Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tool # 11

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.

I love Animoto, have for a long time, just wish we didn't have to pay for longer videos. It would be nice if the district could negotiate a buy from Animoto for all the schools to be able to do longer Animotos. I also really like StoryBird. I think the art work is inspiring and cutting edge. It would be so easy for students of all ages to be inspired by the artwork and create a story from the images. Also love the vokis. We had the students write poetry, create a voki and have the voki recite their poems. The students really enjoyed it.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 
21st Century learner?

My classroom is the library. I would like to have more i-macs and more i-pads and flip cameras. I think that would get teachers to come to the library to create videos and work with the different apps on the ipads.

3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I wasn't really surprised by much. There is so much out there and it is growing exponentially. I do worry that we need to have a balance between technology and going outside and looking at the sky and smelling the roses. Let's never forget to stop and smell the roses.

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