Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Post #4

Post 4

The Google App that I would be most effective for my students, teammates, and myself.  As a team, we can share a letter among each other and we can make changes on it.  My students can present  their new learning in different forms.  They can present their new learning by creating a presentation.  I had several students that developed a presentation during reading time or when they researched a new topic.  It was used to book talk about the book they have finished reading or presenting their new learning.   It was easy for them to access Google Doc on any computer in my classroom/library to work on it.  When they were ready to present, they opened it up and was able to share with the whole class.  They also liked the idea to share with their parents at home.  With creating the form, I can develop pretest questions before a new unit to see what they know ahead of time.  Students can also create questions from their book club, help study for a test, etc.  I know many of my students have created documents during writing workshop time.  It is great how it saves it along the way for them.  When the students use Microsoft Word, if they didn't save every few minutes, they could loose the work they have typed in. I feel my students have a great grasp on creating documents, I would like to share with them how the create a form and how to develop better presentations (I feel they know the basics of it).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tool #3

The site that I feel is the most useful for me is Discovery Education.  The content is age appropriate for my students.  This site can be used as a full class, small groups, and also embedded into edmodo for the students to watch at home as part of their homework.  The two videos I have chosen are a science and social studies video that I can use this coming school year.


I learned that you can not repurpose copywrite materials.  I also learned that you can use small parts not the whole part of the materials.

I can use the dropbox  in different ways in my classroom.  I can use it in workstations, full class, and small group instructions.  The students can have access to flipcharts, videos, and documents from any computer. In the past, I downloaded flipcharts, videos, etc. in the Sweden folder and when the students used the minis or student computers, it wasn't always working.  It would get frustrated spending part of my day or planning time adding to the student Sweden folder and finding out Sweden wasn't working when they tried to get on and they were unable to complete the assignment.

 I even tried to download the dropbox on my Ipad and have talked to other people outside of education.  They were familiar with the dropbox and have used it for a while.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool #2
I enjoyed looking through different peoples' blogs.  It is a way for me to grow as a learner and educator.  It allows me to be a part of a community within my campus and other educators around the world.  It is hard for me to share my thoughts publicity.  By completing the 11 tools, it is going to take me outside of my comfort zone and feel more confidence in sharing my thoughts.  By reading a few comments on several different blogs, those comments didn't help me because they were commenting on how it looks not on the information, how they found the different websites, downloading pictures, etc.

I plan to visit the blogs of other teachers on my campus, Ms. Cassidy's and using proteacher community.