Monday, July 30, 2012

Tool #11Self Assessment and Reflection

I enjoyed 11 tools, my favorite was tool # 5,using the web 2.0 tools.  I have used quite a few before also, but I want to explore others tools and give my students choices on presenting their information/creation.

Having iPads in the classroom along with student netbooks would be different and nice.  I like the idea of having stations.

11 tools were very similar to what I have done few years ago using Library2play, so there were no surprises for me.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tool #10 Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is not easy to teach our students.  They have been using internet, since they were little kids, and think they know everything about technology and how to use it.  Three things I want to teach them are:

Being safe online. I am planing on using iSafe. Students use facebook, myspace, twitter, etc to post pics, comment on things, etc and they don't know how easy it to find information about them. I just want to teach them to be safe when commenting, or posting pictures.
Students also believe that everything they see on the internet is true, and I want teach them to validate the information and also how to effectively research on the internet.
I also want to teach them about being respectful, online bulling, and plagiarism.

We do monthly meeting in our school, maybe in one of our meeting we can explain to the parents about digital citizenship and how to help their child at home.

Tool # 9, classroom based devices

Kids at this day and age can not live with out technology.  Most of the kids learn better with technology and while playing games.

I am a science teacher but I liked the Mangahigh website.  It is for Math, but in my Physics class students who are struggling with the Math concepts can use this effectively to catch on the math skills.  I use PHET quite often in my class for virtual labs, as some labs are not possible in the classroom setting and this gives them ways to explore, change the parameters of the lab, etc.

There are lots of free science apps on iPad, popular science, science 360 are few that I will be using.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tool # 8, using the devices

We check out netbooks to our students in our school, and students are able to use the Angel LMS.  Netbooks are nice, I created my lessons online on Angel, where students can access the lesson, assignments, extra resources, collaborate with others and also turn in their assignments.  Most of the kids benefited by having the computer with them, and having online lessons as they can go back and watch the video or go over the PowerPoint, etc.

This year, each teacher is also getting 8 iPads per class. I am not sure how I will be using that in the classroom, since all my students will have their own netbooks. I did take one iPad home to play around and I have downloaded some free apps that my students can also use to learn science vocabulary or even prepare for SAT. I am enjoying the iPad, has lots of fun apps and also it is easy to carry.