Monday, December 5, 2011

Tool 11

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
Voki-I would like to use it as a presentation tool. Maybe for the notable people we read about in social studies and science
learninggamesforkids-as a station
Animoto-tas a culminating project after completing a unit

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?
I will no longer look at technology as something else I have to do, but rather use it as a tool to enhance the learning that is taking place in my classroom. I will let down my walls and let the kids thirst for knowledge take them out into the "world".

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I have done both of the previous blogs, and have really enjoyed all three. I learn something new every time.

Tool 10

Digital Citizenship: Safety to enable them to do great things online...not just protect them from the "bad" people out there.
I love the way the video put it that we want them to learn to form healthy relationshuips online.

From the 11 Tools Blog:
"Our job as educators is to help develop the skills necessary for our students to become successful citizens in the world. Today, this job includes helping student safely navigate an unfiltered digital world."

I couldn't agree more. I think it will begin with expectations and tons of modeling, but I know the kids will be up for the challenge.

I also think we need to get the parents involved so that the digital citizenship is an expectation no matter where the kids are accessing the internet.

Tool 9

Tutpup would work great for a math station. Kids could really learn their facts using the games on that website. I also think they would find it fun to compete with other kids around the world.
Also, learning  games for kids would work great for a literacy, math or social studies station. Kids could visit the netbooks when independent work is finished and explore other topics through this site.
As far as Apps for the i-pads, I downloaded the cursive app, third grade math app, solar system game, dragon dictation, and more. The kids love using the iPads. They are having fun and learning at the same time. I think it is important to tie it to the objectives, so that it enhances student learning. The technology serves as an additional resource for learning the information.