Monday, June 4, 2012

Tool 11

I found  the Thinkfinity and Essay Map tools to be useful in considering setting up an interactive lesson.  As I teach special ed, I think these sites allow for differentiation in structuring lessons to meet most of the student needs. Thinkfinity helps with learning /processing the information necessary for both pre-learning and critical thinking about a given topic.  Essay Map provides a model for students to respond to the assigned topic, again with differentiated level response.
Using many of the applications and much of the technology introduced in 11 tools is transformative in that they can be used to grab student attention, enhance learning, and provide for feedback in creative ways. Use of these tools may even allow for more discussion time because the use of videos, etc.  for introduction of material is quicker and possibly more effective than lecture/notes which can be time-consuming.  Changes will include initial introduction /modeling of tools and planning for access to the tools within the classroom.
An unexpected outcome of the 11 tools program is the variety of tools that can be accessed for classroom learning.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tool 10

Three things students should understand about digital citizenship include knowledge of safety nets and why they are in place, understanding that digital communication should always be appropriate and respectful, and the fact that digital plagiarism is illegal. 
Ed Tech activity-Liked the idea of the Scoring Rubric  for making certain students are clear on rules of digital citizenship with appropriate rules and consequences.
A lesson designed w/examples of plagiarism vs. original work and appropriate commenting would be helpful for modeling  to students. Follow-up classroom discussion/questions would also be elucidating. 
A copy of a student signed contract, specifying acceptable dos/donts  (expectations) and defining consequences  with the above mentioned scoring rubric  attached, will be sent home to parents.  Parents will sign and return the letter (contract) with an invitation to contact teacher with any questions/concerns.

Tool 9

For technology to be meaningful/effective, as with any other  teaching  tool,  the application needs to align with the objective being  taught
Making students accountable for stations/centers encourages ownership for learning and responsibility for devices.
I liked Thinkfinity in combination with  Essay Map for stations in which students move from understanding to critical thinking  and creating a product from information studied.  Accountability includes  multiple choice, written short answer questions, and essay responses
Apps in iPod Touch/Pad that lend themselves to stations include  Daily History, On This Day, and Simple Mind x-Mindmapping.  This can be used to create compare/contrast activities w/ brainstorming as a final product for later class discussion.
Really liked the idea of Awesome Note Lite for use with co-teach students in getting notes for test preparation.  Tools also has the ability to modify  interactive websites for special ed populations.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tool 8

Netbooks have been provided to special ed teachers for use with students in co-teach classrooms.
Therefore, I am interested in learning that there is a webcam feature.  I also learned that the Netbook can be connected to a projector and that students taking an oral test on the Netbook can use headphones .

Plan to manage devices: devise an area of safekeeping, establish rules for pick-up, useage, and return as well as establishing purpose of use.Students will understand that use of the Netbook is a privilege.

Suggestions to others:  assign numbers to each Netbook which in turn is given to each student, student gives out the computer assigned to him/her for the school  year for each assignment.  Practice with the devices before use on assignments is also suggested.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tool 7

Given  a site for communication with other students and the teacher, students will comment after each day's assignment in a group project in which students assigned to the group are in different periods of the same course.
The project could be assigned within any six weeks during a six weeks and used for a research or evaluation assessment.
Google Docs is an appropriate tool for this project.
Project requirements would be modeled and specific written directions given.

Tool 6
What a great tool for encouraging students to comment.  Even the shyest of students can be encouraged to comment without having to actually speak in public.  The tool can be used for vocabulary, questions, or general comments about  a unit of study.

I have used TodaysMeet and liked the ease it provides in communicating.

Tool 5

This is a link to Storyjumper-a good way to create an alternative evaluation by having students create an original story about a significant person from an historical era studied. Another application for this specific example would be to introduce the literary element of personification.  Using this simple model of a children's story, students begin to navigate the tool by editing the pictures and adding text culminating in an original product.

This site links to animoto-It would be a great way to create a research project by creating a video and text about  an assigned topic related to the curriculum. Again, at an introductory level, the literary element of imagery might be introduced/reinforced by adding text to the model culminating in a student produced video as the final product.