Sunday, July 29, 2012

11 tools - tool 9

With all this technology available to our kids, the uses are endless.  This assignment asks questions on ways to incorporate devices with classroom objectives and instruction.  
Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It is important to tie technology to an objective because this leads you in the planning of exactly what your expectations from students are and what outcomes you expect from their learning. If you just hand them a device with no objective, how do they know what action they are supposed to form?
  1. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Holding students accountable gives them ownership over their actions. It shows them that they have responsibilities for materials and items used and that there are rewards and consequences for their actions with those materials.
  1. 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?
From the list provided, I particularly liked learninggamesforkids and PHet. In learning games for kids, there are multiple games that could engage my kiddo. In PHet, there are multiple activities that would bring science concepts to life without having to gather expensive materials. In addition, I have many interactive sites that I enjoy using with kids that are bookmarked on my computer. In the near future, I will do a blog post for these!
  1. 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?
ABA flashcards (all subjects), DTTwords, matches. All of these would be independent work stations where students would sit and follow a work system to complete the activity. Accountability would be ensured through teaching procedures and expectations, and then with active monitoring by staff.
  1. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.
I have used my ipod touch in the past as a transition object for kids. They carry the ipod touch with them and listen to music or do a specific game to calm them. I also have used the Ipad in the past for providing leisure instruction. There are also apps that inherently encourage communication and sounds by repeating what students say and providing visual feedback for their sounds.

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