Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

1.  My favorite tool was Word Cloud.  I see that I could use this to introduce new vocabulary at the beginning of a new chapter.

2.  I now have an understanding of the tools and resources available to me.  My vision for my classroom would be to incorporate some of these tools.  I will probably need to infuse some of these tools into my lessons.

3.  The length of time involved and the difficulty of some tools in this program were a surprise to me.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1.  Three things that I want to make sure students understand about good digital citizenship:
-keep passwords private
-be careful what is on blogs, Facebook, emails because it can be used in a legal matter or employer search
-no plagiarizing
2.  I liked Digizen 9-12 to use as a resource.
3.  First day of school our students sign the Acceptable Use Policy form in the SBISD student handbook.  I would have a student read it aloud and ask various students to paraphrase what they are signing.
4.  I would just reiterate all this to parents on Back to School Night.

Tool #9 Incorporation Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

1.  I t important to utilize technology whenever possible so students have exposure to various ways that information can gbe gathered, discussed, saved, and created.  Most students love technology and can relate to it better than a pencil, paper, and book.
2.  We need to keep students accountable in order to keep them on task.  Teachers need to monitor their understanding of concepts being taught.
3.  I visited MangaHigh because I am a math teacher.   It could be a fun group/station activity for students to practice geometry facts.  Another site was Manipulative Math which helps use curriculum in a hands on way.  This would make a great station.  Record keeping sheets and/or summary sheets describing the learning can work well for the accountability at stations at both sites.
4.  Two apps that I could use with the iPad would be Thinkfinity and Interactivate to use with math students because it would be fun and interactive, keeping students engaged in learning.
5.  Another way to use an iPad as a station is to use it as a research tool or video maker.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tool #8 Taking a Look at the Tools

Netbooks:  I am not familiar with Windows 7 so add that to the "to do list."  As for the webcams, this may need
                  close supervision.

iPads:  I think there will need to be time allotted for students to explore and learn this neat device.  I am sure
           many will be able to enlighten me on all the aspects/tools! of the iPad.

Management:  Some kind of check-out and check-in procedure will need to be implemented.  Hopefully the
                       district will come up with something.  I am a little concerned about liability issues....Battery levels
                        will need to be monitored.  AND of course the ratio of the number of devices to the number of
                        students is critical, but just go with the flow, right?

Tool #7 Going Global: Online Digital Projects

This toll was informative to read about how students can use synchronous and asynchronous learning to have peer-to-peer interaction using a high-tech approach.

2a)  angles of elevation and depression with Mrs. Landerer's classes
 b)  implementing next week
 c)  students will work collaboratively on Google Docs.
 d)  both sets of classes will have identical word problems with one word different
       one group will have angle of elevation and the other group will have angle of depression
       all students will work the assigned problems
       using the technology the students will compare answers and draw conclusions
       they will most definitely enjoy this activity once they compare answers
 e) two sets of classes is more than enough for this activity

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tool #6 Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

This was not bad doing the Poll Everywhere.  I see how the students would get a kick out voicing their opinions via their cell phones!

I tried Today'sMeet

I really don't think this would work very well in my math classes.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

I think my classes could benefit from Word Cloud Generations, such Wordle.  Also under Word Cloud is ABCya! which could be a fun activity that even students could create. This could be used to introduce the new terms when beginning a new chapter.  This might get their attention.  AND maybe they could create one on their own for extra credit.

Tool #4 Moving up to the Clouds

I created a document to share with my team.  It is based on right triangle trig.  I will find this tool useful in the future.

I created a survey for my team, but this survey might be more useful with students at the end of the course.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tool # 3 Finding On-Line Videos

Here's a cute video explaining the algebra involved in working with geometry formulas.

This video is okay, sorry.

My videos are above.

I already created a dropbox on Jan. 3rd inservicee and shared a lesson.

The copyright laws are to be adhered to for sure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tool #2 Building an Online Network

This is fine for someone who has time on their hands (no papers to grade, tests to create, etc.). Frankly something comes to mind that my mother used to say to me growing up which was "What makes you think that you are so important that everyone will be looking at you?" But substitute "reading public thoughts" for "looking at you." I plan to visit YouTube because it has helpful videos.

Tool #1 Experience

No, the experience of setting up the blog was NOT easy.  It was very frustrating to waste my time trying to get a verification code that would be valid...and it was also very time consuming trying different URL addresses to be accepted.  On a scale of 1-10 with ten being a great experience I would give this a 1.