Friday, July 6, 2012

Tool # 11

11 Tools has definitely been somewhat of a challenge and a stretch for me, but I do feel that I have learned a lot about technology through this experience.

I do know that I will be able to use Google Doc to create various documents, and will also use Drop Box to share information with both teachers, other Counselors, and Administrators.

Animoto will be a useful tool for my classroom guidance lessons to add a little visual appeal and motivate students.

I look forward to incorporating many of the 11 Tools next year.

Tool # 10

When I think of a good classroom, I think of one in which the teacher incorporates the precepts of TRIBES. In TRIBES  the classroom functions as a community where all students (citizens) are to be treated with respect; each student has the freedom to speak or pass; and each student has a job or responsibility.

When I think of being a good digital citizen, I feel that the students must follow the same precepts that are set out in TRIBES.  Students must be responsible for their actions when using technology.  This includes, but is not limited to, visiting only the approved WEB sites; using the appropriate apps; using caution when chatting with someone online; and documenting any information that is copied to give credit to the author.

Respect is most important in using technology.  Students must be taught that it is never OK to write something mean, hurtful, and/or false about  anyone.  The common misconception seems to be that it is OK to write something derogatory for you are not face to face with anyone.   However, this is never OK, for once entered digitally, it is there for others to see and is very hurtful and often harmful to the victim.  Cyber attacks are a form of bullying.

Digital Citizenship just like real Citizenship comes with responsibilitiy.  Students must accept the responsibilities associated with technologies so that they will be able to utilize them completely

Tool # 9

Technology is our future; therefore if we are to prepare our students for the future we must incorporate technology daily in all aspects of the educational process. 

Although I am not a regular classroom teacher I daily see teachers use technology in their classrooms.   Using technology opens the world to our students.  Technology provides our students with real time learning experiences, whereas a textbook often contains outdated information once the book is published.  Our students' exposure to information on an infinite number of subjects is instantaneous.  And that is only one aspect of technology that is so wonderful.

There are so many ways technology can be incorporated into the classroom's learning environment.  Depending on the grade and subject matter various apps are available to broaden or strengthen the students' learning.  Technology is vital to the educational experience.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tool # 8

We listened to the video about iPads and iTouches in the classroom.  We learned how to sync the devices to my computer and create an iToons account.  We also learned how to sign up for and download Apps onto the devices.

Since I am a Counselor I will not have my own devices.  I will need to work closely with the classroom teachers when using the iPads and iTouches.  The devices would be good for stations, when a few students would need to work on certain Life Skills.

We also listened to the video of the Dell 2120.  It was most informative in explaining the different aspects and components of the computer.  We learned that the Dells could be used instead of the larger computers.. This video would be a good introductory/refresher lesson on the use of the Dell 2120.  The video was most helpful and can be used as a teaching device.

Tool # 7

As the Counselor, I do not have a regular classroom, but work with all students in the school.  One collaborative project that I could do with the upper elementary grades would be to work on the issue of Bullying.  This project could raise a student's understanding of Bullying and the everyday things that they might be engaging in that could fit and/or actually be examples of bullying.

 The students could make Word Wordles, Animotos, use Google Docs and Drop Box to share ideas, definitions, examples and ways to stop bullying.  The classes within a grade level could share or could share with a different grade level.

In the primary grades, this could also be done either with the subject of bullying or any of the Life Skills.

Tool # 6

I signed up for an account with Today's Meet.  This will be great when I work with the teachers, for we will be able to communicate live when I am not on their campus.This could lead to a live group discussion.  Sally Janacek and I just practiced on Today's Meet; it was fun chatting with her.

Here is the link:  Today's Meet

Sally Janacek created a Wallwisher account and shared with me.

The Wall Wisher would be great in the classroom when the students want to have a group chat.  It can also be used at the beginning of a lesson for students to let me know how much they know about a particular topic so that I will know what I need to include in my lessons.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tool # 5

I used Google Docs to create the GT PGP list for 2012-2013 for teachers to access.  Here is the list of the
PGP GT students for 2012-2013.

The Google Docs will be great for sharing information with the teachers; esp. lists that I have to create all year with the GT students.

Below is the Animote I created for lessons about "feelings"

Make your own slideshow at Animoto.

The Google Docs will be great for sharing information with the teachers; esp. lists that I have to create all year with the GT students.

I would use my Animoto slideshow to create my lesson set, such as how different images affect our feelings. The Animoto slides will evoke different feelings in each student.   Scenes of the beach may be soothing for some, but may cause anxiety for other students.  In a future lesson, students can create their own Animoto slideshow that will illustrate a feeling.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool # 4

I copied my Integrated Counseling Program for 2012-2013 and shared with 2 of my colleagues.

This will be useful to share documents with my teachers and other counselors.

I sent my Life Skill test form to fellow teachers.  This will be great for sharing information with other counselors.

Tool # 3

This video would fit with the 2nd grade curriculum of telling time.  The video explains how early people learned  to tell time using the sun, stars and moon.  Very interesting video

This video demonstrates how to make and use a sundial to tell time.  Interesting information for students studying position of the sun in telling time. Additional information about understanding shadows and shadowing

I learned that one should use the videos for the purpose that they were created. Educators must be careful for they are role models for their students.

Dropbox will be great for storing files so that they will be secure and always available.  Can share information and files with students and with other teachers and educators.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tool # 2

My only issue so far is just remembering how to get to my blog.  It is very helpful to have Lisa Branon here to assist.

I enjoyed reading everyone's blog and feel that I learned various ways that the FWE teachers were going to use their blogs for their classrooms.
I do not particularly enjoy sharing my thoughts with others publicly for I do not like to be judged on something I do when I do not completely understand what I am doing.  I would prefer to share my thoughts orally with my teammates, which allows for discussion.  This article was very interesting for it goes along with SBISD's 5 year plan, addressing post high school education, 4, 2, T.  A 2 or 4 yr college degree is not for everyone.  As quoted by Fred Smith, CEO of FedEX , who expresses college education is not for everyone.  People are needed in technical fields and can have a profitable and fulfilling career without ever attending college.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tool #1

I hope to use my blog to assist teachers in planning and utilizing Life Skills lessons in their classroom.  Hopefully this will help students treat others as they would like to be treated. Our motto is Cool Tigers do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.