Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tool #9: We are responsible for content, technology is just a tool to get students to learn/show they learned the content. When planning to use technology, it is always important to make sure that the priority isn't the making of a product, but what the product contains. I had a couple of students that focused so much on the colors and the font and the clipart on their website that they ran out of time and got very little content from the experience.

It is extremely important to hold each individual student accountable for work in stations/groups so that no one is left out of the learning experience. It is important for students to know what is expected when working in centers/stations. A rubric and a time limit helps students to stay on task. A way to ensure accountability is providing options for students to show what they learned. I really liked the ideas provided on this.

I looked at Thinkfinity, you can narrow down exactly what you are looking for. I searched for high school geography lessons and found lots of links to National Geographic lessons which usually are usually very interactive lessons. I also looked in the SBISD Interactive Database and I found www.geo-cube.eu/  
This website has a really cool visual that could serve as a station for an intro, a review, or just for enrichment.

I found several apps I could use in stations, one is Geopedia US, it is a database with information that students can look at, interpret, and use to make predictions. There is also a CIA World Factbook app. Students could use the flashcard app to review for a quiz,test, and EOC in groups as well. Again, all students would be accountable for participating. For example, after looking at the flashcards, all students would have to turn in a paragraph using 5 of the words from the list they reviewed.

I downloaded a sticky note app on my ipad, students use this to work at a station and then leave a note before leaving adding to the conversation.

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