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.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to #1! If it isn't planned for and used in a way that makes sense in the lesson, it's just another toy. Thoughtful planning and implementation are so important!