2. Holding students accountable is also a must. Often times they get lost in the entertainment and forget that there is a purpose to their use of all technology. For those applications that render a final product, accountability is fairly easy, though cooperation and participation in the effort need also be added to the grading rubric. When no product is made, teachers need to have a written piece that demonstrates learning and understanding. Whether this is a journal reflection or a written application, students must know that they are being held accountable for their time spent on these devices.
3. I found several new links to interactive sites that I plan to add to my current repertoire. I loved TutPup but was not able to register. Perhaps because it was the weekend and it is only available for registration during the week. I will keep trying until I am successful. I like the global scope as kids compete against students from other countries. I tried Mengahigh earlier in the year, but found it too advanced for third grade. At the beginning of the year I paid for a subscription to Learning Games. It is very easy to navigate as it is organized by grade level and skills. I tried to register for Studyladder.com but was put off by their request for students' full names. I will try with only first names and see what happens. I am awaiting an email from Ten Marks to confirm my registration. I think the kids will enjoy all of these. TESiboard has the ability to print the results of an activity. Great accountability opportunity! In August, I compiled a list of interactive sites for parents to access as a way for their kids to practice math facts. Some of the suggestions came from the students themselves.
4. I actually visited the blogs of other HCE math teachers to see what APPS they recommended. That cut down on my surfing time considerably. I liked Mad Math, Coin Genius, and Fraction Factory. For accountability, students can take a screen shot of their results and email it to me or leave it in Photos for me to check. Then I can delete it to leave room for others.
5. I hope to experiment with a technology menu this year when our new devices finally arrive. It will be a work in progress as I become more familiar with the different tools and experience how the students react and work cooperatively (I hope) together.