Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tool 11: Self Assessing and Reflecting

1.  My favorite tool in my box is the Wordle.  I love making the posters and making our gym language enriched.  One of the new tools I am using is the iMovie for student portfolios.
2.  I have loved the technology piece and find that it enhances what we do in Health Fitness when it is appropriate.  My vision has been widen and with the digital resources available to us, it is now feasible for us to incorporate them into our lesson activities.  I will be enhancing classroom management, station activities and projects based on student numbers and available resources.
3.  The only thing that surprised me from the 11 Tools program is how much is out there and the time needed to explore and practice for mastery and implementation to occur.

I am very thankful that I was required to complete this program because I have gained much needed digital knowledge.

Tool 10: Underneath i All - Digital Citizenship

1.  Three things I want my students to understand about being good digital citizens are: 1) online harassment 2)  avoiding plagerism and 3) learning about the licenses to mark creative work. 
2.  I plan to discuss the iSafe program.
3.  I would teach it the same as any other character rule in order to be successful and safe in this digital world.
4. The digital plan will be shared with parents through class newsletter.

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

1.  It is important to tie technology to the objective in order for students to gain additional knowledge as well as retain and apply concepts in various means.
2.  Students should be held accountable for the stations in order to develop self-responsibility, self-control and safe practices.
3.  I liked Learning Games for Kids and Mangahigh because these can be used for students that are unable to participate during Health Fitness and stay engaged in a fun learning experience.  Students will be held accountable by completing a game and using the equipment properly or will have to do a written worksheet instead.
4.iMovie and Educreation are apps that I use in a station for students to have a recovery break while showing a check for understanding by drawing a diagram of the field, boundaries, positions, etc. or using iMovie to select photos or short video clips to create individual portfolios.  Ongoing updates are graded as a Participation or Cognitive grade.
5.  iPad or iTouches are used for students to take video clips of each other to peer assess and reflect on fundamentals and skill mastery.

Tool 8: Taking a look at the Tools

1.  The tools that will be in my gym are LCD projector, iTouches.  I have a personal iPad that I will use as well. 
2.  I will manage the devices this year by using Apps for classroom management, student feedback and student protofolios.  I will use i Movie to allow students to select their pics/video clips to create personal portfolios, Randomness App for calling on studetns to check for understanding, Educreation to show students court positions for game play understanding, Too Noisy for student volume levels, iPod for music and timer for station transitions.

Tool 7: Going Global: Digital Projects

1. Objective:  To engage with fellow Houstonian students in a cupstacking activity using 9 cups for an up stack and down stack lesson.
2.  Date:  The last week of school.
3. Tool to be used:  Skype
4.  To work with a fellow colleague at Harvard Elementary. We will have a cup stacking contest with our classes.  It will be great to engage with other Houston Area students that share the same interests.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tool 6 Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

I can see using Cover it Live and Skype for lesson activities and our Family Fitness Night.

I would like to use Cover it Live to showcase and engage students, parents and community leaders during our upcoming Family Fitness Night.  My colleague and I have arranged to Skype with fellow Physical Education classes around the Greater Houston Metro Area.  I believe the Skype interaction will provide an avenue for our students as well as theirs to see how students perform, behave, engage and learn during a similar unit/lesson.  I believe this will create greater dialogue and build connections with the outside community.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tool 5 Web 2.0

My experience in learning the Big Huge Labs, "The Motivator" and Wordle are tools that I can use all the time.  I can create posters to motivate my students, provide visuals to help my ELL students and provide a language enriched environment in the Gym.


Tool 4 Google Docs

Making a google doc that can be shared with colleagues will be very useful, informative and collaborative in sharing the work load and learning new things at the same time. It will be very beneficial if someone is not available to attend a meeting, he/she can still participate and share his/her knowledge with myself or the group.

Making my first google doc was exciting. This is definitely a great tool to use to help evaluate my students using technology.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tool 3 - Videos and Dropbox

We are currently working in our jump rope unit.  Here is a video that inspires and motivates me and hopefully you too!!!

Now when your students think that some of the jumprope skills are too difficult, show them this next video.  Where there's a will there is always a way!!!!!

I just viewed "A Fair(y) Use Tale" Video created for 11 tools. 

I learned that only the copyright owner has the right to use their work.  I may not use copyrighted material without permission of the copyright owner.  If I do I have broken the law.

I cannot copyright an idea.
Copyright duration only lasts for a fixed amount of time.  It only last for 14 years.

Tool 2 - Blogging and Comments

This is my second time to venture into blogging.  My first venture began 3 years ago during my master's program.  I loved blogging but found that the only ones that read my blog were my fellow classmates who were required to read it.  I am extremely excited about blogging, but worry that I may be the only one interested in what I have to say.  Being creative and informative will be a challenge for me in this digital world.  I would love for this to be just as exciting as Julia's blog was in the movie, "Julia & Julia".  By the way I loved that movie and I love to eat.  Cooking however is not my passion.  My passion is teaching Health and Physical Education.  I hope that this blog will provide the avenue I need to share exciting ideas and lessons with fellow colleagues.  So to all of you that love teaching the whole child, I will provide insight and share movement activities that are packed with math, science, reading skills, problem solving and building self-esteem in our PSE Health Fitness classes.  I look forward to learning many new digital techniques to improve instruction with my students.

I went to several blog spots of my fellow PSE colleagues and was delighted to see what their interests are and which google apps were their favorites.  I felt a kinship with those who are navigating this digital world with vintage tools.  We will be the ones hunting and pecking our way through this process.  I would like to share a good friend of mine's blog.  She teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts and history.  Her blog is   You will see it as Rabel's Ritings also.  I hope you find her ideas helpful.

Tool 1 - Getting Started

I am concerned about the legal liability regarding the content of my posts in this "quick to blame" society.  I am also concerned that many users, children specifically, that are not in tune or aware of the dangers that can occur due to improper posts.