Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tool #11

There are many new tools I have learned about by completing all of the modules. I plan to use many of the Web 2.0 tools in my lessons, especially for projects and stations. Some I plan to use are Wellwisher, Edmodo, Studyladder, Animoto, Xtranormal, Brainpop ESL, etc.
I have always tried to integrate technology in my classroom. Now that we will have devices to use in the classroom, it will be easier to use technology for lessons.
I didn't have an unexpected outcome, but really enjoyed seeing the variety of technological tools we can use and integrate into our lessons.

Tool #10

Internet safety and digital citizenship will be lessons I will present at the beginning of school, review before a project and re-visit after Spring Break.
Students need to be constantly reminded of internet safety and proper internet ettiquette. Too often I have found that students are very savvy on accessing websites that should be blocked. You have to set expectations right at the beginning about use of the internet. In the past, when I discover that a student is off task and is accessing bad websites, they lose their privilege of using the computer.
I will show them Brainpop video, ISafe and Digizen. I will try to find YouTube videos on internet safety and consequences that can occur if the internet is misused.
With regard to parents, I will send home a letter regarding use of internet and consequences if their student is misusing it.
I will also have students sign a contract stating that they will use the internet appropriately along with consequences of misuse.

Tool #9

Projects must be aligned to the lessons and curriculum or they won't make sense. I have my students use technology to create/synthesize the end objective, to conduct research, to practice a skill. I have also used computers as a station to work on a project, to watch videos to go along with a persuasive unit, for research, and for word processing.
It's extremely important to hold them accountable for each station so that you can assess their progress and to ensure that they do the work and aren't playing around. You can also see with what area they may be having difficulty.
As a teacher of newcomers, I plan to use many of the websites as a station. I will most likely use Studyladder and Learning Games for word study and vocabulary station.
With regard to IPAD apps, there are many I would use in my classroom for a station. For my newcomer social studies class I would use American Presidents, Daily history, Flashcards+ and Onthisday. For my newcomer language arts class and my regular language arts class I would use Brainpop, Comic Touch, Daily history, On this Day, Dragon Dictation (for SPED students), Flashcards+, WordWarp, gFlash and MacGenius Books.