Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tool # 11: Self Assessing and Reflecting

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.
When IPads are available for my classroom, I plan to use the Human Body App as a center when organ systems are introduced. Then, when students have basic knowledge, perhaps images can be incorporated into student presentations as each organ system is studied in detail.


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?
I see myself becoming more of a learning coach  and less of a lecturer. I will give guidance on content to be learned, develop resources, and give instruction in appropriate tools, apps, and websites. Student will take more responsibility for producing product that develop their knowledge, and share information with other students. The drawback is the time involved. It is possible that selected topics will be covered in greater depth, students will have more enthusiasm and recall of information, but fewer topics can be covered.

Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I was surprised at how much free information is already available to support my curriculum. I was also surprised at how much time it will take to find and adapt information.

I hope that the 11 tools will remain available as a resource next year. Although I have completed the program, I do not have the new devices in my classroom yet. I will need to review this information when I can actually implement some of these new techniques.

Tool #10: Digital Citizenship

Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
I want my students to know that the Internet connects them to the real world, and that bad choices can result in real world danger. Students are used to games, and virtual situations, and it is easy for them to ignore real risks.

I want my students to know that they need to be responsible for their behavior, and must avoid hurting others through online activities.

I want my students to know that the emphasis on safety and responsible behavior is not meant to limit them, but to expand their opportunities. It will give them a framework to safely explore and interact with the digital community.

Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
The Cybersmart for Teens site has content that is appropriate for my high school students, and seems to be in a format that students will find engaging. I plan to use some activities from that site.
Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
Verbal and written instructions on acceptable use of technology will be provided. Information will be provided on my website for review by parent and students. Students will discuss their previous experiences, and identify dangers that they recognize and already avoid. I will use techology to teach how to use technology. One of the first lessons on the new equipment will be students using the Cybersmart for Teens site.

Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
Students will be provided with a letter explaining key ideas, to be discussed with their parents and returned, signed by their parents. This will insure communication with parents who do not have access to a computer. More detailed information will be available on my website.

Tool # 9: Incorporating Classroom Devices as tools for Learning

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Technology can be seductive and a sneaky time thief. It is so entertaining for students. That is its power: it can entice students to be enthusiastic about the curriculum information being delivered. That is its drawback: students will be tempted to use the technology for non-educational purposes. Teachers, as they learn to use new devices and applications, could have all their planning and preparation time consumed by learning how to use the technology, and have less time to develop content. Teachers need to select the right amount of technology needed in order to meet the learning objective. Sometimes the new technology tools will be indispensable. Sometimes the old way of doing things will be just as effective but more efficient.

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Students need to learn more than facts. Students need to develop character traits like responsibility and honesty, and develop efficient work habits. When students are responsible for accounting for their time and caring for the equipment, it helps with the development of these traits. It also helps preserve the expensive equipment.

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?
Thinkfinity has two activities at the high school level that fit into my curriculum. The Skin Cancer activity would support content objectives from the course TEKS. The "From Cells to DNA" activity would be a good introduction to anatomy and physiology, and a good review of important concepts covered in biology, which is a prerequisite to my courses.


Another interactive website that might be useful is Tenmarks, which allows development of math lessons. This might be useful in developing medical math skills. There is a wide range of math ability in students. Those students who need more practice could work at a center doing online drills, while other students could do an alternate activity, such as constructing medical math problems.

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?

DK The Human Body app sounds like it would be a valuable enhancement in teaching human anatomy. It has high resolution images, so students could see necessary detail. It has a testing tool, which might be useful for student drill and practice. 3-D rotatable images would be superior to printed illustrations. It is not free, but only costs $10-$19, so it might be a worthwhile use of budget funds.


Bamboo Paper is a free virtual notebook. It claims to allow handwritten notes, drawings and doodle. This would provide flexibility for students to capture their thoughts, brainstorm and collaborate. Although the app is free, it requires a "Bamboo stylus" I did not see price information for that product, so I do not know if it would be cost effective
What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

In the past, I have used stations with Physician's Desk Reference and other pharmaceutical reference books when students are learning to use resources and research drugs. Adding an IPad station to this lesson would enhance the learning. Epocrates is an excellent app providing information about prescriptions medications. There is a free version available that I have been using. I think it would be appropriate. I will need to find out how to get it added to the SBISD approved list of IPad apps.

Tool # 8: Taking a look at the tools

List two to three things you learned about the device(s) that will be in your classroom this fall.
I do not yet know what devices I will be receiving. I am not scheduled to receive any devices this year, and there in no information yet about what might arrive next school year. Assuming that I will eventually get Dell 2120 Netbooks and IPads, I learned that the netbooks have a camera capable of video or still photography, and Internet-based interaction such as Skype. I can begin tentative plans for incorporating this capacity into next year's lessons. I learned that log in will be faster if every student has previously logged on to each device. Slow log in is a problem with the laptop computers currently available in my classroom. I will explore using this strategy with my older equipment. I learned that each teacher will have a great deal of freedom and responsibility for managing the classroom set of IPads. This will give me more flexibility, but will also require time. As I add new use of technology, I will also need to eliminate activities and strategies that I have used successfully in previous years. This will take courage, giving up the old for the new.

How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?
I plan to follow the suggested strategy of identifying students who already have IPad and netbook skills, and asking them to volunteer to be student-technicians and tutors. Even though many students already have IPad experience, classrroom use will be different than the recreational use. The initial lessons will cover basic expectations for appropriate classroom use, and basic operations. Students who have less proficincy will then be partnered with the previously identified student-experts. Security will be a concern with these small, portable devices. I will have students assisting with setting up the devices at the beginning of each period, and securing the devices at the end of each period.

Tool # 7: Online Digital Projects

Here is an online project that could be done by the Health Science students at Memorial High School paired with a class of Health Science students at Northbrook High School.
Objective: Working with a partner from another school, Health Science students will research the professional responsibilities and educational requirements of a chosen health occupation, using online resources, print resources, personal interviews and clinical experiences, will create a presentation using Google presentation, and each student will then show the presentation to their class.
Implementation: This project could be done during the first 2 weeks of May.
Tools: Google presentation, Skype, email, Internet sites such as Occupational Outlook Handbook and college web sites
Description:Students will be paired with a partner from the other school. They will have an initial Skype session in order to select their topic, and divide responsibilities. They will then work asynchronously, researching independently, communicating through email, constructing their presentation in Google presentation with comments to each other, as well as receiving comments and feedback from the teachers. They may have another Skype session if needed. The completed projects will be presented to each class as a means to review course content as a final review.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tool # 6:Promoting Classroom Discussion

Last semester, I assigned an individual essay to students. They needed to identify and discus in writing one way to improve the health of the city, country or world. This assignment could become more collaborative by using Wallwisher. Instead of starting with an individual essay, students could brainstorm and share ideas about improving health. Students could build on each others ideas. As common themes emerged, students could form groups and explore areas of common interest. I anticipate it looking something like this:


I think Skype could be a useful tool to promote interaction between students and classes at different schools. The Health Science Interns and Memorial HS could Skype with students at Northbrook and Spring Woods High Schools. They could compare experiences at the hospital, and could share experiences in order to help each other prepare for future assignments. I do not yet have devices in my classroom with the cameras needed, but I have set up my Skype account.

Tool # 5:Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

Wordle



I created a Wordle from medical terms the class has been studying. This could be used as a tool to review the terminology. students could work in pairs, quizzing eaach other on the definitions of the terms.
Comic
I created a comic with content from a lesson planned later this week. Students could create their own comics covering key concepts from the lesson. Comics could be printed and posted in stations in the classroom. Students could review key concepts by viewing student-created comics. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tool # 4: The Cloud

I have already used Google Apps with all of my classes this year. The first year students worked in pairs to create a presentation. The second year students worked in pairs to create a document that contained links to Internet sources. I collaborated on the documents by offering editing and suggestions.


The document collaboration worked well, and I will probably use that tool again. The presentations did not format as nicely as PowerPoint. The students were frustrated, and I was disappointed. I will probably assign PowerPoint presentations rather than Google Docs presentations in the future. Since I have already been using this tool, I believe I have fulfilled the goal of the assignment. It was one of the goals I chose for the year, and I have achieved it. I do not see the point of creating documents and forms that no one will use. I prefer to plan and implement actual lessons for students.

What I have not done previously was create a Google Form. Here is a new form that I could use to survey students in the class.

Click here to see the survey.

Tool # 3:Fining Online Video and Images

Visit several of the video hosting/streaming sites mentioned above. Share with your readers which sites you found most useful for your content and why


I frequently use Youtube and Discovery Education as a source of videos to enhance my curriculum. I like Youtube because of the great variety available, however the videos tend to be short, and must be carefully pre-screened for appropriateness in the classroom. I like Discovery education because of the high quality and accuracy of the videos.

Using any of the video resources mentioned above, find and select two videos that may be useful resources in your classroom. Embed them in your blog. If they do not have embed capabilities, hot link them to your blog


I recently used a youtube video on physical therapy treatments in class. This video on passive range of motion exercises would also be useful as a review of the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouOtMnigomI 


This is the video that the students viewed on gait training using crutches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh_dJZJvdZ4

Articulate what you learned about copyright and fair use. What was new to you
    As teachers, we must model the skills and behavior that we expect from our students. We cannot plagiarize, we must cite sources of text, video and images. We may use many sources for non-commercial use, but must be careful to restrict the use to the classroom, and not violate copyright. I have recently learned the proper format for citing images.

      Create a Dropbox account and add some files to it  How could you use this tool in your classroom
        I created a Dropbox account several months ago when I took Ipad training at the Guthrie center. I could use the Dropbox account to post assignments and lists of resources for students. However, I have been using my website for this purpose. Since that is what my students are used to, I will continue using my website I will consider using Dropbox next year, although I am not sure that it would offer an advantage.

        Thursday, January 5, 2012

        Tool # 2: Building Community

         I have visited the blogs of 6 educators. I visited two of the suggested sites. The sites were full of information, but none of it seemed relevant to my interests at this time. There are great resources available, but I think I could waste a lot of time in unfocused exploration of blogs. I am also reluctant to reveal my personal information to strangers on the internet (as well as in real life.)

        I visited the blogs of 3 teachers at my campus. Since MHS is just beginning 11 tools, there was not much posted yet. It is interesting to see how different each blog looks already. A blog can be a creative expression of a personal style.

        I visited the blog of one teacher at another campus who is further along in the 11 tools. We teach the same subject, and she had posted about resources that I will be able to use. I left a comment on her blog. I think that there could be useful communication between teachers of the same subject, and between students at different schools who are studying the same topic.

        I am updating this post on January 9, in order to completely answer the questions for Tool #2. I will cut and paste from the 11 tools site, with my responses inserted in italics, in order to address each question and receive credit for the assignment,.


        1. After completing the above, share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? An online community and PLN could be a valuable support. It could also be a distraction. To be a productive participant in an online discussion, comments should be relevant and respectful. Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? Yes, I believe the comments that I left on another teacher's blog were useful and respectful. How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? I am willing to share my thoughts publicly on the Internet using a pseudonym. For most blog posts I am not yet willing to reveal my real name or other identifying information, since it is not necessary. I am willing to reveal my identity when it is necessary, for example on my SBISD website.Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate? Of course! I know and trust my colleagues. Strangers on the internet might or might not be trustworthy.
        2. Share the url or name of a website or social network that you plan to visit in the future. What does that site have to offer? I plan to visit Mustang Librarian http://stangsterlibrarian.blogspot.com/ published by the librarian at my school. This website offers information to support and assist teachers in completing 11 tools. I have added this blog to my reading list.

        Tuesday, January 3, 2012

        Tool # 1: Create a blog

        Creating the blog was not very difficult. The directions from the 11 tools site and information from this morning's inservice were helpful. I will consider creating another blog to use for communication with my classes.

        I personalized my blog with an avatar. I found the animated avatars from Voki distracting, so I used a picture that I found on the Internet. I also find background music for text distracting. I think I will prefer a minimalist style for my blogs.