Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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.

Right now my favorite tools are twitter and prezi but I have been using them since it is what works for my students and how we communicate and share.  I know that with more time and more development on my part that other tools might develop more usage by me.

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?

I feel the only way to get what I teach into the next century of learning is to spend a bit of money.  Going with more mac products is a huge help in the arts and with more access to these devices we will see more happening with both the students and the quality of what we do.

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

I was happy to learn and share and explore.  I feel that more time in the day is needed to be more effecting in moving into the learning style that we are moving toward and that time seems to not always be on our side as educators.  Hopefully things will change in the future.

Tool #10

Digital Citizenship is what we are going to have to deal with in the future of teaching.  We will deal with it just as we have dealt with character, integrity, cheating and more over the years.  We talk about it.  We show research and how it will affect the future and most importantly remind students to think about what they do and say.  Hopefully common sense and good manners will be part of the basic makeup for most students but there is a ton of information out on the web and in the district paperwork to begin the handling of this.  

In the performing arts we already do much of what this tool is asking.  We use CHARMS to communicate through calendaring, email and texting with our students and parents to let them know what we have going on.  I also have a theatre website that is updated and the students have a Facebook page that they keep it all in a loop for both small and large group sharing.  We are always aware of who is in charge of the messaging and how to keep it all on the up and up.  Constant communication is a huge part of what I do and what my students need and so I will keep on, keeping on.

Tool #9

Tool #9 Assignment, create a new post in which you respond to the following:
  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective? Why not? These kids will be tied to more and more technology in the future and they need the stimulation because we have developed their world which functions that way. They need more hands on and more stimulation and the technology gives that and allows them to explore and learn more.
  2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers? They have more at their disposal and responsibility is part of that. They have the responsibility to gather, filter and learn as well as maintain and be inventive. In theatre, we have to have each student technician accountable for some part of the whole and students can handle the responsibility. That is how they are going to push themselves further beyond what they are taught.
  3. There are so many links for students to look into for theatre that will benefit the production. In production we have timelines and students will be held accountable to get their work done in a timely fashion. In the real world, when you do not meet the timeline, your job is affected and that is the benefit in what I do. I can always relate it to real life and real work.
  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? We have been recording video clips on our iPad and on the iPod we download our sound to run it on our new equipment when purchased for UIL. There are tons of ways to do research on shows and time and video which are what we are using it for now. Our hope is to bring more technology into running our lightboard next. With that, there is not free software so we are waiting to get what we need.
  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. If you leave it up to the kids, they will always find new ways to do things. Many of the students run their paperwork for a show off of their iPads and so that is what we see happening. Keeping up with data and images and having more at the fingertip of the user is how we use our devices.

Tool #8

I have kids and a house with Mac products and I did not learn anything new here. In my line of work we need to use Mac because of quality and ability and dependability of the product. I am not sure how I can manage the device in the classroom with such a limited number but I know that with my productions and my individual student work that I will be able to help students use the devices. I have already used my IPad to record and post videos of student performances for them to share in dropbox and see what I am seeing and hopefully get a better performance from them at the next rehearsal.

Tool #7

  1. I think that Skype is a great way to interact with others in the country for what we do. 
  2. There are many ways that this would work.

    The first thing that we can do is that we can use this to work along side our schools in the district. Many times we do a district wide competitions and we try to work on pieces that the middle and high school can see together - with skype we can see how each other is working and possibly even perform at the same time.

    Just like the above I think that this would work when we are working on cultural pieces. If we are able to Skype with other countries, when we are performing pieces that come from another country, we can Skype with them and then the kids will have a better understanding of how to perform.

Tool #6

  1. https://twitter.com/#!/mostheatretweet and
  2. http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/Mostheatre
  3. I feel that I can use this as I travel and let kids know what is up with auditions and such. It could come in handy since they have their phones on them constantly and that is how most of them follow this type of media. With the wallwisher students could add character or ideas to the wall for sharing ideas about rehearsal process and show development.

Tool #5

  1. Looking at Mixbook as a student option to create our end of year picture product, this could really work. The students would be able to share and develop pages that suit them. It is definitely as possibility as I practiced with our Scotland pictures creating a short photo album. I think that most of the kids will still share via Facebook because that is simpler for them. Parents would appreciate the photo album though. http://www.mixbook.com/editor?fs=1&pid=7286780&type=book.
  2. My Prezi presentation is for me to use for my next Scotland trip.  It can be found at  http://prezi.com/kfzky58xuu0l/scotland/. I am pretty sure that I can use this for presentations and presenting various units in theatre.

Tool #4

I sent some of the stage management forms out to my SM students to look at and rework. In theatre using google doc will be AWESOME because we share so much of the same paperwork in a production. Theatre students will continue to develop individual paperwork but can then rework things as needed for individual use. By putting stuff in a dropbox this will be more effective.

Tool #3

  1. I feel that in theatre youtube is a wonderful site for both me and my students to find works that fit both their audition needs and how production could look, feel, and work in our setting.
  2. In theatre we are always concerned with copyright.  We know that looking at what others do helps us enjoy creating and that very little is new and tons is shared.
  3. I can use the dropbox for my students to watch the rehearsal videos that I post.  It works for us and saves time during the rehearsal process.

Tool #2

  1. Visit at least 5 blogs of fellow educators and comment to one of their posts. I was happy to comment on three theatre teachers from Stratford and both my band and orchestra director blogs.
  2. It was interesting reading about others ideas and thoughts. It was also nice to get to write a little note of thanks. We forget to do that sometimes and it is important. It was also great seeing what others are up to and how they do things differently. I did not mind sharing thoughts but am aware that sometimes you cannot take things you say in print back.
  3. I visit lots of websites during the course of a day but find that the best one for me is www.schooltheatre.org which provides me support for all that I do in educational theatre.