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 :

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tool # 5

I used Prezi and Make Beliefs Comix as my teaching tools to facilitate student learning.  My Prezi presentation was used during a social studies lesson.  In that lesson, we learned about Paul Revere.  Prezi was used to catch the students' attention. 

Make Beliefs Comix is used in our writing center.  Students are able to practice their computer skills.  They also use their creativity when constructing comic strips.  It makes creating stories fun! 

The sample comic strip I created for my students was about conserving our natural resources.   






MakeBeliefsComix link:



Prezi Link

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tool # 4


Using Google Apps with team members serves as a great communication tool.  It allows us to share documents such as: lesson activities, school calendar, and spreadsheets. 


Google Apps can be an essential tool in the classroom because it allows students to become involved.  With parental permission, students have the ability to send and receive emails.  Students can also share presentations and other documents they've created with peers and teachers. 



Monday, January 2, 2012

Tool # 3


I use YouTube clips during our morning routine.  We view them when we go over our monthly calendar on ActiveInspire in the language of the day.  Tool # 3 has taught me to link videos on our Calendar flip chart which is a time saver!  


Discovery Education is another site I find useful in my classroom.  I've used it during math and science lessons to give my students a better understanding of the concepts being taught.     


Copyright and Fair Use-  It's clear that people are not allowed to use copyrighted material unless one pays for a license or gains permission.  Although vague, the Fair Use law allows educators to use such material under certain circumstances and exceptions.  I've always known to give credit where credit is due when using such material in my classroom.    

Days of the Week on YouTube    

Months of the Year song on YouTube