Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tool #11

    After quickly competing the 11 Tools blog, I realized how much knowledge I have acquired about technology, but also that technology requires constant learning. I was able to learn quite a few new things about technology and it's uses in the classroom. I have already started planning different ways to incorporate some of these new items in my classroom. Even though I already have the iPads incorporated into small group, I have reflected on their use and decided that they need some changes. I will be incorporating all of the different resources that I found throughout this blog.
     The 11 tools project has surprised me in different ways. I have been able to collect a lot of different classroom resources and have figured out how to apply my knowledge. There are so many different possiblities for the use of the technology in the classroom. All I need is a little bit of knowledge, an open mind, and some creativity for technology to be successfully used within the classroom!

Tool #10

     Part of becoming more technological is taking on the responsibility that comes along with it. Being a good digital citizen requires our students to have a lot of different skills that may not have been previously taught. After hearing from a few students that they believed that everything on the internet was true, I decided that we needed to discuss different resources and determining fact from opinion. This is difficult for even an adult to comprehend, but the students should discuss this constantly to understand that some resources on the internet or Google are just not true. The second discussion topic should be protecting yourself. The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for the naive. Our newest "internet explorers" should discuss ways to be careful and to not share information online. The third topic that should be discussed is that word that are published online are permanent. They cannot be taken back once created. This is a vast concept for them, so they need to discuss how others can be hurt by words, even written ones.
     I would have discussions with my students when I hear different conversations that fit the topic. For example, when I heard that everything on the internet was true. I will also discuss the expectations and consequences for internet use. It is very serious, and this needs to be understood by the students. My parents will be given resources and invited to have conferences if they have and questions about digital citizenship.

     When reading http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-should-be-done-about-digital.html, I got a lot of ideas about other topics to cover in the classroom.

This website gives resources for students to have and to refer back to:


Tool #9

     Newer technology can occasionally overshadow the overall objective, but the more technology is used the better the students and teachers get better at the assignments. It is important to tie in technology because we are living in a tech savvy world. Being able to incorporate new ideas with technology can create well-rounded students. These kids will have to be technological in order to work and be successful in the future.
    Stations and centers are a great way to have multiple different concepts covered and helps create more support in those concepts. Small group is also a great time to have one-on-one activities with some students, but still having every student working at their best. Keeping the students accountable creates hard-working students. The students also need to become aware that technology expectations are the same as other classroom expectations.
      I have visited different websites to incorporate into the language arts portion of my classroom.

Read, Write, Think has lots of great resources for my students and me! They have interactive activities and also teacher resources that focus on language arts. It is often hard to find language arts games or activities that are interesting for the students, so it was refreshing to find this web page!


TES iboard is AMAZING! The web page has ease of access and a great search menu to narrow down appropriate activities! This saves me time and frustration! I can find activities easily, and they are fun for the kids!


     Besides Skype and Edmodo, there are lots of different ways that the iPads can be used in my classroom. Their are a TON of apps that with a little research can be used to fit perfectly into small group or centers. There is a poetry app that allows the students to create different poems using specific structures. This app will work perfectly when we are learning about poetry. The iPad can also be used as a video or microphone. While in centers, the students can record plays or record a poem they have created.

Tool #8

     Once I found out about the iPads in every classroom, I got really excited. There are so many uses for these new devices that it is hard to even wrap my mind around. When I started to explore the app store, I noticed that there are a lot more games for math and science, but their are some for language arts and social studies. After downloading a few apps, I started to integrate the iPads into a small group. This worked out great until the students forgot the expectations for the iPad, and they all only wanted the use the iPad, not the notebooks. I have now decided to give specific assignments on the iPads until the issues work themselves out.
     I learned a few things from the videos for tool #8. I learned that I can sync my laptop with my iPads. I have a personal iTunes account, but I wanted something separate for the iPads. Second, the usability of the notebooks are endless. I can especially use these for Google Docs and Edmodo. Third, I was able to learn different ways to incorporate these tools without it becoming too much for me to handle.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tool #7

     After Skyping with Mrs. Johnston, I started thinking about all of the uses that Skype has. Mrs. Johnston teaches a 4th grade writing class in New Braunfels, TX. Our students have the same curriculum, so collaborating would take just a little bit of planning.
     Skype can be used in different ways between classes in the state, United States, and world. Since I am from Louisiana, I can make some connections with teachers there to even have collaboration outside of the state. Because I have a personal connection with teachers in New Braunfels and Louisiana planning the collaboration can be easily done. Our classes could start a collaborative narrative. Each class could be responsible for creating a certain piece to the narrative. For example, my class determines the setting, and Mrs. Johnston's class creates the characters. Then through Skype, we can create a narrative through discussion.

Tool #6

      I was excited to blog about tool #6. I have already incorporated a few of these tools within my classroom.

Skype: Before I was hired for this position, there was another teacher in my place from August to November. After student teaching under her, I was able to take over at the full time teacher, and before she left, we had promised to Skype with her to keep in touch. In January, I borrowed a connection cable and connected the ActivBoard to the iPad. All 44 of my students were able to ask their former teacher questions about her new school. They enjoyed seeing and speaking with her, and we are planning to Skype again soon.

Edmodo: After going to a few trainings on Edmodo, I created different groups had each of my students set up their Edmodo accounts. They will be completing a social studies discussion before the end of the school year.


Tool #5

   For Tool #5, I decided to check out "Wordle" and "Animoto." I created different items using these web programs. I found both of these programs useful. I could use Wordle in language arts to describe characters using character traits. Animoto can be used in almost any way. The student can describe different book events, social studies events, or even how to write a narrative or expository piece of writing.

Wordle: Jorden

Tool #4

     Google Docs is a wonderful resource. I have just started using it more. I often have different resources on different computers, so when I realized that I could upload it to Google Docs instead of emailing it to myself, I had a moment question why I did use Google Docs earlier. I have posted several items on Google Docs, and I have shared it with colleagues.
     Google Docs is also great for the students to learn to use and incorporate into class projects. Some project will need to be completed at home, and Google Docs makes this easier for myself and the student. I had a student start writing a play on Google Docs instead of a word processor program because of the ease of access on all computers with internet.


Tool #3

For tool #3, I have decided to upload or attach a YouTube video. YouTube is such a great video source-as long as the video is previewed first. I have attached a video about verbs. The kids love to see videos with songs instead of the same ole "verb" lesson.

This video is a 2 minute clip of a movie about the Alamo. When studing the Alamo, I could use this video as a "hook" to catch the kids' attention, and create a interest in the topic.

I love that Spring Branch does not block out the web address of "youtube." Although there are some inappropriate videos on that website, it is a great resource for teachers, and it allows for the teaching of appropriate things to search for on the internet.

Tool #2

     After commenting on the 5 different blogs, I realized how much I rely on different teacher's ideas within my own classroom. I enjoy collaborating with my peers about how technology can be used within the classroom too. I really enjoyed seeing my fellow Bunker Hillians' blogs. It was nice to see everyone's different ideas after having seen them in real classrooms. I especially enjoyed http://thejewettjournal.blogspot.com/. I work with Katie, so I liked seeing her ideas on here.

     PLN is an important tool for all teachers. Being a brand-new teacher, I need a lot of guidence. PLN's are a great way for me to do research and see other classrooms to help my knowledge grow and to become stronger teacher. Being able to see ideas on blogs make it easier to borrow ideas and to learn more from my peers.