Multiplication song

7/02/2011

Tool #11 Self Assessing

I have to admit I am still overwhelmed with all this. My motto with the kids is "work smarter, not harder" and I would love to get to the point where they are working, and I am just supervising. That is my new vision - to introduce a topic with a video or something new, have the see examples and just "play" with it so they aan learn from each other. My classroom management is good, I think, but I need to make sure it continues with new arrangements etc. There are so many apps and tools, I don't know if I know the difference yet. I just need to find one or two sites that do a lot for me, and stick with them for now. I really like the Comix tool, it seems like a neat way to review for a test if they can do it fast enough. And Wordle for the same purpose - what a cool way to get them all using math vocabulary, which they don't understand is a whole language unto itself.. One unexpected outcome is that I thought after this training I'd be really ready, but I'm not. My wish would be for there to be ready made resources for a math topic (like ready made flipcharts) so I could get down in the bunkers with this, and not spend so much time researching. I'm going to need a lot of support - so whoever is out there and can be my mentor, let me know please!!! But what an accomplishment to be done (with the beginning anyway!).

6/30/2011

Tool #10 Digital Citizenship

It is important to teach middle school students how to treat the digital world because they have so few filters in place as young adults. We have to teach this to them, including how to treat people and ideas from the web. Manners and responsibility have taken on a new meaning these days, because there is access to a world that didn't exist before. I like Wes Fryer's site -it seems to the point and my students learn best in that format!
The best time to start this teaching is as soon as possible after we get back to school, but ti needs reiterating constantly. Back to school night would be a good time to include parents in this discussion, although time is limited. But parents could help get the message across to our students!

6/26/2011

Tool #9 Classroom Based Technology

Having a lesson connect to the daily objective is important no matter what vehicle you use teaching. The same is true when using technology - the point is to get the lesson learned. Technology just helps the student be at the center of their own learning. Students have to be accountable for the time they spend on the technology by writing a blurb, filling out an exit slip, answering questions or a poll....I found a website, shodor.org that had a good activity for factors and factorization - it allows the kids to find and draw the rectangles for factors of a number (boy if I can get this one stuck in their heads, I'll yell it from the rooftops!). I found Tutpup very elementary, but this could be used as a station for remediation of basic skills (they ALL need that!)

Tool #8 Looking at Tools

I have never used a MAC book before, so the overview of the machine itself was helpful for me. I'm just used to using something to learn about it.So I liked the video. I also like the camera feature, although I don't know that it will be first on my list of things to experiment with. I have never used ITunes before (stop laughing!) and I've found some sites I think will be useful. I think setting up rules and expectations right away will be crucial, but that's true of everything we all do anyway.

6/21/2011

Tool #7 Reaching Outside Your Classroom

For this tool, my objective is to have the students share how they or their family use math in their every day lives. I have actually used this prompt as my TELPAS prompt every year, but there is a website "iearn collaborative centre" where they mention it also
Using google docs, I would have the students write an essay based on how their families use math. I would implement at the beginning of the year within the first several weeks, to ignite the idea that math is used everywhere by everyone, and to motivate the learner. Each student would write their essay, then each student would respond to one other student's problem, by asking a question or commenting.

6/15/2011

Tool #6

I feel I need personal help on all of this to navigate all these screens!! But thanks Karen for not making me feel stupid! I like this poll everywhere, and hope I can get kids to open up and come for help when they realize, after using the poll, that they need the help.

6/12/2011

Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

This tool was frustrating. Both of the websites I choose (b/c I thought they were conducive to math content) did not avail themselves to saving content.So I can't post them on my blog. I hope the one I emailed to other people gets to them! I do think the wordle site would be good for a review for the students, and the students could come up with the words in groups. The comicx site is a good intro to material, as it allows the kids to see something funny to grab their attention.

6/11/2011

Tool #4 Moving Up to the Clouds

I love this application. OK, Now I see something I could really use! This can be a great way for kids to communicate with me without being shy or afraid of ridicule in class.

Tool #3 Finding Online Video

I used Blinkx and Teacher Tube to find videos about multiplications songs and Order of Operations. Everything was new to me! I can use these videos to help them really learn the material (!)

Tool #2, Building a Community Online

It could be intriguing to read all these blog pages, but oh so time consuming!! Its a neat way to see others' views, but I can't see how I am going to fit it all into my life! I hope I get to that point someday.
There are so many blogs, I'm sure I'll find one that will be helpful. Sharing with others outside of my school would be challenging - too many people

Tool #1 Creating a Blog

This was incredibly confusing, and I am still overwhelmed! But I have wonderful friends giving me support :)