Monday, June 4, 2012

Tool #11

1. My favorite tool is Dropbox. I love that I can collaborate with my teammates seamlessly. It is an amazing application. I want to try to use it in the future with my students instead of google docs.

2. I haven't changed what I think about technology in the classroom. I've always embraced technology.

3. I learned a lot more than I probably could ever use, but I have found lots of sites to find exactly the apps that I might need to use in the future.

Tool #10

1. I want my students to understand that what they publish on the internet can affect them in the future. Students need to understand copyright laws, how plagiarism works, and implications of violating these rules. I also want my students to understand how to use technology appropriately and safely.

2. I plan on using Atomic learning to teach my students about copyright laws and Creative Commons.

3. I would plan on teaching my students that good behavior in my class extends to the internet and the use of technology in my classroom.

4. Parents can learn about digital citizenship through our introductory letter at the beginning of the year and also on my website.

Tool #9

Tool #9 Incorporating the Tools

Connecting Technology to the Objective: Technology should be connected to the objective. This ensures that the technology is a conduit to learning rather than the learning itself.

2. Importance of Student Accountability: Students should be accountable for the stations/centers because it will indicate what they have learned and how well they have used the technology. An activity without student accountability is just busy work and does not fulfill the TEKS.

 3. Two Applicable Links: The post card creator in Thinkfinity would work well to have students create a visual representation of places that they have read about in novels. Another great tool for English teachers is the grammar tool at English Grammar 101. It is as self-paced grammar tool that helps students review their needs and re-teach where and as necessary.

4. Three Apps:
App #1 -- Shakespeare in Bits: The station/center would have the students watch bits of whatever play we were currently reading. It is interactive and allows students to look up the definitions to words they are having trouble with, animated action, gives analysis and study notes, as well as character maps.

App #2 -- Inkflow:  This is basically a white board app that allows students to brainstorm and then link to the ActivBoard. 

App #3 -- Verses: This is an electronic version of 'magnetic poetry'.  The students will have access to interactive 'magnets' that can be moved allowing them to create poetry.  The students can then share via email, ,Facebook or to the photo album which can then be sent to the ActivBoard.

 5. Other Uses for iPads in Stations/Centers:  Students can use Diigo to do research on the different eras in British Literature.  At a station, each student has access to an IPad or Netbook with a Diigo site open.  This allows students to focus on the pertinent information and fore go the extraneous.

Tool # 8 (or is it?)

I learned about gestures for the iPad. I also learned that iPads can be restrictive when using Web 2.0 tools, such as blogger. iPads don't really like Blogger, and there is no app for that.

I plan to monitor students much like I do when we are using the iMacs in the library. If you express your expectations of student behavior clearly, you shouldn't have a problem. Students who do create a problem will not be allowed to use the tools in the future.

Tool #7

For tool # 7: online legacy.

Content Objective: TSW research pop culture references and will collaborate through Google Docs to create a website that includes a Stupeflix video.

When you plan to implement: Spring 2013

Tools I plans to use: Google Docs, Stupeflix Studio, Weebly

Description: Students will collaborate with students from other classes and communicate exclusively through google docs. The students will research their chosen topics, create a stupeflix video that presents both information and  various multimedia about said topic, and then present both information and video on a website created through Weebly.

Tool #6

For tool six, I collaborated with two other teachers to discuss how we can use Today's Meet in our classroom. Here is a link to the transcript.

We also discussed how twitter can be used to spread messages and bulletins to students, as well as sending invites to follow discussions on Today's Meet.

Skype can be used to communicate across classrooms and be used for interdisciplinary discussions.

Tool #5

I already use Stupeflix and Animoto in my class. My students did a research project where they researched a topic, created a video about the topic, and then embedded it onto their own created website. Here is a link to an example:

I have also used Wordle in my class before. Here is a wordle I created from my blog:

Wordle: 11 Tools Blog

Google Apps

I have used google docs in my class before. It's okay. Sometimes the app slows down, especially when multiple students are working on the same document. I am excited about using google forms for electronic quizzes. However, there are still many questions I have about it.

Tool #3

Personally, YouTube is just easier. There's no logging in to mess with, not to mention an abundance of resources. I have used Discovery Education before and have found it to be relatively easy to use but the resources are limited.

I didn't really learn anything new since I already teach copyright law in my class. I also use dropbox in my class. It is one of my favorite tools to use with my team. I love the updates that it gives when I file has been updated. My goal this next year is to get my other team to use it because I hate searching emails for attachments.

Tool #2, yo.

Online communities are awesome, except this isn't really that new to me. There's this thing called Facebook. Maybe you've heard of it? I kid. I participate in online communities everyday of my life. Instagram is my current obsession, but I also like twitter. Communicating through online communities is great for people you don't really have contact with everyday or people you might not feel comfortable with calling or texting. For me, asynchronous messaging can be tedious because I can be impatient, and it's easier to pick up the phone and send a text. If I don't have a urgent question, sending an email can be easier because I don't have to log on to outlook every time I want to check my email; it justs does it for me.

Now the implications of sharing information through a blog, such as being able to refer others to the information, can be cool. I like the idea of using diigo for webquests or even for stations. One of the biggest time wasters in the classroom that is using electronic websites is the students trying to find the information that you want them to. Many times they just google the exact question that you are asking them to find. By using diigo, I can help guide them to the answer without doing all the work of them.

Monday, May 7, 2012

My first post!

This first task of creating a blog was relatively easy, as this is not the first blog that I have created. I have one blog already that I use in my class to post warm-up's for students who are absent.

The hardest part of this task was just finding the gadget to add the custom HTML for the avatar that I created on Voki. I have found that embeddable code is enormously helpful to post things both to websites and blogs, and I have several different gadgets that I use on my website for my students for all sorts of tasks, from calendars to flashcards.