Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tool #9

4. Since I want students to be more aware of current events, I think any app from a credible news source would be a great way to set up a station.  I would also like to use apps that will enhance critical thinking in my students, games that involve find strategies, solving puzzles, and using words.  5. The Ipad will be a great way for students to keep up with current events. .

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? It is important to tie technology to the objective because the objective is what the students need to learn and  when used appropriately, technology can be an effective and efficient way to meet those goals. 
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? Students should be held accountable for all learning.  As for stations/centers, students should seek these opportunities to further their learning on a certain topic of interest, therefor instilling a sense of independent learning and self-motivation.
  3. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like? How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?-
  4. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the studetns accountable for their time in these stations?
  5. What about other ways to use the iPad Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. 

Tool #8

 Net books vs. i-pads:  class room use

After having worked with both devices simultaneously in the classroom, I have found a preference for the i-pad.

During the first half of the second semester, I worked in collaboration with our ELA i-coach and another 9th grade colleague to try a new approach.  The idea was to have students see the importance of using appropriate context within their own writing. The lesson involved having students critique artwork, create questions to help guide their understanding of the context of the artwork, and then conduct a mini-research using teacher created Scoop It pages, on the artist, in order to gain further insight into the meaning of the work. The entire process required students to work collaboratively in small groups.  The research component was a bit difficult to handle since students only had access to one device per group, either a net book or an ipad.

 Immediately, problems were had with the netbooks: too slow too boot up, too slow to log in, too slow to gain internet access, we're losing power, the screens are too little to really read together as a group...

The ipads, on the other had, were much easier to maneuver, seemed much more user-friendly, and allowed students to be able to view information on the screen without too much complaining.

While the netbooks were useful in typing up simple documents, the same can be said about the i-pads.  Students seemed to gravitate more towards the ipads, perhaps due to their novelty, but mostly because it was a much more fun, laid-back way to conduct research.  It wasn't intimidating, it wasn't boring, and it actually helped them learn a thing or two.

 In addition to the above lesson, I have designed & created learning stations in the classroom. These stations often require students to travel from place to place, within the class room, to read, write, or think.  The technology station (either in the form of Scoop-it pages, educational apps/links, reading of on-line sources/current events) always proves to be a favorite.

Having a device readily available in the hands of students is an excellent way to reinforce the use of  excellent online resources such as: the mini-grammar lessons found at Purdue. com,, and It reinforces the fact that knowledge is always in your hands.

Tool #7


Our 9th grade ELA TEAM is going to work with LMS teachers to collaborate and work on vertical alignment. This is the first MS we will be working with, and our goal is to eventually work with all of our feeder schools using Edmodo.

Edmodo is still a work in progress as is our vertical alignment, but I am looking forward to the collaboration that will take place. I hope Edmodo serves as a user-friendly that will help all of us view and share data, sources, and ideas.

Tool #6


Holly first introduced Diigo  to me at the beginning of the spring 2012 semester, and I have found  that it is a great way to collect & share awesome resources with colleagues and students.  I had a great time using it during our Science Fiction unit where I wanted student to gain a basic understanding of the genre of SciFi.  By collecting the sources in Diigo, I was able to offer students a small but useful selection of web sources to take in among the vast amount of information out there.  This was extremely useful for a short, 45 min. class period.

My experience with TodaysMeet- I first encountered TodaysMeet during the January 2012 in-service where the Flipped Classroom group asked the students, in this case, teachers, to read and discuss educational resources and comment on each one.  Reading and interacting with live comments is stimulation and engaging because you are constantly reading and thinking about what to respond next.  This would be a great way to change up the Socratic Circle discussions we have in the classroom at the end of novels.


Tool #5

Tool #5

Animoto is a very fun and easy to use tool! I love the idea of choosing pictures, themes, few words/captions, and music to tell a brief visual story.    I wanted to quickly tell the story of Sofia's spring with her cousins, and felt that this little animoto piece did it well.  This could be cool as an end of year reflection or a reflection to go with a specific story or memoir written in class.

I really enjoyed learning how to curate my own Scoop It page for American photographer Dorothea Lange.  The Scoop It page allows one to collect various resources on a certain topic for easier consumption, in this case for students learning about this artist and the context of her artwork.

Dorothea Lange Scoop It page

Tool #4


Yet another very convenient way to share, compose, and alter information in real time. 

Tool #3

I totally enjoyed tool #3! I am going to use both of these film clips tomorrow in class as we analyze Romeo and Juliet's argument.  Next year as we roll in the new curriculum, streamlining video is going to fit in perfectly as we ask students to find scenes/bits from films & documentaries to analyze and teach to their classmates. 

My team and I have been using Dropbox for the past semester, and it is such an excellent way to share and manage a wealth of information for teaching!!

Drop box is also an excellent tool for vertical planning; Kelly Guest, one of our 12th grade teachers, has already shared information with our 9th grade Team.

Tool #2

I enjoy reading other colleagues thoughts and experiences regarding this huge project. It's comforting to read advice and words of encouragement.  It's definitely very helpful to share successes and challenges with teammates.  

I plan to visit and revisit the blogs posted by my campus's i-coaches since they are always a wealth of knowledge.    

Our team has already been using Dropbox this past year, and it is an excellent way to share & store information.  I felt pretty darn smart when my husband came home and shared this "new thing" he had just heard about "Dropbox." Little did he know that I had already had an account.  I have also dabbled with Diigo and find it especially useful when putting together project & assignments for students.

Tool #1.5

Just added a voki to my blog. Pretty cool.  Not difficult at all. 

revisiting my blog

It's been months since I've visited or posted anything on my blog.  I must say, it's not as intimidating as imagined.