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.

Tool 4

A great way to share with teammates and students.  Students could easily share with each other when completing group projects.
I particularly like using Google Docs for creating and sharing information. For example, students can e-mail each other with what has been completed, needs to be completed, and/or discuss a shared assignment component.

Tool 3

This video would be helpful to introduce the era of the 30's before detailed study.

I like this video because it starts out with an exciting motorcycle scene to grab attention before introducing more detailed information about the Dark Ages.

Copyright laws can be very specific.  Checking the copyright status of something you want to copy is a safe step to follow before copying,  I did learn the concept that copyright laws are tied to the benefit of society.

Dropbox will make finding resources easier for classroom use-great organizational tool. It allows me to share with teachers about curriculum tools and links.

Tool 2

I plan to use The History Teacher"s Attic and explore all the options for this site.  Several of the blogs surprised me in that they captured my interest and I  think that the students will find them a good pre-lesson/evaluation tool.

Tool 1

Tool 1

All of this is new to me, so I did face challenges with learning new technology.
I'm sure the new challenges will benefit me.