Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tool # 11

--What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Tool # 7 was one of my favorite tools because I can definitely think can be used in my classroom. We have being talking about landforms in science and I think that an online digital project could be an awesome learning experience for my students. They can use brain pop, google, or other websites to find information on landforms, do some research and compare results and facts with another kinder class via Skype! --How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? YES! I now think that technology really plays a crucial role in today's education. I try to incorporate it everyday and I am very satisfied because my students really enjoy it. --Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? Yes, I did not know of all the great websites and apps that can be educational and fun to work with. I knew some of them, but this program has given me new ideas that I can use in my classroom. It has been a productive experience.

Tool #10

Out of all the tools, I believe tool 10 is the most important. Student's safety is the number one goal for teachers and administrators. It is very important to make our students conscious about digital citizenship starting the very first time they use a technology device. I want my students to know that a computer can teach them a lot of valuable things and facts, but it can also provide information that is not true and sometimes even dangerous! At the kinder level it is important that they know why some websites aren't safe for them and they understand that the teacher expects from them to be responsible and accountable for what they do with the technology. I like how Vicky Davis presents the idea of responsible digital citizens because I think that kindergarten students can relate themselves to that idea. I always tell my students that we can learn a lot of interesting things from the internet, but that we have to be careful because there are somethings out there that are just not good/safe for them.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tool # 9

I think that technology is crucial in every single classroom today. Our students are surrounded by technology all the time and it seems to make the learning process easier and fun for them. They love working with computers and ipods. It motivates them to learn and share what they do. While working on tool 9 I found tutpup, I really liked this website and I can totally use it in my classroom with my students. I like the idea of my students competing versus each other or versus another class. I liked the different levels they have, that way my students can adapt the game according to their skills level. Tutpup can definitely be a station during math time in my classroom, I would have my students adding and subtracting and competing to win. Some apps that we have on our ipods are: naming shapes, alpha tracing and number recognition. The way I make sure my students are working properly while using the devices is that I sit near them to monitor, but I also have a “ipod capitan“ at the table that helps me supervise. In my classroom, another way my students can use the small devices is for typing. My students are learning how to write and I am sure that typing sight words and words that they know would highly motivate them to write more words or better yet complete sentences!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tool # 8

This tool was probably my favorite because I have been working on it since August. I love having technology in my classroom like the ipods and the net books. My students totally love to use these devices during our centers time. I have been downloading different apps for them and they learn to use them right away! 3 things I learned from watching the videos were: -setting up my itunes account ( I was not able to do it by myself back in August) - the use of webcams for academic purposes - technology devices are great tools for students to learn independently We use our devices during centers, my students know how to work with tumble books, and some apps for writing, reading and counting.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tool # 7

For tool 7, I decided to create a project on a topic that we recently saw in my classroom.

Content objective: TLW research and analyze data/information about spiders.

To be implemented: The project will be done in a week during science time

Tools: TLW use a variety of books, magazines, and the Internet (google, brain pop, skype)

Plan: the students will work as a big group and list several questions about spiders that will be answered by researching about that topic. My class will invite another kindergarten class to work collaboratively and the information could be exchanged through skype discussions. 

Tool # 6

I found tool  6 to be very helpful. I personally use Edmodo to keep in contact with my co-workers and follow up on a book study. I also use skype for personal purposes, but I have been intending to use it with a friend of mine who teaches kindergarten in Mexico. Our students could talk and share what they are learning and it would be a fascinating way to communicate with students around the world!