Monday, March 19, 2012

Tool #9

1.      Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Answer: I think it is vitally important to tie technology to the ultimate learning objective to make sure the skills and knowledge you want the students to gain are achieved rather that just focusing on being engaged in a media outlet, otherwise they could all sit at home and play on the Internet or watch TV.
2.      Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Answer To ensure that each student is engaged and learning. I Liked the suggestion for students to sign something for each center. But they should be leaving a response that proves that they engaged in the activity in each center. I regularly teach using Learning Centers or Circuits, and this technology is welcome.
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?
Answer _ I really liked Thinkfinity. It has a cartoon maker as well, so you could include a cartoon a previous student pl aced up there and another student could come behind them and put it on paper using quotations rules. That way they are accountable for the Grammar I want them to learn with this technology. Also, if you move the students from center to center after a brief time, they will get busy and complete the assignment.

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?
Answer: The camera/video App would be a cool way fro students to present information. To hold them accountable, I would give a grade to a group video.
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.

Answer:  As a station -- each station could be set up with a different grammar rule commas, end punctuation etc. and the students would rotate through the app at the station.  An initial group could gather info and pose questions for subsequent groups to answer based on what they can find on the internet Safari App or they students could leave a non-example for the subsequent students to complete and correct and so on. .

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