Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tool #9

1.  Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
You must tie the technology to the objective of the lesson because it is an essential element. Otherwise, you would be using the technological platform for the sake of incorporating technology where it is not a good fit and render the requirement superfluous.
2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? Students should take ownership of their learning and have a vested interest in the digital devices in the classroom so that they take better care to ensure a long life for the devices.
3. 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? I really liked Thinkfinity and Expeditions for Social Studies. Students could glean relevant information from the textbook at one station, update the data sets on the digital devices, and create graphs to demonstrate their understanding. As students publish what they have derived from various sources, other groups verify their research.

4. 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? Google Maps app, Stack the Countries, or Europe puzzle map would be great practice for students. Working in pairs students could perform drills to learn locations. Using Google maps students would see satellite images of land formations and relative locations. Students would monitor each other.
5. What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station. Students will research primary sources, search fro video on streaming sites and use image sites.

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