Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tool #11

1. I was already familiar with Google Docs, and have grown to appreciate its ease of use for students. They can share things with me to edit before the due date, and there's no risk of an item getting lost or deleted. I LOVE DropBox. I can save everything there and work on whatever I want, where ever I want!

2. I was surprised at how many teacher resource websites there are. We can transform the classroom from 'sit and get' to students leading the lesson making learning seem like a game to really pique their interest and engagement.

3. I thought that finding things for Spanish would be more difficult to find than math or science, but I was pleased to find several resources that were applicable to foreign language.

Tool #10

1. Three things that I would like for my students to understand are:
- Google Translate is not always an appropriate resource
- do not post anything anywhere if you consider it private information. Once it's on the internet, you can't take it back.
- be sure that you understand the internet and social media aren't just toys, they can also be tools and you should educate yourself on how to use them to their full capability.

2. Atomic Learning and Digiteen look like good sites that will help students understand the importance of good digital citizenship.

3. The resource websites would be a good starting point, and then I can just emphasize at the beginning of each semester the 3 points above that are most important or applicable in my class.

4. The items listed above can be on my teacher website and also in the syllabus. The discussion points can be presented at Back to School night or in an reminder email at the semester.

Tool #9

 1. If the technology isn't tied to the objective, there's no point in using it. The technology would just become something that you have to deal with, rather than facilitating student learning.

2. We have to hold students accountable for the stations to make sure that they stay focused and on task. This is not an opportunity to just play with a toy, it is an opportunity to use a tool to facilitate accomplishing a task.

3. Learning games for Kids is targeted to younger students, but I think it would still be fun for high school students in beginning foreign language courses. It wasn't listed, but Study Stack has several different interactive options for studying and reviewing vocabulary. Students can be held accountable by taking a quiz after using these games for review.

4. They could use Flashcards or Brain Pop for vocabulary, or Animoto/Animation Lite as an alternative for PowerPoint presentations. They can work in groups to quiz each other, and also work in groups to create the presentation or project.

5. If a student wants to know how to say something and I can't think of the translation, students may use Google Translate (I'm not a walking dictionary). They may also use the technology for research for a cultural project, and to access Google Docs for a written project.

Tool #8

I learned that I have an iTunes account for Spring Branch and that account will sync with the iPads and netbooks. From there, I can download different apps to different devices.

As far as managing the devices and student use, I think I'll implement a check out sheet. The student will write their name and the device they're using, so each device is accounted for.

Tool #7

a. Content objective - students will write a newspaper article about various school-sponsored events from the previous semester (football games/season, school plays, band competitions/concerts, etc.).
b. When I plan to implement - next semester when the preterite is introduced.
c. What tools I plan to use - iPads, netbooks, and Google Docs.
d. Description - Students will divide into small groups (3-4 students) and recall events from the previous semester. In order to describe these events, they will use the preterite tense. The students may choose to collaborate with different periods and use Google Docs to make notes and edit each others' articles.
e. Other classrooms - my classes may interact with Journalism and Yearbook classes at Stratford.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tool #5 and Tool #6

I created this Google site when I was a long term sub and did not have access to the normal Stratford teacher sites. I used the website often to communicate with students and parents about upcoming dates, contact information, and electronic copies of class documents. Since I have access to the campus website, I use it for the same purpose.

Some of my students asked me if they could make Prezi presentations instead of PowerPoints or videos. One student showed me what it was, I thought it was interesting, and so I allowed them to use it. My students' presentations encouraged me to make my own Prezi for this tool, and I think I'm going to include this type of presentation as an option for all future projects.

Tool #4

1/2. I shared a lesson plan with colleagues outside of my department. I thought it would be interesting to see if they could share some new ideas about how to present information that we might not normally use in foreign language.

3. Students share documents with me all the time using Google Docs/Drive. Several students needed help editing the written component of a project so they shared it with me and I highlighted or left comments for them where the material needed some work.