Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tool # 9 Classroom Tools for Learning

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? You need to incorporate the technology into the objective so the students know what they will be using and what the expected project or task is.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? You need to hold students accountable in order to know they are successful and learning. This will show if students have mastered the skill.
  3. 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? Learning Games for Kids was a good sight for students to use during worksations. There are math and literacy games that students at a kindergarten level could use. The students could write down math problems/answers for accountability or record answers. Another website I liked was StudyLadder. This website had grade appropriate material for multiple subjects. It also has printable activities. This would allow students to do an activity on the computer then print and complete an activity for accountability.
  4. 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? One of the ipad apps I liked was the Alphabet Tracing application. It allows students to practice their letter formation. After they completed the program on the Ipad they could write the letters in their journal for accountability. I also liked A Montessori Approach to math Hundred Board Lite. This program is free and helps students with counting to 100 and sequencing. This program has a score at the bottom to allow the teacher to check for accountability and progress. 
  5. 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 can use Ipads for many different things. They can use the ipads to access applications for work stations, record videos, and take pictures. Students can access Storybird, Wordle, TumbleBooks, and more.

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