As a technology native and preschool teacher, I use resources like social bookmarking, cloud storage, and digital notebooks frequently. These are tools that I am comfortable using in life and in the classroom. However, I did not grow up learning in a technology rich environment. My “habitus” tends towards using technology in managing my own tasks and away from embedding technology in my instruction. In analyzing my own classroom, I believe a resource like Class Dojo or Edmodo would simplify and support my communication with parents. Class Dojo will allow me to go paperless in my communication of behavior each day, and Edmodo will allow me to post resources, create a class community, and get quick parent feedback.
I have found several tools to be helpful, and have already begun to use them. I think technology integration is definitely a matter of learning how to use the tools and learning how to incorporate them into class, on a gradual basis. I have begun to implement them one at a time. Of the tools mentioned in this article, I had previously used some of them. We use Moodle and Managebac, each for a different purpose. They're similar to Edmodo; Moodle has quizzes, polls, grades, etc. I began to use Dropbox about 2 years ago after having lost my flash drive, and found it to be a lifesaver. I haven't used it with students yet, but I'm planning on doing so. I just began to use cloud storage devices through Google, such as Google Drive, Google Slides, etc., and today I shared a link to a Google Slides document with my class. I will also be having them upload a video on Youtube, for their next project.
I would like to experiment with ClassDojo, and have already created my classes there. I'm not sure how it will work with high school students, but I'm willing to give it a try. I think Diigo could be very helpful for creating a library of helpful resources.
I find it fascinating to see the progression of tech tools in our schools today. From the huge Apple computer that I had in our computer science class in the 1980's to the plethora of options that our schools have today, education has and is changing as we speak. Saying this, I know that I have to catch up and continue to be a part of the progression.
After creating a diigo for the last project, I see the value of using a social bookmarking site for the variety of classes that I have as the prek-12th Grade Library Media Teacher. It would also help me keep track of the large variety of responsibilities I have in my position. From research lessons to book orders to staff trainings to reading incentive activities, I am always finding ideas that I need to bookmark for later reference. This tool is a perfect fit to help me get organized.
Our school, including students and staff, use a variety of Google tools that helps us with communication and collaboration. I would also love to observe how educators use Edmodo and Evernote and then try them myself.
Using both the Gateway tools article, as well as the 50 education technology tools article as guides, here are my thoughts. I am incorporating edmodo now in one of my civics classes (out of the three that I have) and plan to utilize it in one of my US history classes. My hope is to be completely "edmodo-ized" by the end of the school year, and begin next year with edmodo. I liked the 5j article suggestion idea of "just enough," I don' see a need to rush into edmodo with each class now, but can use it in a couple and get used to it.
I began using Google Docs/Google Drive this year; my students sent me their term papers this way rather than use paper. I'm also using Quizlet, and hope to create some Quizlets in the future.
Finally, my students have to do class projects next week, and I'd like to use Timetoast to do my own project with them.
The article,Gateway Tools: Five Tools to Allow Teachers to Overcome Barriers to Technology Integration, really struck a chord with me. As an Instructional Specialist/Coach, I am always looking for a way to help teachers. I have seen technology fail in classrooms and in districts because Admin put in too much, too fast, with too high of expectations. I really like how this article lends to differentiation. Giving teachers the tools that make their jobs more manageable - instead of one more thing to do. I am excited about using the '5 Js' to share the tech tools that I am learning about in a timely and relevant fashion.
I found the article very enriching because a part from sharing interesting technology tools, it also gave me an insight why many times technology integration fails in the classroom, most of the times I think teachers are scared of using technology tools which they do not know much or anything about. I think that taking a step to step course in certain technology would break the barrier of the integration of these tools to the classroom.
I have benefited greatly from the class and articles we have read because I have had to play around with some technology tools I didn't know about, and have mastered the concepts.
In my school we use the Blackboard from the Keystone online learning program in which we can monitor assignments, projects, quizzes, exams. We have access to students grades, their discussions threads, and the information of the lessons of their courses.
We use the Dropbox for internal use among the teachers, so we post certain projects, assignments, labs, readings to share with other teachers. We also post grades of print classes which are not online, and this way have a record of the exams and projects that have been turned in. This tech tool has been of great benefit for our school community. I am thinking I can also share certain information that would be useful to students.
I think that I can integrate tools such as Class Dojo to have an open communication with students, teachers and parents. Also I think I can use Social Bookmarking to share favorite sites and share with teachers and students, this is a great resource library. I can share some sites with students when they are working on research projects or short assignments. Moreover, I can use Diigo which will allow me to save favorite links in a cloud, and access it anywhere so I can share with others.
I found this article very interesting because those 5 tools can help teachers no matter what subject or grade level they teach. I´ve been trying to use technology more and more and finding a fun and engaging way to integrate it with my subject. I teach 11th grade Psychology and like I said before, these kids love everything that is related to technology specially social media. Two weeks ago I did a project with them in which they created a presentation for some specific mental disorders that they have learned and they came up with some great stuff. Some of them used instagram or facebook, others created their own website and the rest did prezi presentations.
In relation to the article, I started using Dropbox and I find it great. I saved some documents and I think it is going to be very useful for my learning activities that I´m planning for this year. I have also used Google Docs- Google Drive this year :)
Class Dojo for student behavior management is a great source but looking though its stuff I think it will be more useful with younger kids. Nevertheless, I will definitely implement some of its ideas specially the ones that are related to instant positive feedback.
In our school we use Moodle and Managebac all the time and it is great for me and my students so that we can keep in touch and also so they can follow up with the class expectations, activities and due dates.
Social bookmarking like Diigo has helped me figure out and learn some technological terms and resources that I never heard before, so I will continue using it for my personal and professional benefit. Like the article says, integrating tools will allow us to increase our confidence and professional development.
After reading the article I am excited to make a goal to try and go paperless in my record keeping with Evernote. Right now my classroom is full of notebooks with anecdotal records and paper homework tracking. I am going to give myself a year to achieve this goal, because I want to not feel stressed as I make this transition. Currently my school has computerized grading excel sheets and if I want to access them at home I either need to save them to a flash memory or upload them to my google drive both of which require prior planning. I am excited to think that I could have access to all of my anecdotal notes and grading in one place that can be accessed anywhere anytime. This would prevent any inconvenience of being ill or traveling and needing to get work done.
As for my learning from this class, I know that I will use google slides in the future, it was easy and intuitive. It also allowed for collaboration. Currently, in our school students cannot be assigned group projects as homework due to the difficulty of getting together because of the vast geographical location in which they all live. However, Google slides would allow for students to work at home and collaborate at the same time. I am excited to think about the possibilities for extending learning. Finally, I have become familiar and comfortable with piktochart and can see how valuable this tool is to organizing and presenting information in different meaningful ways. As we begin to integrate the use of I-pads in the classroom I can see presenting students information through piktochart as well as asking them to create piktocharts to demonstrate their learning.
Just recently I asked my math push in teacher to lead a center in the Smart Board room in our library. We’ve been planning this for a while and just yesterday she told me she didn’t know how to use a Smart Board and didn’t feel comfortable leading that center. At this point, I’ve used Smart Boards enough that I could lead and create an activity for my students, however lots of other things we’ve talked about throughout this course I would be a little hesitant to use, I know the overwhelming feeling of my push in teacher.
The whole idea of a Cloud and sending and collaborating work through Dropbox is a new idea to me. Implementing and using new programs are scary. I don’t know many teachers who like change and we get comfortable using our lesson plans from the year before over and over again. However, this course has stretched me to implement new things in my classroom. I’ll be using that Prezi I created for an assignment for a science lesson next week and requiring my students to do the same.
After reading through this week’s article I found two more tools that I would like to use, one being class Dojo. I did extra research by watching their company’s Youtube videos and it looks fun to use and even more fun for the students. It’s great how they can see and receive a number and percentage to mark their behavior. The students get points from their behavior and get to customize their avatar. It’s a program for tracking both positive and negative behavior with positive reinforcement. I also like how you can pick the behavior points specifically for each student. For example, if you have a student who does not participate, that could be one of their trackers, for students who blurt out answers they can have that specifically marked for them. It makes me wonder if my school would do a trial period of Dojo to implement in my classroom.
The second tool I really liked was the Dropbox. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a new idea for me from this course. When it comes time for my students to do their big research project at the end of the year, I would love to use Dropbox. I think it would be a good tool to check up and check in with my students’ project progress. I can check this from home or from school and this is the same for my students. Yes, all these tools will take time for me to learn and even more time for me to teach my young fourth graders how to use. But as we all know, these generations are using and picking up on how to use technology quicker than us “older” folks!
In reading the two articles (the 5 J's and the 5 tools) as well as glancing through and exploring a few of the 50 educational technology tools, here's what I've found. DropBox and Pinterest are tools that I use in my daily personal life...but are easily able to be incorporated into the classroom in order to store and/or share ideas with other teachers. I currently use Google Docs and Google Drive as well as DropBox to store important school documents and share them with administrators and other teachers. I like how the documents are "editable" and available 24/7 from any computer that I have access to.
The article about the 5 J's was especially useful in reminding me that is ok to start small with technology, incorporating it into a few aspects of my classroom here and there until I become more comfortable and knowledgeable in all the different aspects and components of technology. I also look forward to furthering my opportunities for technology incorporation training...more hands-on experiences.
As far as incorporating it into my classroom more, I could definitely see myself using Class Dojo as a way to encourage positive student behavior, inform parents (in a timely and paperless way) of both positive and negative behaviors as well as help my students continue to become more responsible for their own actions and behaviors. I would be interested to look more into Edmodo to see what it is all about and see how I can possibly incorporate it into my classroom.
I found this article to be very interesting. Integrating technology into the classroom is not an easy task. However, I think that it is a necessary one in order to help teachers with our workload, our classroom management, and our classroom instruction. I have been using Dropbox, Evernote and Diigo for a few years. I find them to be user friendly and I like that they give you the ability to access them from any place. Dropbox is a great way to store lesson plans, instructional activities, important documents and pictures. The files are easy to access and manage. Evernote has been really helpful in recording anecdotes and observations, as opposed to having a pile of small handwritten papers that I do not necessarily understand later. Diigo is a great way to organize all of the webpages that I find interesting and useful. Before using Diigo, I had a hard time remembering what the name of a specific site where I saw an interesting idea was. I sometimes wrote the name of the website on a paper, but later on I would sometimes not be able to remember what it was about. I am able to prevent this from happening by using Diigo. With the tag system, I am able to find what I am looking for in an easy and efficient way. I am also able to share this information with my colleagues.
At the school, we use Moodle instead of Edmodo. We use it to communicate with parents about important news, activities we are doing in the classroom, interesting links, and to share different songs or books. Parents have access to it anywhere and anytime. It is a great way to reinforce certain concepts at home.
I also find Doodle to be a great tool to be used at school. Using Doodle to set up parent-teacher conferences is easy and convenient. Parents can decide when is the best time for them to come and that saves a lot of time. Before, when I used to set up the conferences I usually received five or six emails from parents asking to reschedule it. After using Doodle, that changed. Now I receive only one or two emails from parents asking to reschedule their appointments.
I have also enjoyed using Google docs, Google slides or Google sites. It’s a great way for more than one person to work on the same project at the same time.
I like to integrate technology in the classroom because I find it to be a great way to save time and to be organized. It is also a great way to communicate with parents and to engage students with their learning.
The article had a ton of great ideas for integrating technology in the classroom. The tool that interested me the most was classdojo.com. I am curious to see if I can effectively incorporate this into my classroom management techniques. The students at my school are particularly talkative and having a system that allows me to give immediate feedback about behavior to the students could be particularly effective.
Another tool that I have utilized based from this class is Jing. I can post instructions on the class Moodle or even lessons that the students can refer to as many times as they want. It saves time in class and put students at the center of their education.
When students are working on group projects I encourage that they all use google docs. This technology is very useful because it allows students to edit and collaborate on assignments in realtime. Students do not have to be physically in the same room to contribute to the project, it is a fantastic technology that allows students to work as a group but at each persons own pace.
I always thought of myself as a digital native... but after reading some of the articles for this class, I realize that I'm still far away from being one... I was familiar with most of the terms mentioned in the first articles, I am familiar with some of the websites used, but I clearly have a long way to go.
In my case though, it is a bit harder to integrate that much technology in my classroom... though it's not impossible. I am an art teacher, and for the most part, painting and drawing is done on paper.... but an important part of my art is also focused on art history. For this aspect of my class, more technology could come in handy. I have used dropbox.com for personal use before; I am willing to give it a try for class, eventhough I am a fan of turnitin.com for students to turn in written assignments. I have never used edmodo, but I'll play with it to see if there is anything in there that I can find useful, eventhough I do use moodle A LOT. Moodle is where I keep all relevant information, examples, worksheets, instructional videos, etc. that my students and parents might find of interest. I haven't used it for quizzes since there are none in my class and turnitin is for assignments. I have used youtube for the uploading of their stop motion movies (one of the units). And lastly, for their mid-term exam, my students have to turn in a digital portfolio with everythingthey have done in class... for this, they have the option to do it however they want to do it... they can turn in a movie/video, a ppt presentation, google slides, prezi, etc.
I realize that there are new technologies appearing everyday, and no matter how technologically adept I am, or think i am, my students will always be a part of a completely new generation with skills that I will have to learn to adapt to my teaching in order to keep them interested and learning.
These sites mentioned are not the only ones I use in my classroom. they are only some of the examples that might be of more relevance... Like I have mentioned before, in the other assignments, I also use www.googleartproject.com for museum/gallery virtual tours and www.facebook.com for artist investigations, among others.
I have just begun to really look at how I can use technology in my classroom. I have observed many other teachers use technology and realize what a great resource it is. This year I have started to use the flipped classroom model. I post videos of my project demonstrations, upload the link to our class EDMODO page where I create formative assessments. Recently, I began a project that requires the students to do an artist investigation and present their information using GOOGLESLIDES.
In addition to these two sights, our school has been using moodle and managebac a way of informing parents, students and administrators of what is happening in our classrooms, our lessons and the students responses.
As an international teacher who plans to move to additional schools, the use of cloud storage is very important. I have been using my google drive for some time now. I have not done much with dropbox prior to taking this course, but I will begin to look more into that as well.
As I was reading the article Gateway Tools I started to think about the challenges I have with collecting my 5th graders reading log homework. After learning about the benefits of Edmoto I realized I could ask my students to turn in their homework online. They would turn in their reading log by typing directly into Edmoto, uploading a photo of dead-tree version or by uploading a word document. It will help avoid the many challenges that come with collecting homework in class. Using Edmoto will help recover class time that is spent gathering homework and listening to the reasons why they do not have their reading log. Another benefit is avoiding the “I gave that to you already” argument and the “you lost it” argument. I also understand that Edmoto has a feature that allows parents to be included in the homework loop. I plan on giving Emoto a shot to streamline our homework collecting process.
Something that I would love to start using is diigo. A great deal of my lesson planning is done by searching the internet for ideas and resources and collecting information for the next project. Unfortunately, quite often that planning gets interrupted and I have to stop in the middle, or shut down the computer, or whatever the case may be. If I'm in a hurry, the website that I was looking at often doesn't get bookmarked and the next time I sit down to continue my planning, I spend a lot of time just trying to find the website again. Or I find the website and end up reading everything over again trying to remember why I was even looking at that site. Diigo sounds like the perfect solution for that. It would help to keep me organized, which can be a struggle, and also save me massive amounts of time by not repeating all my same actions over and over again.
Class Dojo is also of interest to me. Everyday can be a challenge in the way of student behavior, but with a system of instant feedback hopefully that could be reduced. I would like to start playing around with the class dojo now and really start with it next semester when I get a whole new group of students.
One other tool that I have started using this year is dropbox. I haven't spent too much time figuring it out, but after reading more about it, I've realized that it is such a great tool. It would help reduce the necessity of USB flash drives, which is what I rely on now and honestly, can be annoying at times. Dropbox would not only be beneficial to my own needs, but also to that of the students. Often when I give out a paper to every student that explains the upcoming assignment, I find about half of those papers laying around the room at some point. With dropbox, I can just post the assignment and share it with the students. Less paper waste and hassle for me.
There were two things that really stood out to me while reading this article. The first is the idea that if there is going to be a paradigm shift, it has to start with the teachers. To a large extent, I think this is true because when it comes down to it, teachers are the people organizing classroom activities. Secondly, the article stated that one of the biggest barriers to using technology in classrooms is teachers’ beliefs. This particularly hit close to home for me; I know there is more technology out there and more that I can use, but at times it is my lack of initiative that keeps me back from trying these new things.
I use a few of the technological tools from this article already: Diigo and Dropbox. Of the tools I don’t yet use, the concept of a digital notebook (Evernote) sounds the most promising to the types of classes I currently teach. Currently I give out a lot of handouts in my courses and I require students to keep a 3 ring binder. Within their binder, they organize their notes/handouts mostly by date. If I could change this to a completely digital notebook, there would be several benefits to both me and my students. Firstly, students could have access to the documents I want them to have at any time. There is no way to lose them if they are stored digitally. Secondly, I could change my teaching so that students could have more choice about when they want to do certain assignments/learning activities. It will be up to them when/where they complete these activities, but by posting a large number of activities and leaving it up to students to decide when they complete them, it would empower them to be more in charge of their own learning.
When I was reading the "5Js" article some of the statements really hit me. I always though of myself as a technology lover but when it is about my classes I haven´t try many tools. Most of the reason why, is my own believes about technology or technology in my classes. Sometimes I feel like kids are not ready to be responsible using technology or the apps or softwares are not what I need in my music classes (even though I know there is plenty of apps and softwares that are truly amazing).
After reading the second article I think I will be using more technological tools that will give me more options when I teach. Even though I have used Dropbox for personal use I have never use it for my classes and I think it could be a great way to share music with my students and podcasts.
About Class Dojo it is a tools that I have never used even though I download the app like 2 years ago because I was having serious behaviour issues with my 3rd grade music class, but I though my students wouldn't like it or wouldn't really work for me so I never used it, but now I feel a little more confident about it and I will integrate it to my class (I need a "Just try it" attitude). When I found it, 2 years ago, I thought it is a fantastic way to control behaviour and give feedback at the same time.
The other tools I have never used and I didn't really know much about them but they sound like awesome tools that I would really like to try. I have used Evernote for personal use but I think I do not know all the possibilities the app give to the user so I will explore a little more.
Two tools are specially interesting to me. II really like the way Edmodo works, it is similar to Moodle, but I think it is more firendly. Our school wants us to use the same virtual work space (Moodle), but I do think we can also implement this tool. For me, Google Slides us really useful now. I can put youtube videos directly and that is great for my blended teaching strategies.
Time ago a very good student of mine asked if she could take a picture of the board instead of witting again in paper a flow chart I had made on Rhythm and it´s importance, at first my reaction was doubtful, but when she showed me how well organized she had her notes I was immediately very jealous. Her organizer and note taker was of course Evernote! I went immediately to download the app to “catch up” like it describes in the article.
I didn´t have much time to analyze if it was better to do it the old fashion way and re write that chart, because the level of organization was clear, handy, portable, easy to access and only one word came to my mind: Efficiency. It didn´t neither touch the learning activity nor made the student a slave of the app, it just made it easier; therefore it was “just “ a tool, a great tool.
Since then I realized that those resources are part of the modern communication efficiency flow, not just a tech resource. Flipping the class, or just filling it up with an incredible massive amount of YouTube videos that nowadays I post in my Moodel or EdModo, is making life much easier because things are just much more accessible that when I use to spend hours until midnight burning CD´s for my students with the music examples we needed that week. Still a lot of things to discover and make them work, like classDojo, Diigo or just try to get more space in Dropbox for my music library. I find the clouds hosting places a great opportunity for my class to explore on editing and making group activities with documents and presentations on the web. Just the idea makes me wonder on activities.
There is also the parent communication part I would like to improve, which makes us more fluent on handing out information, an opportunity to provide feedback or even homework control in a fast and realistic way, helping us to become more aware about family time and communication with school. This is a great way to provide recourses to parents and make them part of the learning community without having them in endless meetings or writing individual emails all the time.
In our school I feel we are getting there...it is a process where technology is integrated day by day. As an Administrator I visit Primary classrooms and have seen lower grade teachers use Class Dojo to control and behavior management. The little guys are motivated with instant rewards. Edmodo is another great tool where 5th and 6th graders take online tests. This is a great contribution to our Planet Protectors group and I now have to tie in and integrate (and motivate) a paperless classroom and make them see the value it has and how we can contribute to make life easier plus change and become paperless, so instead of teachers asking an increase in the amount of paper copies I will forward a digital copy of this article and start to make a change.
I foresee a day when all of the information I use in my classes, from my lesson plans, resources like poems, short stories, video-clips, worksheets, student work, and saved internet academic websites will compiled into a program such as Evernote. Like my students I am usually 'plugged-in' to something. With the the limited experience I have had with Dropbox I can already see the potential for such programs. My work rarely ends when the students leave for the day, or when I leave for the day. If I had on area that I could access with a tablet or laptop or even my phone where I good see my lesson plans, edit my gradebook, research, etc., it would be very beneficial.
Years ago in my first attempts at data collection I had to print and file about 100 pieces of paper for every assessment. After just one term I had a folder that many children under 11 years old would not have been able to carry. With programs like Evernote all of this information can be stored digitally, and in one place.
As a technology native, I can see and understand all of the benefits technology can offer in and outside of the classroom. The article does a good job promoting the idea of gradual and useful integration in the classroom. I use googledrive with my students and to save carrying flash drives everywhere. Managebac and Moodle are also used by the school for calendar and dissemination of information respectfully.
Recently, I have begun using more asynchronous quizzes and lessons outside of the class on moodle, using class time to focus on application of skills and clarification more than information. So far this has worked fairly well.
I hesitate to use more technology in class, due to the fact these students are ¨plugged-in¨ their entire day and I believe they need to learn to be unplugged as well. Developing basic critical thinking skills, research skills, reading and writing skills will benefit them more than spending class time teaching them to use different software. My reasoning deals with the fact software is so user friendly at this point and if it isn´t there are tutorials online for them to learn, which using those resources is not a skill my students have learned because they´ve never been asked to. Apart from that the article discusses the schools push for technology which every school has seemingly embraced, but schools do a poor job, at least in my experience, on how to implement those skills. I have had a few talks with principals and presenters in the past, because application in a real classroom is not given, doing these activities with students, as we all know, is a lot more complicated than completing them as adults or with small class sizes. I do like the status quo the article discusses and hope that school implement those.
Overall the idea of tech integration is fantastic and can be a great resource if used correctly. I do believe I would use more if there were more resources that were available for my class, but once again in moderation. I cannot discredit the basic reading, writing, arithmetic, without technology, since as we all know, they getting online or using technology is not always available.
I found the article very useful and interesting; it made me reflect about why some experienced colleagues value technology. I also learned different ways in which technology can afford to improve the learning process in a class.
I think the Class Dogo tool for student behavior management is very useful, because at my students´ age (eighth grade), it is important for them to receive feedback about their behavior and make them conscious of how disrupting is for everybody when they interrupt but also how useful is when they collaborate with their and their classmates learning process. This tool allows to make this happen combined with the best ingredient of all: fun.
Another tool I found interesting is Edmodo, as it is similar to a Facebook and make the students think they are studying at their usual environment. This can motivate students because they are used to “be connected” and will learn in a better way due to their easement.
The article was very helpful and interesting. I have been using and incorporating new applications for a long time during my technology classes. The important thing for me is to help the kids and teachers understand that all the technology resources we have available for us out there are just tools or means to facilitate our work.
One of the things I have found quite interesting from the article was the introduction to Class Dojo. This application has helped me engage my younger students since its platform is very graphic and user friendly. I started using the Class Dojo a couple of weeks ago and many of my class dynamics have changed and improved immediately! I really love this program, and once again I have understood that there are many options out there to incorporate technology in our instruction, even if you are already doing it being a tech teacher as I am.
We will use this blog for some of the class assignments.