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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tool #11

My favorite tools are Edmodo, Skype, Mangahigh, and Animoto. I plan on using Edmodo next year to create a sort of flipped classroom. I will create short videos covering each concept with examples and notes so that students can use that as there homework sometimes. Each folder will be a hub for each concept where I can post the videos, examples, notes, games, songs etc. This way when I have students that are still struggling on a specific concept there is already a set of resources the students can use to help them. I also plan to use Animoto to have students create videos as projects to show me that they mastered a concept rather than always using paper based quizzes/assignments.

I am realizing more and more how much society is changing and how the students are growing up in this digital world. There are so many great resources available in education that can help our students to grow as learners. My vision for my classroom is to become a place where students are the priority. The classroom will be less lecture based and more based on hands on activities, especially ones involving technology.

I thought that I knew a lot about technology use in the classroom especially after just recently graduating from college but there was a lot more to it than I thought! I am amazed everyday by the resources I find available on the internet. I am so excited to try some of these things next year and I know that my students will greatly benefit from the things I have learned.

Tool #10

1)I want to make sure that my students understand that they way they act in real life should be the same way they act online. Many times people feel this sense of anonymity online and they believe they can say and do whatever they want. Students need to realize that this is not always the case and they need to make sure they are careful with what they put out there. I would want to make sure that students understand how things they put out there on the internet could be there forever. Although they might think they have deleted something it might still be lingering around somewhere on the internet. I would also want to make sure that students knew what to be careful of when they are online. They need to be careful not to give away any private information to strangers online. They also need to be wary of chatting with strangers especially at a young age.

2) I think that the isafe website has amazing resources that I could use in my classroom to help lead the discussion about using the internet in the correct way. It has so many specific links that go with each grade level and has videos and lessons all in one place. This is such a great resource!

3) I would explain digital citizenship to my students by having a quick classroom discussion about using the internet before we start using it. Also if necessary I could use the powerpoint presentation created about digital citizenship that we used for activity class. I could use this as a refresher and reminder to students about what digital citizenship means.

4)I would explain digital citizenship to my parents by incorporating it into my open house and also to my class website. I would make sure parents are aware of the fact that we will be using the internet to facilitate learning in the classroom.

Tool # 8

I learned that I will be able to connect the laptops to my projector. I thought this was interesting because if the students have something they are working on and I want to show the entire class I can do that easily. I also learned that I will need to plug them into the network each night so that they can get updates.

I plan to have a computer station set up so that I can have rotating stations throughout the day that involve the computers. This way computers do not have to be taken out or put up each day which takes away a lot of class time. This also allows you to keep track of the computers better than having the kids take them back to their desks. If they are at a station then you can number them and have the students go to certain numbers so that you can keep track of who is on which computer.

Tool # 7

One project that I was thinking about for next year was to have students monitor storms such as hurricanes. This would obviously depend on the weather but I found it really incredible the size of the tornadoes in Oklahoma recently. I think it would be really eye opening for the students to record the diameter and then discuss how large that would be in real life. How big is 2 miles? What is the total area covered by the tornado? This could be a good introduction to the activity, whereas a hurricane can be a more ongoing project.

Then when I was looking at these ways to collaborate across the nation/world I thought it would be interesting to take this idea and share possibly even across the world. Wherever the hurricane is headed you could team up with a classroom over there to discuss the storm. This could incorporate many different aspects of math such as conversions, measurement, estimation, area/perimeter, probability etc.

  1. Students will practice measurement, conversion, area, circumference, and probability by analyzing storm systems across the world.
  2. This could be an ongoing project that would have to be planned sporadically based on weather.
  3. I think that Edmodo would be a simple way to communicate with other classrooms. But I think the students would most enjoy actually being able to skype with another classroom and have real time discussions. The students could create projects and then share them through skype or another video program.
  4. When a hurricane hits students will analyze the storm using data online such as the diameter of the hurricane, the wind speeds, how fast it's moving, what direction etc. The students will then be asked to determine an approximate area of the storm, circumference, and convert that measurement from miles to yards or feet/inches. Students can be asked to compare the size of the hurricane to the size of Texas or other states. This can be continual process so students can track if the storm is getting bigger, smaller, moving faster etc.
  5. This project could be done on it's own but I think the idea of collaborating with another classroom especially one maybe closer to the storm (Which in Texas we could often times be the one that's close to the storm!)

Tool #6

Here is how I have set up my Edmodo this year. I have a folder for each concept and then I post teaching videos, songs, and games to help students with the specific concept. I have found this to be a great tool to use during the classroom. It makes finding things on Edmodo much easier for students and they like having everything they need in one spot.

Another website that I tried out is now called padlet. It seems like a great site for organizing files for students.  This could be a fun engaging way to have students organize information for a project. I made an example which shows steps for order of operations and also links them to a video of it.
Order of Operations Page

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tool #9

It is important to tie technology to the objective because otherwise the technology is just being used for sake of using technology. It needs to be used for a clear purpose to help students meet some sort of objective. I do not believe that the technology has to be used to meet the objective for that day but it has to meet some sort of objective for the students (Such as mastering an objective that they still need to work on)

Students should be held accountable for their station work because we need to make sure that students realize that everything they do has a purpose. We are not sending them off to play games on the computer just because it's fun. It's because it can be a fun engaging way to learn the material. So there has to be a way to hold students accountable for their work.

I like using TenMarks and MangaHigh in my classroom. Both of these websites are aligned with Math TEKS  and they allow me to assign students work to do. So I can hold students accountable by checking on the website to see if they completed the assignments I posted for them. I can also hold them accountable during class by making it mandatory (as it always is in math) that they show their work for these stations on paper. I would use these as places for students to practice the concept we are currently work on sometimes. Most of the time it would be used as a station for students to spiral back on concepts they need to review from previous units.

One app that I found for the Ipad is a fraction estimation game. The students use estimation to add or subtract fractions. I also like the idea of using something called showme videos. These are videos I could make and then have the students watch if they dont understand a concept. It could even be used as a way to first introduce a topic if it is simple enough. I also think that this could be a great tool for students to use to explain their thinking on how to solve a problem. I see this station working if I have very small stations running one day with only 4 in each group, then 2 students could share an IPad and make a video explaining their reasoning on how they solved a problem. I could also get the IPad cart one day and make it to where each student in the station has their own IPad.

I could also see the students using the IPad as a video device by recording eachother doing skits or making up math songs. The students could take the IPad and use it as a camera to take pictures of things related to math such as the different types of angles or triangles.

Tool #4

I think that google apps especially google docs could be used as a tool for planning with my team. We could all share a document together and then edit it at the same time and it would update automatically. It would be a great way to collaborate without having to always re-send it out each time. If I were to ever have a longer writing assignment I think it would be perfect to have the students type it up on google docs so that I could easily make notes to them on changes they need to make. It could be a great resource and a very convenient way to share documents. I am most excited about using google docs or maybe even trying the e-mail with them sometime. It would be a great way to get some extra communication from students outside of the classroom.