Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tool #11 self assessing and reflecting

So I have completed all 11 tool - yea me!!  I wish I had done better on the test - I passed, but not great score -  I think that shows that I will have to go back and visit the tools again. 
I'm not sure what my favorite tool is yet - I have several that I can see incorporating into my curriculum next year such as edmodo and diigo.
My thinking has most assuredly been transformed - when I started this I didn't see how I would use this information in my classroom.  Now I am excited to take this information/ tools and use them.   I am very curious to see what will be successful.
An unexpected outcome was learning just how many resources there are to use in the classroom that actually promote collaborative learning of the students.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tool #10 underneath it all - digital citizenship

I think our students need to learn a lot about being good digital citizens. I hear about how many people post everything that happens in their lives on Facebook and twitter only to have it come back on them negatively. Interacting with my students electronically through blogs or other methods does scare me a little because of this. When looking though the list of subjects to go over with them I find it hard to pick out only 3- I think it could be an excellent learning opportunity for them to know about almost all! I have always had my students complete a research project that is done primarily through Internet sources. I have spent a lot of time trying to get them to understand that just because they find it on the web it does not mean its correct or reliable information. I want my students to know how to weed out the cyber junk and learn pertinent information. Another problem with research for my students is the use of sites for the layman - I need them to find the information for healthcare professionals. Lastly I unfortunately have to spend a significant amount of time discussing plagiarism. The information they gather for me is often difficult to interpret so they will copy and paste, not knowing what they are writing about. I do not accept plagiarized information and will call them out on it.

Tool #9 incorporating classroom-based devices as tools for learning

Although medicine is a very "hands on" career, much of what is done these days uses technology - from recording information about your oatient to performing complet procedures on patients. Needless to say if I hope to prepare students for a future in medicine I cannot do so without the use of technology. Student accountability is very important in terms of them learning. I have noticed as I have done collaborative work in my classroom there is frequently someone in a grop that rides the coat tails of the other participants. Incorporating accountability for each student will hopefully reduce the free ride for some students. When searching the links provided I again find a limited number of sources for my particular class. Since anatomy and physiology is a large focus of my 1st year class I can use the science links for this. However for a significant part of the 1st year and and most of the 2nd year the focus is on the application of anatomy and healthcare issues. Much of the 2nd year is clinical rotations and the information that goes with it- such as what is done in the radiology department, how do the machines work, what are they seeing, and how is this information applied to the care of the oatient. I know this information can be found through technology, I have to get my students to the sites that are professional personnel focused as opposed to the lay information given through many public sites.

Tool #8 taking a look at the tools

After viewing the video about the netbooks I was surprised to learn how much they can actually do. I can also see how there are an incredible number of educational resources for the IPad for core courses, but I will have to search for resources to use for my class. There are apps that can be purchased for my curriculum but I think that will have to be done in collaboration with the other HST instructors in the district. As of this post I will not be getting netbooks or IPads for my classroom, as will none of the other CTE teachers - this does not mean that I will not be using technology in my classroom. Hopefully the CTE department will be able to purchase additional technology to meet the needs of our students. I currently have a COW with 24 laptops. I have established rules for usage in my classroom that are very similar to the ones posted. One rule that has not worked in my classroom is not using the power cords. The first class to use the laptops usually has not problem, however depending on the usage for that assignment subsequent classes must use the power cords because there is not enough battery power left.

Tool #7 reaching outside your classroom: online digital projects

Content objective : given Internet tools students will be able to participate in a debate over the current healthcare ruling by the supreme court with health science students at Spring Woods High School. When: mid September Tools used: Google Docs, and Skype Plan: will be assigned to gather their information either for or against the healthcare legislation via Internet sources. Their argument will be posted on the HST blog. Students will then Skype with SWHS and debate their arguments. The hope of this will not only increase their fact finding abilities as well as their ability to document their information in a collaborative effort with the class as well as classes from another school (SWHS)

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

Ok so this exploration of new tools to use in my classroom continues. I have created an Edmodo account specific to health science and have added the first assignment. Students will seek out information on the web pertaining to the healthcare ruling by the suprememe court and then comment on it. The hope is that this will promote an on line discussion by my students between my 2 health science classes. I had previously created a Diigo account with a similar application. I guess I will have to try these out in real class setting before I can full appreciate their application in a classroom setting.