Importance of Natural Resources

The 1:1 Classroom: High School Chemistry & Ecology with Jonnie

(music) (music fades) (bright upbeat music) I’m Jonnie Becker. I’m from Charles City high school and we have just started a 1:1 environment this year. (bright upbeat music) Learning is an adventure but it’s also a risky adventure for a lot of students and the computer gives them a
safe place to kind of crawl in and hang out and then you can talk to them virtually and they’ll ask you questions or ask for help in a way that they would
never walk up to you and ask for help so I find that I can customize things for
students a lot easier by just keeping an eye on them and letting them work with the virtual. Also the class is never over… like the bell rings but class isn’t over…
we have a learning management system. We use Edmodo um school-wide and the students then know that they can work on their chemistry any place any time anywhere. They have the apps on their phones, they have it on their computer. so I can have a discussion that’s going really good in class and if they want to continue it on through lunch even though the bell rang they can keep talking on through lunch if they want or they can pick it back up later on in the evening which is kind of nice which means your doors are never closed. So that’s been really awesome. Also it opens up a huge variety of resources so you don’t have just one textbook that you rely on to be the sole source and everybody has to do what the book says. Just the other day in class we were talking about statistics and we had already talked at the beginning of the year what central tendency was but the students didn’t remember this end of the year and they just got on and googled it and they started firing out different definitions of central tendency that they had found from different places so we wrote them all down the board and we figured out what we put them together for ourselves where normally a textbook would have
been opened up, they would have read the definition back and everybody would have been
done talking about it but since they had a lot of different definitions from a lot of different sources they though okay there may be more to this story than we thought. So it makes sure that they always have access to the information they need. Also having technology has made sure that we don’t have to do things that have already happened or that are not real…we can work on real data or real situations that are happening right now. So we can look at something that just happened in the news or something somebody just read. For example we’re doing studies of water right now one of my students was reading on his computer about how they are making billboards in South America that take humidity out of the air and turn it into fresh water. So he and I can work together and really customize things for what’s happening in the world. (bright upbeat music) Well finding technology is the first thing and a lot of people think about technology as the hardware and hardware is just the first step. So the students already have a
really powerful computer in their hands…that’s covered. So then you have to select what kind of software that you want to use with it or what additional add-ins that you think are appropriate. Usually we don’t do a whole lot of
add-ins unless we’re going to use probe ware which is like equipment that you
plug into your computer to measure things. For example we used a
spectrophotometer today which normally which normally that’s a huge piece of equipment but veneer makes a small one that plugs right into your computer so we’re going to use that one. I usually like to stick with a company that if I’m going to buy extras that I know has good customer service and good troubleshooting. So those are huge things
when you’re buying hardware or trying to decide what hardware to us. When it comes
to software if it’s free give it a try. That’s kind of the way I go. If it’s not free i ask for a free trial and anything I think looks like i might want to use it in my classroom and they usually oblige and if they say no we don’t offer any free trial then that’s not a company you want to work with anyway because they aren’t confident enough in their work to give it a test drive. How do I find things that I want to use? Twitter is the number one place that I go and I find cool technology tools because anybody who’s a real techy is probably going to be tweeting about it on Twitter. because that’s where the techy people hand out. So I follow some of the main like edtech hashtags and then I kind of search around and i’m like oh that’s something i think i might want to use or that sounds kinda interesting. and then I kind of test drive it…I pretend I’m a student and I try to do a lab with it or
I try to do an activity or I’d be like okay how would this change what I’m doing in my classroom? If I find something on Twitter that I like that’s kind of cool but I can’t think of a way that it would do something I already do in my classroom better I don’t use it. So, for example… sure there’s lots of websites that you can make a concept map about great!… we use inspiration already. I’m trying to think, is there any ones online that I’ve seen for making bubble webs or concept webs online that are better than inspiration. I haven’t seen one that works better so i’m not going to use a different one just to use a different one. I’m gonna use the one that is working and isn’t a problem in my classroom. Sometimes if you don’t have a problem in your classroom that you’re looking for it’s cool to just check out things that you find on Twitter and just keep them in your little back parts of your brain… it’s like we know that’s out there but I don’t throw it in my classroom till I can find a way that’s going to
make it better than what I already have. (bright upbeat music) Classroom management with technology is interesting and proactive is way better the reactive. and the students are way more sophisticated than you could ever possibly imagine and way more creative with their technology than you could imagine both good and bad. So right up front teaching your students about digital literacy, teaching them about digital safety, teaching about netiquette, really really critical. Giving them a computer and its endless capabilities and wide open world wide web and never
having that discussion first you’re you’re going to end up in a reactive situation. So even if it takes the first two weeks of your class to just have the netiquette discussion and give some examples… has a really great set of digital literacy learning tools is really really helpful for the whole entire year. So, just starting off that proactive stance. One of the other things that we do is we have a program that monitors the computers we use insight…things like remote watch…there’s lots of them out there that you can watch what your students are doing use them and use them often so the students know that that is just part of your habit. That you are always kind of watching them and that somebody is always kind of looking over their shoulders and running through the things that they have been doing on their computers. Our students know that their history, every keystroke, everything is monitored so anything that they type, or anything on there…it can all be traced back to exactly when and where and all have to do is have one student test you on that and you follow through, the word spreads that you really are watching and that that computer doesn’t belong to them and they have to behave with it. Also, some really simple things like just be active in your classroom. The students are really fast with how they move through their files and their windows so if you see somebody flipping really quickly through something pretty sure that they’re probably doing something that their not supposed to be doing so it’s really simple just you know say hey put your lid down and you’re good to go. Also, I find that sometimes it makes classroom management easier Students that wouldn’t have been engaged in your classroom because they were too scared to talk or too afraid to share something When you open up their their computer and you let them run on the chat stream at the same time they are then engaged because they’re willing to chat when they’re not willing to raise their hand so they would have been dinking around or
doing something or causing a ruckus where now they’re engaged in the learning
because they get to communicate in a safer environment, so it has goods and bads. (bright upbeat music) That is one of the best things about having technology in your classroom especially having technology and using a learning management system such as Edmodo or Moodle or any of the other ones that are out there on the market. When they turn in something or when they access information on those it keeps track of all of their actions. So, for example if I put up a reading that I
want students to do it tracks how many students have viewed that reading. If I know I have 100 kids in the class and only 50 people have viewed it I know half the class didn’t even do the reading. So it changes my lesson plan when I come in the morning and see okay did the students access the reading and half of them haven’t. So having that information totally changes how you work your classroom. Also for example, my kids took a quiz today and that’s put on in EdModo. They have a reaction to that quiz so I know their confidence level before I even grade it I can tell if the student was really really confident If I look at their work and it’s poor quality but they’re really really confident that tells me there’s a mismatch between what they personally have assessed
themselves at and what they’re really capable of which means we have to do some peer reviewing in my classroom and it’s going to change the way I teach If they came through, they were really confident and that their scores come through as they’ve all done really well which it automatically analyzes those scores by question by test so i can divide it up without
having to do all that extra work myself. It just gives me an informed decision
that is faster. Not that I didn’t do those things before i had the technology in the kids hands it just… it was a lot of hours for me to do that
work at home on a spreadsheet and now it just pops out the numbers
automatically which is awesome! I do love using a quick poll or a quick vote. There’s lots of polling options…just as they walk out of the room after a day…that would be really cool. I’ve also seen some that you can do live. That a student could enter a poll as you’re working or discussing and it will automatically change as you’re working So if you’re giving a lecture and all of
your polls come down so you could be like ok we’re going to talk about that part again right now so you can even do like real-time action data where that was never possible before. (bright upbeat music) If you’re thinking about going to a 1:1 environment or you already sort of are… and you don’t have a technology integrationist you need one and more than one would be highly recommended. We have one right now that I think is for the high school and I think she’s shared for miltiple buildings and there’s just not enough of her to go around. Our district has made sure that she has a phone that gets all of her emails and everything so even when she’s in a classroom she gets alerts and buzzes so if you need something that she
can answer it right there so having that… safety line to go to that is a district employee is huge. Some districts have like a rat pack or somebody who is a bunch of kids that are good at tech shooting and they’re great to send the students to
that don’t really know how to run their computer or just kind of beginning to learn their computer and you want to send them to a group of students that actually you know how to use their computer but that understand that they have to teach somebody in an appropriate way how to use their computer. So if you have a little group of students that you could trust enough to make a little Rat Pack about…or a tech squad that’d be really really awesome. Also they give us professional development time every week. Sometimes we talk about what
we want to use to teach tittle digital literacy, what about web 2.0 tools that we’re working on what is what is something that worked, what didn’t work? Those kind of things work really handy to get together and kinda chat about them. but also as long as they encourage that you’re getting out to your learning network that that’s really important so even if your district just starts its
own Twitter chat or its own Edmodo conversation or whatever you know discussion panel you decide to use so that teachers can just post something
that like hey I really wish I knew how to… upload a PowerPoint something that simple…or I wish I knew how to make a flash movie. There might be somebody in your
district that already knows how to do it. So having some of those live discussions
that can happen asynchronously would really really help. I would say just being really proactive with the policies that you set so if you set rules for
your school and their school usage policies that you stand behind them. So for example, if a student is caught doing something that’s not what they’re supposed to be doing on the computer, the consequences need to follow through because if you’re kind of relaxed on them they’re going to take a mile of relaxation until you really have to get firm on them and sometimes they’ve infected other students with that same bad behavior that you haven’t caught yet because you’ve given them so
much lead way. So whatever polices you’ve actually decided to put into action need to be strongly enforced. just to get everybody consistent. (bright upbeat music) Just some closing things that I have
kind of learned along the way is you really have to make your homework or whatever your assessments are original. Everything that is published, the answer
key is probably on the web somewhere and the students will find it given them
enough time and once they find it they will share it. So the days of just using that worksheet that came with your textbook are pretty much over. because the answer keys are loaded up somewhere and it’s very very hard to track them down after they’ve started doing that behavior. Once they know that they can get away
with it they will. So you really need to make your homework or your work something that is original to your classroom and authentic to what you’re
doing in your room. Also get really familiar with keystroke shortcuts when it comes to your computer so that you don’t have to take over the student’s Mouse. Their mouse or their trackpad kind of becomes like their home and when you start touching that they don’t really like that but often you can close a program or open a program or copy something or paste something with a keystroke shortcut that just fixes the problem that they’ve accidentally wandered themselves into and they just need to get back to something they recognize and that’s a really good way to do it. Plus if they’re in some place that they aren’t supposed to be command queue is a great thing to use on the MacBooks and they barely know what you did and next thing you know they’re back
to where they needed to be. Also, a lot of computers come with universal access or accessibility options. Even though your student may not have a disability, they may find some of those options helpful such as inverting the screen to
a black back and a white forwards if they have to work in low light. Some students do their homework very late at night because they work late. So having the option so it’s not such a strain on their eyes really helps. Also some of them have options where that you can have um a student dictate and it will type for
them or you can have it read the screen for them and those are free programs, they come as accessibility options and most students don’t even explore
because they don’t think they have a handicap which could be very very
helpful especially the zoom option comes in handy. It’s really good for you to model good behavior. So if you want the class be
working on something and you’re hanging out on your Twitter stream while they’re supposed to be working they’re going to think hanging out on their Twitter stream is okay too. So don’t be doing that…or if you answer your phone in the middle of class don’t be doing that because they’re gonna leave their phone on in the middle of class. So just be proactive. Students don’t often know how to organize their computers very well. Their computers start to look like their lockers sometimes where the desktop is just a mess. So showing them how to make folders and
how to make files doesn’t seem like something that should be part of the curriculum, but it really does so that they don’t accidentally lose that file
and not know how to find it and they’re going to lose files on their computers and their devices them how to use the search agents so they can find them quickly and they won’t be like my computer ate the file…we didn’t…you just didn’t find it. (bright upbeat music) (music fades) (music) (music fades)

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