Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tool 11

Tool 11- Reflection

My favorite tool were the online image generators. I could see how the students would really get into them to enhance their projects.11 Tools has made me want to modify and change up my lessons to integrate more web 2.0 resources into them. I plan on creating a class edmodo and a class blog for next year. I feel that our campus is already using many of the tools featured on 11 Tools and as I work more and more with these tools I am feeling more confident with their use. The students really are more actively engaged in the lessons when they are using the various devices and tools.

Tool 10

Tool 10- Digital Citizenship

Just like we teach appropriate classroom behavior, we need to teach our students appropriate technology behavior. It is important that the students understand the district's AUP and their compliance with the district's guidelines. Our counselors and librarian do teach the students about digital citizenship and cyber bullying. Our librarian conducts mini-lessons on copyright infringement. BrainPop has a great video on cyber bullying and digital citizenship. To convey the message to parents, I state my expectation with regards to digital citizenship in my class syllabus.

Tool 9

Tool 9- Incorporating

It is become more important than ever to integrate technology into the classroom as the expectations from employeers are tech savvy workers. Our students are constantly surrounded with technology in their everyday lives and it is our responsibility to educate them on how to effectively use technology. We need to teach our students to become experts in technology.

I really like the following which I found in the SBISD database:

1. 8th grade SS Jeopardy review flipchart.
2. American Revolution flipchart.
3. Articles of Confederation flipchart.

I also like the Constitution app for the iPad since it shows the document in its entirety.

When using stations, to keep the students accountable and on-task I can use the ActivBoard timer to time them at each station, the students can use edmodo to answer questions from each station and demonstrate understanding of the concept. .

Tool 8

Tool 8- Tools

We have used all of the items for the fall in my classroom. I feel confident in my abilities with all of the devices as I have already used them for various projects. When introducing the devices into my classroom I like to allow the students time to play on the devices and become familiar with the various features. Allowing time for technology recess allows the students time to focus on their project and the content rather than focusing on the device itself.

I did not know about SBISD's technology repository which allows me to search flipchart, apps, etc by my grade and content. This will save me a lot of time in the future when trying to find educational apps to put of the iPads/Pods. I already found some on the database which I am going to download.

I did learn how to set up a free iTunes account which I didn't know you could even do! This is great since I won't have to worry about students downloading paid apps.

Tool 7

Tool 7- Going Global

This goes hand in hand with my tool 6 post and how I plan on using the edmodo community to create and collaborate with a school in the NE part of the US.

I also used skype during summer school for my 4th grade class to meet and discuss hurricanes with a local meteorologist. Taking away from this experience, I could use skype for the students to talk with experts during a particular project. Since it is an election year, maybe we could find a local candidate who would be willing to skype with my class and explain some of the behind the scenes political process of campaigning. I could also try contacting the City of Houston to see if Mayor Parker would be interested in participating in a skype with our 8th graders.

Project Overview:

SWBAT: explain the function of Congress

Timeline: January

Tools: Skype

Students can skype with a Congress member, such as Representative Shelia Jackson Lee to learn about the role of Congress.

Tool 6

Tool 6- Web Tools

Edmodo & Skype:
This past school year I worked with our iCoach and our librarian to create a global collaboration with a sister school in England. The purpose of the project was for our students to compare/contrast the American Revolution with a school in England. To begin the project I skyped with the teacher in England. He and I set up the project together as we collaborated on the project requirements as well and the project objective. After using skype, we both set up edmodo accounts for our students to hold discussions or ask one another questions. My students were a part of 2 edmodo groups, one for their individual project group in which they could collaborate together to create their projects, and a second edmodo group which was their class and the students from England. Overall the project was successful however, most of the students in England did not study the American Revolution in much detail.

For next school year if time allows (this was an extremely time consuming project), I would like to do a similar project however, I would like to find a sister school in the NE, preferably Boston or Philadelphia. The goal of this project would be to compare/contract the Northerners take on the Civil War versus the Southerners. In addition, I would like a school in a city of historical significance with regards to the revolution so that the sister students may share pictures and real-life experiences from the historical sites in their hometown.

Tool 5

Tool 5- Web 2.0
Wordle: I really like this image generator. I created a wordle below. I like how the wordle highlights the words or phrases used most often. I would like to see a wordle accompany the research paper that the 8th graders complete. I think it would make the writing experience more meaningful as students can see the important pieces of their work.

Glogster: I like Glogster since it allows the students to integrate various web 2.0 tools into one project.

Here is a link to a Glogster project that I have used with my students in the past. It uses Big Huge Labs, Wordle, Bookr, SlideRoll, YouTube, Animoto, and various web 2.0 tools.