Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tool 11

Tool 11:

1. Favorite tools I have in my personal technology toolbox: This is hard to answer because I liked so many of the tools.  In the past I had a class blog and an Edmodo account.  I am going to continue with Edmodo because I feel there is so much you can do with it.  Especially a different way for students to complete their homework assignments, test review, watch videos, etc.  It was wonderful because I had a student that moved to Canada and she was able to be part of the class.  She had such determination because she completed the assignments that I embedded on Edmodo.  I had a class blog and didn't feel it went over well.  Since my toolbox is fueled with so many new ideas, I will possibly develop a class blog and invite the students to be part of it.  We can develop it together by brainstorming what we would like to have on our class blog besides myself doing all the work.  If they work on it, it will be user friendly for them.  I like the dropbox and look forward to using it.  Since my class will have more technology, it will be great to create files, download apps, etc and share it in the dropbox.  It is user friendly so I don't have to download programs to each computer.  That does take time.   My students have used Google docs but now I have a better understanding on how to use it within our team.  It is great to develop a document and each team member can make changes to it with out sending emails back and forth.  When my class is studying famous people, they can use google docs to present their information.  Also, they can develop a few questions for the students to answer after their presentation.

2. Transformed my thinking about learning what will take place: At this point I am in awwww because there are many new tools that I am able to use to enhance the curriculum that I will be presenting to my class this year.  I feel like I am a kid as I am learning the new tools.  I want to begin now because I feel when the school year begins that I may forget about the cool tools, apps, etc.  My vision has changed about becoming a 21 century teacher/learner.  At times, I didn't want to use the technology for my students as well as my own daughter.  I felt the students/my daughter used it as play time.  Now that I have the new piece, accountability, I have a new passion for using technology more in my class.  The 11 Tools have given me so many ways to use it and ways to make it manageable in the room.  I feel I do not need to make any changes to my classroom to accommodate the 21st century learner because the tech people have done it for us.  The computers, network storage, etc.  The challenge for me will be embedding it into my curriculum.  It will be great to work with our team as we develop long range plans for the next school year in workstations, mini lessons, projects, etc.

3. Unexpected Outcomes:  At first, I was apprehensive about working through the 11 Tools.  Now that I have finished, I have a feeling of completeness and excitement because it wasn't that bad.  It did take me a while to complete each tool because I was really digesting each new piece of information that I learned.  As I was looking through the different apps, I was downloading ones that I liked right away.  My daughter was sitting and watching me work through the different tools.  She was excited and hoped her second grade teacher used them too.  Now that I am finished, I feel that I may forget some of the tools, and need to refer back to the 11 Tools as reminders.  Will there be a sheet or a place that we can go to with a list of different tools that we were taught?

Tool 10

Tool 10:

1.  At least three things my students need to understand about good digital citizens:
     A.  learners need to know how to operate safely, friendly and ethically in the digital world
B. teach them about the copyright laws
C. not to give out personal information about themselves

2. One resource I plan to use instructionally:
A. Since the students are familiar with brainpop, I will use a video from brainpop for them to watch. I can also add the video to Edmodo so the students can review it with their parents at home. Another resource I can use is the Youtube Mouse Tales.

3. How I would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to my students:
 The lessons will be revolved around safety and netiquette:
First of all we will discuss what digital citizenship means..
1. As a class, the students will take a cyberspace pretest... 10 questions (website is Cybersmart Kids). Great classroom discussion
2. Watch a brainpop video/Mouse Tales
3. Cybersmart Kids website can be used at the beginning of the year as part of their workstation times to review cyberbullying, safety, netiquette

4. Plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with parents:
  A. Discuss it at curriculum night and discuss different websites they can use as reminders to help their children
B. Each parent will need to read and sign the following document:

Spring Branch ISD Student Acceptable Use Policy 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tool 9

Tool 9

1. Important to tie technology to the obj.:
     The technology activity needs to be tied to the objective so it has a purpose not just fun and games.  If it isn't tied to the objective, it isn't congruent.

2. Accountable for the stations/centers:
     The students need to be held accountable for their work at the stations/centers.  If they are not held accountable, the students feel it is play time and not take it seriously.  I feel this is an area that I need to improve on.

3. 2 interactive websites that I liked:
    A.  Mangahigh:  This past year, my students used Mangahigh to review/learn math concepts and challenged themselves.  My students had competitions among each other as well as a competition with Sally Craddock's  class.  This is a wonderful website to be used during math workstation time.  They had the choice to play the games and work on the activities that I have chosen for the class by a certain date.  It was easy to see who was completing the activities and who wasn't.  However, it was time consuming to look up on the computers to see who was completing the activities and changing them.  Many times, my students were reminding me to add more activities because it was past the due dates.  At the end of the year, I tried to have a student choose activities for the class to work on.  That didn't go well.  I also added this website to Edmodo.  My Mangahigh die hearts loved to work on activities at home.  I enjoyed reading their comments to see where students were.  For example: gold, bronze, or silver on different challenges.
   B.  Learning Games for Kids:  This website would be great during math/reading workstation time.  I can create on Google Docs links to the different websites/stations that need to be completed that week.  As they have completed them, they will need to bold it and write a reflection about it.  This I feel will be a great way for the students to work on the writing skills with their brief reflections.  I think this is great but I will need to learn how to use Google Docs to download the links/list of the stations plus a place for them to write their reflection.  Lisa Branon... will we learn how to do this.  I will need help with this.  Quick and easy way to see   who has completed them plus read their reflection to see if they really understood the activity they were completing at the station.

4. 2 or 3 apps to use in my classroom:
   A. Educreations Interactive Whiteboard: This seems to be an awesome app.  I have already played with it and downloaded a simple video for me to watch.  This is a great workstation for the students to use to during the day.  I feel this is a great way to show accountability.  Each week I can assign one station and when they have finished the station, they will go onto this app and describe through drawing and talking what they learned, etc.  I am able to listen/watch each of their videos plus it lets me know who understood the activity. It can also be used as part of a presentation to the class and it can be emailed to me or other student accounts.  I look forward to trying this app in the classroom.  I have shared this app with several people.
  B.  Bamboo Paper: This app seems interesting.  This could be part of a workstation.  It can be integrated with math, writing, science, social studies.  In math and science (depending on the concept), they can go around the school and use the ipad to take some pictures according to the concept.  When finished, they can choose pictures to use in the app and sketch their thoughts.   By reading their thoughts with the pictures that were chosen is a way for me to see if they understand the concept.  This is a easy way to check it and grade them as a project or observation grade.

5. Other ways to use the Ipad in the classroom:  I can see so many ways to use the Ipad.  The list can go on.  Here are a few ideas that I can be used in workstations, part of a minilesson (temp.  look up cities and graph the temp. of different cities), voc. development, instant information at the tips of their fingers (not sure of a topic as a class look it up right away), record their reading (share at parent conferences), etc.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tool 8

Tool 8

1. List two or three things I learned about the devices...
    A.  The Netbooks will come with a built in webcam to be able to collaborate with others through Skype, make videos, and take still photos.
    B.   Periodically you will need to connect the Netbooks overnight so technology services can push out any updates.  I think that is wonderful.  This way the district doesn't need to send tech people to the campuses to update the netbooks.
    C.   By using the Ipad, I am able to use my district Itunes account to download podcasts, music, movies, books, and apps.  I have been searching through the district approved apps that are going to be helpful during reading and math workstation times.  I am looking forward to this coming school year because I have a better understanding on how to integrate technology throughout the day within my lessons, during workstation time, and as part of their homework.

2. Plan to manage the devices in the classroom...
 The suggestions given were excellent ideas.  Actually, a few of the ideas I have incorporated into my classroom last year.  I had 2 students who handled turning the computers on in the morning and logged in.  At the end of the day, they were turned off and plugged in to be recharged.  I will continue this same job this coming school year.  A month into the school year, as a class we developed some classroom guidelines.  We discussed as a class how to print and the printer to print to, some basic ways to trouble shoot the computer, ways to save, etc.  The class decided 5 students as there go to person when a situation arose.  The guidelines were typed up and posted as a reminder by the computers.  With the new year starting soon, we will develop guidelines/management of the Ipads and Netbooks sooner.   They will be posted in the classroom so the students always have a reference to refer to.   This year, I will have the 2 students who took care of the computers will be the students that report to me about a issue happening to a computer.  In the past, they wrote on a sticky note and attached it to the minis and student desktops.  Usually, the sticky note fell off and wasn't aware of it or I forgot to put in a geek ticket.  Next to my desk this year, I will have an excel sheet attached to a clipboard where they will write it on as a reminder to me and I can check it off when I reported it or fixed it.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tool 7

Tool 7:
Content Objective:
TLW describe which branch of government they would like to work in
When you plan to implement: Fall 2012
What tools you plan to use: Wallwisher, books, websites, activboard, edmodo
Description of the project: As a class, the teacher will use the activboard and other websites/books to present information about the three different branches of government.  They will develop a flipbook to keep their notes.  At the end, the students will use their flipbook to help them decide which branch they would like to work for.  They will go onto Edmodo to post a comment on wallwisher.
The wallwisher can be opened up by another third grade class on our grade level.  The classes can discuss their thoughts/findings about the postings.  They can compare and contrast their class comments with another class comments.  This can even go further with another third grade class in the district.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tool 6

2011-2012 Edmodo Account for my class
1. Edmodo:  Above is a screen shot of my Edmodo account.  I used Edmodo throughout last school year.  The students thoroughly enjoyed using it.  As I presented new material, video, website, downloaded book, etc. my students asked me to download it to Edmodo.  This past year my students watched Brainpop and Discovery Education videos, read articles, DKA books downloaded from science, math games, completed mangahigh and wallwisher assignments, commented on books, questions were added to help them review for a test.  My students loved this tool.  They opened up Edmodo during workstation times, came in early to add comments, and even a student from my class that moved to Canada in Feb. was able to have access and work on assignments that I added to it.  Many of the students have written a question w/answer choices for other students to answer.  This is how they tested each other for a test or wrote a trivia question with answer questions.  It was a joy to read their comments and be able to comment back.  I had to have discussions with them about how it is not a "facebook account" where they can write social questions but it is used for only academics.  They did get into the habit of writing a comment to someone mentioning to them that their comment or question wasn't academic related.  The parents have made numerous comments to me about Edmodo and how they appreciate the use of it so they are able to see what their child is learning in class, ways to help them study for a test, and reminders for upcoming events or reminders.  They like the fact that they are able to get notices on their email accounts when I posted an assignment on Edmodo.

2.Skype: username: angelabuegeler
     I use Skype with my family but haven't used it in the classroom.  I just downloaded Skype onto my classroom computer.  I will be unable to use it on my classroom computer because it doesn't have a built in webcam but the IPads have the built in webcams.  This past year I did participate in a Skype with John O'Flahaven.  It was great having the opportunity to have a face to face discussion with him.  My students also wanted to Skype a student in our class that moved to Canada.  We were unable to do it.  This year I look forward to using this tool with my class.  We can have a class Skype session with an author, another class within our district or another location within the US or another country, scientist, etc.  I also would like to use this during book club time.  When students have completed a book club, they could set up a Skype session with the author.  I feel the students would thoroughly enjoy this.  Two years ago, our librarian Lisa Branon, set up a Skype session with Wendy Mass.  The students were excited to do this.  The only draw back was too many students at one time.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tool 5

Wordle: Cody's characteristicsTool 5:
1.Wordle: Cody's characteristics

This is an activity that can be embedded into any subject area.  It can be a review for a test, characteristics of a character, etc.  Test review:  different students in a class can take a main concept before a test, use wordle, and give each student a copy of the different wordles to help them review for a test.   In science, the students research different natural hazards and each group can research a natural disaster and develop a wordle from their research, and present  to the class.

Dog Day Afternoon by buegelea on Storybird

I tried embedding this with the html, however it does not appear to be working properly.  Click on the title "Dog Day Afternoon" and at that point I am able to access the Storybird.  This tool can be incorporated into the classroom during writing time.  It can be used as the student(s) have completed their written assignments.  They can develop a story individually or with a partner using this tool.  After they have been taught the basics of writing a story, they will be able to incorporate it into a published story.  By using the example that I created the students can analyze it to see if I have the elements to a good story.  I'll show them how to produce one and they can then practice and create their own story.  After being published, they can  invite their parent(s) to read it at home.  This tool can be used all year long.