Friday, August 10, 2012

My Classroom Blog

Here is my classroom blog! All ready to go, just need to get posting... Mrs. Hiner's Headlines
I'm very excited to get it going, I just hope I can stay on top of it all year!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tool #11


1. My favorite tools are...
     - Blogger
     - Skype
     - Todays Meet
     - Google Docs
     - Drop Box
     - Wordle
     - Youtube

The very first tool I want to incorporate in my classroom is my class blog. I have one all set up! I plan on using it in many different ways to help taking my class' learning to the next level. I want to have links on the side for easy access for my first grade students to make it to the correct sites. This can help out with logins and being able to start up the applications and links much quicker. I also plan to use those quick links for the students to have additional practice at home. They will know right where to find it! I also want to use it to update parents on what we are learning and doing in the classroom. I also hope it will motivate student work and projects; by posting the students work on the blog I hope that motivates their efforts and participation. I hope my students know how to always make it to my blog and from their they will have access to the told they need. That will help me out a lot! :)

2. Oh goodness, technology definitely takes our teaching to the next level! It is so important for us to understand to use technology as a resource and not completely relying on it to teach. It is important to be flexible and not depend too heavily on technology. It is great to always have a back up, which I am sure we have all figured out first hand because technology seems to not cooperate right when you need it to. Anyway, I am getting so excited to incorporating these tools in various ways to help broaden my student's learning. Everyone learns differently and I think we all know that when you can add fun technology tools to a lesson it instantly becomes 100x cooler! So excited to teach these skills and start modeling the use of these told for my young ones. I am glad we did this over summer, so I can keep this in mind when setting up my classroom to best accomodate my 21st century learners.

3. Honestly, I didn't think I would have learned so much helpful advice. This was a very insightful training. I had no idea there were that many great tools to bring in to the classroom. I'm so excited to get them going!

Tool #10


1. A few things that I would want my students to understand about being good digital citizens are the following:
    * Don't abuse the equipment.
    * Make sure it is put away and ready to use. Leave it how you found it.
    * Follow directions, rules, and expectations.
    * Share
    * Be responsible and make good choices.
    * Be SAFE!

2. I plan to use Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Presentations on Wes Fryer's Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog.. to help inform my students and parents about the many different factors that good digital citizenship entails.

3. I would model and focus on positive reinforcement as well as follow through with consequences set forth with my expectations. I plan on following through and being consistent with my rules and consequences.

4. I plan to inform my Parents of how I plan on using technology in the classroom, as well as share our strategies to promote good digital citizenship in the classroom. I also want to help answer questions parents might have and direct them to be able to find safe search engine site to use at home.

Tool #9


* I think it is important to tie technology to the objective because it is so much more meaningful and beneficial to the student's learning. You have to give children a reason, goals, and expectations! It gives students more ways to grasp a better understanding and make deeper connections to their schema through practicing with technology.
* We should hold students accountable for the stations to teach them responsibility. I can also see these being motivators for good behavior. If the students aren't taking care of the technology or are doing things they know they shouldn't then they will not continue to be able to use them.
* There were several great links but I really liked and They have tons of great activities to challenge the students reading and math skills. These help practice and build the students skills in all different content areas. I can hold my students accountable by setting rules and expectations and following through with positive reinforcement or consequences if they chose to not follow directions or not use the activities appropriately.
* I really enjoyed searching for Apps and will continue to find great ones I am sure! A few I have found that I can definitely see being a hit with the students are Fish School HD, Splash Math and Smarty Pants School. These are great Apps for the students to use independently during centers at the first grade level. They are helping the students practice and build on foundation skills/schema they already have. They are practicing skills like matching, letters, shapes, time, money, colors, alphabet, word families, word completion, letter knowledge, phonemic awareness and the list goes on...
*There are so many different ways we can use the iPads and I can't wait to see where my student's want to take it. From taking pictures, to making videos, to working on activities, projects, and using the awesome apps, I can see the technology additions as a huge asset to inspiring learners in my classroom.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tool #8


It was great to learn that there is a way to connect the netbooks to the projector/active board. That will be very neat to share the progress on a student netbooks with the rest of the class by using the Active board. I also earned little helpful techniques that I wasn't aware of before. I didn't know now to activate & deactivate the keys at the top of the netbook as well as inverting the contrast of colors of the screen. I am very familiar with the iPad and other apple devices, so there wasn't much I didn't already know. I am very excited about all the devices we will now have in the classroom and cannot wait to start using them.

Obviously managing these devices in the classroom is essential for the safety of the students as well as protecting the condition of the devices. I plan on managing my classroom devices by establishing rules and setting expectations for how to use the different devices. I will definitely use the rules and tips offered about managing the netbooks in the classroom. I feel like overall the iPad is much easier to manage in the classroom.

Tool #7


I really like the idea of Skype being in the classroom and opening the window of possibilites. I plan to use Skype as a tool to communicate with others outside our classroom this upcoming school year. The objective of this collaborative project would be to share ideas and ask questions about specific content area that we would both be learning about. I plan to use Skype to initially communicate and then use Today's Meet, or another discussion tool, to follow up about what learned and continue to ask questions. I am excited to try this collaborative project with other classes around the district!

Tool #6


I think this discussion tool is so neat. I would love to use this to interact with students. This would also be great to use during a team meeting or a faculty meeting. The students or teachers can be adding notes, ideas, comments, and be communicating together. It is a neat way to compile ideas and comments together over a certain topic or gathering. I am excited to try this in my class next year as well as many other different tools mentioned.

I also signed up for a new class Skype account. I have already made plans with other teachers in the district to let our classes have discussion over Skype. I think it would also be neat to seek out different professionals that may know a lot about what we are learning in class. For example, when learning about rocks, my kids can think of questions to ask a geologist and then we can Skype with a geologist and the students can have ownership of their questions. I have observed this tool in a classroom setting, in the past, and the students really enjoyed it and stayed engaged the whole time.

Tool #5


I created an example of how my students could create a magazine cover over a certain topic area we have been studying. This could go so many directions and there could be tons of extension activities. There were so many other great tools to use on Big Huge Labs.

I love Wordles!!!They are so much fun and the kids just love them! These can be used in correlation with so many different lessons and activities. In this example, I used it where it was a review over the topic of animals and can be something we make as a class or individually (according to level). This is a neat activity for the students to make after a certain unit is covered. This activity can be taken in so many different directions as well as changed in difficulty for all levels.

Tool #4


I am still exploring with Google Docs, however we have started using it as a tool for communication and collaboration with my team. I can incorporate Google Apps in my classroom by having easy access to saved documents, having surveys and questionnaires that my students can have access to, I can also use it to develop a questionnaire for the parents of my students to offer feedback. I am really excited to continue exploring with Google Docs and find out the many other ways I can incorporate this tool in my classroom.

For the assignment, I chose to conduct a questionnaire to discover which teacher resources are most popularly used in the classroom. I am thrilled at how easy that was to create! I know I will take advantage of the use of this tool in my classroom.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tool #3


I really enjoy using and in the classroom. It was great to find out about Viewpure, because I have heard stories and often worry about what might pop up on the active board when searching Youtube. I think it is great for the kids to see what other students in other schools are doing. What a great concept. I remember when I was in grade school, the way we would share our learning was through writing out penpals. Now sharing and connecting is so much fun and so easy!

The first video I chose was one I like showing my students. They always love it! It is a video of middle schoolers singing a song with new lyrics about reading to a very popular song. The students love learning the lyrics and singing and dancing with their books in front of the screen. It is a great way to have a fun break as well as motivates reading. My kids get excited to see the older students having so much fun with reading and want to be just like them, it is so cute.

The second video is an example of how I have been using videos in my class this summer. We are doing project based learning and we are studying about animals. My Pre-K kids are learning so much. Whenever they have a question I guide them with ways we can figure it out and either find videos or pictures of animals we have never seen before. The other day we were discussing stingrays and after observing a picture, my students were wondering where it's mouth was. I showed a short video of a stingray swimming showing above, underneath as well as how it swims. What a great way to learn, for my kids to be able to discover that first hand and talk about their observations at their level.

It was nice to be updated and review the copyright and fair use laws. This is something that you have to be so careful about everyday when finding resources to incorporate in your classroom. There are so many great places to find teaching ideas and materials that you can find that are copyrighted or that you have to pay to even have access to. and are  really neat ways to follow these laws and be able to share great ideas with very talented teachers nationwide.

I think Dropbox is a really neat tool to use to help organize and keep track or certain items. When being introduced to this tool it reminded me of Pinterest. I have a "school" bulletin board, where I keep all of my educational resources and ideas so that all of my favorites can be saved in the same place. I look forward to explore using Dropbox as well as use it as a classroom tool next school year.

Tool #2


I really enjoyed this tool and getting back into the groove with searching what great resources are out there for educators. I also enjoyed learning about Google Reader and discovering how easy it use as a way to organize ideas and stay up to date with educational information. I think the commenting is neat because it allows you to connect with not only those in your district but talented teachers nationwide. I feel this is really helping teachers take there ideas and instruction to the next level. Without all these tech tools we wouldn't be able to connect and share as easily.