28 March 2014

0 A colleague asked .....

A colleague asked me to answer the following questions for one of her graduate assignments. I am curious on your thoughts on either of the following:

  • If technology were removed, what learning would be impossible/impaired?
  • How do you support professional development?
  • What is the best “advice” you would give for moving technology/learning forward in a way that will make more impact for all students
My thoughts are: 
If technology were removed, what learning would be impossible/impaired?
If technology were removed, I believe, it would hinder our learners to neither advance beyond knowledge and comprehensive learning nor facilitate student driven learning experiences needed to assist our student to thrive in today’s world. The utilization of technology fosters collaboration among students promoting an engaged-learning environment, which I believe, enhances critical/higher level thinking skills.
How do you support professional development?
Our technology department supports professional development in many ways to assist in meeting the needs of our staff. Our technology professional developments concentrate on increasing student achievement utilizing backwards planning to recognize the desired student’s behavior.  Additionally our professional developments are centering around the 21st Century learning skills which encompass the 4C’s: Creativity, Communication. Collaboration and Critical Thinking,
What is the best “advice” you would give for moving technology/learning forward in a way that will make more impact for all students.
The best advice I can provide is to consider the SAMR technology integration model - developed by Dr, Rubin Puentadura.  When integrating technology consider centering the lesson around the following questions:
  • What do I want my students to learn?
  • What are the student behaviors? 
The SAMR model is a useful tool to assist teachers to gradually shift to transitioning from below the line to above the line of technology integration. I highly recommend you viewing the following post by Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology in Eanes ISD. He approaches the SAMR model to the analogy of a pool (“Taking a Dip in the SAMR Swimming Pool”) compared to the ladder approach. His explanation of the “SAMR Swimming Pool” provides a straightforward explanation of the SAMR model.
What are your thoughts?

07 February 2014

1 Word Hearts - SUPER EASY Word Cloud

Just when you think you are getting a handle on "some" of these Web 2.0 tools... another one pops up. Along comes Word Hearts and Other Shapes by Jeff Clark.

Like other word cloud sites, this site allows you to add various symbols, change the font, word, shape and background color, as well as the orientation. You use your own words separated by commas and click the Draw button to create the word cloud. 

Once the image is created, click the Save button which opens to a new tab...right click on the image and save to your desktop. 

Why do I like this??? Its simplicity.....not too many choices, no galleries and easy to use. Perfect timing for Valentine's Day for your students! 

12 December 2013

0 Creative Classrooms (Mobile Apps) - Lesson Submission

This post is in regards to an online class (Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) in which I am participating in on the topic of Apps/Mobile Learning. This is the last assignment that I am required to submit:

Creative Classrooms (Mobile Apps) - Lesson Submission

Lesson Title: Seasons (Grade 1)   
Subject Area: Science
Mobile platform used: iOS

TEKS Addressed in the Lesson:

  • Science: (1.8) Eath and space. The student knows that the natural world includes the air around us and objects in the sky.
    1. Identify identify characteristics of the seasons of the year and day and night
  • (2) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations.
    1. (A)  ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world
    2. (D)  record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words
  • (3) The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
    1. (B) make predictions based on observable patterns.
  • ELPS: c5B: write using newly acquired basic vocabulary and content-based grade-level vocabulary
Video Introduction:
How would you discuss the video with the class?
How would you teach the lesson?
How would you have students apply the lesson?
Possible apps:
  • Feltboard: ($2.99 and worth it) Using the app, Felt Board, students will create a board which demonstrates their knowledge of each season.

Another possible  idea is using the app:
  • Songify:  Turns your speech into a song ($2.99 - I believe I purchased it when it was free) Students write a poem about their favorite season, record it with Songify. You could also find photos and create an Animoto using the song from Songify. Please view the below example. (Works best in IE)

How would you assess the lesson?
  • Students will share their Feltboard and Songify/Animoto projects with the class. The teacher will post finished Feltboard project on the classroom website utilizing the Web 2.0 Flipsnack site. Finished Feltboard project URL.
  • Rubric to grade assignment: At this time (Thursday, 12Dec13)  RubiStar site will not open.
Note: Possible other videos to utilize through the lesson:
  • Discovery Streaming:
    1. Videos should be stopped throughout and facilitating questions posed to enhance learning. 
                                          i.    Magical Mother Nature: The Four Seasons (15:28)
                                        ii.    Seasons (17:30)

10 December 2013

0 Keep On and Tech On with Keep Calm-o-Matic Image Generator

Keep Calm and Carry On  - who has not seen this popular slogan! They are the trend of popularity with personalized versions at every turn!  But did you know there really is a history to this slogan?

Keep Calm and Carry On was the third in a series of World War 2 posters drawn up by the UK Ministry of Information in order to boost the morale of the British people by passing on a message from King George VI.

…After one of the original posters was recovered and placed in a British bookshop in 2000, the inspirational message was shared online, sparking a series of image macros centered around the phrase  template “Keep Calm and X”.http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keep-calm-and-carry-on

With that being said, I stumbled across this site...with Keep Calm-o-Matic Image Generator. This user-friendly Web 2.0 app, allows one to personalize by providing options to upload your own graphic, change both the color of the background and font! It also provides many alternatives to save from a jpeg, pdf to a Facebook cover page to computer desktop wallpaper. How cool is that!

How could this be used in the classroom?
· Character traits/values, anti-bullying, achievement slogans
· Slogan a character from a book would create
· Slogan for a topic/concepts of study
· Classroom management
· Springboard for possible writing activities

Please note…No log in or sign up is needed to utilize this site…However, you do have to log in to download the image. By logging in, you may also make these graphics private. Also know, even though the site requests for nothing inappropriate, it does contain a gallery so please be mindful of possible inappropriate slogans.

08 December 2013

0 Seasons: Popplet/Padlet KWL Chart

This entry is in reference to an online course I am taking:
Teachers + Mobile Apps = Creative Classrooms Syllabus

Popplet also is an app and you would need to log onto your idevice to view and utilize.


03 December 2013

0 Newton's Law of Inertia

As an video introductory to Newton's Law of Inertia, I would utilize the resources we have at our district. I would show the following:

Discovery Education: (This video would downloaded to Dropbox then upload to idevice)  The Law of Inertia and Newton's Second Law of Motion

And/or BrainPop's (app) Newton's Law of Motion:

And for the KWL chart. I utilized the app, Popplet: