Friday, December 30, 2011

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

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.
Google Sites is a great place to keep everything contained.  
I would like to add Blogger to my arsenal so students will have a place to leave comments about discussions.  
Google Docs will certainly be my recommendation for group presentations so that absences are irrelevant when it comes to presentation day.
Wallwisher looks like it will be fun to use to organize big projects or simply to show students HOW to organize something (classification).

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?
With the technology we'll be receiving I'll have to plan on using more technology.
I don't think my classroom vision has really changed.  I think it's finally being realized!
I'll need to allow more time for technology instruction before tech-based assignments.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
No unexpected outcomes really - after completing 23 Things this is more like a review/update for me.  :)

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. Netiquette: If you contribute content to the internet, there will always be a record of it. Be careful what you do now because it can have an impact on your life later. Employers now have searches run on potential employees. So, if you post a negative video or message about someone now, that potential employer could find it later and it could affect their decision about whether or not to hire you!
  2. Legalities: Plagiarism is not part of a research project! You must give credit to the author of the original work. At the same time, this does not mean you can give credit for an entire paper and expect it to be accepted. YOU must contribute some thought to the work.
  3. Literacy: You cannot take the first hit that returns from a search and assume it's accurate. You must confirm results with multiple sources and look at who is sponsoring those sources (everyone has an angle to play). It is difficult to find unbiased sources online! Students need to realize this and be able to take that into account when conducting research.

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
I plan on using the Microsoft DC Curriculum with my advisory students.

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
I would try to tie it to experiences students have in F2F situations. Bullying vs. Cyber Bullying; Talking about someone vs. Commenting about someone; Starting rumors vs. Making an unflattering YouTube video; Copying someone's paper vs. Plagiarism; Sharing locker combinations vs. Sharing passwords; Meeting someone F2F vs. Meeting someone online - In each scenario we could discuss consequences of choices made in each scenario.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
Our campus offers technology classes for parents periodically. In addition to that, we can share links on our websites to places like the Cool Cat Teacher blog where there is ongoing discussion about digital citizenship. If an issue comes up in class, specialized information could be shared for that situation.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tool #9 - Classroom-Based Devices

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
The desired product is key here (since objectives can be met in a variety of ways). The technology must be able of helping the student actually reach the objective. If a movie is the desired product, a Mac Book would be the tool of choice. If a document is desired, a netbook or desktop would be suitable since video editing equipment is not necessary. If an electronic presentation is desired, an iTouch would be the least desired device - other devices would be easier to work with with online software.  

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
If students are not held accountable for learning the material at a technology station they are hurting their content and their technology learning experiences.  If students think they can get away with taking a "play break" when they're given a piece of technology, and think they won't be responsible for learning the content, we are setting our students up for failure if we don't hold them accountable.

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?
Mangahigh - Students can complete certain games and record their scores while rotating through stations. If they're logged in, the teacher will have access to the data without any additional steps need on the student's part.
PhET - There's a natural selection game that students could play and then write a ticket out for an accountability piece. If a ticket out is not desired, students could write a blog comment or a class discussion could be held.

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?
Dragon Dictation - Students could use this at a station to dictate a response to a prompt. They can then e-mail or enter this text into a form for submission.
Everyday Math Equivalent Fractions - Students could play the game and take a screenshot of their final screen to e-mail to the instructor with their name in the subject line. If they finish more than one game in their allotted time, they could send multiple e-mails.
Accountability for time - If a student does not complete their assignment in the allotted time, they can sacrifice some of their personal time and come in at lunch or STREAM to complete the assignment. Opting out is not an option!
What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
Another way I see students using technology is to check their work. They can collaborate with other students and use technology at a station to check answers. If student answers don't correspond, they can use technology to check their work and determine who is correct.

Tool #8 - Taking a Look at the Tools

Dell 2120 Netbooks:
  • will have Windows 7
  • will have webcams
  • students will have to enter SBS\username to login

iPod Touch/iPad
  • I'll be responsible for syncing/updating all i-devices assigned to me
  • I'm supposed to set up an iTunes account with my SBISD e-mail
    • I wonder how we purchase apps that have a fee attached - purchase order or personal payment?
Management of the devices will be determined after a discussion with my teaching partner. 
I envision two ways of assigning devices:
  1. to tables - so that all students have access to different types of technology.  If students need to use another device, we can rotate tables.  If done this way, each table could have a desktop assigned to them as well as some other device.  This method ensures project groups would have at least 2 devices per 3-4 students.
  2. to groups of students - divide the students alphabetically and assign equal numbers of students to each device (as much as possible).  This would need to be done for the iPod Touch, iPad, and Netbook devices.  If done this way, each student would have 3 (or 4 if we include desktop) devices assigned to them!  This method would require students to negotiate which devices they want to have access to during group projects.

Tool #7 - Digital Projects

Recycle Project

  • Objective: Students will collaborate to develop ideas about how to reuse/recycle/re-purpose items to create decorative and/or useful items. These items will be considered for contribution to our annual PTA auction (fundraiser).
  • When to implement: This spring when we present the project to students.
  • What tools to use: Wallwisher, Google Docs, Skype, e-mail, other?
  • Description of project: Students bring item(s) from home that can be turned into something decorative or useful to be sold at auction (hopefully). Items may be re-purposed, transformed, or combined with other materials so a new product is created.
  • What classroom(s) to collaborate with: We will probably start by collaborating with other 7th grade classes on our campus. If all goes well, we can expand next year or on a later project.

Tool #6 - Promoting Discussions

Discussion Tool Examples:
Poll Everywhere: My Poll
I think Poll Everywhere would best be used for occasional use. Perhaps using this to determine what topic to cover next - if flexible. I think the novelty of Poll Everywhere will encourage participation if used seldom and sporadically. If overused, the novelty will wear off.

Wallwisher: Recycle Project Wall
Wallwisher looks like a great collaborative organizational tool! I see teachers using this to work on developing cross-curricular projects! Students can certainly do the same. I see this being used on long-term projects where the work will be done over several days. Participants could contribute while at school or while away - they just need the URL.

Tool #5 - Web 2.0 Products

A learning Prezi - This Prezi could be used to ask students what is missing and how it could be made better! :)

Google Site - This is my Google math site that I currently use in my classroom. Students are asked to use Google Forms on a weekly basis to complete an online assignment. Students have the opportunity to complete extra credit work by creating tutorials to share with the world! Students also have the opportunity to nominate classmates for Student of the Week - which they love!

Students can use Prezi to compile a PowerPoint type presentation. I've had a few students use this already and they seem to like it. Advantages - they don't have to have PowerPoint software AND they can work on it at school or away!

Google Sites can be used as a hub for students to find and submit assignments. Students seem to find it easy to navigate. The problem is remembering to actually complete the assignments!

I would love to use Blogger to have classroom discussions that can extend to time outside of the classroom. Frequently, students will have trouble developing a complete explanation during class or may think of additional information to share once they're home. If they have a blog in which to share their thoughts, they don't have to worry about forgetting the thought before returning to school the next day.

TikaTok and Storybird both look like fun! I may have to have my students show me how to use these so I can use them with my son. :)

Mixbook looks like a fun tool for a CESIT!

Tool #4 - Cloud

Collaboration on campus:
We already use Google Docs on our campus to share an ICU spreadsheet (list of students missing work), school visits spreadsheet (to coordinate absences of students/teachers), birthday celebrations spreadsheet (who's providing what goodies and when), various rubric documents and many others.

Using Google Apps with students:
I've had students share Google Docs with their classmates and me for presentations. This saves time since we don't have to do the log-out/log-in dance or hope that whoever saved the document is present on presentation day. My students are gradually getting into using Google Sites. I've got a math site and a science site set up where assignments and links are posted.  I know they had experience with Blogger last year. (I have not incorporated this yet.)

How the students can use Google Apps:
Students should regularly use their school-provided g-mail account. While they're in Google, they may as well use Google Docs so they can work on assignments at school or away as well as share docs with other students and teachers. They can start using Google Calendar to help organize due dates and events. (This one may take some prodding.)  Hopefully, they'll also find reason to develop their own Google Site(s).

Google Forms video: (since the one that was on the 11 Tools Blog was removed)

Tool #3 - Video & Image Resources

My favorite video sites: - super easy to search, preview on site, links to actual sites - already subscribed to several contributors and have favorites saved

Video editing:
A couple of videos that may be of use in class:
Mimic Octopus -
Scale Factor & Volume

Copyright & Fair Use
Handy tool for helping you determine usability.
Copyrighted material is generally available for instructional purposes, as long as it's not available to the general public.  Fair Use involves adding value and re-purposing an item and/or using it in a new context or situation. New to me:  I'm free to use copyrighted material for F2F instruction, but not to share online - unless password protected/restricted to students enrolled in the course.

Picasa & Creative Commons
Picasa Web Albums - set usage rights to "only images labeled for reuse"

Other: - 2GB cloud storage for free

Useful Apps and Tools Found with Tool #2

  • Diigo - highlight and write notes on webpages; share with other computers or people - no longer need to bookmark on several computers
  • Stick Pick - $2.99 app to randomly select students with Bloom's and ESL prompts pre-loaded
  • Google Reader - site subscription so you don't have to go to websites for new material anymore - new data is automatically pushed to you!
I find that getting students to provide worthwhile comments is quite the task.  Hopefully the comment guidelines will help students provide more appropriate comments.

I plan on visiting this site later:  Educator's PLN
I'm not really sure what's on it.  If I could share that information, I guess I would have already visited it.

Blog and Voki Design

Well, so far this has been rather easy.

  • I've already got a few other blogs that I made with Blogger, so creating the new blog was repetitive.  
  • Creating the Voki was fun.  I like all of the options you're given for the avatar creation.  I actually went ahead and created an account with Voki so I could go back in and not have to redesign my whole avatar if I just wanted to change what it says.  If there's a way to change the vocals without an account I'd love to know about it.