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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning


  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
    1. Technology for the sake of technology diminishes the learning objectives. While the TEKS require the use of technology, note it says use. It is secondary to the objective is every instance. Technology is the tool for learning.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
    1. Students are accountable and assessed on every learning concept. The mode of presentation may vary, but the objective is still the same and needs to be assessed. TxVSN requires 2 modes of assessment on every TEK.
  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?
    1. The only applicable site is the University of Colorado PhET site. I have included many of the PhET simulations in the Physics course I wrote that was recently accepted by the TxVSN for inclusion in the courses catalog. Many contributors provide activities for the PhET simulations and I require students to submit the written work for evaluation.
  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?
    1. Smithsonian Channel. Will be used to screen video content. Station will have follow along notes sheet. Quiz will be used for assessment.
    2. Skyview Free. Will be used in astronomy for star locations. Students will locate stars and complete a sky chart, listing star name and facts available through the app. A complete lab report will also be submitted with the sky chart. Number of celestial objects determined by teacher.
  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.
    1. Students may use the Evernote app to complete observations on any lab activity. They may take notes, use the photo function to take pictures as they progress in the lab, record voices, etc. They can share via facebook and twitter and connect evernote to other apps.

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