Thursday, March 8, 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.
I really enjoyed the Poll Everywhere tool. It was neat to see how it worked and I can't wait to use it in my classroom. I already use my Expressions daily, so this will be a nice twist for the kids. I plan to use it as part of my warm up each day to get an initial response and some feedback from my students about the previous day's topic. I feel that using this tool will allow me to get some feedback and pinpoint ideas or concepts that we may need to revisit. I also enjoyed using Wordle. Although I'm not sure how I might incorporate it into my classroom, it was a neat tool that I will share with my students. Maybe they will be able to use it in their other classes.

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 am still trying to imagine how all of this technology will work in my classroom. I think that today's kids are so technologically sound and truly know more about technology than I do. I will be able to come up with initial tasks and ideas for them to try, and I bet that they will be the ones who develop a more effective approach with these devices. My vision of a typical high school math classroom is changing everyday. There is going to be a very different atmosphere than most old school math teachers are used to. We have so much technology readily available and that excites the kids. I feel that if I can vary the instruction in my classroom, it will keep the kids energized. If the kids are energized, they are excited to be there and excited to learn and do new things. I'm going to need to make a lot of changes in my classroom. It'll be good for me though. I don't want to get in the same routine and do the same lessons day in and day out. I want to incorporate more technology into my classroom. It's going to be a process though.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I did not expect to be able to do some of these things so quickly. I was a little unsure about how all of this would work and how much time it would take up. Most of the tools required e to watch the short videos and then I was able to carry them out. I expected them to be more involved and more complex. I'm so glad that I'm able to actually figure out what I'm supposed to do with these new devices. I'm sure it'll be a different story once I start to incorporate them into my classroom. 

Tool #10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
I want my students to understand that they are held accountable for everything that they do. I also would like for my students to realize that the devices are linked to people all around the world and they must be careful what they do. Lastly, I want the students to feel confident that they understand what being a good digital citizen means.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
I plan to use the Atomic Learning website as a resource to emphasize the importance of digital citizenship to my students.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I believe that the idea of digital citizenship is something that we all need to learn more about. I plan to teach my students about digital citizenship through an interactive approach using a variety of resources available through Atomic Learning.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
I feel as though I will invite my parents to participate in the interactive activities that I use in my class. This way they be familiar with exactly what types of devices we will be using in the classroom and what I expect from the students.

Tool #9

1. Why do you think it is important to tie technology to the objective?
I think that it is important to tie technology to the objective because today's students are so technologically sound. They are constantly using technology to help with their studies and it will help keep them intrigued.
2.Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
I believe that all students should be held accountable for their stations so that they realize the importance of being responsible for their own actions.
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 visited Mangahigh and Manipula Math. I liked both of these sites and feel that they would both be effective in the secondary classroom. I could use them at stations by breaking down one objective with one site at each station. I would be able to hold the students accountable by asking them a series of questions on Poll Everywhere as a ticket out of class.
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?
The app that I found useful was the create a graph. I find that the more representation of various concepts that I can show my kid, the better. They are very visual and this will really help them.
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 feel that the students will continue to develop new ways to use the devices in the classroom. Thye have already showed me a flashcard app that they really love. They tend to know more about these devices than I do.

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.

- I didn't realize that the iPads don't have the same storage capabilities as a regular computer
- I learned that I will need to have an iTunes account tied to my SBISD email
2. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?
I have managed a classroom set of calculators for the past four years. I plan to approach the iPads in the same manner. I will have each student check out the device and check in with me when they are turning it back in. Hopefully I will be able to monitor student use and make sure that the devices are used properly.

Tool #7

1. After visiting the resources above, design a collaborative project with another classroom.

2. Post the following about the project:
    1. Content objective - The student will be able to use real-world examples to solve real-world problems learned in Math Models and Applications.
    2. When you plan to implement - I will implement the activity after I have reviewed the foundational material needed to master the concept.
    3. What tool(s) you plan to use - I plane to use Google Docs.
    4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences) - I will divide the students into groups of two or three and use Google Docs to allow them to share their two assigned problems with peers in other class periods. The students will be able to edit their documents in Google Docs when needed.
    5. If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here! - My students will work with students from my other Math Models and Applications class as well as have the opportunity to work with students in Coach Van Hook's Math Models and Applications class.

Tool #6

1. Choose at least two of the tools from the above list. Create an account for each (if required).

I used the Today's Meet tutorial along with the Poll Everywhere tutorial. The Today's Meet page did not require me to sign up or log in, but the Poll Everywhere required me to sign up for an account.
2. Use each of the tools you choose to create a sample of how you would use it in your classroom.
I created a sample using both tools and copied a link and embedded a sample poll.
3. Embed the sample (preferred) or link to the URL.
Today's Meet -
Poll Everywhere - I have embedded an SAT poll below.
4. Share your thoughts on how you see the tools being integrated into your classroom. How do you see them encouraging participation?
I think that my kids would love to chat in the Today's Meet classroom because they are so into Twitter and those types of social media. The Poll Everywhere is a very cool way to ask simple questions to the students and get instantaneous feedback from them. I could use the poll to determine concepts that they may be struggling with or really doing well with. I think that it would be a nice change up for the students.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tool #5

1.Use at least two of the tools above to create products. Think about your content. Create a “set” for one of your lessons! Or, consider providing the site as a choice for your students to create products. Make a model for a student created product.
I used Wordle to create a document that focuses on key concepts involved in good SAT writing practices. I also created a Glog that covers the key math concepts covered on the SAT.
2. Then, embed both products in your blog or link to the products from your blog. 
I have embedded my Wordle document at the bottom of my blog.
3. 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 think that using Glogger and Wordle are great teaching tools that appeal to visual learners. It's a nice way to present information to students in an artistic manner. This may be an option that I can use to adapt lesson for the various styles of learning in my classroom.