Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tool#11 Self Assessing and Reflecting

1. Some of my favorite tools are:

  • Dropbox
  • Edmodo 
  • Wallwisher 
  • Blogs
  • Storybird
I plan to have students create stories using Storybird. Students hold back at the beginning of the year when encouraged to make their own stories out of fear that they do not know how to draw well. I think they will enjoy working with this tool because they will be able to select the images to go with their story with ease.

2. I am excited about the learning that will take place in my classroom next school year. I understand I still have a lot to learn about this new way of learning but at the same time feel confident that 11 tools has been a good start for this change. When I look into this upcoming school year I see technology taking an active hands on role along with the work stations that they have. I feel comfortable with these tools and I see the positive value they are to bring my students.

 3. Yes, when I first began the 11 tools I was confident that I would take the most out of the program but did not expect to find such large amounts of tools that are simple and easy to use. Before this program I had explored these resources but had not really familiarized my self with them. I fully intend on doing so now with confidence and look forward to exposing my students to what the 21st century has to offer them.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tool #10 Underneath it All- Digital Citizenship

1. Three things I would want to make sure my students understand about being a good digital citizen are:

  • Not to believe everything they see or read on the web is true.
  • Look and check at multiple sources before taking information as being true.
  • Protect their identity. 
 2. I plan to use Budd:e, Brain Pop and Netsmartzkids. I like them because they offer great presentations for students, teachers, and parents. Brain Pop has two great videos on cyber bullying and digital etiquete. 

 3. I think these idea would tie very well with what we teach at the beginning of the school year in social studies. We learn about safety in the classroom, restroom, cafeteria, and playground, etc. We also learn about feelings and treating others with respect. I will start teaching about digital citizen by posting the question: How would you feel, if a person promises you something special, just to trick you, or get you in? We will discuss and learn that the web is full of special offers and promises, but most are not true. We will also learn that the web is use by some people who like to hurt people's feelings. I will use Wallwisher to record students answers. 

 4. Open House is a great place to start sharing the idea of digital citizenship with parents. We could give parents a good flyer with information and tips about helping and protecting students at home while on the web. The flyer should also include some of the websites and other sources where they could learn more about this topic. Classroom's Newsletters are another great place to keep informing and updating parents about this topic.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tool#9 Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

1. It is important to tie the technology to the objective because this way we keep a focus on our teaching. This will allow us not to forget that we are using technology as a tool to enhance our lessons. It will be clear that technology is the innovative and engaging way to reach our students to help them gain and retain the knowledge/content being delivered to them.

2. Students should be accountable for the stations/centers for the following reasons:

  • Accountability gives them the opportunity to take ownership/responsibility for their own learning.
  • Accountability encourages them to actively participate in the stations. 
  • Accountability reduces disruptive behavior during centers. 

 3. The two interactive websites I liked are Studyladder and Learning Games for Kids. Both websites are easy for students to navigate independently and they both have a variety of videos, games and songs. I think these sites are great for students to explore during Bilingual Centers because they both integrate Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. To ensure students are engaged in the activity, they can use a web camera or voice thread to record what they learned and liked about the activity. In the video Color Mix March Preschoolers students learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. After that, students could mix their own colors using a variety of media such as markers, crayons, watercolors, etc. They could take a video or record their voices to state which media they liked the most and why.

 4. 123 Animal Counting is one of the Apps I liked for students to practice their counting skills. This App allows students to visually and vocally count. Another great App is ABC Magnetic Alphabet. This App allows students to learn and practice writing. Students can then write in their journals.

 5. There are many other opportunities for students to make productive use of ipads/ipods in the classroom. Once students become very familiar with the devices they could start using them to review skills that they have not mastered yet.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tool #8 Taking a look at the tools

Three things I learned:

  • Create an iTunes account 
  • Search and download an App 
  • Sync my Ipad to my laptop 
Another important thing I learned from the videos was how to set up my library in iTunes to my preference. This way I will have what I need at my disposal with out having to spend time searching for it. When going over downloading applications, I found that searching and downloading was quite direct and simple. Naming the devices also proves to be helpful when syncing apps. 

 As for managing the devices, I think that the most important thing to do is to teach students clear expectations and consequences for the proper use of the devices. I will plan several minilessons to make students familiar with the devices and how to operate them. Students will understand that it is all about taking good care of the devices and using them in a safe way. I found the following tips for managing the devices very helpful. 

  • Post a set of rules relating to Ipad/Ipod use. 
  • Use fully charged devices during the day/no tangled cords. 
  • Choose a student helper to actively monitor the use of the devices.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tool# 7 Reaching Outside your Classroom- Online Digital Projects

Online projects are an excellent tool to share what we are doing in the classroom and to work in collaboration with other classrooms. CIESE- Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education has a collaborative project that can be used with Pre-K students. The Square of Life is a project in which students will investigate their local environment and share that information with other students.

  Content Objective-Given a set of nature walks and ipads, students will find and observe living and nonliving things in the school yards.
  When you plan to implement it-We will schedule some walks for the fall semester and some in Spring so students have the opportunity to collect good data. This will be done during the science block.
  What tools you plan to use-We will use Google Docs for our data collection and record keeping. For our final product we will create a presentation on power point or a video using Animoto. We will use ipads to take pictures a videos.

 Students will make observations and will keep record of their observation on their journal/Google document. They will also work in collaboration discussing and sharing their findings. Students will prepare a final report or presentation to showcase their work.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tool# 6 Using Web Tools to Promote Communication in and out of the Classroom

I created a bulletin board using Wallwisher. I made a model of a list of the things I made during summer break. There are many different things that can be done in a bulletin board and I chose to create a list because we spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year modeling how to write lists. This tool will be a fun way to encourage students to create our class lists. I am sure my students will have fun sharing information and collaborating to create list and many other documents. Skype is another great tool I found appropriate to use in my classroom. I created an account and I plan to start using it from the beginning of the school year. It will be a great learning experience for me and my students to communicate with students and teachers from other classrooms in the school and from the district.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0

Image hosted @ Yo veo by prekbilbookmaking1 on Storybird I created a trading card using the Big Hug Labs. This is a very cool site that has many different activities to create fun products. I liked the puzzles making and the magazine cover. I think my students will have fun working in this site because they can actually see a final product that we can share with others. I also created a story using Storybird. We write a lot individual and class books in Prek. Storybird is very easy and fun to work with because makes writing easy.

Tool#4 Moving Up to the Clouds

There is no doubt that technology is making our life and job easier then ever before. Google Apps is a great way to work in collaboration with our team as well as to other school staff. Google Apps and Google Docs are very easy to navigate and anything can be done with these tools. In addition to our lesson plans, road maps and activities, news letter, class schedule, agenda and up coming events can also be shared to save time. In conclusion, Google Apps is a very efficient and quick way to work and communicate with each other.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tool #3 Online Video Resources

It was great to learn about the abundance of sites available for teachers use. I am a big fun of using images in my lessons and Flickr and Freefoto excellent sites that will make my job easier. Videos are also another great resource and learning about TeacherTube, SchoolTube and KidsTube was great.  I particularly liked the educational and institutional sites for science and social studies videos because those videos will help my 4 yeas-old students to have a better understanding of those contents.
About Fair use and copy right, I found the information very valuable because we are always looking for new resources to use in the classroom and it is clear that for this reason we are safe in many ways for borrowing other's work for this use. I learned that it is all about money but with the proper use and acknowledgement teacher can continue benefiting  from these sources.
I find challenging to keep all these resources organized but learning about dropbox was fantastic. I created my account and I am ready to go.
For this assignment I chose 2 videos from YouTube that I will use for the beginning of school.