Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tool # 9 Incorporating Devices as Tools for Learning

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Using a device or software without an objective is technology for technology's sake, and a huge waste of time and money.  However, good, flexible tools WILL find a natural application to many curriculum objectives.  They MUST be easy to implement and use.  It may be necessary to identify objective things I have never done, because I couldn't, but which can now be done, given the new tools.

2.  Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

Because students are, ultimately, accountable for their own education. Once they leave public education, no-one will chase them down to cram just one more idea into their heads. That is why it is more important to teach students how to learn than the value of any single fact or idea. It is also important to show students how to be good stewards for their resources - their planet, their water, their homes, their possessions, their tools. 

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?

Many PhET simulations are applicable to all three of my courses, Physics, Earth & Space Sci, Engineering; some have been used in Physics for several years.

SBISD's Interactive site has an Alternative Energy Project useful for all my courses.

In addition, Google Maps and Google Earth can be used for Earth and Space Sci for satellite imagery of many geologic features, e.g. Grand Canyon.

Accountability is as simple as a list of questions to answer or a verbal or written description.

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?

My daughter's boyfriend (young, tech-savvy) found me the following (I paid him for his time):

All apps listed are free (or free versions) unless otherwise noted with [PAID]

iTunes U (for downloading lecture podcasts)
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (create, record and play back lessons/presentations)
BubbleSheet (allows students to answer mulitple choice tests/assignment from iPad with O/L support)
Mental Case Classroom Edition (create flashcards and distribute them via web to student iPads)
Choice-Board Creator (create simple multiple choice flashcards/quizes)
Flashcards* (create custom flashcards, multiple decks possible)
Numbers [PAID] (Apple's iPad excel program)
Pages [PAID] (Apple's iPad wrord processor)

Science360 (various videos and articles relating to science)
Periodic Table+ lite (basic table, with web support for additional specs)
NOVA Elements (interactive periodic table)
Building Atoms, Ions, and Isotopes HD Lite (fill in pro, neu, and ele to match element card)
Molecules (3D molecule rendering)
Science Glossary (its...a science glossary)
PhysicalSci (interactive physical science glossary)
Xperica HD (basic interactive physics experiments)

Quick Graph (graphing for mathematical functions)
Calc Made Easy Free (calculator with automatic note pad)
Units and Constants (unit conversion program)
Convert Units Free HD (same as above.  more simple to use, far less units)
Math Ref Free (reference guide for math formulas)

I see my students using iPADs to take pictures and videos of their work, look up needed reference info as and when needed, especially at work tables (engineering), referencing PLTW powerpoints or examples of devices previously built, looking at Google Maps satellite images (perhaps with wikipedia references on an accompanying netbook, researching projects.

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.

(see Google Maps, above and below)

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