Friday, March 23, 2012

Tool # 11

1. My favorite tools are Wordle and Dropbox.  I will use Wordle to introduce new vocabulary at the beginning of a chapter, and Dropbox to keep my school files backed up on all computers as well as to share assignments in a student Dropbox account.
2. I now have an understanding of the tools and resources that are available to me.  My vision of my classroom might incorporate some of these tools in the future.  
3.  The length of time involved was too much for the short deadline. The tools were very involved, and some of them I feel were unnecessary.

Tool # 10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. Not all sites and information on the internet is factual. Keep passwords private!
You are responsible for the affect that your postings may have on others.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. I liked Digizen 9-12 grade as a resource.  It provides videos and other information that can instruct my students with digital citizenship

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. There should be a student contract for students and parents so that rules and guidelines are understood and followed. On the first day of school, I would go to the Acceptable Use Policy in the SBISD Handbook and explain to the students how they should behave and what rights the have when they use technology. I would reiterate the policy as situations arise throughout the year.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
There should be a student contract for students and parents so that rules and guidelines are understood and followed, and I could share and explain this contract on back to school night.

Tool # 9

1. It's important to utilize technology where possible so that information can be gathered, discussed, saved and created.  Most students love technology and can relate to it better than a pencil and book.

2. We need to hold them accountable because this will keep them on task. Tool time is not just play time! It will be a way to monitor their progress and understanding of concepts and materials being taught.

3. I visited Mangahigh because I am a math teacher. It could be a fun/station activity for students to practice their Algebra skills.

I also visited Manipula Math which helps use curriculum in a very hands on way.  This is very "hands-on" math, which would work great in stations.

Record keeping sheets describing the learning can work well keeping track of the students progress at their stations.

4. Two apps I could use on the iPAd would be Thinkfinity and Interactive. These would be a fun, interactive way to keep students engaged in learning.

5. Another way  to use an iPad as a station is to use it as a research tool or video maker.

Tool # 8

The only tool I was unfamiliar/inexperienced with is the WACOM tablet, which looks interesting. As far as the other tools, I learned how they could be useful in the classroom.  Students will be able to respond to polls, make podcasts, voice recordings, and short films.

    In order for the devices to be used correctly, there should be school wide or at the least department rules and regulations.  Each school or department could establish specific guidelines that students are required to follow (much like proper use of materials in science labs).  Before work stations begin their lesson, there could be a form that has a place for the name of the student that is responsible for the device for that station or group. Departments could establish guidelines for teachers regarding such things as securing and charging the devices.  If teachers wanted to share devices, there should be specific guidelines as to borrowing iPads between classrooms.

Tool # 7

a. Content objective:
 Algebra 2 students will be in groups randomly picked by the teacher. The objective is to review conic sections for the exam. Students will use the ipads, netbooks, and/or their own electronic device to investigate material through Google. They will use a format of their choice to present to the class as a review. They will include all of the important characteristics of the conic section, an animation of how the conic section is formed given a double cone, and an animation on how the shape of the conic changes as the parameters change.

b. When you plan to implement:
 I will assign it after the conic unit and present the week before the exam.

c. What tool(s) you plan to use:
All of the electronic devices the school district has provided for my classroom and the students electronic devices.  I will let the students in each group determine how they want to present. Students will present the project during which each member of  the group will have a speaking role, and class will critique for accuracy of material.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tool #6

I created a wall on Wallwisher:

I can ask students to go on the wall and tell me what they know, but they can also post questions that either I or the other students can answer. It is a very useful tool! I also like the check box that lets me preview posts before they go on the wall. That way, only appropriate comments from my students are posted.
Next, I created a poll: Students can take quizzes using their phones (which I'm sure they will love), but I don't see this tool being as useful as the Wallwisher.

Tool #5

I created a Wordle using a logarithm review:

 Wordle: Logarithms!

This was really fun! I could make SO MANY mathematics posters for my classroom using this application! I am not sure how I would use this for lessons, but the words that appear more frequently are larger, so I could possibly type in a worksheet and give students the pictures to help them recognize the more important vocabulary words.

 I also created a comic:

It was fun to play with. I created a small "motivational" comic for my students. I could also have my students make their own comics for a fun class project to demonstrate their understanding of a particular lesson. They could share their comics with the whole class. This would be something different and fun to try.

Tool #4

Google Apps are pretty useful. It is not easy to compose math worksheets in Google Docs, however, because the "add equation" is much more confusing than Math Type in Microsoft Word. Google Docs would not be as useful to use in the classroom, but they do provide a simple way to share information with the rest of the department and discuss plans, because everyone can edit and comment. Google Forms is much more useful in a classroom setting. I could set up online quizzes with all different types of questions, and the students answers are sent to me in a spreadsheet, making it easy to grade. Google Forms was actually quite fun to play around with. I enjoyed creating a silly quiz to send to some members of the math department.

Tool #2

Tool #2 definitely gives me a better idea of how this blog may be useful. I completed both options to establish a PLN: commenting on colleagues' blogs and creating a Google Reader account. Google Reader is incredibly useful! I only have to open one page to see posts from every blog that I follow. I can choose to view all the posts from just one blog, or look at the most recent posts of every blog to which I have subscribed. As far as participating in an online community, I enjoy being able to see the thoughts and ideas of other teachers not only in the state of Texas, but all over the country! I can connect instantly to anyone to come up with new lesson plans or solutions to problems that I may have trouble addressing. Sharing my thoughts publicly is a bit daunting, but I am comfortable providing my expertise to others who may not have direct contact with me. Every one can benefit from the knowledge of others in the teaching profession. In the future, I can see myself visiting Pinterest ( I have heard how useful it can be to share interests using its "bulletin board" format, and I look forward to experimenting with it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tool # 3 - Finding Online Video and Image Resources I have searched for videos online regarding math and I have found several that could be beneficial for my students to watch during class. One of the videos that would be good for my students on the quadratic formula is: Found this adorable video on algebra 2 equations that I want to share with my classes:

The provided copyright and fair use information page was very convoluted and unclear. I don't feel I learned anything new. Establishing a Dropbox account, however, is so useful that I installed it on all of my computers. It's free storage that does not need to be backed up on an external hard drive, and can be accessed from any computer! For a classroom setting, I could see saving assignments into a "class dropbox" and providing students with the login information so that they may open the assignments at home, and then save them in the dropbox again to turn them in.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tool # 1

My experiences to date have been challenging. Terri McLaughlin has been incredibly helpful, however, we have had problems with the internet and couldn't get our blogs started. This is all new for me so it will be interesting as I travel along on my path to the 11 Tools! I have a student teacher this semester who is extremely knowledgeable, and she has been quite helpful to me and the rest of the Math department. Yea for Rachel! Hopefully, I will find useful ways to integrate all my new knowledge into my classroom and will find it beneficial for my students.