Monday, September 3, 2012

Self Reflection

I am very excited to begin working with students using the Ipads and Ipods. I also can't wait to start putting together resources using Diigo. As for a particular activity, we will be beginning a unit of colors very shortly. Students will be creating a picture and a sentence of something that is a particular color. Then students will be using Animoto to create a "color storybook".

Students in today's world are very much digital learners. Many students learn how to use a computer mouse before they can talk. I plan to incorporate technology into the classroom in an everyday capacity. In other words, using technology will not be something that is done only on special occasions, but something that occurs on a daily basis in the classroom. Becoming technology literate is essential for students as they grow and enter into a society that relies so heavily on technology.

There wasn't anything that necessarily surprised me, but I did learn a lot about tools that I didn't necessarily know were out there before. I am excited to continue researching digital resources that can aid student learning in my classroom.

Digital Citizenship

As a PreK teacher, I would want to make sure that my students understand how important it is to stay on the websites that I pull up for them, as well as never giving out personal information or talking to strange people online.

One resource that Ed Tech has for me to use is BrainPop. On BrainPop, there is a video called "Online Safety". I would start out with students watching this video. Then I would lead a discussion about how important it is to follow the rules of the internet (not talking to strangers, not typing your real name, and staying on the sites that the teacher pulls up). I would also probably make up a song that we would practice that reinforces these rules. We would then practice what following these rules looks like.

During open house or another organized event, I would talk to parents about the importance of internet safety and monitoring their children while online. I would teach them the song that the students learned and we would discuss other things like putting the computer in a family room, where computer usage can be easily monitored.