Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tool 11 - Reflections

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
GoogleDocs and Wallwisher, I will use GoogleDocs Form maker for paperless tests, warm-ups and quizzes just to give the kids a different look on assessment.  

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner? 
I have not really transformed my thinking about technology in the classroom, I have always tried to incorporate as much technology as I can while teaching.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? 
No real surprises but I did learn some new things about different programs that I can use in my lessons.

Tool 10

I think this picture is a great representation of what a Digital Citizen encompasses: 

We as educators need to teach not only citizenship as people of the world but as well as the digital world. All the same principles apply, you have to be conscious of what you say and/or type and be aware that not all of what's in the digital world is factual. it is important to teach students what is the right way to research and not just type into a search engine and pick the first option that looks nice. Also we need to make students aware of the dangers that the internet and the digital world has. Much like real life there are people out there that want to harm others by any means they can, it is important to make students aware of this and the signs so they can be prepared for anything that is thrown their way.

Some sites I would use to develop my lesson on Digital Citizenship would be the I-Safe Fact Sheet I would also hand this out to parents so they can be aware of what Digital Citizenship is and what it looks like.

Tool 9

I believe it is important to tie in technology because it is all around us all the time. The jobs and careers of the future are all being coupled with technology and it is our responsibility as educators to get our students ready for the next level of education they may pursue and for the real world. all those things will soon be (if not already) technology based and our students as well as us teachers need to know how to use it.

Students should be accountable not only in station work but in gaining their education as a whole. The saying goes you can lead a horse to water but can't make it drink. Such is true with students and education, we as educators can give them to tools to be successful but it is solely up to them how successful they can become. they need to realize the more hard work and effort they put in the greater the rewards, and it tells them it is up to them and they need to be held responsible and accountable.

I really liked Thinkfinity and that you can narrow your search to exactly what you're looking for. The interactive maps and videos are great. They can draw key landscapes for a particular reagion and really see it from all angles. As far as apps go I found an awesome reference The CIA Factbook app is great, very user friendly and has a ton of information. A really useful app when it comes to writing a report or researching countries. They can use that to make a fact-card have the country on the front and "stats" of that country on the back (population, land area, currency etc.) Each student is responsible for at 3 different cards. Another app i found was The National Geographic Explorer, it is the magazine but in an interactive form, it provides movies, audio and pictures that cover everything the magazine has in it. I think it's a really interesting way to read and explore a magazine instead of just reading it. Each student will be responsible for a worksheet that goes with the certain topic researched on the app and is expected to complete it in the allowed time.

Tool 7

Content Objective:  Collaborate with other NHS World Geography Classes

When:  Latin America Unit

Tools Used:  GoogleDocs, Wallwisher, Skype, Facebook, Edmotto

Plan:  Each student will pick a country (or if it applies they can choose the country they are from or parents are from) and construct a cultural project using the tools above. They can interview other students, gain information from online sources about their country. If they want they can research an important figure in that country's history and produce a Facebook page for that person. If possible interview a student from that particular country using Skype. 

Tool 8

Well a few things I learned was that the new Dell 2120 will have a microphone a built in webcam so that will make recording videos and using programs like Skype very easy to do. I am familiar with the iPad/iTouch since I have both that I use at home and when I travel.
As far as management goes, each device will have a specific number or code assigned to it and assigned to each student, making it easy to keep track of the devices and putting the responsibility of maintaining the devices to the student. The technology use will be in track with the district policy, if any student uses the devices inappropriately they will no longer have the privilege of using them.

Tool 6

I have a Skype account so I am familiar with that program. It is a very useful tool in that you can talk to anyone in the whole world who has the program, it could be used a pen-pal type of tool, that the students could interact from others their age in other countries and discover different cultures and how other students live and study.  I just signed up for Wallwisher, which i think is a great program too. It is a great interactive online tool to brainstorm topics, have debates or even do a ice breaker for the first day of class. This is my example of one: http://wallwisher.com/wall/tool6example

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tool 5

I have used Animoto quite a few times, I really like how user friendly it is to make some really great movies (I made one when I got engaged). I have not made a Wordle before but I have had students use them. So I
decided to try it out.

BigHuge Labs was great, so many options for students and teacher too. I think one of the best features is you can actually order whatever poster you make. Here is mine:

Tool 4

Just finished making a form from Google Docs and I must say this is WAY easier than typing questions on Microsoft Word! My paperless quiz looks awesome and I think the students would really enjoy computer based tests since more and more high level tests are being administered in that form. (GRE and other College/University testing)

Google Doc Quiz Example

Tool 3

It's a fact that kids love tv and movies, so what better way to grab their attention when introducing new material than a little movie preview or background about it. Since I will be starting my first year at NHS as a co-teacher and a JV girls basketball coach I knew this video would be of benefit for my team:

I will be co-teaching world geography I found a little video on Italy: Italy Video

Just set up a Dropbox account, I've never used it before but I think it's a great tool to make online saving and sharing so much easier!

Tool 2

So I went on a blog rampage and signed up for Diigo (which I had never heard of) and I saw so much information at once, it was pretty intimidating at first when you try to sort through which blogs you would probably be interested in. But I did find a few Diigo blogs that I saved (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/29-ipad-resources-tutorials-and-guides.html) and found this blog site too: http://edupln.ning.com/ Has a HUGE amount of information!