Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tool #9: Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It wouldn't be teaching if we didn't tie whatever tool we are using to the objective. If we don't tie the technology to the objective we run the risk of the students loosing the connection we are trying so hard to make.
    2.   Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

       Students being held accountable helps them stay on task. Without guidelines
        set it would be had to keep students focused on their particular station.

   3.   Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which  
      sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students
      accountable for their time in these stations?

****I have listed how this would be done the next question
4.    List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

There are so many that I would love to use right away. But if I had to choose two I would  
select  Heat Index and WunderMap. These two apps are perfect for helping athletic training students actively monitor the weather while making the direct correlation of how it relates to outdoor sports and heat related illness. We would perform mock stations using iPad2’s and net books. We would have four stations (recognizing signs and symptoms of heat related illness, preventing heat related illness, SBISD HEAT Policy Guidelines and Weather Monitoring) Each station would have a accountability list on what has to be performed. Once these skills are mastered in a mock session we would then take them to an official outdoor sports practice utilizing the skills they learned in the mock session. This project would be repeated several times in the fall during the critical days of heat and repeated in the spring when the cold policies would likely be implemented.

5.    What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using these devices from instruction. They can be used to track injury trends, prevention, documenting cases of infectious disease such as MRSA. The iPad2’s also have camera’s so pictures could be taking of an injury to record progression or regression.

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