Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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

Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? As Sir Ken has noted, the future for our students will depend more on their ability for "Divergent Thinking" than on the number of facts held in their brains. Whatever career our children choose, they will be using technology and accessing information through technology. Therefore, our Objectives need to include not only essential knowledge, but also the technology for accessing that knowledge.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? This goes back to the fact that we are dealing more with process than product in the new technology paradigm. So, having benchmarks of some sort are important a.) so the student knows they are succeeding and b.) so that we as teachers know that we are sending them in the right direction. Because 21st century learning is more about the student accessing knowledge than the teacher providing facts, the student will need ways to know they are achieving their goals.
  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? I really like the Thinkfinity site. WHile there are alot of sites, that deal with core subjects, there are fewer that deal with High School Art appropriately. I will probably use this to help my students when we work on our illustration for a book they are reading. They may be able to use this site to get more information on the story they are doing. For instance I did see an applicable segment on "To Kill a Mockingbord" which is one of the books the students use. Also, within the SBISD Interactive Database. there was an application called Hero Machine 2.5 that looks very interesting, especially as we work on our self-portraits. I will be using the SBISD Interactive Database quite a bit because of its user friendly search function.
  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? As discussed in an earlier blog, Animoto Video would be a fun way for the students to create something new with their artwork and would help them understand that their artwork is not necessarily the end product. Accountability is built in because they would have a product that can be shown with their own electronic devices, such as their cell phone. Colored Pencils is another app that I am hoping will also interface with the Wacom tablets the art department will have.
  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. The iPod Touch/iPad would be very useful to have when doing the collaborative Art History lesson to connect with other classes.

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