Washington Monument Video

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tool 11 - final reflection and thoughts

Some of my favorite tools are animoto and and resources for ipod/ipad apps. I was wondering what I would actually do with the ipod in my classroom, and the idea that SBISD gave are great. Now I am excited to get the ipods. Also, I was trying to think of a way to share the pictures of the projects that we make throughout the year with parents without having to constantly print them. I love the idea of animoto because the students can create the movie and then I can share with the parents via email, saving ME time and money! This year my view on what a classroom should look like has changed alot. I often have students working on different things, using different resources and technology all at the same time. I thought that it would be chaos, but with proper guidance, modeling and expectations it is very do-able, even in 1st grade. I consider myself pretty web-savy, but did learn some new tools while going through the 11 tools.

tool 10

3 things I want to make sure my kids know about internet safety and digital citizenship.
1. Don't believe everything you read - check more than 1 resource
2. Don't ever give anyone your personal information
3. How to search for information using the internet
I would use the isafe website and teach the lessons they suggest.  I will try and relate the idea of digital citizenship to the citizenship we talk about in social studies to try and make them understand. It is hard to 1st grade to understand but hopefully through exposure they will understand.

tool 9

It is so important to tie technology into the objectives we teach. Each year technology advances more and more. When I was in Elementary school we used computers for playing Oregon Trail in black and green. Now you cannot get through a day or find a job without technology skills. It is so important for the next generation of students to have tech skills so they can compete with other students. Students must be accountable so they stay on task and know that you will be checking their work. I loved the thinkfinity website. Right away I found many math and language arts websites that I could use for extensions and stations. I loved the one where students got to create a book cover. They could do this to publish their work in writers workshop or extend a story by creating a new cover and giving it a new title. I also liked "learning games for kids". I thought it was neat they had typing practice. This is something that is not necessarily in our curriculum, but something the kids could use practice in. Most of them just "peck" the keys and this would help increase their speed. As far as apps, I can tell that alot of the letter tracing and matching apps would be great for my students that do not know all their letters and sounds.

Tool 8

I learned the following:
- how to find apps for the ipod/ipad
- how to connect to a wireless network
- what students can do with these devices in the classroom

As for management of these devices, my goal is going to be clear expectations. With 1st graders, some students will have the knowledge to use the devices independently and some will not be able to access them without support. I plan on showing students how to use the devices slowly and make sure they know proper procedure and care before setting them free. I think they will be a great resource once the children are trained (for lack of a better word!)

Tool 7

I was thinking about doing something with our science topics of seasons. The students have a hard time understanding how seasons are different in different areas of the USA.
My objective would be: TSW understand how the season of winter varies based on location in the United States by tracking snowfall and recording their finding in their science notebooks. It would be nice to find 3-4 different classrooms to work with. I am thinking locations like florida, colorado, and washington state. It would be good to implement in early November. We could skype with the classrooms to see what their winter looks like. We could create google doc graphs that each location could fill in and share to show snowfall. At the end of the unit (maybe the middle of january), we could analyze the data and compare/contrast it all!

Tool #6

I really liked today's meet and wall wisher. I think wall wisher would be really neat to have students type in answers to a question (answer questions during independent reading or when students come in the morning). I like the idea of the "stickys". I also liked how today's meet you get to pick your username that shows up when you type. I think this would be great for some of my students who are shy because they could pick a name and respond and only I would know their identity. I think that if you created a room and put it at a library or reading center it would work great. Students could read a book and respond via the today's meet room and I (the teacher) could check responses and once they master it, they could even respond to others.

Here are the links to my 2 items:


Web 2.0 tools - Tool 5

I attached my animoto video. This would be a great way for students to put pictures together or to create a video for the rest of the class. I also made a storyboard, but was unable to publish it without paying. The storyboard website has great pictures/artwork and the students would love to add their text to the pictures. I also made an xtranormal video using historical figures to introduce the idea of "thanksgiving" to my students. It would be a great set to get them excited about a lesson. You cannot publish these without upgrading to a paid account, which I am unable to do. I think these would be great in the older grades, but my students would try these tools and be able to do most of the ones I tried with minimal teacher support.

Tool 4: Google Docs

I have used google docs often lately, but have been using a personal account instead of my school account. Sharing documents is so easy to do with others, including those on your team. This would be a great resource for my team to store a calendar. We are often struggling to keep up with dates, and if we all had access to the same calendar, we could add to it and edit it and then share. It would also be a great way to share documents needed in lesson planning. I liked how the documents were easy to create, import and share. They also track all the google doc document that I view while browsing my favorite 1st Grade blogs, which is fabulous because I have them saved!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tool Number 3

I really enjoyed looking through the various video websites. I found a lot of useful videos that I could use in my classroom. I uploaded 2 that we could use in our USA study. I also learned about copyright laws. I honestly really didnt think too much about copyrights, but now will consider it when using online and paper resources!

Participating in a PLN

While looking for blogs to comment on, I found a lot of wonderful resources that could be used in my 1st grade classroom. Sharing my thoughts publically was a little scary at first, but after reading a few comments left by others I realized it wasn't so bad. You can learn so much from just reading the comments to and hearing other people's ideas. It is different then sharing with your team members because you do not get feedback right away. It is also different because you comments are there for everyone to see. I really hope to have some time to look at theinspiredapple.blogspot.com and see all that the blog has to offer!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Voki and Blog Experience

So far, things haven't been so bad. I enjoyed making the Voki and espeically liked that you didn't have to register to make it. Setting up the blog didn't take long and I liked all the choices they gave you with font/design.
On to the next tool!