Saturday, July 4, 2015

Project assessment

I decided to assess my week 2 screen casting project. The reason I decided to assess this project was because I think I will get the most use out of this tool in my classroom. I really want to use the screen casting tool on my tablet to work out complicated problems for my students so they can go back and look at how they were worked out after class if they forgot parts of it from the notes they took.

In my project I made a video on how to navigate the LMS site my district uses to help students familiarize themselves with the site. This is helpful for the students if they forget where something is on the site as well as for me because it saves class time and makes it so I do not have to spend much time going over the site.

CategorySuperior (160 pts)Sufficient (128 pts)Below Standard (112 pts)
Understanding of web tool

Shows strong understanding of activity, concept, or tool and maximize learningShows adequate understanding of activity, concept, or tool and benefit learning.Shows little understanding of activity, concept, or tool and may not benefit learning.
Practical evidence

Shows strong evidence of ideas and insights gained from this course and how they are applied to classroom. Shows evidence of ideas and insights from this course and how they are applied to classroom.Shows little evidence of ideas and insights from this course or how they are applied to the classroom.

Completed in a thoughtful and meaningful manner.Completed, but with minimal quality.Not all projects are completed and of those that are, some are minimal quality. 
Grammar and Spelling

Includes no mistakes in grammar or spelling. Includes few grammar and spelling mistakes.Includes numerous grammar and spelling mistakes.

Sequenced, showing if-then thinking and the logical order required to complete skill, solve problem, or use tool. Not always sequenced, showing incomplete if-then thinking and understanding of logical order required to complete skill.Confusing making it difficult to replicate activities; little understanding of logic or if-then thinking evidenced.
According to the given rubric I would give my project a superior rating in all categories. I feel that this project is going to be a big takeaway from this class and I am very excited to use it this fall.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Digital Citizenship

My school is one to one with chromebooks so digital citizenship is very is something that should really get more attention at Lockport. I do not think there is enough digital citizenship training. Students have one class their freshman year that spends about a month on digital citizenship and that is about it. We are very new to the whole one to one situation so I think this may be the reason as we have not really had to worry about students having internet access at their fingertips at any time during school. Now that we are one to one we need to get on top of this.
It is difficult to teach digital citizenship in my class because I am on a relatively tight schedule with the content I have to teach but I do what I can. First of all there a few videos I can show and then discuss with my students.
These two videos are a good introduction to digital citizenship. After watching the videos I can discuss what digital citizenship means to them. One nice thing that we have is an application called hapara which enables teachers to view what students are doing on their chromebooks when they are on the schools network. This helps out because teachers can explain this to students and this motivates the students to keep on task and being good digital citizens.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Khan Academy

I decided to look into Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a great way to give students supplemental information and/or instruction on subjects. I have taken the Khan Academy chemistry section and linked it to the LMS my school uses. There are several sections that have tons of videos about all kinds of different aspects of chemistry on the site. At the beginning of the year I can introduce this as a supplamental resource that my students can use if they are confused or want to learn more about a subject we are going over. I can also use this as a supplemental material in class for different ways of explaining a concept for differentiated instruction. I could even assign certain videos for homework if I wanted to start a flipped classroom type situation. Khan Academy is a great resource that could be very beneficial to students.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

At Lockport we as a district have decided to use the learning management system Haiku. Generally I very much like this LMS. Setting it up and posting assignments and resources and such is very easy. The only problem I really have with it is the calander. It is ok if you post your schedule and never change it. Unfortunately I shuffle things around, as far as my schedule goes, all the time. Moving things around on the Haiku calander is a huge pain and very counter intuitive so halfway through the year I just stopped using the calander because it would take me so long to change things around and I figured I could be using my time for better things. I would really like to either find a better calander program or solution so I can more easily have my schedule posted for my students or I wish Haiku would make the calander a little easier to work with.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I would like to learn how to do a better job of integrating technology into my lessons. I teach high school so basically every single student I have is better at technology than I am so I want to get better.
This is my blog.