Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tool #9

1. It's important  to tie technology to the objective to help expand and enrich their learning.  Many times there is an epiphany that happens using the various media that might not have happened using books and paper.  I have observed many classroom examples of taking the TEKS to a whole new level adding just one app to the process.  Kids enjoy having a choice to build out their learning.

2. Holding students accountable for work done at stations/centers is important because there will be greater participation and it helps to engage them in the process. Using a rubric to help them create a product, or using open-ended /close sentences to document what they've completed.  I like the idea of using a web camera or a voice recorder for them to report and explain what they've done. Kids love to "report"-be on stage!

3. I liked MangaHigh--especially the pyramids and penquins site for numbers.  Great station practice for mastery and content practice.  I also liked Thinkfinity because there are some great apps like ABC Match which would be great for our Beginning and Intermediate ESOL students.  Students could be held accountable by using Station options and signing their name, include screen shots of activities, have a list of activities and then they can bold the ones they've done.

4. At the district data base for approved apps,  I found two for ESOL primary/intermediate students. It was called ABA flashcards for Actions and ABA flashcards for Things you wear. I would set up a station with a menu of activities on learning words both visually and auditorally. Students could be held accountable by using Station options and signing their name, include screen shots of activities, have a list of activities and then they can bold the ones they've done. They also could use ScreenChomp to create a video to share something they've learned or want to teach another student.  AudioBoo is great for recording their voices and how they sound learning English words.

5. I've learned about some clever ways to use the iPod Touch/iiPad on the TCEA recommended iPad Apps. There was a great Handwriting app called Alphabet Tracing. Another one was Puppet Pals and Sock Puppets which would be great for two ESOL students to work together on building a dialog on explaining the water cycle, or how you greet someone, or how to do a math problem.

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