Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Some problems educators have is they may use technology for technology's sake and not connect it to the lesson/objective. Yes.... the students are having fun with the technology, but are they really learning.? Whenever the technology is connected to the objective, you begin to hear the "Ah ha" sounds all over the classroom. The learners are engaged and are ready to learn more!

2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
    If students are not held accountable for their stations, they may not learn the objectives or test well. Why have stations/ centers if the instructor can not see or measure if a student has learned a specific objective?
    1. 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?
    One link my students could visit could be Brainpop. They can go, watch the short video and take the quiz . I have used this in my classroom before for learning stations and was able to access the students' grades.
      Another site is Mangahigh. This past year, my classes loved competing with other classrooms around the world in math games . The student's results are visible for the teacher to see the results.
      1. 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?
      Thinkfinity -it has interactive games on all subjects for early childhood to the high school learners. 
      Today's Meet is a site the students can go to and post their findings from the Thinkfinity site.
        1. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
        There are so many ways to use i Pods and iTouch/iPad! The students can make their own videos and presentations by going to sites such as Animoto and share them with the class. they can work on presentations while talking to each other on Today's Meet. They are also able to vied videos or short excerpts on Discovery Education.

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