Tuesday

Tool #11 - Self Assessing and Reflecting


Congratulations on filling up your toolbox with lots of great learning resources to use in your transformed 21st century classroom!

For your final 11 Tools post, answer these questions:

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.


2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?


3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

Thank you for your participation in the program. We know this has been an undertaking and has required a lot of initiative and perseverance!


Please don't stop now! Feel free to return to these tools for reference during the coming months. Use the relationships you've developed through your Personal Learning Network, the webinars and trainings offered by the district educational technology department, your content directors and your campus leadership as well as Atomic Learning to continue learning and evolving. 



35 comments:

  1. I can't seem to log on to Atomic Learning...

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  2. Theresa-

    You need to make sure you're using the link to Atomic Learning from the Intranet homepage. We have a "special" link since we have completed LDAP authentication. Then, you use your district login credentials.

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  3. I can't seem to get the test to load! It says to expect 1-2 minute delays, but I am waiting way longer than that :(

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  4. I'm also finding that I can't get on to Atomic Learning. It does not seem to matter whether I try to access it using the Atomic icon in the tool bar or the underlined Atomic Learning title on the intranet page. I have tried every conceivable combination of names and passwords I have used over the past three years. I've discovered that I can't reset my password, either. Is it possible that there has been a SNAFU which Atomic Learning needs to fix? Thanks for any info you may have.

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  5. I discovered that, to get into the assessment in Atomic Learning, I needed to use my last name followed by initial, rather than using my full email address as I often have to do from home, so I was able to get on, after all.

    Question 1: I would like to try using Voice Thread. What I want to do is collaborate with first or second grade as they study insects. In my art class, we can make paintings of insects, taking the time to observe, sketch, reinforce recognition of bug anatomy, and so forth. What I visualize is putting together a site on Voice Thread where we have video of the classes at work, an account of how we collaborated, and a combination of our paintings with learning content about insects. I've already initiated communication with the teachers who would be involved and am excited about the possibilities.

    Question 2: My understanding of what to do with art has always mainly involved exhibition of the physical product, competitive exhibition, and sales, where possible. What I see here is the possibility of using art as a means of communication with other communities, possibly other cultures.

    Question 3: Two unexpected outcomes - the first was that I was able to make a more personal connection with some of my colleagues through their blogs; the second was this possibility of collaboration with other teachers and making the product available for a larger community of students and teachers to view and with which to interact.

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  6. I still cannot get into Atomic Learning. I have done everything. Can someone please help me so I can take assessment?

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  7. I could not log in to do the assessment until the Atomic Learning people e-mail me.
    1. I have a tremendous way to go but I would like to show some videos in health fitness as we are doing different things at that moment.
    2. Communication of wellness possibilities are great with technical equipment and it would be great to tap into this resource.
    3. Welcoming the prospect of blogging and using pictures and videos into my life is interesting. I may to give face book and twitter some serious thought.

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  8. Thank you for the opportunity to participate - SO many fun and motivating tools to use this new school year. I look forward to future activities and tools; hope we don't have to wait until next summer.

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  9. Simply marvelous darling! Simply marvelous! You look marvelous!-SNL Billy Crystal

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  10. Karen, I there is no 21st. century skills self assessment 11 tools under my training assessment section on atomic learning.

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  11. Becky Morris/SWM
    Atomic Learning does not have an assessment for me to choose for 21st Century Learner 11 Tools.
    I logged in just fine. Went to My Training. Expanded Assigned Training, but the assessment is not there. I put in a trouble ticket via Atomic Learning.

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  12. I really feel validated after having almost completed the process since I still need to take the final assessment, but I am extremely excited to see how incorporating technology is a plus for all of our learners.

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  13. I was not able to open the test. It said that I was not allowed to view the content. Crazy!

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  14. after stumbling upon Blackboard and Blackboard Mobile through the Atomic Learning website, i'm wondering how soon can we have this for our district? imagine students having shared class notes/discussions, teacher-provided sources, all in the palm of their hands, instantly. we already have the wi-fi infrastructure -- let's GO!

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  15. Lot's of good information and new things to learn. AND very glad to have the monkey off my back!! I finished!! YaHOO(No Google Chrome is the answer).
    One interesting thing I have learned is my own children(2 at UT and one graduate of UT) have known and used a lot of these tools in the past few years ex. Google Chrome, Drop box,Wordle AND they all three graduated from Stratford,MMS, and RCE,so I think a lot of this has been going on for years in SBISD,it's just now coming to the forefront for all teachers in SBISD to use.

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  16. I have tried to access the assessment on Atomic Learning both ways, directly on AL and through the SBISD portal and it says that I need to be cleared by an individual that has the rights to give me access to it... who is that?

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  17. Hi Karen. I, too, am unable to access the self-assessment. I've used the link above as well as the one on the Intranet page. I can log in, but the test is not there. Please advise. Thank you.

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  18. 1) The three apps I liked the best were:
    *Brain Pop-The videos are informative and engaging on how to write a book report. After students view the video, they can use the graphic organizer to plan their report. Then, they can use the organizer to actually write the book report.
    *Shelfari-I have created an account in Shelfari for each of my classes. Students can write a book review on a book they have read. They can also read and comment on other students' book reviews.
    *IBooks-Students can read books on their Ipad and answer questions using either a Google Apps Document or pen and paper.

    2) I need to take a deeep breath and make a jump into the technology age. I need to trust that my students are up to the challenge. It will be slow at first, but I feel with experience and confidence, I, as well as my students, will grow in technological knowledge. I will become more of a facilitator for student learning rather than a director.
    I will need to think about where I will set up the stations and what procedures I need to post promoting Digital Citizenship.
    2. Since I was a technological illiterate when I started, and truth be told, still have a long way to go, everything was new to me. I need to pick a couple of things and become expert in them before moving on. Still, I know a whole lot more now than when I started. At least I know which questions to ask now if I get stuck.

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  19. Wow!! I have learned a lot , I will need to come back for more and to review somethings.
    I am so happy I was able to finish in a timely manner :)

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  20. Learned a lot about where technology can take us in the classroom. Get on board because the students are already there!!

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  21. 1. Among my favorite newly found tools is Animoto. I believe that it may be something that I can use to introduce musical instruments to my students in my music classes.

    2. Basically, I now know that there are many tools available to and usable by classroom teachers. In my subject area, finding ways to make different grade-level appropriate presentations for each different grade level and then using them without taking away from the limited class time that I already have with each of the 42 different classes that I teach in each six-day rotation will be a challenge, especially since I must continue to use class participation, vocal and other performance activities. This is one of my main concerns.

    Regarding changes to my classroom to accommodate the 21st century learner, most of these changes are still coming. Technology, in the form of three MacBooks, should be on the way in January!

    3. The 11 Tools program was one that I was apprehensive about when I started, and I found it quite time consuming and somewhat difficult. Maneuvering through the programs was perhaps my most different task. However, with the help of Librarian JF, I made it. In fact, I was even able to complete a couple of the tools on my own! I guess an unexpected outcome was the fact that I completed all of the tasks, and since I had no idea where they would take me, I ended up learning a lot and found quite a bit of it interesting and enlightening.

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  22. http://mracosta3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2012/02/tool11.html

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  23. Tool 11
    1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.

    For the 7th grade students, I will do a end of year project where the students will show what they have learned. They will be divided into small groups of 2-3 and each group will have 2-3 subjects that they need to cover. They can use a variety of tools to accomplish this (iMovie, Glogster, Prezzi, etc.) and they will then post it on their French blog where I can review it.


    2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?

    My French class of the future, each student will have a internet connected device available so that all learning, teaching, projects, assessment can be done online.

    3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

    I was happy to see that I am already using a lot of the tools, but was surprised to see how much more there is available for teachers and students. It opens up a lot of new opportunities for me and the kids.

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  24. There is not an assessment uploaded in "My Assessments" in Atomic Learning. Who do I need to contact to get an assessment uploaded in my account?

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  25. My favorite tool: So many to choose from but I got to say Glogster because I am a Language Arts 4th grade teacher, this tool gives students to freedom to create a produce good topics for their writing.

    Thinking transformed: I always thought of myself as a technology oriented teacher but this training has blown my mind with all the different tools that I now have access to. I can't wait to start using them in my classroom.
    My vision remains the same. technology has opened up the world to many of us and it keeps children motivated!

    Unexpected Outcomes: Not many but some websites are more elaborate than others which can make it difficult and a bit frustrating to deal with.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this training and I now have a blog to share my experiences and ideas with other educators :)

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  26. I don't have anything once I get to the assessments part. Has it not been uploaded for this school year yet? 2012-2013?

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  27. I was unable to find the link for the test!

    On that note...

    I'm really excited about using Prezi and twitter with my class, in addition to iPads and iMacs.

    Though from the beginning i had the mindset that technology is necessary for teachers to use in the classroom today, my awareness of the variety of resources has expanded.

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  28. Karen,
    I have nothing in my assessments folder on Atomic Learning and I have logged in from the intranet site and from the link on this page. Please advise.
    Erin Johnston
    Northbrook High School

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  29. I have successfully logged into Atomic Learning through the SBISD home page but I have nothing under My Training. I did however find a "21st Century Skills" tab and upon expanding this tab found a "Teacher Assesment" so I will try that. Karen, if this is not correct could you let me know.
    Thanks

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  30. Well, when I clicked on the "21st Century Tool" tab and then on the "Teacher assesment" tab it gave me instructions under "My Training" and there is still nothing under "My Training". Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

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  31. 1 Using Edmodo, Google Docs, Animoto, Wordle, and my blog will help me interact better with my colleagues, parents, and students. The iPad apps will be great learning aides in the classroom.

    2. I feel more ready for the technology I will be working with this coming school year. I might have to rethink where I have my computer stationed to accommodate my Activboard, because I can project flip books, Wordles, videos and more onto the board.

    3. No surprises.

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  32. Edmodo and Manga High seem like they could be interesting additions to technology in the classroom. I think I would like to try them in small groups and then working them into stations. I also like the apps on iTouch, and I am looking forward to searching out more apps that focus on the objectives being taught.
    My vision for technology in the classroom is more defined after taking the 11 Tools Training. Many ideas and sites have been introduced for me to investigate and try out. I think that as each tool is introduced into the classroom there will be another to add. I wasn't sure what to expect from the 11 Tools, but I appreciate that it is available for me to go back to as needed. It has given me new ideas and vocabulary.

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  33. I have been using many of the tools that in this program of the past two school years already. I was one of the first to embrace Google Apps and I have to say I love the idea and the way it works. My wife and I use Google Apps both for personal accounts and a family account. Edmodo is fun to read when I get my students started in my groups but I am not much of a social networker. My new favorite is Dropbox and maybe Diigo. I love these two programs and they are going to save me a lot of time. I will work Diigo into my curriculum. Diigo will be used during our Scratch lessons and maybe iMovie to share links and videos. I will now use the Google Blogger to direct my Robotics Club with directions, ideas and communication.

    I would really like to see the other classes work with the technology teachers to find some projects or assignments which can be done together. The more I use and teach this technology the more ideas I have to combine efforts. I believe more than ever that technology will or can bring teachers in different subjects together. While a student is learning something in a technology class he/she will also be learning math or science.
    Technology is always changing and there is something new to learn every year. My classroom changes every year and this year I add new ideas every semester. Yes, I will keep changing to accommodate the 21st Century learner.

    Even a technology teacher can get stuck in a learning box. Even though I change my curriculum every year by adding some new things I still found some really cool ideas from this 11 Tools program. I wish I would have done it earlier and added to my curriculum in August but I will add three new programs in January of this year. I will add Diigo, Blogger and GoAnimate.

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  34. Ah, assessment. I am going to be brutally honest when I say I'm extremely overwhelmed by all of this. I hope to incorporate as much as possible, slowly but surely.

    1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.
    I think one of the tools I'm most excited to use in my classroom is Google Docs. I love the fact that multiple people can edit at the same time and I think this a great tool when students are working on reports together. I can use it when working on our grade level newsletter, and also when working with my Odyssey of the Mind students.

    I'm also excited about Edmodo. This is a tool that I think I'll easily be able to implement with my students. Wallwisher is another one I think will be very interactive and cool for the students to collaborate with me. I plan on using Extranormal as an assessment tool. Students will LOVE making their own movies to show me what they've learned.

    2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?

    Basically I have a lot of work to do to incorporate all I need to do in order to facilitate the needs of the 21st century learner.I will definitely be incorporating much more Edmodo, Wallwisher and other interactive sites into my lessons and workstations. I hope to accomplish this over time. It's too overwhelming to get to all of it in one day!

    3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

    I am surprised by the amount of cool things I think I will be able to use. Some of the programs I don't think I'll ever use or have a use for them, but I will try and assimilate myself and my students as best as possible into this new world. It has been a very time consuming and daunting task but I finished!!

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