Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tool 11

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.

For the 7th grade students, I will do a end of year project where the students will show what they have learned.  They will be divided into small groups of 2-3 and each group will have 2-3 subjects that they need to cover.  They can use a variety of tools to accomplish this (iMovie, Glogster, Prezzi, etc.) and they will then post it on their French blog where I can review it.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?

My French class of the future, each student will have a internet connected device available so that all learning, teaching, projects, assessment can be done online.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I was happy to see that I am already using a lot of the tools, but was surprised to see how much more there is available for teachers and students.  It opens up a lot of new opportunities for me and the kids.

Tool 10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
a) make them aware about safety online and tools available to them like iSafe to learn more about this
b) explain and show how to distinguish good websites from "bad" ones, good online searches vs. not so good ones
c) explain what digital age skills are

2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.

Atomic Learning
ISTE website

3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.

A good way to teach digital citizenship to my students would be to show them how I do my internet searches and use some of the advanced tools, pointing out there are a lot of sites that are not trustworthy or misleading.

4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.

This can be incorporated in the beginning of year information leaflets that are handed out, but probably this will be incorporated in the CSA guidelines to parents since this is something that applies to all students, teacher and parents.

I like the blog by Vicki Davis and would share that with the parents.

wonderopolis - French toast

Study stack - chapter 7 vocabulary quiz

Flashcards and educational games by StudyStack

Tool 9

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?

In my opinion, it is obvious that the technology should support the French curriculum and objective for each lesson. There are so many wonderful technology tools available that help me teach my lessons. When I look back to 2-3 years ago, it is amazing to see how much more there is available online to help me help my students in their pursuit of mastering another language.

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

It will enable students to think about what material they are covering and trying to master. It is important to convey to students to take 100% responsibility with the end object to have life long learners who are self-motivated and require minimum supervision where the teacher is the facilitator and guides them along the way offering support and explanation whenever needed.

Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

One website that is not listed here and that I have started using lately is (I will create a separate post with embedded code for one of the chapters we are working on). Students can create their own study stacks for vocabulary, conjugations, etc. and this is available to everyone in the class. Each study stack automatically comes with a variety of subtools to master the vocabulary, such as flashcards, study lists, fill in the blank, crossword puzzles, quizzes, hangman, etc. and it makes it more fun to learn.

Another site that allows students to explore the language on their own is Francais Interactif which I have use in my classroom in the past.

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?

There are only two apps listed: Learn French with 7 jours sur la planete and TV5 Monde. Both apps are for higher level French in my opinion.

What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

Other way to use the iPod Touch/iPad would be to download French to English or English to French dictionaries such as Wordreference or Google translate. A lot of students already use this in class on their phones.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tool 8

I have learned what to expect from and how to use the Dell 2120. The video on iTunes showed me how to download the iTunes software or update it and how to set up an iTunes account. I also watched the iPad video which showed me how to use this. I'm not sure if I will get any or how many of these devices in my classroom.
If I did it would it much easier for me to incorporate web-based projects and lessons into the French classes that I teach.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tool 7

the collaborative project I would like to do is with another Spanish class at my school.

Content objective: have students in both classes provide input and compare their findings/thoughts

The tool I would like to use is Voicethread

A brief description of the project

Why is it important to learn French / Spanish in today's world? What are the benefits/advantages of learning a second or third language? What other languages are you interested in and think will be important to know in the future?