Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

    1.      Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? 
    It is important because without some tie-in, technology exists as a separate piece that has no relevance to students and does not support the stated learning objective.
    1. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? Accountability is everything when it comes to technology use, I think. High school students are reaching adulthood soon and they must learn the importance of their work and being accountable for its completion.
    2. 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 like Thinkfinity, especially since it has so many National Geographic Tools. I also hope to investigate TenMarks further to use in my classroom. I have never employed stations in my classroom but I look forward to this. I would hold students accountable by having them produce a product and/or answering relevant questions that demonstrate their learning.
    3. 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? I will definitely utilize iTunes, ShowMe, and Toontastic as these are all creative apps that allow students to exhibit their learning in novel ways. Stations work best if there is adequate space in the classroom to create stations. As our classrooms are rather crowded, I would have to remove some existing furniture and free-up space for a certain area dedicated to technology tasking. One method to hold the students accountable would be a sign-in sheet for name and time on-task, or an electronic log-on that does the same thing.
    4. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. Students could use the iPad to access video clips or primary and secondary documents I have embedded into a Google Doc., they could then answer relevant questions, or write their impressions. I can also see students looking at designated geographic map sites as part of the introduction to a new region.

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