Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tool 11 question 3

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I know more than I thought I did. I was expecting this to be really hard to learn and try to use. Even though so much of it does not apply to health fitness it is still usable information to communicate with my collegues, be aware of the need to teach digital citizenship, and to know how to communicate with other professionals around the world,

Tool 11 question 2

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?
I will need more technology ie; itouches and an xbox. We will be using many different apps with the itouches. I am getting an xbox for the kids to use at a station. We can use it for fitness or sport skills improvement. They are moving and learning while having fun!

Tool 11

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
I will use the animoto more now as a way to lead my students into a lesson. For example, I could set up a slide show of square dancing pictures and videos to introduce square dancing steps and sequences.
I do like the trading cards idea. However, I think it would be time consuming for kids in health fitness. MY goal is have kids moving 60% of the time they are in my class. I think there are some good apps out there that I could use with my kids to keep them moving.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tool 9 all questions


  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? When activities match technology the learning is fun, exciting, and relevant to the way our students are learning.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?Accountability helps the teacher know what to teach next or if there is a need to reteach. Kids must have accountability to know where they are headed in the learning process.
  3. 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?I visited the SBISD interactive database to find websites to use. I would use animoto to have kids show examples of different sports skills, I would also use flipcharts to teach the basics of nutrition and healthy eating habits.
  4. 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?Runkeeper Pro-A whole class could use this app at one time- they could run on the track together as team and track their level of intensity, calories burned, and time spent exercising. I could use the italk or imovie to have kids tell me or show me a skill or knowledge in a station. The run keeper accountability-I would have the students report to me after they were finished and tell me what they learned by using the run keeper app. The italk or imovie accountability-I would be able to watch the kids or listen to the kids answers at a later time.
  5. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. The students could watch different exercises on the itouch and follow along with the person on the video/picture.

Tool 10 all questions


1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. 1-Teaching kids that safety has a purpose is important to creating online relationships and learning, 2-To be aware of copyright and fair use, 3-how to use digital etiquette.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructively. I would use the Megan and Mackenzie video on digital citizenship. I think kids can relate better to two kids their own age giving examples and advice to them better than a teacher lecturing.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. Show the "Megan and Mackenzie" video and discuss afterwards the main topics. Write them on the board and have kids explain examples of things that they have already learned in working with the internet.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. Through the school newsletter.

Tool 7 question 2


  1. Post the following about the project:
    1. Content objectiveGiven a pedometer the student will monitor the number of steps they take in the fitness stations activity (this can be used with any activity…even running on the track) and use the information to understand the benefits of staying active throughout each day by giving the teacher thumbs up or down when she/he calls out an examples of behaviors that are active and non active with 100%
      accuracy.
    2. When you plan to implement-October
    3. What tool(s) you plan to use-pedometors/google docs
    4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences)-After tracking the fourth graders "steps" using pedometors the students will input their "number of steps" into a google docs excel spread sheet. When all classes are done we will look at the average number of steps taken by all the kids in fourth grade to document the high, average, and low range of "number of steps" needed to be active each day. Only scores will be used-no names will be shown on the spread sheet.
    5. If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here! I can use the classrooms that come to me and share this information with each class

Tool 7 question 1

1. After visiting the resources above, design a collaborative project with another classroom.
I have already developed a lesson plan for using pedometors in my class. I will be taking this a step further by having the students input their "number of steps" into a google docs spread sheet to share with all the fourth graders. This will show a graph of the high, average, and low ranges of steps.