep Web. I have already found web-site I've never seen before with general searches. I definitely what to share this with my students.

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I will introduce the topic to them and ask them to discuss what it means to be a good digital citizen in small groups. After the students have had an opportunity to share some of their ideas I will discuss the safety issues and benefits with them. I think it would also be good to have each group do a little research of their own and present their findings.

4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
I will probably send a letter home to parents informing them about being a good digital citizen and what this means for their child. I will require that the students return the letter signed by one of their gardians.

tool 9

1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It is important to tie technology to the objective because this makes the objective relavent. Technology is utilized in ever other aspect of the students lives. When students enter the work force, they will be expected to be proficient in the use of technology.
    2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
    Students should be held accountable for the stations/centers so that as their instructor, I am able to summatively assess their ability to meet the objectives.
      3. 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?
      I have been interested in using PhET for sometime now. I would hold the students accountable for their time by providing a worksheet for each student to complete. A hard copy of the worksheet could be the back up plan. I do like the idea of the student using google docs to work on a digital worksheet simultaneously. 
      Interactivate looks like a promising site to use for stations in the classroom. Unfortunately I'm having trouble loading the courseware on my computer. My students seem to have trouble integrating math in my physics class. I am interested in some of the courseware on this site for reviewing math concepts that will be prevalent for a new science concept being introduced.
        4. 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?
        Flashcard+, Animation creator lite 
        I use a word wall in my room. With flashcard plus, as a word from the word wall comes up in a lesson students could make a flash card for the word. This would be particularly useful while introducing a topic and for reviewing a topic before taking a test. Students would be held accountable for making a flash card for the words posted on the word wall. This activity could also be ongoing though out a unit. I could give the students 5-10 minutes either at the beginning of class or at the end of class to make flashcards for the previous lesson. As the unit comes to a close I could then allow time for students to study their flash cards as a review.
        I think Animation creator lite has many possibilities. At first I would probably be very specific as to how the students should use this app, such as asking then to create a simple animation of a particular science concept. After the students have become more familiar with this app and are use to applying science concepts while using it I would probably like to have the students use it in a more open end project. For example I would pose a driving question, and the parameters would not be so limiting.

        5.What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
        I would like to see the students make movies of physics concepts, then provide a physics explanation for what is happening. The Ipads can be used to video. Many of my students have Iphones that can also be used to video. The students could work together in groups using their ipads to edit their movies, add text, and add digrams to strengthen their explanations.

        tool 8

        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.
        2. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?
        I am more familiar with apple products than I am with pc. I did not find the netbook tutorial useful at at all. I think it wold only be useful for someone who has has never used or seen a laptop before. As for the tutorials on itunes and the ipads I'm sure they have been helpful to many people that are not already familiar with them. I look forward to searching the Spring Branch educational app database.
        When it is appropriate for students to use the devices they will work together in small groups. One student from each group will be responsible for retrieving the device and putting it back before the end of the period. When students are working in groups I circulate the room answering questions and assessing their progress, if their are any issues with the devices I will be available to help each group as I move around the room.