Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tool #1

Can't wait to start bloggin!  Thanks Ms. Justl for your help!

I created my Voki. It was a blast making one, but mine looks kindof strange.  It's Philadelphia (Ben Franklin) meets Texas (the cowboy uniform).  How cool!


  1. Tool #2. I'll definitely be visiting this blog in the future: http://pwoessner.com/

    It has great ways in which I can incorporate technology into my classroom.

  2. Too #3. I've found Dropbox to be extremely helpful. Our team uses it to store our files and it's something that we can easily access.

    I'm also a huge fan of TeacherTube. I use it all the time to see creative ways to teach what I'm about to teach, and in non-traditional ways.

    Videos: http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=36947&title=Quadrilateral
    I like the visuals that they include about showing which shapes can have more than one category

    This is a great video that is catchy in helping students in how to find the circumference of a circle:http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?title=Circumference_of_Circles_Song&video_id=39926
    -I know that I can't get the song out of my head already!

    I realize that I have to be careful about using other people's content in my classroom. I need to watch how much time of another's video I use and follow the copyright laws.

  3. Tool #5. http://www.wordle.net/create
    -Wordle is a great way to to visually present all of the different vocabulary words that we have in math class in just another way.

    -Also, I wanted to have a "Math Joke of the Unit" that the student's wouldn't necessarily understand until the end of the unit. This would be a great way to create original math jokes.

  4. Tool #6.

    I plan on using Skype to add the relevance aspect to my classroom by asking people who use math in their jobs to speak to my class. I'm already in the process of assembling a list, so I'm excited to start using this at some point.

    http://padlet.com/wall/LMSmath I love the tool that my colleague Lori shared with me that helps post ideas online. It's a great way to have students post their ideas, and I'm excited to see this happen. It could be a good tool to have students share their ideas before a unit, and then they could add to it as the unit goes forward

  5. Tool #7

    A great way would be to start

    1) Student will be able to begin to calculate the costs of college and how to pay for college.
    2) I want to implement this after the STAAR exam as part of our financial literacy mini-unit. I was hoping to do this with my friend Ms. Wilson, who teaches college skills to her 10th graders in Baltimore, MD.
    3) I want to use Edmodo. It's easy and very user friendly.
    4) The two classrooms will work together to develop plans on how to start saving up for college, compiling a list of all of the costs of applying to college, and also all of the scholarship opportunities for our students, as well.

  6. Tool #8.

    1) I learned that the devices can be synced and that it's easy to download things to all of the devices if I want them to have it. Also, I'm interested in using the iPads and how all of the different apps can hit so many different areas of Bloom's. Very excited about this!

    2) My classroom is split up into 5 groups. Each group will have one technology manager who is to be the only person accessing the technology in the classroom. I will train them on how to use the technology, how to shut down properly, and how to place the technology back into the tech cart correctly.

  7. Tool #9.

    1) Because everything in this world is moving towards technology and it's so important to be able to use technology to succeed in life now.
    2) Because using technology in school--in my experience--has always been a day which students viewed as easy and unproductive. We must hold our students accountable to show that using technology in the classroom is just as rigorous and important (if not more important) than calculating math problems.

    3) I really enjoy Mangahigh. The games are interactive and even I enjoy playing them. They could be a supplement to what I use in the classroom.
    Also study ladder had some great resources in terms of practice games that I very much so enjoyed and thought were rigorous as well. I want to find more games that can provide me with an email with how the students did on their projects.
    4) I like Khan Academy because it provides videos and also practice problems on objectives. Also, Math Your Teacher is another great app that could be used which is also similar to Khan Academy.

    5) I could use these to try a flipped classroom, where the videos and the practice problems would help the students remember the content, and I would be merely a guide and also an extra resource if students still didn't understand.

  8. Tool #10

    1.) Intellectual property--Stealing/borrowing work, pictures, words, or ideas is wrong and against the law.
    What you put out into cyberspace stays out there forever, be circumspect about what you do and say while posting your words or ideas.
    Cybersafety--be wary of people you meet on the internet, but also be wary of what you say about other people, cyber bullying is real. We just had a townhall meeting on this, and I want to talk to my students about the effect this could have on them.

    2.) As for teaching the content to students the Ed Tech website has a great chart that has lessons by grade level. Although this video is listed for a younger audience, I thought that it was pretty powerful.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIAJM3Qrgec&feature=player_embedded

    3.) On Digizen, they have a roll playing game that help them determine the right thing to do in certain situations.

    4.) By using a parent contract, and explaining the students responsibilities in using the technology, there will be no surprises from the parents.

  9. Tool #11.

    1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.

    I love Edmodo. I think that's it's a great, monitored, and safe way for students to collaborate with different groups of people and to share ideas. I picture it as the the HQ for sharing for any type of project my students may have to do. Very excited about this.

    2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?

    I realize that technology should be a staple in my classroom, just like worksheets and my flipcharts are. I want to always have some sort of technology component to my classroom, whether it be as simple as a remediation or acceleration tool, or part of flipped classroom!

    3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

    I was a bit skeptical at first because I thought I knew about technology in schools based upon my own high school experience. However, I was surprised by the sheer amount of resources out there and I can't wait to get started on incorporating them into my classroom