Wednesday, July 7, 2010
2. Last year I was thinking about an entire grade level in regards to technology. However, this year I am refocusing my attention to my special education students and using technology to boost not only their knowledge but self-esteem as well. At the end of the year, I had already started to mentor a fourth grader who I am going to call on to help his peers. I have found that technology is an equalizer and students who sometimes have difficulty with reading and writing, are not intimidated by technology. This is a medium where we can reach them!
3. Unexpected outcomes from this program was the realization of how much I am unfamiliar with! I have heard of some of the tools but hadn't taken the time to experiment with them. Use it or lose it! So I will definitely make a concentrated effort to expose my students to these tools this year so that together we will fill our toolboxes!
I have played with the ipad in the Apple store. I loved the graphics and the size of the device. This would be great for our special education students with vision issues. The e-reader application literally puts a book at your fingertips.
I like the application: iReward Chart. This application would allow the teacher and/or student to track appropriate behaviors. I downloaded the application to my iphone and have been using it with my preschooler. I am using it to reinforce positive behaviors. For example, when he cleans his room he gets a star and then the accumulation of stars results in a reward. There is a pass code on the application to prevent him from giving himself "free" stars. This application would be great for our students who are on behavior intervention plans. It is portable and private. Locabulary lite is an application that provides speech to common vocabulary terms. The vocabulary is divided into - quick phrases, moods and assistance. For our life skill students there is an application- Model Me Kids. This application has mini videos on showing a child going to different places- such as the hairdresser, mall, doctor, grocery store and restaurant. This would be a good reference tool for our nonverbal students.
Skype makes visual representations available also. I used Skype recently when my father was in the hospital. My friend and I were able to discuss our blogs while talking to each other. We utilized the chat feature when my dad went to sleep. Since I am a Resource teacher and not always with some of my students- I can see where my students could Skype me from the class room at designated times when they needed assistance. This would be an agreed upon time where I would be available.
Photostory was a simple medium for creating a video. I used a digital camera and a microphone. I think students will like the ease of it and it is a great starting point for creating multimedia presentations. I have used imovie and I really like it better. However- it has so many more features that I think it is best to start with photostory.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I like the idea of having students work collectively on a book summary/report by assigning different parts of the book to different groups. In the end, each groups work can be collectively put together on the wiki for a book summary. I think for teachers a wiki can be a powerful collaborative tool. Teachers can be assigned rights as collaborators and then each grade level can have a page. Daily schedules can be posted and curriculum. This wiki can serve as a web page to allow parents to view but only those with rights can edit. Navigating through a wiki is much easier than navigating through web page design.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
2. I had already set up my Google reader account but I added some of my peers from 11 Tools both at my school and where I had originally worked. I sometimes forget about Google because I use my work email for everything. I will have to remember how convenient it is!
3. The form document will allow me to collaborate effortlessly with my peers. The youtube video was very familiar to me. I spent many evenings printing off emails and then entering the information into spreadsheets. No more!!! The Google Reader will allow me to stay connected to others through my "home base." This should promote more collaboration and networking. I can totally see using the form document to communicate with students. Together the teacher and student can create projects and research topics.
I really enjoyed working with this tool! The educational benefits are many. As you can tell from my blog- I added many new items. The students can create digital pictures of the places they have visited. I can see creating a class wiki and then having the students visit these same sites to complete homework assignments. For example: Assignment 1 could be to create a map of all the countries/states they have visited. Other students could comment and learn about their classmates. A great beginning of the year activity that would promote new friendships in a nonthreatening environment.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I agree with Cool Teacher that if you are going to make a comment- make it count. The blogger needs to have productive feedback. Online discussions with real teachers allows us to collaborate conveniently and on our own timeline.
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