Monday, March 19, 2012

Tool #11 YEA!

This process reminded me of many things I had heard about before and introduced me to many more exciting tools.  I have to force myself to take the time to keep learning and keep moving forward in developing my own skills.  I always learn from my students; they are able to just jump in and figure out new things much better than I am. 

I will encourage students use of Stupeflix and Prezi as we work on projects relating to Probability.

Tool #10

Safety is and has always been a concern of teachers.  And now, with all the technology and networks available to our students, it has become an even greater concern.  Students need to realize that they are living in an UNFILTERED digital world.  They must keep themselves safe and not put themselves at any personal risk by divulging too much information on the internet.  They must also not believe everything they see on the internet; afterall anyone can post anything they want, anytime they want.  They have to look carefully for reliable sources and also be aware of plagarism.

Parents must also be made aware of these dangers as well and I think I can do this by connecting them with sites like the Cool Cat Teacher blog.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tool # 9

TEA requires districts to teach specific TEKS in Math.  Curriculum is designed to assure that children master these concepts in specific order and apply them correctly in real life situations.   Holding students accountable through the working stations or centers helps to insure that we comply with these requirements.  

Two years ago my teaching partner and I were awarded a grant tp [ircjase technology for our classroom (I/Pads and minis {Dells}.   We devised protocols for their use, for the monitoring of students at stations and learning in small groups.   Competitions such as found at Magna High and Manipula Math and many interactive games, etc. have been utilized and aided us in getting ahead of the curve in our classroom.   We will continue to expand the use of technology with these devices so that the students will master the objectives set by the district to cover the TEKS set by TEA.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tool #8

I was so excited to see all the features on the netbooks.  As part of a grant three years ago, we received some netbooks for our classroom and they have been a challenge to say the least.  I was so happy to see that the new netbooks we are getting have projection connectors, usb ports, sd card readers and so much more.  This will be fantastic.

We also have itouches for students in our classrooms, provided by the above mentioned grant. This means I already know how to sync the apps and purchase them.  That's one thing I already know how to do. Imagine that!

Tool #7

Collaborative Project

Content objective:  Collecting data and representing percents on a circle graph

When:  Late next fall

Tools:  Google docs, Blog, Skype, Edmodo

Brief Description:  Students in both classrooms will decide on a survey topic and collect data from their respective schools.  They will share their experiences with blogs and on skype so that they can work together to figure percentages and compare the two schools' data.

Classroom:  My daughter in law's 6th grade classroom in Fort Worth

Tool #6

This was really fun! I had no idea all this stuff existed. I created accounts on VoiceThread and Voxopop although the last one is for ages 13 and older.

I like the way the voice thread has so many choices of ways to respond and add to the discussion. Seems like that offers all students ways that they feel comfortable contributing.

As I stated before, we use Google docs quite abit already, but you can always find new ways!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stuck on #5

Okay, I am totally frustrated with #5 so I am going on to 6 and will come back to this with a fresh start in mind.