Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I love using technology in the classroom, but it is not always the easiest since Kinder kids are usually on so many different levels of usage and ability to complete individual tasks, however, since working on this online course I could see how all the different activities can be differentiated for the students based on their level of performance. I will continue to work on my comfort level and continue to try and work/play with the activities, because there is no way I will be an expert. I am sure some students will be able to help me guide others through the processes, which is how the students learn and support one another anyway.
I was surprised by some of the activities that are available that I had not idea about. I am very visual so I did have some difficulty with navagating through sites and continuously having to go back to previous pages to reread what was supposed to be done in which orders. I would have loved to have a printed version of all the steps to go back and read in front of me verus flipping back and forth on pages and losing some pages by hitting the back button. I would have printed, but I don't have a printer at home and I know that we are supposed to be paperless, but I think it would be easier for me to highlight the steps to directions so that when trying to teach this to students I won't be so scatterbrained because it will be right in front of me to walk them through each step easily without backstepping or confusing steps.
I have a list of Spring Branch approved FREE apps that I received when I attended an Ipod touch class. I have ideas of apps that can be used in every core subject area and productivity. I hope that I will get familiar enough with a large amount of these so that my students will be able to use them in class with the Ipod touches.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Skype is a great way for students to communicate to other classrooms, schools, states, and even other countries. Mrs. Wilkins and I plan to try to create and use this within our classrooms so that the students can talk to each other and when Mrs. Wilkins goes out of the country she will still be able to check on the students and talk with them. The use of technology will be different, but the students will catch on quickly and support us in using this new style of technology
This is a !great video to teach students about the water cycle. For instruction of ELL students this video is very effective. Providing the words so they can follow along with the song . The tune is catchy and the song is easy to sing, and repeating the song three times provides ELL's with repetition of the language. What a fun song to sing and easy to remember!
This is a video about The Three Billy Goats Gruff,
It is a great way to show students that they can perform and retell a story in a different way and using props.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Creating the digital story telling was a lot of fun. I was able to do it quickly. I like that you can add text to the pictures and then music to the whole thing. I could see how this could be used in the classroom when working on really any assignment. The students would need tones of support to walk them through the whole process, but they would love making their own digital storytelling book. Icould see how this could be usefull in writing, science, social, or math because of being able to add the text to each picture saying what they did or just creating a book for others to read.
I even made a wiki page and just put my blog on it as a link. Hopefully it worked!