Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tool 10

Digital citizenship is important to the development of mature, responsible behaviors that foster technology skill development. This will allow the student to navigate safetly around the digital world. Behaviors that endanger the student and others must be clearly explained and consequences must match the behavior.Example: If the student writes inappropriate words in a document. The student might need to write his paper with a pencil and notebook paper. The students must understand the dangers and be taught SBISD acceptable use policy. The Easy Tech curriculum from Learning.com is an excellent resource. Many sites like the ones from tools 3,4 and 5(Teacher Tube, You Tube and from Library Resources) can be used to enhance the instruction for safe use of technology. It is important to make sure that students know acceptable use of technology for safety and responsibility. It is a necessary part of their curriculum.

Tool 11

1.My favorite tool is the I-pad, computer at your fingertips, in your hand and on the go. It has easy access to your notes, calendar and resources. The portability of this technological tool helps you manage on the run! There has been a lot of support available from Summer U, Atomic learning and on the internet. I created a pretest and alternate assessment on the topic Digital Citizenship for my class. Other resources on the topic are Learning.com, I-Safe and Teacher Tube where excellent instructional videos,lessons and resources can be found.
 2.My thinking has been transformed in many ways, more from the Summer-U experience than from 11 tools. What I am most proud of is that I no longer fear technology. I truly believe that I am able to incorporate many of the technological tools and practices into my classroom routines in a meaningful way that enhances learning. Surprisingly I don't think very many accommodations will need to be made. It will be mostly the frequency and the way it is embedded in the natural order of how we do things.

 3. There were some unexpected outcomes. I found myself, after much confusion, really learning. It tickled me when I found myself assisting others, and completing tools finally without any further assistance. This was truly unexpected. I have increased confidence and willingness to try new things. I also have a desire to continue learning in this area of study! Wow! You can teach old dogs new tricks!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tool 9

1.I think it is important to tie the technology used to the objective. This way the student views the device as a tool for learning not as a toy for playing or horsing around. 2. Students must be held accountable for their actions in order to help them learn accountability and responsibility. 3. I will use symbaloo and learning.com as two sites for frequent visitation. 4. Downloaded to my I-Pad presently are Drop Box , Google Earth, Google Chrome, Symbaloo and Skype. My students will have some assignments in Google docs with specific guidelines and time lines. 5. Students can create movies with Stupeflix Studio or research with Gooru for doing digitally shared projects. They will publish their finished products and upload to Google docs.

Tool 8

1.I have taken a look at the different tools. What I have learned about some of the tools is if I download my music, videos, etc. to my drop box, I can easily access the information needed on any of my devices. This is an excellent way to quickly access files with out having to separately load individual devices. I learned how to set-up an i-tune account. The thing I like most about the 11 tools is that I can go back to view these guides if I need to review information on any of these devices. I have not used the i-touch but I have viewed how to sync files etc.and I look forward to receiving new tools. 2. I am thinking now about classroom application of the individual devices. I will most likely introduce one device at a time for proper care, use and storage. Expectations will be clearly set before using the next device. Students may contribute ideas about how they have used the device or ideas for future use. I will download files for use or read only depending on how I want student to access information. I know now how to convert files from avi to I-pad or I-pod using Zanzar.com. I plan to use all new devices received in the fall in guided reading, sustained reading and workstations as activities, research or project completion.

Tool 7

Collaborative digital project with other fifth grade teacher both bilingual and mainstream to be completed in December. Content/Tools: Each individual member of the group of two will contribute to group research of the expository Solar System. We will Skype and read from both hard copies and internet sources, email and blog. In their LA class they will produce a written report which they will upload into Edmodo and the reports will be shared with their classmates and the other teachers. In the science class they will research,do labs,create and Glogter poster to reveal the results of their research.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tool 6

I am so excited and looking forward to using ClassDoJo.com as soon as class lists are available to monitor student progress in behavior, and specific skills. What I like most about this tool is that it can be linked to any or all technology tools in your classroom (i-pad, smartphone) etc. so you can continue monitoring anywhere. You no longer have to rely on memory. All your information will be at your fingertips. Likewise Learning.com is an excellent tool that I will also use to assign curriculum to students both in small groups and individually. The self paced activities allow students to move as quickly through the assignments as they choose. At this time I can only label classes but can not assign students.

Wallwisher is easy to create an on line bulletin board. Linked is a simple way to survey or brainstorm a topic.

Wallwisher Survey Respect

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tool 5

I created a Glog . I will use it to introduce the class to fifth grade at the beginning of the year. Gogster can be used by students throughout the school year as a means for sharing information, research, etc. It can be used by the teacher as a means for introducing new concepts and units of study.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tool 4

I created an assignment tracker in Google Docs. My tracker was emailed to my team mates Eli and Michele for feedback and to keep us on the same digital page regarding how we are monitoring student progress. I look forward to creating other documents and working with my team to get the best use from technology.

Tool 3

Students need to learn early to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism. They must learn early to reveal sources and references. Many important points are included such as how procrastination more easily leads to plagiarism. In preparing our fifth graders for middle school and the increased emphasis on technology this lesson on plagiarism could be very helpful to enhance their learning on the proper use of materials both on line and otherwise.They must learn to give credit where credit is due.

Much of the learning from this summer stressed the importance of the fact that learning takes place in the discussion. Steven Johnson says chance favors the connected mind. This video from You-tube struck an interest and drives home the point of why discussion either with technology or in class groups or smaller is so important to the learning process. I would use this video to enhance the point of the importance of discussion and generating ideas through connected minds in multiple ways.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tool 2

Reading the blogs of others was very interesting. I experienced difficulty accessing Demesa's blog, Ariza, I found had similar ideas  for the use of the blog. Ivy shared sites that she found useful and My new teammate shared similar feeling about the use of these new tools. It is refreshing to know others share my ideas, and frustrations. I am so excited about this opportunity for growth.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tool number one

In the classroom I could use this tool with students as they read chapters or sections of passages. They could reflect on their thinking, react to the characters behavior or anything relating to the book or genre being read. This could be a ongoing journal of books read. Classmates reading the same book could react to the same book .