Friday, June 29, 2012

Tool # 4, Google Apps.

Google apps. should help expedite communication within our department. I think we can have less meetings while conducting our business through document sharing.
Google apps. should also help in the classroom in three main areas - communication, collaboration, and creation. Students will be able to work in class, as well as outside of class. The entire class can work on one document, or groups can work on separate documents. Students will be able to work together without actually being together. A paperless classroom will be a big advantage.
I'm especially excited about using the collaboration tools. I think they will help the students learn from each other while encouraging individual creativity.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tool # 3 - Adding Video

For this tool, I found Teacher Tube and blinkx most helpful. I think it is important to understand what the copyright and fair use laws entail, and to teach and model the important points to our students. Students also need to learn about plagiarism and how to cite their sources in our evolving digital environment. Dropbox seems to be a great organizational tool. I'm looking forward to using it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tool # 2 - Personal Learning Network

I'm looking forward to building my PLN as well as participating in others. Last year my students enjoyed using Read, Write & Gold 10 and working on a global project through epals.com. I feel somewhat reticent about sharing my thoughts publicly, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. I have enjoyed getting immediate feedback from teammates when interacting with them, whether discussing successes and/or challenges. I'm going to add Diigo to my network this school year. I like the idea of bookmarking and annotating with my students, as well as the simple setup.