1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It is important to tie technology to the objective because the objective is the focus of any lesson, and we meet the objective through the input experiences we give our students, including the use of technology to support the learning. Most students are excited about using technology to learn and discover, which will keep them focused on the learning. However, if we lose sight of the objective, and use technology unrelated to our objective, we've lost the value of the lesson.
2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
We hold students accountable for time spent in stations because as facilitators we have clearly defined this time as opportunities for building on what has been introduced, and for discovery learning while collaborating with classmates using specified tools, technology included. These are purposefully designed experiences to support continued learning.
3. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for you 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 really like the look of Studyladder. Teachers can set up tasks for their students in all subject areas and once the students complete the task, both students and teachers can view results. This not only holds the students accountable, but also lets the teacher know if the student has mastered the skills. I will also use the website, Tutpup, which will support the learning in literacy and math and will be appropriate for work stations.
4. List two or 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?
One of the apps that I liked for the iPad was Puppet Pals. I've actually downloaded it on my classroom iPad and played with it myself. The app allows the students to choose characters and a setting for a puppet show. Once the students have made those choices, they develop a story using those characters, then record a puppet show based on their story. Once finished, they can save their "show" and watch and listen later. I wish they could edit their show after watching it, but I don't think the app allows for that. Although free, the app was limited to only a couple of possible shows, so I purchased the director packages for more choice. Working together with a partner in a work station would support their storytelling skills which will also help to develop their writing skills and hopefully increase their comfort level for writer's workshop. I will also use abc PocketPhonics Lite: letter sounds & writing + first words which has the students trace letters while making the sounds and combining the sounds to spell a CVC word. This would definitely support many skills, and hopefully make students more aware of the starting place and formation of especially lower case letters.
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. My students could listen to/read books on the iPad, and respond with a recommendation on a something like wallwisher.com. They could also record themselves reading an appropriately leveled book, and then discuss with a partner what they saw themselves doing as a reader.