Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tool #11 - Reflection

My favorite tools that I learned and will add to my toolbox are DropBox, Google forms and some to the Web 2.0 applications.This process definitely opened my eyes to the many different ways available to incorporate technology in my classroom and in my instruction. My vision has changed because it's not as scary or intimidating as I thought it would be to use the applications; however, the mass amounts of resources out there, still seems overwhelming.The ease of completing the 11 tools surprised me.

Tool #10 - Digital Citizenship

I want my students to know that it is okay to question information they find on the web. I want them to know that everything they read may not necessarily be true and they should always look for another source that will confirm their findings. Lastly, I want my students to know that online safety is first and foremost important and they should never share information on or visit websites that they are inappropriate.
I like the SBISD grade level chart that shows resources for the classroom teacher to teach Digital Citizenship.

I will share the Brainpop again (we watched it with our librarian.) This is a great short video that parents can watch with their student and have a discussion about digital citizenship. I also like the CyberSmart "THINK" acronym - I can share this with students and parents.

Tool #9- Incorporating Devices

Wow, so much to learn and so much available.
Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. It is important to tie technology into the objective, because there is so much available to help support student learning. Students today are very tech savvy and most have access to the new tools. So, why not include this in the learning process.
  2. Holding students accountable at workstations/centers keeps them focused on the activity at hand, because they know that at the end, they will have to tell what they did and what they learned.
  3. I really liked Learning Games for kids and Studyladder for the students. I liked Thinkfinity for myself. I liked Magnahigh and Tutpup, but I will have to play with these a little more to get the full understanding of how they work. Studyladder will be great for a workstation, because there are little mini lessons, some have short videos, but then there is also a lesson activity to follow up what they've read or heard.
  4. I like the A Bee Sight Words app, because I have ESL and other students who struggle with spelling that this would benefit. I also like the 2Doku app to work with those students who are struggling with math facts. I can hold these students accountable, by having them journal about what they learn or create a product on google docs about what they learned.
  5. I think its a great way for students to collaborate on a google docs product in teams of 2, 3, or 4. Students are very knowledgeable when it comes to the Apple products, so I know that most apps we use will benefit their learning. The students can also use the webcam on the netbooks to video their learning.

Tool #8- New Devices for Fall 2012

Netbooks - a great addition to the classroom. I didn't realize they could connect to the projector (hmmm - workstation from the ActivBoard to the Netbook). Not sure how it works, but looking forward to finding out.
I learned about the outside parts of the netbook - the different ports and what they're used for. I also learned that the netbooks can be connected to the projectord.

Ipad - I'm looking forward to the Ipad (more learning for me). I watch my students when they're using them in the library and I really like some of the apps that are available. I think this will be a great addition to our classroom technology toolbox.

Tool #7 - Collaborative Web 2.0 Project

Collaborative Web 2.0 Project
  1. Content objective - Animal life at the Houston Zoo
  2. When you plan to implement  - within the next 2 weeks
  3. What tool(s) you plan to use - asynchronous projects - write creative stories from information gathered about the animals
  4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences) - Students will watch the activities of the animals on the Houston Zoo Webcam daily for a week or two. Students will journal the animal activities. Students will write creative stories using their Houston Zoo journal.
  5. We will collaborate with Mrs. Shepherd's class.

Tool #7 - Online Digital Projects

I know that my students will have fun doing this project. I will have to scale it down from 3rd to 2nd grade. I'm looking forward to seeing the final products - especially the imaginative and creative stories, my students will write.We are working on 2D and 3D shapes right now - so this is a cool way to pull it all together.

Geometry Gallery of Imaginary Animals Project

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tool #6 - Web 2.0 Discussion

I've used Skype before on a personal level to communicate with family and friends that I don't get to visit often. I'm thinking I would like to use it in my classroom to have my students communicate with another 2nd grade class in/or outside the district. Not sure yet.
I just created a Wallwisher account; so, I'll see how this works out. I'm thinking we can use it ask questions about homework or to share current events or to share interesting facts about classwork we may be doing.

Tool #5 -Web 2.0

I am working on Tool #5 and trying out the Web 2.0 programs. The first one I tried is Make Beliefs Comics. I like the idea of giving students a fun way to summarize something we've learned with a comic strip. My students like reading comic strips and I'm sure they would love learning how to create one. The only drawback is that you can't save. You have to finish and email or print the file. The way  I guess I would get around this is having the students draw out their comic strip first, edit it, and then create the final product. Fun idea, though!

I also created a class account on Tikatok - a storybook program. My students really enjoy writing their own ideas and creating books. This is going to be a great way to teach them how to become published authors and most importantly the art and importance of editing. Can't wait to show them.

Tool #4 - Google Docs

I just created a form for my team for the American Heroes unit we are currently wrapping up. This is a great tool. Google Docs will help to eliminate much of the cutting and pasting we tend to do when trying to create tests. This allows us to each add or delete questions that may/may not be appropriate. I like this tool.

Tool #3 - Adding a video link into ActivInspire

I just linked a Discovery Education video about Animal Habitats into an ActivInspire file. I also found a video that will help introduce the concept of fractions which we will be teaching in a couple of weeks. I always wanted to know how to do this. It was fairly easy - and the instructions were great. This is definitely going into my toolbox.

Tool #3 DropBox

I just installed DropBox on my home computer. I am so excited about having 1 location for my files and the ease of accessing them from anywhere.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tool #2 - websites I will visit

Websites I plan to visit - I plan to explore Twitter to search for ideas/advice from educators worldwide. I also plan to look at Google Reader more closely.


Wow - what a lot of information to sift through. I looked at several of the PLNs and hadn't decided which one(s) I want to join yet. I also did the Google Reader tour - I wasn't aware of this site before. I did sign up for a couple of the sites to see how it works, but will probably change them. I am not sure of my comfort level with the whole publishing of my thoughts/ideas. I have a facebook account, but usually only post responses to family members and close friends. Despite my nervousness, I am excited about learning with my new PLN community.


Creating my Voki was fairly easy. I had a little trouble with getting it to appear on my blog, but after re-reading the instructions I was able to figure it out. So far, so good.