Tuesday, February 28, 2012

After the Tools

Just got the iPad a week ago and have started exploring.  One of my Tech Think Tank students helped me make a quick video on the Show Me app. I created a Show Me account and was able to get the embed code from our video so you could see a very simple first attempt.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tool 11 - Reflecting and Assessing

My Favorite tools...there are so many! Edmodo, Wikis, DropBox, Google Docs and Forms, I have been using all of these in my work with teachers and students. As an iCoach moving forward, my goal is to incorporate a new tool in each campus wide staff development I design. So far I have used a Wiki and Dropbox and am considering things like Today's Meet and Edmodo for upcoming events.  With my student group, Tcubed (Technology Think Tank) I'm hoping to launch a Google site!  We want to create a website that will teach about 2.0 tools and helpful internet search tools that students can use. We're hoping to introduce our site in Social Studies classes as students begin work on a project in March.

My vision for staff development in general has shifted this year.  I have come to realize that when I incorporate technology, the level of engagement increases and I become a conductor instead of the preacher. It is actually refreshing to take a new and different approach, especially in extremely large groups. 

As for 11 Tools, I have really enjoyed the ride! It has given me lots of ideas and given me reason to go exploring. What surprised me is how much I like tinkering around with all of the tools. I've learned a lot along the way! I would highly recommend leaving the 11 Tools blog up indefinitely so we have it as a reference.  Thanks to all who put the 11 Tools blog together and continue to maintain and improve it!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tool 10: Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship!

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
ISTE says it well in these points below for students.
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.


a.advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b.exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c.demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d.exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
I really enjoyed the video on Wes Fryer's Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog about the digital dossier we all have whether we realize it or not. I think it sends a subtle message that could have an impact on students. We don't tend to think about the tracks we are making as we go about our daily lives in this digital age. It will be interesting to get my My Tech Think Tank students' thoughts and opinions on the video.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
Sara Wilkie and Alan November shared some great resources with the iCoaches that could be used to teach digital citizenship. For example, knowing how to decode URLs to check validity of websites is an extremely valuable and necessary skill for students and educators to have. That speaks to the safe and responsible use of information.

4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
Since I'm not a classroom teacher I have fewer interactions with parents but my webpage on the school's website is a good place for me to start posting things to address the ideas of digital citizenship.