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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tool #8

I didn't realize that the IPod Touch and the netbooks have video capabilities nor did I know that the netbooks can support a microphone and that they have a place to put an SD card for photos. Do we have microphones for the netbooks?
I plan to use the devices in many different ways: in a station/center, for research, to create projects, for assessments such as WellWhisher and Poll Everywhere, Edmodo.

Tool #7

The 6th grade language arts teachers and I had discussed doing this last year by using Edmodo to create a discussion board about classroom novels we were going to read. We were going to connect them by genre, all of us were going to have the students read dystopian novels and post a thought provoking question each week to which they would have to respond. Unfortunately this did not get off the ground due to STARR concerns.

This next year I have several ideas for this tool.1st, for my newcomers, I can create a project for them where they can communicate with other newcomer classes in the district. It can begin with simple questions and then increase in rigor later in the school year when they feel more comfortable in their environment.
Objective: Given a topic or an idea, and using Edmodo, newcomer students will respond in English and or Spanish. We would probably collaborate with Sandy Z.'s newcomers at LMS.

Tool #6

http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTExMDI4MzkzMg

http://wallwisher.com/wall/11toolspractice

I really enjoyed learning about other tools for quick assessments to use before, during or after a lesson. The 2 I have posted on my blog above were very easy to use. I really like WallWisher. It's easy and fun to use, plus it's colorful. Students can also add photos to their sticky notes/comments.
These tools can be used in so many ways: KWL, exit ticket, quick short answer response, etc. You can use them for a quick grade and keep students accountable for their learning.
I probably won't use Today's Meet though b/c the students could abuse this by not putting their names and therefore posting silly or inappropriate comments.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tool 5

http://animoto.com/play/kw8SPGDCN1kbd4IAMx4AJw  I created this Animoto last school year as a sample for a poetry project for my 6th graders.

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7968093/some-rhetorical-fallacies This is an Xtranormal cartoon I made a couple of years ago to teach rhetorical fallacies. I've used it 2 years in a row. It was a lot of fun to make. My students really enjoyed the video and wanted to make their own. Unfortunately, Xtranormal is not free anymore.
The web tools displayed on the 11 Tools site seem to be a lot of fun and simple to use. With all of the curriculum that we have to cover, most of the tools are easy to use and won't take a lot of class time to make a presentation. We have used Prezi in class also for presentations. I had my students teach certain topics in science and social studies and many used Prezi and Animoto for their presentations. This coming year, I will definitely give them more choices from the list.

Tool #4

I really like this tool! I definitely plan to use it in the classroom to measure student progress and for reading responses. I had fun making a multiple choice quiz for fellow teachers. I embedded a YouTube video for them to view to use for their answers.
This can be used to share things with our teams. We get so busy sometimes to meet, so we can use this to share any documents, quizzes etc.with each other for use in the classroom.

Tool #3

Last school year I used Discovery Ed a lot because, besides teaching 6th grade language arts and newcomer language arts, I taught newcomer social studies and science. I found Discover Ed to be useful for visual purposes. In my regular language arts classes, I used YouTube videos to enhance specific curriculum topics such as dialect and tools used in advertising.
For our persuasive unit, I always use a video made by Bruce Goodner to explain different ways people try to persuade someone. See below. Last year I used a video of top 10 commercials and had the students analyze them for effectiveness.
With regard to copyright, I learned a lot about this subject when I was in T3 training. We were advised to steer away from letting students use ITunes songs due to copyright laws. Personally, I use Googe Images instead of Flickr because Flickr images tend to have more legal restraints.
http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/10-best-commercials-2011-136663
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mtMVn6rXio

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tool #2

PLN = Personal Learning Network. Help to expand your knowledge on topics that interest you. I subscribed to a literacy blog called Helloliteracy.blogspot . I was looking for blogs on using blogs for reading responses.

Voki!!!

With the help of my wonderful son Elliot, I was able to finally post a Voki on my blog! Yay! I was kind of pleased to see that he had difficulties with it too, so I don't feel so enept anymore.
He also helped me access my blog. Now I can post about the rest of the tools.