Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tool # 2

Participating and sharing with an online community is another way to better equip educators with more tools needed to help educate our students.  Sharing ideas, asking questions that will lead to meaningful conversations, and learning about new teaching strategies other educators practice in their classroom can be a productive way to learn and exercise in the classroom.   

I was a bit of a conservative when I had to share my thoughts publicly, but as mentioned above, once a conversation carries on, one starts getting less unsociable about the topic being discussed. 

I opened an account with Diigo and plan to use it. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tool # 11

TodaysMeet is one of my favorite tools.  I like TodaysMeet because it promotes discussion in class.  It is another way students can communicate with me and others.  I have noticed that some students communicate better through writing than verbally, and using TodaysMeet can serve that purpose. 

A website I find useful during my lesson planning time is the Springbranch database where I'm able to find Web 2.0 tools, flipcharts, ipod & ipad apps.  So far I have used 3 math flipcharts obtained from the database.  

The University of Houston did a good job preparing me for my classroom and although they trained us on how to use some technology in the classroom, I feel they should have done more.  This program has helped me realize that there are plenty of websites, apps, and electronic devices that can be used to educate students.    

I have included a center where students created their own flipcharts.  For example, last week we learned about 2 and 3-D shapes.  After my lesson, I set up their netbooks at a workstation and they created a shape using other shapes and had to tell me, by typing, what shapes they used.    

An unexpected outcome was that at first I thought training students on how to use a website or device would be diffictult, but it seems they are quick learners.  There were times where they discovered something new and later taught me what they knew.             

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tool # 10

  • I believe that it is the teacher's responsibility to teach students about having good digital citizenship.  Teachers must state expectations when issuing electronic tools for students to complete assignments.  Teachers should review rules and consequences if students are behaving unethically or treating tools in an unsafe manner.  
  • I would define what having good digital citizenship is with my students and conduct discussions where they are giving me input and reasons to act responsible. 
  • This topic can also be used during a lesson on citizenship.  I can use this to expand the concepts of being a good citizen in a new world of technology.   
ISafe seems like an tool to use to teach students about being a good digital citizens.  ISafe provides interactive lessons and helpful information that can help students gain knowledge about Internet safety.   


I recently conducted a survey in my classroom where less than half of my students have home Internet access although most of them have computers.  But there are many ways I can inform parents of the importance of making sure their children maintain a safe and productive digital experience.  I have one way in mind that I would like to share.  I can have my students write a summary in class of what they have learned about having good digital citizenship and reading it to their parents for homework.  We can discuss what their parents responses were the following day. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tool # 9

Integrating technology with objectives in the classroom can serve as a benefit to students because it gives students the opportunity to use technology that is used in everyday life with devices they are familiar with.  Technology surrounds us more than ever before and educators need to take note of it.  It is suggested that teachers should include technology in their lesson plans or set apart time to learn by using net books, itouches/iPods, or whatever equipment they have available in the classroom.  


To measure the mastery of the objective, students need to be held accountable for the work created.  Rubrics, brief reflections, explanations of what they did through a voice recorder, and other forms of assessments should be in place. 


I enjoyed Mangahigh and Learning Games for Kids.  With Mangahigh I was able to import my class roster to monitor student activity and accountability.  At Learning Games for Kids I was able to access all sorts of activities for all subjects.  It's like a one-stop-shop. 


I can use Mangahigh at stations because each student can log in individually.  I usually don't have students rotate stations because of time and because I want each student to invest their energy and time allocated for stations to the fullest.  


I would choose either one of the science flash card activities the database offers because there are science terms students need to practice.  I can have student pairs share an iTouch since I only have 4 of them.  I would hold them accountable by writing a brief reflection in their journals or new words they have learned. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tool # 8

I was pleased to learn that SBISD has gathered appropriate and educational apps for iPod touches via the search-able database that allow my students and I to use in the classroom .  Also, I've never used iTunes nor do I have an account, therefore, the tutorial showed me step-by-step how to create an account.   

I will emphasize the importance of maintaining good care of our equipment and perhaps model the appropriate actions for doing so.  I will conduct discussions where students provide ideas and rules on maintaining all equipment similar to a science experiment where safety is priority. 

I will also create a student name chart that displays when students get to use the iPod Touches and/or NetBooks.  This way everybody gets use of the equipment. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tool # 7

Chips-A-Tally

- Content Objective: All students will develop problem-solving, decision-making, and inquiry skills, reflected by formulating usable questions and hypotheses, planning experiments, conducting systematic observations, interpreting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and communicating results.

- This will be a short term project conducted within a month.  This project will take place during the unit on Rocks.  The cookie can be the "rock" and the chocolate chips can be the "minerals"  

- Technology tool used for communication with neighboring class will be Today's Meet.  Other tools include: chocolate chip cookies and Popsicle sticks (to break down the rock/cookie).

- Are all cookies created equal?  Are you getting your fair share of chocolate chips?
1.  separate the chocolate chips from the cookie crumbs, count the chips, and use basic statistics to analyze the results.
2.  include your results in TodaysMeet so other class can view all results.  Once all results are in, both classes will design a graph to show how many "minerals" are in each "rock". 

This project lets your students explore science and other curriculum areas while enjoying their cookies. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tool # 6

TodaysMeet is an interactive tool that can be used in the classroom.  It is another way to facilitate teacher/student communication.  TodaysMeet involves students who are reluctant to share thoughts and opinions when in a discussion forum.   With TodaysMeet, students are able to participate . I found this form of technology simple to use.  I will use TodaysMeet to check for understanding and/or gather opinions about a particular subject from students.    

TodaysMeetCarballo    link

Wallwisher is another tool I will integrate in my classroom.  I like Wallwisher because it wasn't long ago when students were getting up to post sticky notes on chart paper stating what they knew or would like to know about an American heroe.  Wallwisher does that for you.   

Wallwisher link :