Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting

1)  My favorite tools are Google Docs and Diigo.  I will use Google Docs to create online quizzes and reviews that students will be able to access outside the classroom.  With Diigo I will have available math bookmarks that will take students to helpful mathematics web sites.

2)  I think that with the technological tools available in my classroom this year the learning of mathematical concepts will need to be aligned with the technological changes outside the school.  Students need to work cooperatively with the technological devices in the classroom to find solutions to problems or do research about a subject.  Communication among students outside the classroom to work home works or special projects can be achieved now using different educational web sites such as Edmodo.  Yes, I will have to make changes to my classroom.
3)  My surprise is the vast amount of information/skills that the teacher need to learn in order to be an effective 21st Century teacher.  We need to dedicate time to the development of our technological skills and use our tech savvy students as resources in the implementation of the 21st century lessons.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tool #10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

Three things that I want my students to understand about being a good digital citizens are the following:

1)  Follow the SBISD guide lines on the use of the internet.  Downloading illegal music, sending inappropriate  mails, accessing prohibited websites, and other unethical behavior will have disciplinary consequences.

2)   Refer to different sources in the internet when doing a search.  No everything that is written in a website is necessary true, sometimes the students will need to look for other digital and non-digital resources to verify the accuracy of the information that they are looking for.

3)  Students need to know how to protect their computer from viruses, spam email, and Trojan Horse Malwares.  The training on digital security will be very important to effectively work with the students using technology.

I will use the material in i-SAFE to educate students on how to be excellent digital citizens.  An example lesson is “Cyber Harassment:  Online Bullying and Stalking”; there are other interesting lessons.  Online videos on the subject will be used as instructional resources.  Parents can get information about digital citizenship from a set of links to several websites that I will include in the course syllabus. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

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

1)  It is important to tie technology to the objective due to the fact that students are working with technology outside the school all the time and will use technology in the future even for jobs that do not require a college education.  It is our job as educator to get them ready for the jobs of the 21st century, without the use of technology in our classroom they will have a great disadvantage.

2)  Students need to be accountable for the stations/centers in order to have active participation in the technological activities. The students will need to complete an online activity, answer an open ended question, explain a problem using the recorder or the webcam, etc.  The key is that the students have to demonstrate what they have learned by completing an activity. Teacher need to create rubrics that will help them evaluate students work in the stations.

3)  I like Studyladder and Thinkfinity, these websites have activities that are at the high school level.  Students can work in stations different activities from these websites.  They can use the webcam to video tape the process that they use to solve problems.  The teacher will prepare a set of follow up questions for the students to help them summarize the process used to solve the problems.

4)  A good iPad app is SketchExplorer, students will explore different geometric figures by sketching them and will be able to exchange their drawing with other students in the classroom and outside the classroom.  The teacher could evaluate their work by asking them to email the sketched figure and to write a reflection about what they learn in the process.  Another app is “Geometry:  Volume of Solids” which will provides the students with a quick and simple way to learn how to calculate volume of solids.  The students will work in small groups and will answer a set of follow up questions after the different ways to finding volume are demonstrated.

5)  I will use the iPad as webcam to create videos of students work and have a small library that the students can access to review for tests or semester exam.  The photos application could be us to create a photo album of the students’ works.  The students could use Google Earth to find figures that we are studying in geometry in real life environments.

Tool #8: Taking a Look at the Tools

Things that I learned about the devices that I will use in the classroom:

1)  The Netbooks’ OS is Windows 7, I have used mostly Windows XP so I will need to go online to find videos that show me how to use Windows 7 so I can take full advantage of its capabilities.

2)  I did not know the photos and videos capabilities that the Netbooks have .  We can use the webcam to record the steps taken to solve problems when students work in small groups and then show it to the entire class.  Other teachers will also be able to see the videos.  

3)   I will have to create an account in iTunes with my district email address in my laptop, and then I will download Apps to my laptop using the iTunes store and sync the Apps to my other devices.

To manage the devices in the classroom I will use the Classroom Management tips found at: .  With experience and hints from other teachers I will add my own classroom management rules during the school year.

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

I will use Emodo to work with other teachers in the school/district in the creation of a set of online tutorials for each chapter in the geometry book.  My students will also have an Emodo account and will create their own "tutorials" by creating their own videos and link to helpful websites.  The students will be able to share ideas with other students/teachers in the school/district.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

I set up an Edmodo account (  I think that it will be a good way to communicate with students and teachers and get feedback from them.  Videos, links,  and assignments can be inserted in Edmodo for all groups.  This website will help students to pinpoint the concepts that they need to study and to locate the resources needed to study.

I set up also a Poll Everywhere account, the student can use their cell phone, IPads/netbooks to give immediate responses to a set of questions.  This is another way to get feedback from all students (total response system).

Tool #5: Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

The word cloud generators will be very helpful in geometry, for each section of the book students can create a list of key vocabulary that they have to know to do well on a test, the link below is an example on how Wordle can be used to help students remember key terms.  Wordsift is another word cloud generator that can help the students to visualize terms.