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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tool 11 - Self-Assessing and Reflecting

I have found this process of 11 tools very welcomed.  Although I am very hesitant about technology, I can really see a lot of benefits to using it effectively in the classroom.  I think it can do a lot to encourage participation by all students.

One thing I am going to start using every day in my classroom is the tool - Poll Everywhere.  I am going to use it with my warm-up activity first thing when the bell rings.  I know the students will like having a reason to use their cell phones to vote on which answer to the warm-up problem is right.  I also really liked Google Docs and I plan on using that in May when I have the students working in groups on a stock project.  It is a good way for the students to communicate without actually being together in the classroom.

11 tools has made me more aware of the vast variety of activities that can be done on the Internet and things that can bring lessons alive in the classroom.  Even though I teach math, just getting to show maybe a lesson from Khan Academy would give the students an opportunity to benefit from the Internet.  I also see using some online features like tracking stocks and doing company research in class being a really nice, educational feature.

I know I still have quite a lot to learn about using this new technology effectively in the classroom, but I am looking forward to the journey.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tool 10 - Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

There were several things I looked at and listened to on Atomic Learning that I will share with my students when we start working online in the classroom.  One was Creative Commons.  I liked how Creative Commons gave people a way to copyright their creativity that they post online.  This was a very informative presentation and it would be something I would talk to students about.  It is the other side of plagiary.  It protects students from having their ideas and designs copied and someone else taking credit for their work.

Another thing I would like to make students aware of is Cyberbullying.  We would spend some time discussing this concept and what to do about it if they should find themselves feeling bullied online.

And finally, I liked the idea of putting together an Internet safety poster that discusses things that will keep students safe online.  I would have it displayed in the classroom and we could refer to it throughout the year if students forget about the rules on how to be good digital citizens.

As for how I would share digital citizenship with parents, I would have lessons posted online so parents could see for themselves the lessons that their children are learning in class.  I would also be quick to direct parents to resources that I have found to help them keep their children safe online.