Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

1. I think that the backchannels such as wall wisher and today's meet are very useful for total student participation. I will definitely do an introductory activity on digital citizenship using a backchannel to illustrate how what we do can be traced back to us.

2. My thinking has transformed in that I see that there are a lot of out lets and possibilities for my students will be successful. I will strive to make use of technology every day in my class.  I think that if I always have it available and provide many options for my students to complete assignments, there will be more buy in from them.

3. I definitely learned more than I was expecting in completing this.  I certainly gained some valuable tools. 

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. Three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens:
  1) Whatever you do online stays there forever.
2) Online bullying is as bad as regular bullying.
3) It is important to protect your privacy online.

2. I found a very good interactive Prezi that covers every aspect of digital citizenship.
3. I went through this Prezi and had an interactive discussion with my students. We discussed what it means to be a good citizen and then transitioned into what makes a good digital citizen.
4. I send home information on digital citizenship along with a link to the Prezi.

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

  1. Tying technology into an objective gives students multiple outlets for success and allows students options for showing that they understand something.
  2. Student accountability for stations ensures that students will have some buy in at the stations. If we do not measure their progress at each station, then they might not get as much value from each station.
  3. I like thinkfinity because it allows students a fun outlet for practicing skills that I introduce in class. I also like shephard software because it helps students solidify map skills in a fun way.
  4. I use an app called world atlas. It is a great resource for map questions and it is always updated so that country information is always up to date. I also use Myworld because it gives them a realistic view of the world and a better understanding that it is not flat.
  5. My students often record informative videos that other students can watch as a station. It is beneficial for the students acting as teachers and for the students who watch it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

1)I currently have these devices in my classroom.  The netbooks are useful for word processing and doing research.  You can also record video and make presentations.  The iPads have a lot of very useful apps for reinforcing content as well as creating projects and presentations.

2) With regard to managing these devices, it is important to establish a culture of good digital citizenship and make students understand that anything that they do online can be traced back to them and can stick with them for their whole lives.  This in addition to clear consequences for improper use of devices should establish a classroom where devices will be used properly and respected.

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

  1. Content objective - To understand that certain terms are exclusive to a culture.
  2. When you plan to implement - at the beginning of next school year.
  3. What tool(s) you plan to use - Skype
  4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences) - Students will be assigned to act as a culture of a given country and use terminology specific to that culture while skyping with another class. The other class should try to determine what the terminology means using context clues or hints from the other class. Ideally students will understand that certain cultures use terminology that may be completely unfamiliar to other cultures around them even if they speak the same language.
  5. If you need to find another classroom - We will Skype with the other Social Studies classroom.

Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

I used todays meet to get instant feedback from my class and be able to get complete responses from all of my students provided devices are available.

I use wall wisher for a similar purpose, but wall wisher is better when they need to organize and move around multiple entries on one wall.

Tool # 5 Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

Prezi is great to incorporate into my classroom because it is a new and unique way for my students to create presentations.  Students enjoy working with Prezi and are quick to pick up the workings of the program.

Go animate is very useful because it allows my students who struggle with speaking in front of the class to create a presentation without the fear of public speaking:

erichenshaw1's Animation by erichenshaw1 on GoAnimate

Tool # 4 Moving up to the Clouds

Google docs is useful for my team because we can create and share documents easily and we can both have editing privileges and view changes in almost real time.

Google docs is a very very useful tool that I use a lot in my classroom.  I always allow google docs as an option for my students to complete assignments.  It is useful to me because everything can be submitted online, and you can give feedback through comments.  Google docs is also useful because students can start a project and then be able to access it from any computer.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tool # 3 - Finding Online Video and Image Resources

I really liked the resources available on TeacherTube. I think that the collaboration among teachers adds to the experience. I found many resources specific to the unit that I am teaching. It was nice to know that all of the videos found on the website were intended for classroom use. I researched many different topics and was able to find interesting videos on all of them. 

I learned about the Harry Potter Can Fly acronym. I think this will be very useful to consider when searching for materials to use in and out of the classroom. 

I think that I could use Dropbox in my classroom for two different purposes. I could use this to organize and access materials for my lessons. I could also use this to encourage student participation in and out of the classroom. The students could submit reflections and projects through a classroom dropbox.

Tool # 2 - Building Community in the Online Environment

I noticed that when you open a question to anyone, you will generally get answers that span the spectrum. This can be different when you speak with a teaching community that is exposed to similar ideas and philosophies. I liked being able to hear so many different views on one topic. This also helped me feel more confident in my post. I knew that my view would offer another perspective. It might not have been the posters answer, but I was able to participate in the professional dialogue and maybe someone else could benefit from my post. I certainly learned from others' posts!

I plan to visit often. I like the format and the community of teachers so willing to share and learn. I can search on topics directly related to my grade, subject, and/or specific issue or question.