Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tool #9 Assignment

1.    Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? If we don’t tie technology to the objective, then we are doing our students a disservice.  The technology used must support the curriculum that the teacher delivers to her students.  The curriculum is the foundation of it all, and the technology tools used must support the curriculum in a meaningful and educationally sound manner.  We should never do things with technology because they are “cute” and not really provide any valuable instructional support.

2.    Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? If the technology that we use in our classroom does not have student accountability built in, one must ask what educational value it has. 

3.    Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level.
a--Manipula Math and Manga High

How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

In Manipula Math, I will have my students go to the Middle School, Geometry section.  While there, they would go to the Thermometer applet and they will manipulate two thermometers.  This would be great support to my lesson on adding and subtracting negative integers.  This site is easy to use and students would keep track of their answers and submit them to me on a paper so I can grade them. 
In Manga High, I found a terrific game for a lesson that I teach on Order of Operations.  Students would compete by shooting at “invaders” with the correct number sentence.  They compete with themselves or with others to raise their scores.
Both of these websites can be done while students are at individual computers or as a single station at the ACTIVboard. 

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?

The Elements is a great app that my students can use to complement our chemistry unit study.  It is a terrific resource full of information for each element.  Students would complete an activity sheet for the element that they are working on.  With that activity sheet, they would complete and “element medal” that they could wear home. 
The Atomic Structure app is also a tool to bring in to my chemistry unit.  I always introduce the unit by doing a lesson on atoms and their structure.  This app fits right in!  I would let my students play with their iPads first and learn about the parts of the atom.  They would complete a diagram which labels the parts of the atoms would be submitted to me. 

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. I plan on using these as research tools.  My students each create an independent research projects.  The iPads would be a great tool for them to use as they take research notes on their index cards.  The note cards would be sorted out and compiled into a research paper. 

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