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.