1.Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
I think it is very important to incorporate technology with all objectives because it provides a visual/hands on experience for each concept. When students are engaged they are constantly learning and it will be easy for them to remember when they have something tangible or visual to refer to. Technology using so many different learner styles that all students needs can be met. With math it is nice to have a video or song to help remember different concepts!
2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
Students need to be held accountable for everything they do so that you know they are giving 100%. When you hold students accountable you are also able to see what concepts they understand and what concepts they still struggle with. You can easily pull small groups to review/reteach/enrich based on what they have created on their own. Holding students accountable also gives them ownership of their own work. However, there are always those off task friends that need the gentle but firm reminders :)
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?
-Learning Games for Kids was a fun interactive website with games based on objective and different concepts. I liked the way it was broken down to find what you need. Students would be able to work at their own pace and address their own needs. There were different games with a lot of visuals. they seemed engaging and hands on. This would be a good station to review already taught concepts. To hold my students accountable in stations I would like to create monitor charts to keep up with the students progress.
-Manipula Math was an awesome website that really had some great animation and visuals to help the students grasp different concepts. I see it more as a tool to help with problem solving. It provided a neat mini lesson for each concept. If used in a workstation students would need to provide a reflection about how the manipulatives were helpful and how to use them properly. Visual and manipulatives are truly helpful with difficult math concepts.
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?
-Freddy Fraction- helps with fractions decimals and percents. Which I have heard is a hard concept for most middle schoolers. I liked the visuals and cute alien. Again I would like to have a monitor chart to keep track.
-Math Drill Lite- allows them to learn and practice at their own pace. good for reviewing and mini quizzes. Again I would like to have a monitor chart to keep track.
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.
You can use this as free choice or reward when on task behavior is recognized. Students could also use these to respond or reflect when they have completed their assignments. I would also like to keep these as privileges so the students know the important of them.