Saturday, August 7, 2010
Some of my favorites and the ones I will bring in into the classroom will be:
Mosaic with ImageChef - I am already planning on the posters I am going to create to enhance learning in my classroom!
Animoto – I will introduce it as a writer’s workshop publication tool. It is a fun and organized way to keep a clear sequence of events, and it will help to add all the literacy elements as well. I am sure my students and I will enjoy the final product of every story.
Even when technology is relatively new to me, I have been able to learn quickly when acquiring new skills, but was conversely shock at how long it would take me to complete this assignment. I keep spending long periods of time en each tool, especially when creating videos and searching for images to include into all of the different tools.
Integrating the new tools in my classroom comes with the responsibility to teach my students about digital citizenship.
Three things I want my kids to know and practice from digital citizen are:
Digital Security & Safety: electronic precautions to guarantee safety/physical well-being in a digital technology world
Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
Digital Literacy: the process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
I love Apps!!! I have learned the use of the IPod and the IPhone from my own kids. I am using some of the educational apps that I am sure my students are going to enjoy. Apps are perfect while working in small groups.
Here are some of the Apps:
Read me a Story
ILearn Solar System
Basic Math with Mathaliens
I love and appreciate Skype because is a tool that help me stay connected with my family and friends outside the U.S. In school, students can learn from other students, they can connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Here is the first video from youtube: Clip from Lean on me
I love it because it shows some aspects of leadership.
This second video is from CNN Democratic Debate: English as Official U.S. Language?
I like it because as an immigrant and a bilingual teacher, I agree with President Barack Obama and the Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton
It is wonderful that WIKIs provide unlimited storage for digital materials! And are kids and technology challenged friendly!
Here are some of the websites I visited and added to "My Delicious":
I love social bookmarking!
Google Reader provide a very nice way to keep track of different sites I am interested in and share them with friends and other groups I work with.
These tools will be beneficial to use with my team mates and with my students.
Two of the image generators I found interesting to use before, during, or after introducing a concept were the following:
1. Animoto to make a movie out of pictures.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Both great tools for teachers and students to use in the classroom.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I like the idea of emphasizing the human elements in blogging by revealing and maintaining as much of my identity as is deemed safe; minimizing harm to others by never knowingly hurting or injuring someone with information made available on my blog; and building community by linking my blog to others.
I commented on the following blogs:
Tomorrow and Beyond (M Dimareli)
Maria's Modern Life (M Giraldo)
Rosaura's Blog (R Ramirez)
Mimi the Blogger (M Garcia)
Vivian's Blog (V Herrera)