Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tool #8

After reading and watching the less overwhelming parts of Tool #8, I learned:
* making videos will be difficult and take some practice, but I think I can do it.
* I will be able to control my devices and won't have to sync very often.
* navigating through iTunes is much easier if you have a tutorial video, but I will need the video as a reference tool until I feel more comfortable with the information.
* I like the ideas, but I am worried that I will be able to do the programs justice and best meet my kids' needs. 

I plan to use most of the district's suggestions about how to manage the devices. I like the idea of numbering and assigning certain pieces of hardware to certain kids. It helps with accountability and trying to find out who did what to which piece of technology. I also plan on having a routine for getting out and putting things away so that there isn't bedlam at the charging station - possibly my morning helper can add this chore to his/her list.  I like the idea of having "experts" to answer each other questions and handle trouble-shooting so that I can continue to work with small groups without interruption.

Tool #7

Objective: TLW read and analyze features of poetry by reading different types of poetry posted on-line and with input from students in other classes.

Implementation: This project will be attempted this school year. 

Tools: Wallwisher, Google Docs and Edmodo.

Plan: We would begin by posting a poem on Wallwisher after a lesson and kids practice providing input. Teacher guides their post-its and thoughts and uses this as guided practice to establish expectations while kids are using Edmodo. Students will read and respond to poetry posted on Edmodo by the teacher. They will be able to view other students' input and do this as part of their homework. They would identify the type of poem and identify elements such as similes, metaphors, personification, and alliteration. They could also answer the 3 O'Flahaven questions - what is happening, what does it mean, and what is the author's message. Kids could create their poetry on Google Docs to get each others' input and advice. 

Collaboration: Within my grade level.

Tool #6

This is the link to my Edmodo page. Malissa Downham and I used this last year to stimulate educational conversations between ourselves and our students. It was checked regularly to monitor usage and provide feedback. It's a great tool. Kids also access it from home to discuss homework and share ideas.

Here is my wallwisher I can use this year in my classroom. The kids would enjoy the active participation portion of this type of activity.

Tool #5

This is my Wordle project. It would be great for the kids to use this at the beginning of the year as a getting to know you activity.

This is my Prezi project. It's not something the kids can use, but it's a great tools for teachers to make interesting and exciting presentations for teaching. You can download images as well as youtube videos!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tool #4

This is a great way to share documents and forms with my team. We can create a test or a letter and make additions, deletions, and corrections more easily. I can see my kids using Google Docs presentations for their US trip project that we do in the fall. It will make it easier for them to edit and work together. I can also make spreadsheets to track information, such as STARR data and who has ready which Bluebonnet books!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tool #3

My favorite sites are Discovery Education and YouTube. DE is great especially for science and helps build background knowledge to enhance curriculum. YouTube now has videos in so many areas - lots of how tos, instructional supports, and interesting ideas. 

As to the copyright and fair use laws, I LOVE the disney video explaining what's right and why - very child friendly and easy to understand. I didn't know that small parts could be copied if used in the correct context and in the correct nature. This would be a great video to show kids prior to research assignments.

Dropbox is really cool. I can create a file at home, with documents, pictures, and videos, and save them all to one folder in my Dropbox. Once I'm back at school, those files can be linked into my IPADS and laptops for my kids to use in stations and small group lessons.

Tool #2

Starting Tool #2 today. Wish me luck.

I think participating in a PLN sounds intriguing and I could can see a lot of value from participating in this type of communication. I think communication within a campus could be enhanced, especially when sharing ideas, videos, and flipcharts. I think finding the time to add this to my list of daily activities will be very challenging. I don't have a problem with sharing ideas publicly; I think the process forces colleagues to develop stronger professional skills in terms of communication and technology.

I plan on using this blog to share ideas as well as www.edmodo.com to work with my kids. They will enjoy the shared communication and expressing their thoughts. It also gives them a chance to learn how to express their ideas and how other kids perceive what they are saying - a great way to improve written skills!