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Technology Tools Project

Examples or technology that can be used in Reading, Writing, History, Math and in Executive Functioning
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Nicole Boschetti

on 28 November 2012

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Reading Comp Passage Conclusion This is a great way to have students practice and improve upon their reading comprehension skills without needing the attention of the rteacher. It is quiet,not a distraction, gives immediate feedback, and multiple tries to choose the right answer. Description:
Instructional context/ purpose:This is used to help students with their reading comprehension skills as it allows students to read a passage, highlight important information and be immediately tested on the information and receive immediate feedback. Core Standards: (6-12. R.1), (6-12. R. 4) The difficulties are that the quiz grades cannot be saved unfortunately! Core Standards: (8.EE.5), (8.EE.7.a) (8.EE.7.b) (8.G.1.a/b/c) (8.G.2) Directions: Extremely easy to follow, simply read the passage, highlight in students' coice of four colors & fill in bubble of your selected standards! Graphics: Not very visually stimulating, but it keeps students engaged and focused through the highliting option Why would you use it?
Task completion, product, and/ or assessment purposes: This allows a student to practice their reading comprehension skills without needing the assistance of a teacher, and the teacher can evaluate their progress by checking their scores on the multiple choice quiz provided This is age appropriate for several different categories by grade; Benjamin Franklin story is grades 5 and up but students can choose their own story appropriate for their own grade! The best thing is that it's free! How would you use it?
The prime user would be the student, who could use the website on their own without the assistance of the teacher Can learners save materials?
There are no materials that need to be saved! This easily integrates into the classroom because it is individual silent work that will not interrupt other stuedents and does not require the teacher to leave another student who may need one on one help! Type of Instruction: Individual The student can improve upon their reading comprehension skills and see immediate feedback and it is easy to adapt into the classroom because it is quiet, individual work that can also be acccessed for free at home for aditional practice Math: GeoGebra Instructional context/purpose: This is used to help students in math by giving them online access to interactive graphs so they can plot equations, make shapes, and graph information. There are even online worksheets and demos you can use to explore Geogebra. This can be used for any grade elementary through college, & it's free! The level of difficulty depends on the grade because obviously in math some graphs are harder to plot than others; you can plot points, vectors, segments, lines, shapes, functions and anything else that’s graphable. By clicking in new locations you can add points and regraph or move what you originally put. Elements can be entered and modified directly on your screen, or through the Input Bar. GeoGebra has the ability to use variables for numbers, vectors and points, find derivatives and integrals of functions and has a full complement of commands like Roots. Teachers and students can use GeoGebra to make conjectures and prove geometric theorems. The graphics are excellent, they offer graphs with or without dotted lines and the tools are organized so that it’s easy to understand. You would use Geogebra because it makes accomplishing tasks easier because rather than the kids going through multiple sheets of graph paper and equation solving they can do it all right on their screen and change what needs to be changed without erasing or starting over. This will speed up all sorts of learning in the classroom. This is better than having text books and notebooks because teachers can put all of their examples right on the spread sheet and the students will have the notes in front of them simultaneously as they do their homework, so they don’t have to worry about copying the wrong information down or not understanding their notes either.
Geogebra actually allows teachers to make assessments, worksheets and homework right on the technology so teachers don’t need to collect the homework and check it they can just have the kids submit it and if it doesn’t match up with the teachers initial answers then the kid can either redo it or look at the teachers examples. How would you use it? As a teacher I would use it for homework, quizzes, and notes for my students. I would give them assessments through the computer so their graphs are easier to understand and follow. If there was scrap work that I needed to collect I’d give them the option of writing it or doing it right on the graph itself. In homework and quizzes I’d ask them questions and give them graphs to complete and then they’d see the answers right on the computer when they’re done so there’s no confusion and no way for me to mess up the graph when explaining it on the board. With Geogebra everything is laid out so nicely for the students.

Students will have a better chance of understanding graphs, they can use it for their homework, it will make their notes much nicer, and when taking a test it will speed up the process. Since it’s in front of a computer it is easier to work in groups because they’re not drawing it on one piece of paper, a group of a few students can work together to map it out on a computer screen by taking turns with plotting and solving. The advantages are that the student can improve their graphing skills, get more practice by working faster, and refer to more organized notes; it also makes it easier to understand the students graphs. It adapts well because This adapts well in a classroom because students are learning more difficult graphs and this will just make the understanding easier for them. Since it’s free it’s definitely affordable to a school and it is easy to access throughout the day. Disadvantages would be a teacher that only likes conventional methods and doesn’t want to graph something out or a student who is not so strong with the computer; another disadvantage is that depending on the school it may be difficult to access because you do need laptops or computers in the room to really make this work;the teacher can demonstrate on their computer and then the students can do it when they get home but then you have the issue of them forgetting. Conclusion: I wish I had this when I was taking math in middle school and high school! I feel as if I would have worked a lot more efficiently and I definitely would have had a better understanding of graphs and equations. I remember in geometry my teacher would graph on the computer occasionally and those were the times she explained it best because it’s much more accurate, a lot faster, and easy to understand. Timetoast is used in History for students to understand what happened during a time period; Timetoast allows students to create their own time line so you’re not only assessing their knowledge but you’re giving them freedom to have fun. History: TimeToast This can be used as a tool for any grade but as an assessment 5-12 and it's (once again) FREE! Can learners save materials?: Yes, they can save their graphs and equations right to their computers or flash drives so after working in class they can bring it home with them and vice versa. It’s not like a graphing calculator where as soon as you type in a new equation it’s gone.
Easily integrates into classroom: This would be in place of students sitting at their table going through multiple pieces of paper, instead they would just have one notebook on their screen to do all their work.
Type of instruction: It can be individual where the student would do homework or a quiz, can be done as a group so they have other pupils to work with in order to understand the technology—more brains can be better than one—and they can work as a class when the teacher is giving notes. This is very easy to use; it consists of you plugging in your years, photos, and information, it’s as simple as clicking “Add Event” when you need to add an event. Core Standards:
(6-8.RH.7) (6-8.WHST.2.a)
(6-8.WHST.6) The graphics are easy to understand and are very make the program easy to use; it allows you to keep your information organized. You use this because it is easy to complete because the students are making a timeline on the computer. It’s much more organized than drawing it out and it assesses your kids because you’re testing their understanding rather than showing them a timeline that they may not pay attention to. As a student memorizing dates and significant times in history can be very difficult; this will give them the chance to understand history more clearly and understand what happened chronologically. In history I’d ask the students to make a timeline to assess their knowledge of a time period; this could be used to plot different battles in a war, significant points in history, and even mark important people. Also, teachers can make their own timelines and lecture about it in class to the students. Can learners save materials?: Yes, their timelines gets saved on their free account once they complete it.
Easily integrates into classroom: This integrates into classrooms because you don’t even need a computer; the assignment can be done for homework at home then the students can print it out. The teacher can also just project it for everyone to view it as he or she talks.
Type of instruction: This can be done as a lecture or more interactive; a teacher can make a timeline with significant events and then expect the student to talk about it in front of the classroom. Then even when students make their own timeline they can present it to the class for a grade. The advantage is that a student is gaining a skill of making understanding a timeline while learning about a historical period. This adapts well in a classroom because you don’t necessarily need computers and the timelines are just additional notes for the students to refer too. It’s more interesting then them sitting and writing everything they need to know and it looks more interesting than an outline. The disadvantages are that some students may not enjoy visual aspects, they may be more interested in taking notes and other students may not enjoy presenting their work. Overall Opinion: If I was teaching a History Class I would definitely use TimeToast; it’s much easier to understand than notes and it’s a lot more interactive for students to use. It gives teachers many different options in the classroom and outside the classroom and it’s easy and free! Technology
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Project Writing! Ginger Software Ginger automatically corrects a student’s grammar and spelling when typing a paper in order to correct mistakes and highlight the corrections so that the student can see what errors were made and learn from it. Instructional content: Includes a text box in which students can write their thoughts, and a box following it with the corrections included. Appropriate for any age! Free trial online, a premium online subscription is $89. Core Standards: (8. W. 2. d), (8. W. 3. d), (8. W.6) Limited graphics because they are not necessary to fit the needs of the program. This is used to help a student who would ordinarily struggle immensely, this allows them to put their thoughts on paper due to inefficiencies in spelling and grammar can proceed through a writing assignment faster and with fewer errors when using Ginger. && this is primarily used by students in order to write their papers. This type of instruction is Individual The learner can save material by transferring it on to a word document This integrates easily into the classroom because it can be quietly used on a computer in the classroom Advantages: This is a great program for students with dyslexia who have difficulties with spelling. The program has the ability to pick up on words misspelled most commonly by dyslexics. This is also good for students who are just learning English, as it corrects their grammar. There are no disadvantages! Executive Functioning Online Student Planner Online student planner is used to help students map out their school days and the subsequent workload and activities. Students can also keep track of the grades they are earning. It’s appropriate for any student capable of going online and analyzing the information about their school day that they plug into the website. Free for limited abilities, $15 for a year including the ability to include any number of a student’s courses, grades, tasks per course, term count down, email alerts, calendars and iCal connection For each course, task, grade, or calendar, the student simply presses the “+” button to add information such as what is due and when, and they are automatically reminded as to what is coming up and can check the website repeatedly to check on their own. There are no core standards met because the tool’s purpose is not to be a part of the curriculum, it is meant to guide the student through the curriculum by reminding the student what tasks are due and what exams are coming up. Very simple, very clear and concise layout meant to focus the student open the content and his or her schedule Very simple, very clear and concise layout meant to focus the student open the content and his or her schedule It allows a student to better manage their time, stay on top of what is due and be reminded of what is coming up in class without the constant reminders of a teacher. The prime user would be the student, so that he or she can effectively manage their own schedule. Students are able to save their entire class and homework schedules, and it's done individually! With an Online Student Planner the student can stay on top of their assignments and schedule, despite a lack of executive functioning skills in terms of planning.
The student can also access this website not only in school but at home while doing homework to keep track of upcoming assignments.
As long as the student has access to a computer they will be able to get to the website (with teacher's persmission!) In Conclusion: This website is a great way for students to gain independence and have the satisfaction of knowing their schedule and being aware of all their assignments and tests. Thank
You For
Watching Nicole Boschetti & Nicole Knoebel http://www.onlinestudentplanner.com/ This is a great tool to use in the classroom so students who ordinarily fall behind in in-class writing assignment can keep up with their classmates. http://www.mrnussbaum.com/readingcomp/benstory.htm http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ Nicole & Nicole http://www.gingersoftware.com/
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