Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tool 11

Using the online professional development blog (11 Tools) has given me a vision of my transformed classroom. I have learned many new tools and have realized how much more I need to learn. I plan to use Atomic Learning for training and to develop my skills.
I have found great sites, blogs, and tools such as:
·        neoK12- has educational videos, puzzles, lessons, interactive diagrams, and can be used to create presentations
·        KerPoof-Learning through creativity
·        National Geographic Young Explorer- students can read issues
·        GLENCOE Online Learning Center
·        StoryLine Online
·        Storybird- site that students can use art to create, read, and share stories
·        Symbaloo
·        Animoto-I liked it so much I purchased a subscription
·        I like the word clouds the kids can create on ABCya.com and Tagxedo

§  Blogs :
§  Learning in Hand
§  Digital Kindergarten
§  Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners
§  Teaching Happily Ever  After With A Technology Twist!
§  Kathy Schrock's Guide To Everything Bloomin' Apps
§  Bloomsapps
§  25 More Things Netbooks Can Do
§  Teach With Your ipad-Blooms Taxonomy With Apps
§  Free Technology for Teachers
§  Reflections on Teaching, Learning, and Technology
 I am glad I completed the 11 Tools. I can now breathe for a minute!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tool 10

I want the students to understand what it means to be a good digital citizen.
·        The kids will need to understand how to use technology appropriately:  using acceptable sites, respecting others, and reporting anything they are unsure
·        And what is inappropriate: exchanging personal information, purchasing, sharing passwords and plagiarism
I plan to use Brain Pop, CyberSmart Young Kids, and Netsmartzkids to teach the idea of digital citizenship to my class. These sites will also be shared with parents in a newsletter. Parent will receive emails and newsletters explaining how and what the children are doing with technology.

Tool 9

1. Technology should enhance and expand learning objectives. Teachers guide students but it is them who will analyze and synthesize the information learned.
2. Students should be held accountable to help them stay focused on the objective as well as taking responsibility for their own learning.
3. I liked Learning Games For Kids and Tutpup. Each child would be held accountable by recording in his/her journal what he/she did.
4. I’ve already downloaded many apps to our Ipad and Ipod. I really like ScreenChomp. Students can draw, label, take a picture and record. The image can also be shared. Bluster is a wonderful program. Two players can play against each other finding rhyming words. Another app is Brainpop. The students can be held accountable by taking a quiz.
5. Children will be able to record themselves reading a story, listening, and then reflecting on their own growth. The cameras on both handheld devices will allow children to take pictures outside of the classroom (for example: taking pictures of living and nonliving organisms) or videos and then placing them in a Google document or placing them in an Animoto video. Technology is a wonderful tool to differentiate instruction in the classroom.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tool 8

1. I watched the videos/tutorials (Dell Webcam Central). I really liked the video on how children can take pictures/videos using the Netbooks. The convenience of having them save in a folder on the desktop makes it really easy to manage and insert into any program. I learned that the vents on the Netbooks must be cleared for free air. Each Netbook has a SD card reader in the front to be used for MP3’s and photos.

2. The class and I will come up with rules and procedures (for example: no food, drinks allowed near devices/clean hands policy). They will be posted in the class. The expectations will also be listed. The kids will wipe “polish” the screens with eye-glass cloths before storing devices. The class will be taught how to store all equipment correctly. We will have experts and technicians. As part of our workstations, each child will rotate to the different devices. A checklist will help manage/monitor the use. I might assign the devices so that those children are responsible for their own device.
We have been using the ipads, itouches, and netbooks in our library and the children have learned how to turn on/off the equipment as well as how to return them into the carts correctly. The kids have been showing me different Apps they like so I can download those for our classroom devices.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tool 7 Lifeline

Letter Writing Using Classroom Blogs 

A. Objective: TLW understand letter writing is a means of communicating by creating a letter to a classmate via a blog.

B. We plan to implement this writing blog after spring break.

C. Tools used: blog (creating, posting, commenting) Hot link: added to first grade webpage

D. After spring break, TLW compose a letter to an assigned buddy in a different class. Topic: Spring Break. He/she will ask questions and the assigned buddy will respond by telling about their spring break and answering questions.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Soil and Sand In The Classroom

Tool #6:

I looked at Voicethread, edmodo, diigo, and skype. I have an account with edmodo, diigo, skype, and with Google docs. Google Docs will enable the kids to share ideas with each other and between  classrooms.
We will use skype with the other  first grade classes, our reading buddies, and with students involved in FFA.
I also created an account with symbaloo . I plan to use this right away as soon as we get our new technology. It places all the sites in one place for the kids to access.