Monday, August 20, 2012

tool 8 Looking at the tools...

During the summer while at the in- law's beach house for a week I pulled my ipad out and used the expert resource available to me (my niece who just graduated Langley HS in N. Virginia no less) to help me get familiarized with it. I must say she was very impressed that my district had put an ipad in my hands for the summer. And I was very impressed with this latest computing device. We downloaded apps. Shot lots of photos and videos, surfed the web, checked emails etc. I love it and I never thought I would be an Apple guy. lol

Of course I've only touched on the possibilities of the device because it seems every time I turn it on I learn more of it's capabilities. I will definitely spend more time learning how to best use this in my classroom. Syncing it with my laptop didn't work the first time so I'll have to go back and watch the tutorial again. I look forward to adding webclips/apps to the ipad for my first weeks intro.

As far as managing this and the other devices in the classroom setting I plan on having study teams in class and have on member of each team as the tech pro. This will be a volunteer position but from experience I know many students will want to be the one to be in charge of classroom technology. As with other tech devices I anticipate learning much from the students as we incorporate these latests gadgets into the day to day learning going on in class.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

tool 11 reflection

I am very much excited about my skype collaboration project. It will be great to have a working economist in my classroom (digitally) helping my students understand what can be an intimidating subject.

The major change in my classroom procedure will be to get used to doing things a new way. I'm counting on the students to help me through this.

What was unexpected from me as I started the 11 tools was how much I enjoyed learning. I usually don't have time during the school year to work deeply on technology as I've had these last couple of days completing these exercises.

tool 10 digital literacy

Sometimes I feel as if the children are more digitally literate than me! lol But, in examining the things I've taught my own children about the internet, I feel that maintaining balance in their lives is very important. A healthy mix of the virtual world and the true is necessary to understand the potentials and pitfalls of both. Safety is each individuals responsibility. Just as there are neighborhoods I would not frequent out of fear there are places on the web like that also. I know they're there, filtering is topical and doesn't really protect you, only your own decisions  will do that.

Plagiarism is wrong, shoplifting is wrong, lying is wrong. Yeah, you might not get caught but that's not what the conversation is about. But... if you do get caught it will take a long time to change others perception of you. And that can be a very high price to payl

tool 9 the tools

A major eyeopener for me with the intro of the ipad is the speed at which computing advancing. After playing with the ipad for a hour or two I was amazed at the ease of making hi quality video! I've just begun using the editing features but they seem easy to learn and very intuitive. I learned that the memory component of the ipad is much more than I anticipated from such a small unit. The keypad is taking some getting used to.

I plan to manage the use of these classroom devices by rotating a procedure among collaborative groups. This may take some experimentation.

tool 7 collaboration digitally

Collaboration Project:

objective: to allow students to expand their awareness of economics outside of the academic world through question and discussion with a Phd. Economist.

when: the second week of school

tools needed: skype account

description: in collaboration with another eco class questions will be prearranged according to students desires and inquiries. Instructor will guide the inquiry through preliminary lessons.

tool 6 connecting the classroom

I have wanted to use skype since I first learned of it last year. I have a neighbor who is a Phd economist working for a think tank out of the federal reserve bank who has agreed to skype into my classroom. The plan is for him to answer students inquiries into the economy, economists and the real world in general. I have set up my account, contacted my expert and I'm ready to go!

more tool 5- mixbook!

Here's my mixbook

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