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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.

Tool #3

I really think that youtube can be very beneficial for my math classroom. I already use it in my classroom by linking youtube videos to edmodo for the students to watch. I make a folder of each concept I teach and then add videos from youtube with songs, or even khanacademy videos or other videos teaching/reviewing the subject. This can be very beneficial because some students might need to review prior concepts, or they might not have gotten it the first time. So I can have them get on a computer to get more instruction. Using youtube while teaching can also be a great way to get the students engaged.

Here are a couple of videos that I found that my students really enjoyed.

What I learned about copyright and fair use is that I definitely need to be careful when finding things on the internet. It is best to go to websites that I know are free to use for everyone. But I also know that teachers do have some freedom when it comes to using things in the classroom. Overall it is best to be safe though so I will always refer back to this information when I am unsure about using something.

I really like the idea of using the dropbox in my classroom. It could be a great way to get students to collaborate with pictures for a geometry unit. It's the perfect way to always be able to access the things you need no matter where you are.