Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tool # 11

 I liked using You Tube school, Tube and animoto.  I used to think that You Tube was just for entertainment, but I realized that it has many Spanish educational videos.  It is sometimes difficult to find Spanish material, so I am so excited to search through You Tube and find great videos for my kindergarten students.  I really like the alphabet video that I found that I posted on my blog.  I will definitely be using it this fall.

I am excited about using many of the new tools as center activities instead of making things.  These new tools will allow for more effective student differentiation and engagement. In the past, I have only had two computers in my classroom. We did not have a computer lab so my classroom and a few I pods in the  library was the only technology available for the students. So, I will be going through a huge transformation in my way of teaching.

 I am surprised at the amount technology materials at our disposal.  I look forward to incorporating the use of more technology. I am very excited about having the Dell notebooks and iPad. I would like to incorporate all of these into centers and have students use the technology to extend their learning. 


Tool # 10

1- It is very important to teach my students how to be safe, civil, and efficient when working online. also is very important to let their know how vital is to keep their personal information private. 

2- will use Barinpop Jr. It's shows age appropriate videos, to discuss digital citizenship 

3- would educate the students on the idea of digital citizenship by talking about what the purpose of technology plays in school today and help them make a connection with good citizenship in our class/school to being a good citizen in the cyber world. And, as my students know, the most important part of my job is to teach them how to stay safe.

4- I would send a letter to my students parents to discuss the use of internet as a learning tool in the class and explain the responsibilities the students have using the internet. I have realized that a lot of the parents have smartphones with Internet access . Also I will have as a part of my newsletter "digital information" where parents can have tips and links to some the digital citizen resources as well as other educational websites the parents can visit with their kids.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tool # 9

1- It is important to tie the objective to the technology to give purpose to the lesson and define it. It also allows students to know exactly what is expected. Like all other teaching tools, technology is best used when coupled with an interesting lesson plan and used for the benefit of students.

2- Students need to be held accountable for the technology centers, just as they are for every other center in the classroom; to ensure that students are engaged with meaningful activities. 

3- While navigating through the various web tools I found a few in particular that would be very helpful to my students. Tutpup It is a site where the children can navigate through each math problem that is given to them and answer the problems and try to beat a online player. This site has a clock where the students can race against time and also get awards for the games played. 
I also visited Studyladder which is a site filled with a variety of activities from Pk- Intermediate grades. The best part is most of the interactive activities are accompanied with printable sheets that students can complete to help with the accountability piece. It also has rewards for your students like avatars,certificates and other special rewards.

4- I used the ABC Letters Tracing Lite app this school year with the I touches form the library. This is a great app for kindergarten, specially for students that are struggling with handwriting. I could have my students record their "best" letter in their journal or write a list of word using that letter.
I found Italk recorder,This app allows you to record your voice for any purpose. This would be great to have students take their guided reading books and record themselves re-reading the story. The teacher could then go back and listen and give feedback providing good reading strategies to help improve their reading.
Math train, This app teaches kids to add and subtract visually. I can see a center with manipulatives to support their addition and subtraction answers. They could respond to an extension activity for accountability purpose.

5- I can have my students take pictures of different objects in the classroom to make a ABC chart in English and Spanish. Also, they could practice their Spanish and English skills by listening and recording poems, songs, or chants.