summer countdown

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tool 11

1) I think YouTube is a valuable tool in the wealth of visual demonstration of science concepts. At the beginning of a new section of material, I will have students find various videos of the science topics currently being covered to share with the class (but topics must be new and not stated in textbook)

2) Technology is the way students communicate and see the world so in order to really reach them, the material needs to be presented in their language, via digital tools. Homework and projects need to be transformed to incorporate technology. As this happens I believe teachers will see an interest and more vested approach to the students' schoolwork.

3) The user-friendliness of the tools was really nice. Using the various tools such as Twitter and imbedding videos from YouTube is actually very simple and something that can be injected into a lesson very easily in order to liven it up and generate interest from students.

Tool 10

1) Things that students should understand about being good digital citizens is not only pandering or contributing towards inappropriate web content (although that is one), they need to explore the web, taking advantage of the good there is out there, as well as contribute to the resource, create web-powered ideas that will foster web projects all over the world. They need to take the web to a new level and make people see it as a tool they haven't before.

2) Atomic Learning's Creative Commons workshop on licensing creative work will be helpful when encouraging students to create web work

3) A great way to teach digital citizenship is to compare how students learned 20 years ago and the capability of learning now with all the web tools available. I think it makes the current situation look very exciting.

4) I think parents will get involved by watching their children becoming engaged in their web projects. Through the projects the parents will see the true capabilities of the web and encourage this path of thinking.

Tool 2

1. followed blogs of marine biologists and commented

2. I believe that social networks are a useful tool for sharing ideas and thoughts on how to better our classrooms.  If one teacher stumbles upon a useful website that can help demonstrate a concept it can benefit everyone if that person can share the web address and put that "tool" in the hands of all concerned.  Although some thoughts really don't need to be shared publicly! 

3. A useful website for marine biology is which is staffed by students and professionals that allows us to look at plankton samples and ask questions.