Thursday, July 15, 2010

7/11 Eleven tools in seven days, my final reflection

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox?
Glogster:I love the way students can create projects integrating varied ways of technology, they can be used as projects presentations
Itouch: I want to try the science glossary and the 3D sun
Digital Story Telling: To record, document and present a science project overtime.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom?
This is my tool #2 reflection. It changed my thinking in the sense of how to perceive technology in education; it is happening either we use them or not, we like them or not , our students are networking, creating knowledge that make sense to them and having access to an unlimited number or sources and people.
My ideal role as an educator would to be Tech facilitator, so the students can analyze resources with a critical eye, they would learn there are trusted and not so ethic sources and make distinctions between the two.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
- The time, I got to spend more than just one hour in order to figure out, play and post about the each of the tools.
-The level of awareness, now technology needs to be a key component in my classroom and when working with my team.

Tool # 11

Digital citizenship needs to be a priority in school districts promoting technology. Students working in the 21st Century need to feel safe in the virtual environment, being responsible for their decisions and actions and embrace the always changing technology world.

The same way teacher go over safety rules in procedures in the science lab, they need to talk to students about appropriate and inappropriate use of technology:
Etiquette: Appropriate ways to communicate in all different devices
Responsibility: Actions have consequences
Safety: Stop/avoid cyber bulling and electronic precautions.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tool # 10 There's an app for that!

I have a blackberry and I use a lot of apps for my everyday life, of course I can see me using I touch in the classroom, I don't have an I-touch, but I got to use one at the end of last year and a teacher at my school shared a very neat scavenger hunt worksheet to use along with the I-touch; students get to explore science applications, then write down the information found and/or describe their experiences.
I went to and browsed through the applications, this coming school year I'd like to try 3D sun, Science Glossary, Lab Timer for the lab and some of the ESL ones.

Tool # 9

Jing: Wow; I mean it, wow..I had no idea all the neat tools Jing had. I like the idea of students showing what they know using a chat window and Jing. In a science classroom, students can show their data and post their projects. Also, can be use a collaborative tool for a writing class.

Skype: I liked the article "50 awesome ways to use Skype in the classroom" I wanna join ePal and Mixxer and global school net, for the science forensic programs. It sounds like something great to do as an after school program.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tool # 8 Videos

I use videos as a way to engage when introducing a concept, they're free, short and can be inmediately play without having to download it to my computer. There are also the videos that provide content and make the curriculum more relevant.
I like them because they are easuy to incorporate into other tools -check out my glogster on post #3-

Tool # 7 Meet Tommy Abundis

Aww, that was cute, I don't have a microphone, so I added captions. I can see a photo story working different ways; a) provide picture in random order, students need to work on a right sequence, then either write or record the right narration for the story, b) Students record a Science experiment over time and get to communicate their observations, findings and conclusions, c) Students present a project or a book review.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tool # 6

Wiki-wiki means “quick” in Hawaiian and back in February I got to see a wiki working just that way for a Science collaborative effort to deconstruction analyze and get trained in the new 2010 Science TEKS. All the documents created in each grade level at that meeting were posted in the wiki and opened for further refinement. All that without e-mails going back and forth.

Reading Laura's blog I like her idea, if having Staff meetings wiki minutes so all the tutorial teachers that can't attend those meetings can easily catch up.

Students can use a wiki to work on research projects, adding links, videos, and resources as they go. Students can also write books reviews or map out ideas when working on a PBL project.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tool #5

Dear Delicious,
Nice to see you old friend!. You must be wondering what happened to me, how come I created a user account and never came back to you and visit. Well, the truth is- If I must say it- Two years ago, I wasn't ready for you, now every thing makes perfect sense to me; now I want to keep all my bookmarks in one place, and want to share resources with other educators.
Links that I found -bilingual-