Monday, July 23, 2012

Tool #11

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.
I really enjoyed wallwisher.  I can see this being great for sharing writing ideas, brainstorming ideas for almost anything, answering open ended questions, etc.  

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?It has helped me see that these tools aren't as hard to use as I thought (such as prezi, google docs, storybird, etc).  I have always been told they were easy, but never took the time to learn how to create things.  I can see using the tools I mentioned above as reviews, reinforcement activities, and culminating events.  I feel like the point that was made throughout 11 Tools about how these kids must be using technology to carry them through their lives and careers, was a very valid and important point to make.  

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?  
Once I learned to navigate blogger, it was not nearly as hard as I thought.  I had the same feelings about google docs.  I wish that embedding was easier, like it is with youtube.  However, I'm glad to know how to create links.  I have more confidence with these tools, which means I will feel better about implementing them!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tool #10

Digital Citizenship

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. 1) The internet is a lot like TV. It has a lot of things on that are useful and a lot of things that are inappropriate. 2) When we are working in the classroom, our time is limited and the internet must have permitters to keep us focused. 3) Blocked sites are blocked from a reason. Either the information is inaccurate or there is something inappropriate.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. There is a good Brainpop video on digital citizenship that is appropriate for 1st graders to understand and discuss.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I would bring the language in the Acceptable Use Policy down to a first grade level and discuss what we can do online. An anchor chart will probably be involved at some point. :)
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. I would let parents know that just as they monitor what their kids look at on the internet at home, we are being just as vigilant at school.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tool #9

Tool #9 asks me to answer a series of questions, here are my thoughts:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? Pulling technology into objectives ensures that the technology is used for learning and exploration, rather than solely using it for review purposes. Our students are going to have a very different work place that what we have now, so they have to get used to putting their hands on a keyboard or a device as much as possible.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? Students should treat their classroom as a "home away from home". The things in the classroom should be treated with responsibility, just like at home. The teacher should pre-teach explicitly before letting the kids loose with technology and the expectations should be very clear. Also, they need to see technology as a resource for learning, so most activities should be assessed in some way.
  3. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations? I really liked Tutpup because of the competitive aspect and how accesible it is young students. I could see setting up computers at a table and letting them "spare" as they play a few rounds of the game. This could be fit into partner reading time during reader's workshop or math station time. I could have them report back to me on how many rounds they won. Of course, I would ensure the partners were homogeneously grouped. On Studyladder, I found a few animal sort games that could be great for the kids to do and print out as an assignment.
  4. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations? There was alot of useful sites on SBISD Interactive Base. Something that stood out to me was 2DOKU because I can see how the kids would enjoy this in and outside of school. This could be loaded on to ipod touches and used during math stations. I could have them show me their results in between my math groups. For a social studies activity, I noticed American Presidents 2 in 1. I could create a google doc with questions for the kids to search for within this app.
  5. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. I would like to use ipod touch for handwriting review and reinforcement. Letting the kids use the verbal path to trace letters and sight words would be a great way to involve tactile learning styles.

Tool #8

I viewed the videos on this tool.  I learned that the netbook has a photocard insert, which will be useful for pictures we take around the classroom, I learned how to set up an account through SBISD on itunes, and how to set up the wireless network on the ipod touch.  I'll have to watch all those videos again when I get the netbooks and ipod touches!  :)

As for management with technology, I thought it was a great suggestion to teach lessons and post rules for each piece of equipment.  As I have first graders, we will do a lot of role playing and practicing.  It will also be useful to identify the kids that have a knack for technology and have them be responsible for charging and turning on the equipment.  Also, they could help their peers with trouble shooting before coming to me.  I have made a note to set up a station for all the kids to log into each netbook within the first weeks of school, as it takes a while to load the first time anyone logs in.

Tool #7

This tool challenges the 11 Tools participants to create a lesson plan with a digital project and collaboration with another classroom.  I read the comments under the assignment and saw something about  Here is my lesson plan:

Objective:  TSW create book reviews and responses to book reviews on as a way to make choices on "just right books" and interest level.

When: late winter or spring, after the students have learned how to evaluate books.

Tools:  Google docs will be used to post assignments, wallwhisher will be used to reply to questions about finding books, and shelfari will be used by the students to post book reviews.

Project:  I can create a group on shelfari for my classroom and another first grade classroom in the district.  The other teacher and I would intro the project by posting questions on Wallwisher.  These questions would help guide them into the vocabulary needed to review a book and what information has to be included.  Google docs will be used to post assignments and gather information about the genres of books the kids are choosing.  Shelfari will be where we create and post book reviews.  This could be extended by the kids choosing a book review, reading the book, and commenting on the review through shelfari.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tool #6

I went to Edmondo because of what the other teachers had commented about the site.  I created an assignment to discuss on of my favorite back to school books (Wimberly Worried).  I searched for ways to embed this and could not find the information.

I love Wallwisher! I created a "word of the day" assignment.
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I did find the embed code, which I have pasted in but it is not showing up the way I expected.  Did it work?  I have also linked my wall.  

I can see using wallwisher for many things.  The students can respond to discussion questions, give facts about nonfiction topics, give feedback from classroom discussion, etc.  I like how easy this is to use and I feel like my firsties could create something on Wallwisher, as well.

I feel that Edmondo is very similar and has more options.  However, the format is too sophisticated for first graders.  Maybe this would be good for my GT learners or towards the end of the year.  I can see this being a great tool to use in higher grade levels.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tool #5

This is my second attempt to publish this post.  I have had trouble saving my post before publishing.  I hope this works!
I created a Prezi for reading strategies. This could be used as a pre-teach or as a review.  I would also like the students to create one for the strategies they use and prove how they are affective.

I created a story on Storybird.  I would use this as a model for the students to refer as they create a story with a beginning, middle, and end.  Also to assess how they are matching their illustrations to their writing.

I found both of these tools very user friendly and they create great presentations.  I could use them for projects, culminating events, and assessments.  I wanted to embed both projects but found it difficult.  I'm glad the link worked out!

Tool #4

I created a Google Doc and a Google Form for the first time!  I have google docs that other people have created before, but never did it myself.  I think it is easy to use and accessible.  My only hiccup was selecting the answers on the Google Form.  I selected them but I think they are showing up with others view it.  :/  I can't figure out how to take it off.

I can see myself using it for several things, such as quizes, writing assignments, KLW charts, and I think it would be nice to use with parents for permission slips or sign up forms.  I sent my two creations to the 3 colleagues that I know on campus and I hope they didn't mind me bothering them in the summer! I look forward to seeing how the other Google Apps are used on my grade level!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tool #3

I have used Youtube many times in lessons and the advice about previewing all videos before they are shown to students is essential "web wisdom".  I have never gotten on teachertube or kidtube before today.  I can see using teachertube again because it is easy to search for topics and find videos that were useful.  I wish it didn't show commercials though.  Kidtube wasn't very easy to navigate and I had trouble finding anything educational.  Here are some videos that caught me attention:

This first one is from Youtube and I could see using it to review the water cycle and the vocabulary associated with it.  It is also on Teachertube.

This one would be nice to use during a mini unit I like to do around Halloween on bats and Stellaluna.  This particular video has a lot of factual content.
I am pleased about how easy it was to embed these videos in.  I watched the copyright videos and was surprised that dances can be copyrighted.  It is best policy to give credit on anything that you did not create yourself and use common sense when sharing anything.

I am on my home computer and I attempted to download drop box.  I got a warning that "this file may harm your computer".  I feel more comfortable waiting until I have my district laptop to start a dropbox account.  I can see how this would be great to use for photos of my students, save the "movies" we made in class, and to collect videos that could be used in the classroom.  It sounds very accesible and easy to use.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tool #2

I've "stalked" other blogs for over a year now and found them to be very useful.  I am intimidated to share what I'm doing in my classroom because I don't feel nearly as innovative as the blogs I have followed.  However, maybe I can show how I took an idea from another blog and tweeked it for my class.  I plan to check back with:
 "Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog" because of her use of technology.
 "The Inspired Apple" because of the custom creations for makes for her classroom.
 "First Grade Parade" because of her use of literacy in all lessons and how she extends all her lessons to make real world connections.
"Made For First Grade" because these two teachers make wonderful units throughout the year that tie into our TEKS.
Pintrest is another source I use to get ideas for my classroom.