Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tool #5: I have used several of the links in this list with my students. This is an example I made for my students on what they can make with animoto: http://animoto.com/play/sVAWEaUJzOzbDH0YtbDNaw
They used several of these websites to create products to incorporate into the websites they made using weebly.com. After using blogger, I think I am going to have each student create their own blog early on in the school year and each unit will have a culminating assignment that will require them to post on their blog. The tasks for each unit will be on my class blog: http://castillowg.blogspot.com/. They will post definitions for key terms, pictures, videos,  links to the weebly site and the products they create, etc. At the end of the year, the blog will serve as a portfolio to review for the EOC.  They will also have opportunities  to look at other student's blogs and comment.

Tool #4: I used Google Docs with my students several times this past school year. The first time was a little tough because not all students were familiar with and  I wasn't aware that it functioned best when using Google Chrome. After that first time though, it became easier to use. Students liked it because they could finish things up at home if they didn't finish in class and they could all work on one product, even across class periods.
I have collaborated with my team working on our road map for the upcoming year through a GoogleDoc. As a team, we can all collaborate and edit a test or a project without having to attach a file and email back and forth.
I created a short answer form in which I sent a video link to 2 teachers about educational ipad apps and opportunity for them to respond. This is something I could definitely use in class. Allow students to work at their own pace, reading material, watching videos and then have a quiz when they are ready, to check for their understanding without having to stop and do it on paper. Not all students get through material at the same time and so if there are students that finish earlier, they have the opportunity to go ahead and take the quiz and do enrichment activities, while those that need more time, can use it.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tool #3: I use video clips all the time in class. I usually use atube catcher to download the videos in case the internet goes down or the video is taken down.  I have never used ViewPure, so I thought that was a good resource to use.  

I found this video while I was teaching summer school. I didn't have a good video for the world water crisis and this one gives good information to introduce the issue.

I found this video at Snag Films. There are many geography videos divided by category. I will definitely use this site!  
 In regards tog copyright and fair use, the 4 things to consider are the purpose of the use, the nature of the use, the amount of the use, and the effect on potential makets. It is very important to give credit in all our work. When students create something, I always require them to give credit to the websites they used for pictures and information. I created a dropbox and added some text documents to it. I see this tool being used in the classroom when students are working on a project in groups. They can all access the pictures and information. It could also be a way that I can share files with my students, I could add all assignments by unit and students who were absent can easily access them, print them out and complete them and look at any videos or presentations that went with the assignment.
Tool #2:  I would really have to make an effort to keep up with a blog. I have never really commented on the blogs I visit, until now. I definitely see the benefits of actively participiating in online communites. After reading the commenting advice, I see the potential meaningful comments can have. This would be something that I would share with my students so that the comments they make lead to purposeful conversations as opposed to random and disconnected comments. I don't really mind sharing my thoughts in public, it's just something you have to get used to.
I subscribed to "ipads in the classroom" and found LOTS of resources such as: