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


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tool #4

Tool #4


I am familiar with Google Docs. NMS has been using it for a while and students go in there to do their work, especially essays. It is easy to navigate and it was even easier to share a document with colleagues. It is a great tool to share your files with your teammates and/or dept. It is easier than attaching a file thru email!
I hadn't created a form and it was easy to do. It will be very beneficial for me to put up quizzes for students and grade them. They can go home or to the school library and take it there. It will save a lot of paper and you can share it with your coworkers and they can help you edit it so much quicker than cutting and pasting a document!!!
I think it will be very easy to incorporate this Google App with my teammates and/or department. We can create forms for our monitoring students, different quizzes to see progress on IEPs, and much more!
The students are also used to this so to them it will be a piece of cake!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tool #3

Tool #3

I visited TeacherTube, KidsTube, SchoolTube and found the sites useful in finding videos for the students. I really liked that in TeacherTube the videos seemed to be made for teachers and in KidsTube the videos were done by kids for kids. I liked SchoolTube because they were school videos on different themes and concepts.
 I found the following videos useful in my classroom and I think the kids will enjoy watching these on math concepts with a twist.




I also found Great math activities for students in NASA website that could be helpful in the classroom.
I was also reminded on how important to remember that there are copyright laws when taking videos and to not take credit for someone else's work.
I have also made a Dropbox account where I plan to keep files that I find online to store them for future use. It is awesome that we have a place to store files that will always be there when you need it.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tool #2

Tool #2

I have visited several blogs especially dealing with special education and I have found it to be very interesting to see the suggestions, ideas, comments and strategies that other people can provide. It opened up a whole world of special education that I hadn't experience before. I visited these 3 blogs that gave me great ideas for the classroom, technology for special education:
http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com , http://specialclassroom.blogspot.com/2012/05/butterflies.html?showComment=1342649785328#c1729185285745163072 , and
http://nolimitstolearning.blogspot.com/.  I have also joined Diigo which can keep  me connected to my NMS group and share ideas between us. 
Sharing ideas online is not as overwhelming as I thought it was going to be. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier and more enjoyable. You  have to keep in mind that many, many people may read your ideas and/or your posts and that aspect is a bit different. Usually you share your ideas with a few people but this opens up sharing in a whole different way.
I will continue to find blogs on special education in the future so I can share those ideas with others.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tool #1

Tool #1
Hello! This is my first time having a blog! So far it has been not too difficult but navigating and figuring out what you can do with it is the most difficult part.