Reese's Pieces

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tool #11

1.  One of my favorite tools in my new toolbox is Wordle! It is amazing how easily I can incorporate it in to just about any unit of study. After spring break we will start studying about birds. Wordle will be a great resource for my students  to show what they have learned about their bird.
2.  My classroom has much more variety to address the many different learning styles of the 21st century learner. My students have the opportunity to use many different technology tools to show their mastery of various objectives.
3.  I was surprised by how many websites and tools there are out there, and how easy they were to use for both my students and me. I never would have thought I could become so tech-savvy! Despite how much I have already learned and become familiar with, I know there will always be something new and exciting out there for me to learn. 


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tool #10 Digital Citizen

There are several things I want my students to learn about digital citizenship this year! Most importantly is safety…making sure that they don’t give out personal information online or be tricked into clicking on pop ups. I want them to be respectful of the equipment and be sure they are using it as a leaning tool. Finally, I want my students to become familiar with “safe” sights for kids to use both at home and at school. Our Librarian has already done a wonderful job introducing the kids to good digital citizenship. Even though she has already shown them the Brainpop Jr. on Internet Safety, I think it would be a great refresher for my students we start using these new devises in our classroom. I think it would be helpful to come up with a classroom agreement specifically about ways our class can be good digital citizens. It would even be a good idea to share these agreements with the parents so that they can also sign off on them!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tool #9 Lifeline

All of the technology tools we have been learning about are terrific resources! It is important to tie the technology to the objectives so that we can accomplish all of curriculum goals. In order to reach both our technology and curriculum goals, the students are using technology as a resource to show what they know about concepts that are taught in the classroom.
It is important to hold the students accountable for the stations/centers so that they understand the importance of the use of technology as it relates to concepts we are teaching. Teachers can then use the technology activities as a graded assessment tool when students know that they are going to be accountable.
We have found many interactive websites that we are using as workstations in the classroom. Two of our favorites are “wordle” and “think math.” We have included these sites on a menu for extension, or they can be assigned individually each day. Each student will spend time at on a certain menu item or in a particular assigned center for an allotted amount of time. The products are expected to be complete during this time frame.
Two of our favorite apps that we are currently using are “Coin Genius,”  “Envision Math” and “Pizza Math.” The students practice their math skills on the app assigned for that day during workstations. At the end of each workstation time, they must journal about what they learned/liked/disliked. It allows for great reflection time for them and gives us a good idea of which apps are worthwhile.
The ipod touches can be used for research, re-teaching, guided practice and enrichment.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tool #8 itunes Lifeline

Getting the I Touch was exciting! What a fun thing for the students to use in the classroom. After watching the video and spending some time playing around on the I Touch, I set up an I Tunes account. Then, I was able to search and download apps. Now, the students can use different apps that I find on the I Touch that are related to our curriculum. Safari is the search engine on the I Touch, so I learned how to navigate Safari and how to explain this to the students.
In order to manage how the students use the I Touch and notebooks in the classroom, I plan to have schedules. The students will know when their time is to use the devices. I also plan to have these devices as one of my math centers. I will have downloaded math apps according to the current concept being taught. The students will also use the devices during research, to complete extension activities, or for re teach purposes. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tool #7 Lifeline

OBJ: TLW identify plant and animal adaptations within various habitats and climates.

TIME: February 21- March 9th

TOOLS: Dropbox, Quizlet, and Glogster

DESCRIPTION: Each class will be responsible for researching a specific habitat (ocean, desert, arctic, wetland, grassland). Classes will share information across the grade level via Dropbox, Quizlet and Glogster to teach one another about their assigned habitat.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tool #6 Lifeline

This tool is so exciting!  I have heard of many of these tools before and it was interesting to learn more about each of them.  I began an account with two of them that interested me the most.  I choose Poll Everywhere and Skype.

1.  Poll Everywhere--I added my poll as a gadget to my dashboard.  What is your favorite college?  I feel that I could use Poll Everywhere with the kids in the classroom to ask questions about a topic or concept we have learned.

2.  I started a Skype account.  I would like to use this account to talk to other 2nd grade classrooms on my campus or at other SBISD campuses.  The students could "share" about a project they have made or ask questions to the other students about a certain topic or concept.  It would be a great way for the kids to help each other learn and share ideas.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tool #5 Lifeline

I had fun putting in an Xtranormal Video and a ToonDoo cartoon.  I learned a lot about embedding a link and another video.  I think both tools could be used by my second grade students!  It takes awhile to "learn" each site and how to add pictures, motions and sound.  However, with some practice, the students will enjoy doing it!

Xtranormal:  Interview the person they are researching for their biography

ToonDoo:  Show a tribes agreement when 2 friends are interacting

I look forward to using more of these tools in my classroom!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tool #4 Lifeline

I really enjoyed this tool!  I saw Sliderocket and Stupeflix as two possible Apps I would use with my students in the classroom.  I will also use Google Images, Google Maps and Google Earth.

I can see how using Google Docs and forms would benefit the team and how we collaborate on team planning.  It would help us continue to stay organized.  I do think we would have to rethink how we communicate now with numerous emails and how Google Docs would eliminate that burden.

I need to continue to practice using Google Apps so I can work more efficiently.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tool #3 Embed a Video and Dropbox

Wow!  I had so much fun finding a video to embed.  I chose Gotta Keep Reading since I love teaching reading to my students!  I found this video on YouTube.  I ran into trouble embedding the Aggie War Hymn so I will be asking for help from one of my co-workers.  I enjoy using Discovery Education for many of our second grade units.  


Copyright:  I was happy to learn that teachers are allowed to use videos and images from the internet for educational purposes!  Teachers need all the help and support they can get to help students learn!


I started a Dropbox account and started loading pictures for our second grade biography unit.  I need more guidance on how to get the images to the Dropbox.  I did it, but I think there might be an easier way to do it than what I did.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tool #2 Building A PLN

I think it is very important as a teacher to build a PLN.  Teachers like to learn from one another.  We beg, borrow and steal ideas from each other all the time.  It feels a little weird to share my thoughts and know that other people are reading my ideas.  Hopefully, this will get better with my practice on my part.  I do enjoy reading my colleagues' comments about my blog site.  I hope to continue to learn from their expertise.

The site I liked the most was Technology Tidbits:  Thoughts of a Cyber Hero
www.cyber-kap.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tool #1 Post Lifeline-Embedding a VOKI

Today, I was taught how to create a blog and create a VOKI.  It was very interesting!  Our leader took us step-by-step through the process so it was quite easy.  It will be fun to blog--something I have always wanted to learn how to do.  The avatar I created on VOKI turned out really cute.  I had assistance embedding it to my blog. I hope readers find it fun to read my blogs!