Thursday, February 23, 2012

11 Tools #9 Classroom Based Devices

So, I'm still out of order, but still having fun.

1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Technology doesn't remove the need for good first teaching and all of the other requirements good lesson development. It's just another way for students to access the information. The accountability may look different, but it's still built in no matter if the product is pencil/paper or web based.
2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Students see technology as not only a tool for learning, but something essential for communication and also as something to use for fun. The accountability ensures that they're on task - not just getting lost in playing on the web.
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?
I liked the SBISD Interactive Database and Thinkfinity because both of those provide ideas that are broader than math/science applications. Many of the activities have methods that students can use to demonstrate completion/mastery. In both sites there are options that can be used in stations by individuals as well as groups, and in Thinkfinity there are also options for home support.
3. 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 students accountable for their time in these stations?
Grammar Up is a really good site; it even has quizzes where students can keep track of their progress. The TED site is interesting and students could respond to a TED talk on a class blog or wiki after listening/watching a TED presentation.
4. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
Students could use the iPad for a small group project; take notes, find reseach, pictures, etc., create a Google doc, file their information in Google Docs and/or Dropbox as necessary, then complete it at home. Everyone has access to what was done in class.

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