Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tool # 8

Important things that I have learned so far...... 1. Must have CLEAR guidelines and SET expectations of how to use the devices. These guidelines must be taught at the beginning of school and revisited every 9 weeks. (Or on an as needed basis) 2. I tunes need to be installed on the devices so we can purchase apps for the kids to use. This all needs to be synced to my teacher laptop after I have completed downloading apps and content into the I tunes account. As well as keeping the devices up to date by syncing them through out the year when I upload new apps., podcasts etc. 3. I'm excited about the possibility about using web cams connected to the netbooks for students assignments and projects. I plan to manage our devices in our classrooms by building a respect for all technology devices. I hope to learn from the kids and allow them to take ownership of our devices, by caring for them making sure they are all put back where they belong. I would like to see the kids become "tech experts" and the experts would help each other to trouble shoot when problems arise. By feeling a sense of pride and ownership of our devices the kids will in turn care for our devices and feel more confident using them. Another idea is that my 3rd graders can teach the Kinder book buddies the proper use and care of tech devices. I believe they would be very excited to be the "teachers" and work together with their book buddy on a device.

Tool # 7

Obective: TSW read and analyze poetry features by reading different types of poetry. Implementation: This project will be implemented Spring 2013 Tools: Wallwisher, Google Docs, Skype, Edmodo and Storybird Project Plan: Students will read and respond to poetry during reading workshop using Wallwisher via the student netbooks and Ipads. For homework, instead of their normal 20 minutes of reading, the students will read and respond to poetry posted on our class Edmodo site, respond to target question, such as "Is this a lyrical or narrative poem?"Why?, as well as other more specific questions concerning alliteration, personification, similes and metaphors used, etc. During class time, students can begin creating poetry and revising poetry and revising poetry in small groups using their Google Docs accounts and we can share and revise with other classrooms using Skype. In the end, students will be able to create their own poetry using our Storybird account in which they can create lyrical or narrative poems of their won to publish and share with the class. Collaboration: Most teachers at FWE teaches poetry; therefore, we will collaborate vertically across grade levels or within our own grade level.

Tool # 6

Ideas I can get from looking at my colleague's blogs. I enjoy reading my colleague's blogs. Sally C. has done an awesome job and I strive to be like her! =) She took a screen shot of her Edmmodo to place on her blog. I would love to know how she did that. I know I can learn alot from Sally, she makes it look so easy.......this 11 Tools. =) I enjoy being able to collaborate with other teachers about the different ways to use technology in our classrooms. I look forward to learning as much as I can and using it this coming year in my classroom.

Tool # 6

http://www.polleverywhere.com/my/polls#!/my/polls This is a link to my class poll using PollEverywhere. I can post these questions in a poll form and allow students to answer questions. We can then review and evaluate the answers as a class. I can use this in many subjects and I think the kids will love using the technology to answer questions and being able to view their classmates answers and start a discussion. Using PollEverywhere will encourage them to answer the questions, the kids know that the class will be viewing and will be eager to discuss.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tool # 6

June 18, 2012 My class Edmodo site: http://sbisd.edmodo.com/home The students have loved using Edmodo this year. They can respond to videos or assignments and post their reflections. They can also ask questions about homework or about things that they have learned or are learning in class. I enjoy reading the posts that they write.

Tool # 5

A Wordle of 3rd grade states Wordle: Our 3rd Grade States ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am excited to show my kids how to make wordles. I think they can be very creative using this tool to help them learn the states or whatever they are learning about. SO many things that can be done!! ************************************************************************************* StoryBird Using storybird students can create their own stories using pictures that are provided on the site. I believe they can be very creative with their stories and share them with friends and family. This could be used as a center during reading/writing workshop. ************************************************************************************* The Magical Boy by bperry50 on Storybird

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tool # 4

Post # 4 I just finished Tool # 4, using a beginning of the year letter I send home to parents the first week of school. I can use many different Google apps with my students and with my team. It will be so easy to share different documents within my team using this google doc. app. Instead of e mailing it around to the team, we can just post it in the google doc. and we will be able to view and change it easily if needed. The children can use this google app by making a quiz with their book clubs and working on it together. I can make up a quiz for the kids on different subjects and share it with them as a workstation. The children will be able to open up google docs at home to review the questions for a test or quiz, or to share what is going on in our classroom. I think that I am most excited to use the google doc app in my classroom. I believe the kids will love being able to go on to the computers to answer questions or review what we have done in class.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool # 3

June 18,2018 Volcanoes Erupting Here is a video that I could show when we start teaching landforms. It shows a volcano erupting in Hawaii. Here is a reading video that I like to use at the beginning of the year. It is the Black Eye Pea song, I Gotta A Feeling. A school of middle school kids put their own words to this song. Gotta Keep Reading. I love the way they changed the words to fit reading. I play this at the end of the day at the beginning of the year. The kids LOVE it! th June 18,2012 Copyright and Fair Use Fair use has to do with the purpose and amount of use of materials and effects on potential markets. It also has to do with the nature that I use the materials for. I also learned transformativeness, which adds value and purpose to what I am using my copyrighted material for. I also learned that it is very important to give credit to the sources from which I acquired the copyrighted material. DropBox I created a dropbox folder for reading, in which I downloaded several of our 3rd grade flipcharts having to do with reading. I am going put a non fiction flipchart in this box, so the kids will be able to access this chart from any device,(which has activ inspire) via the dropbox website. This will enable the kids to look at the information about non-fiction texts at any time that we are studying without my having to pull it up on the activboard.

Tool # 2

Tool #2

I read about 5 blogs, Malissa D., Emily B., Sally C. and several others. I love the way Sally C. words her blogs, very interesting to read. I agree with Malissa about this being a bit scary, so much information to learn. But, I believe when we are all through we will be experts at the world of technology!
I have to learn to share my thoughts publicly, I am a little scared of what others will think of what I say.  I think it is different than sharing my successes/challenges with my teammates because I get the immediate feedback that I need and we have an actual conversation.
I had a blog in my classroom that my students loved. I had them to the actual posting of the happenings in our classroom.  They loved being able  to do that.
I do believe that we can learn from each other by reading their blogs.
A great site is Discovery Education, there are lots of videos that you can use while teaching and the kids love them.

I use Discovery Education weekly in my classroom.  Check out the site.Science Teacher