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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tool 8 question 2

2. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?
I will not allow the students to pass the itouches around to minimize the possibility to drop the itouches. Also, the XBOX will be set up and used by students but by students who have shown me that they know how to set it up.

Tool 8 question 1

1. After watching the videos/tutorials, list two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall.
I have one itouch already and am looking forward to using more in my classroom. I have used the run keeper app with my students to teach them about the difference in levels of activity. On this app we looked at intensity, time, and calories burned. One student is choosen by the teacher to hold the itouch and they are the leader of the class or at the front of the class line. I do not allow them to pass the itouch around to keep them from dropping them. I will get an XBOX as well and I will hopefully be trained on that later in the fall.

Tool 6 todays meet and comment

Susan Bean and I set up a today's meet conversation. I could see this being useful between teachers collaborating on lessons etc.

Tool 6 wallwisher and comment

Susan Bean's wallwisher   Susan Bean sent me her wall wisher link and I commented on it. She commented back after I sent it back.

Tool 5 trading card

Trading cards would be fun to use for kids to have a picture of themselves participating in some skill or game in health fitness.

Tool 5 animoto


Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

This was so easy to use. I can see how it would benefit me in  instructing my students in each sport or skill  using videos. I can also use this to motivate them by showing them videos of themselves in various different activities.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tool 4 question 3

3. Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? Which tools are you excited about using with students?
I do believe this would be a beneficial tool for collaboration between colleagues and on campus'. I do not see a connection for use in my classroom since I teach health and fitness and students are not sending me documents for revision or editing. My students are required to be active 80% of the time they are in my class. I could possibly be used as a shared tool for students to send outside activity to be used for credit towards their toe token reward. They could record their running outside of class with a form of a calendar and send it to me monthly to update me on their progress. I currently have students parents send me email notifications weekly and this could take the place of that type of communication.

Tool 4 question 2

2. Create one form in Google Docs and send it via email to at least two other people and ask them to respond.
I created a master schedule and shared it with my team to make changes too and then will send it to my principal to make final changes too as well.

Tool 4 question 1

1. Create at least one document in Google Docs and share it with a few others on your campus or within your department. It could a team member, a department colleague, or another teacher with whom you plan a collaboration. Ask that person to comment or chat and real-time edit the document with you.
I created a lesson and shared it with other health fitness teachers in our district to look at and revise.

Tool 3 question 4

4. Create a Dropbox. I have downloaded Dropbox on my computer. How would you use this tool in your classroom? Kids, Parents and teacher all adding projects and  images to store and share.

Tool 3 question 3

3. Articulate what you learned about copyright and fair use. What was new to you?
I did know that it is unlawful to use pictures and videos that are copyrighted without permission or license. I did not know that there are ways to find pictures and videos to use that are not copyrighted. Google images-advanced search parameters and find images that have been assigned for reuse, photo.com.FreeFoto, Wylio free digital photos.

Tool 3 question 2

Tool 3 question 2

Tool 2 question 3

3. Share the url or name of a blog or social network that you plan to visit in the future. What does that site have to offer? Kate Stoll Memorial Dr. Elementary has found and shared some great ideas through her blog and has even found other blogs from other states that will be great to see as an example of what a blog should be like.

Tool 2 question 2

2. After completing the above, share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate?
I learn from others so this would be a great way to share professional information. I think that others being able to see our comments and be involved in our conversation and learn even more would be a fantastic learning experience.

Tool 2 question 1

1.Visit at least 5 blogs - choose a few from the list below and a few from your campus wiki (on the right sidebar) and comment to one of the posts. To comment on a blog post, typically search at the bottom of the post for the comments link. Then, you will type your comment using your Google Apps account identity. Or, Visit 3 blogs and expand your PLN differently by signing up for a Diigo account or Google Reader and following the bookmarks/websites of 2 other Diigo members or websites.
I went to Bonnie Timby's webpage and commented on her wallwisher website. I told her it is a great way to communicate however, it cannot be required by kids but will have to be voluntary due to lack of access at home to computers. I like that I could extend interaction with kids about health and fitness.