Saturday, July 14, 2012

TOOL # 9 Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices...

It is important to tie technology into the objective because our goal for this entire 11 tools has been to meet the 21st Century Learner where they are technology wise. I know that our students will only become better learners if they are able to use ipods in my classroom to help each of them learn my content area. The objective is letting the student know what we are going to learn, how we are going to get there and how I am going to assess it. Using technology can us reach that goal..
Students should be held accountable for keeping each device or tool repaired, accounted for and to make sure it is used correctly in each station or center.
I visited two websites: Thinkfinity and Learning Games for Kids. Learning Games for Kids has a wonderful health section that I can set the netbooks up in stations. The students can pick games from the topics of Allergies, Body Parts, Staying Fit, and Dental. There are eight games for each topic that the students can use. All these health topics are covered in the health fitness TEKS. The other site is Thinkfinity. This site has videos and lesson plans on topics such as asthma and nutrition/healthy eating choices.  Having open ended questions at the end of a health video will help to ensure student accountability.
I have used apps such as Nike Fit and BMI. It is not an app but the stop watch icon on the iPod is great for helping students monitor their time on a particular skill. If the iPods are placed in a station students could put their personal information on the iPod to get her/his BMI and they can also view the fitness tutorials that are on Nike Fit. Once again to show accountability students can complete a quick assessment that can be set up at a station. The assessment can be in the form of questions or drawings.
If the iPod that I receive has a video I can see that tool being used to video the correct form or technique that should be use for a particular skill. This video tutorial can then be used in a station for students to view.

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