Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tool #11 Self Assessing and Reflecting

From this process, I was surprised that doing a blog is not as scary as I thought. It was actually fun and I like the idea of sharing ideas with other teachers are in similar roles as just as me.

I will enjoying showing off my yearly collection of athletic injuries with animoto and creating some posters with Wordle.  I have been told the training room "torture chamber" is a bit dull.  Hopefully, using the new tools will allow me to draw more students to the sports medicine program.

There is no true application of technology for the 21st century learner in a hands on class.  Athletic Training for the students revolves around ankle taping, stretching, hands on rehab. There is no substitute for real life emergency or applications. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tool #10 Underneath it all - Digital citizenship!

The most important thing is to make sure that the website you are getting your information from is credible. Another thing….”what goes on the web stays on the web”, all students need to respond appropriately to things. Once something is in cyber space you can’t take it back. Lastly, cyber bullying has become a serious issue with growing technology; I would like to see a class during the beginning of the year explaining the dangers of it just as we do with hazing and domestic violence. I also think that the parents would benefit from a course as well with emphasis on warning signs to look out for in the event their child is a victim.

tool #9 Incorporating classroom-based devices as tools for learning.

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
It wouldn't be teaching if we didn't tie whatever tool we are using to the objective. If we don't tie the technology to the objective we run the risk of the students loosing the connection we are trying so hard to make.
    2.   Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

       Students being held accountable helps them stay on task. Without guidelines
        set it would be had to keep students focused on their particular station.

   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?

****I have listed how this would be done the next question
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?

There are so many that I would love to use right away. But if I had to choose two I would  
select  Heat Index and WunderMap. These two apps are perfect for helping athletic training students actively monitor the weather while making the direct correlation of how it relates to outdoor sports and heat related illness. We would perform mock stations using iPad2’s and net books. We would have four stations (recognizing signs and symptoms of heat related illness, preventing heat related illness, SBISD HEAT Policy Guidelines and Weather Monitoring) Each station would have a accountability list on what has to be performed. Once these skills are mastered in a mock session we would then take them to an official outdoor sports practice utilizing the skills they learned in the mock session. This project would be repeated several times in the fall during the critical days of heat and repeated in the spring when the cold policies would likely be implemented.

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.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using these devices from instruction. They can be used to track injury trends, prevention, documenting cases of infectious disease such as MRSA. The iPad2’s also have camera’s so pictures could be taking of an injury to record progression or regression.

Tool #8 Taking a look at the tools!

  • After watching the videos/tutorials, list two or three things you learned about the device that will be your classroom this spring.
  • How to set up an Itunes account and  sync the Ipad to the computer.

    2. How do you plan to manage the device(s) in your classroom? Do you have ideas/suggestions that others may find useful?

    The expectations will be set high from day one. With technology comes high responsibility so having the students log into the devices with their id's would be good. I believe having a check list that must  be completed before the end of class will also help the students stay on task. Finally, just plain old school active monitoring will suffice. The students are really excited that technology is being added more and more to lessons. They also love that they are given leadership roles with this technology allowing them to teach a portion of the lesson integrating the new technology skills they have just obtained.

    Tool #7 Going Global: Online Digital Projects!

     I believe that SKYPE could be used for a number of projects that we currently are doing in the classroom. With Skype on an IPad 2, we can research athletic training  programs, interview supervising athletic trainers and share ideas.
    One of our big research projects covers facility construction and design. Our students will be able to  construct a functional training room, for example, drawing inspiration form a number facilities all over the country.  We would be able to virtually tour athletic training facilities  and simulatiously ask questions to the resident athletic trainer of that particular venue.

    Tool #6 Using Web tools to promote discussion in and out of the classroom.

    Found 2 tools that allow instant feedback from students. Here are some samples!

    Tool #5 Producing with Web 2.0 tools!

    Today I played with wordle, it was fun to create a poster for the sports medicine class since we are trying to improve equipment vocabulary. Check it out!

    Animoto is an easy way to showcase my collection of sports medicine injury photos. Here are some of the top 5 of the past year.

    Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.