Monday, August 6, 2012

Tool #11

Tool #11

I really liked the idea of making comic strips. This is a great way to break the ice with the students. I can use it to see their feelings about math before the year gets started. I also liked Wallwisher;i liked the idea of an online bulletin board..I think I will use this one. I also will incorporate Wordles especially with the math vocabulary that we go through the school year. I will continue to use Edmodo as part of the class and make a class blog for students to post thoughts to. 
I will really have to think more on how to incorporate these tools in my class. Having more of these tools will benefit students. I will have to make more conscious effort to think of what tool will be more effective for the lesson for that day. Having more devices will help with the ease of the transition to using more technology tools. I will  also have to change the arrangement of my classroom so is more device friendly and have students be in charge of the devices and keep them accountable for them. 
I didn't have any unexpected outcome from this program. I expected to learn different tools to use and I did. 

Tool #10

Tool #10
Students will need to know that not everything online is true, be careful about your research and use reliable sources. Use databases instead of the first article that pops up in the search.
ISafe is a website that students could log on to and learn about Digital citizenship. I would start by asking them what do they know about being a good digital citizen and we can take it from there. I could also send a letter home with some of these websites so parents are aware of how to help their child with this as well. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tool #9

Tool #9


Technology is the way of the world and if we can tie it to our objectives students will be exposed to it and understand the importance of technology all around us. 
Students should be hold accountable for their stations because if they are not it loses the value of the station. Accountability is important in everything that we do. 
I like and use MangaHigh. It provides them with extra practice on their math skills and I use it in stations as their independent activity. They like the games and don't realize they are using math. I also like and use Thinkfinity. It has a TON of math activities that provide math skills and they are not too complicated. This can be used in stations as independent and/or with teacher depending on the students. 
In the IPad I have downloaded an interactive white board which I use to help students with a problem and I record it for later use. I also have math facts flashcards which i put students on independent station to practice their math facts. I also have downloaded math games for them to use.
They could also use the IPad/IPod and open files from Dropbox and do those activities as part of stations. Some students may be able to do it independently some may not.

Tool #8

Tool #8


I've had an IPad in my classroom for most of last year that has been very beneficial with some of my students. This device has several math apps that helped my students that have trouble in math skills. This app helps with the facts. I have also used the interactive white board on the IPad where you can record how to do a problem for the students. 
I will also put files in Dropbox where they will be able to access it in the IPad and ITouch. I also have used the netbooks for students to use it while taking tests. They use a program that read tests to them while using headphones. They have also used them to do research for projects and Mangahigh.com and other math websites. We use this as part of stations. 
They will use these this year and will access files from dropbox that i will upload for their use. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tool #7

Tool #7
This one took me the longest....I wanted a project that my students could get into. I found The Marvelous M&M Survey. Students would receive a package of M&Ms and they would have to predict the colors in the bag before actually tallying the colors. We could skype, edmodo with other classrooms across the school and/or district their predictionas and record the actual colors of each class in a chart that we could share through Google Docs. Students could also make videos and post them on a class blog! Students would be in chart in updating as we get results from other classrooms. I think the students would love this!


Objective: Students will use predictions to see how many of each color are in an M&M bag. They will also apply their graphing skills to create a bar graphs. They will also use their number skills to find percentages and probability of each color in each classroom. 
This could be implemented in the graphing section in the curriculum, percents and/or probability. 
Edmodo, skype, blogs, Google docs, chart creators would be used for this project.
Students will have to make predictions of how many M&Ms in each bag. Then they would have to find the actual numbers, percentages and probability of each color. All students would do this project with other classrooms and they would be able to compare their results with other classrooms throughout the school and/or district. 

Tool #6

Tool #6


I had my students do Edmodo every week for homework. They have polls, questions that were due every week. They liked doing homework on Edmodo and asked for it every week. It was a great way to intergrate technology in the classroom. Here's my sample:
Edmodo Quiz and poll


I hadn't use Wallwisher but I find it very useful. I can put messages for the kids and keep them up in the classroom before class starts and while they work. 

Tool #5

Tool #5


I created a comic strip using Make Beliefs Comix My comic strip. It was a lot of fun making one and very easy...the most difficult part was picking the characters and accessories! Kids could use this to express how they feel about math in the beginning of the year. It could be a fun way to introduce themselves and their feelings about math. It could also be incorporated as a homework assignment where they could solve a problem using a comic strip. The possibilities are endless. 


I also created a Wordle. I am familiar with it because we were introduced to them at NMS. We have a spirit shirt with a Wordle! This could be a fun activity  to have the kids do with vocabulary words! They can use all the vocabulary words that they can think of and have each kid share. 



Wordle: math wordle