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 like being able to be creative with the tools that allowed to do some kind of movie or video because it incorporated dialogue. And while teaching Spanish creating an opportunity for dialogue is very important. For example the GoAnimate web site helps with funny animated videos that the students can create. I will love to plan for my students to use the GoAnimate and or storybird so the can practice the writing and speaking in Spanish.
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?
I am a fairly new teacher and I enjoy technology. That is why this 21st century learning style is not really new to me. That is how I have been learning for a while now and how I have been teaching. However going through all of these tools has opened my eyes to the fact that we as teacher have a limited amount of time to actually incorporate these tools. I am going to have to make some changes to the way I teach and the pace I go on the curriculum. I know that by doing this I will have the opportunity to explore and use many of these tools.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
In all honesty the biggest unexpected outcome was the time that it took to do all of it.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
These tools are really great to create and everlasting memory on what the lesson was about. It could be used as a set to the lesson or a summary of a lesson.
Cuando era un monito by srvelez on Storybird
GoAnimate.com: imperfect v. preterite by srvelez
Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!
Google app could be use in the department to share documents. Goggle apps can be use in the classroom as another document maker. I am excited to use the form maker in Google apps.
I visited several video hosting sites. My favorite is still YouTube. The reason why, is because I can find pretty much anything. And I can also find many other videos done by students. This video embedded to this blogs is, one of my favorite as part of my curriculum.
this other video i find useful as a hook to one of my lessons.
I was already aware of fair use but it was pretty good to get reminded of the fact that: "as long as students/teachers are publishing content to a secure location (walled garden, educational network or website that require passwords, etc.) they can pretty much do whatever they want – as far as creating products for instruction or to demonstrate learning."
It is pretty exciting that with Dropbox i will be able to access any saves files from any computer even from mobile devices. I find it useful in the classroom because there would be an ease of access to information for the students.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Building and participating in a PLN makes me feel supported and like my voice could be heard. I like the being humble comment. The reason being is because as an English learner my vocabulary and they way a express myself is pretty basic. And knowing that I could be humble and be me, it is comforting while sharing my thoughts publicly. http://edupln.ning.com/ will be a site that I will visit in the future because it seem that it offered true educators comments.