1. Academic focus is curriculum driven. Technology is meant to be a tool to help students access and
work towards mastery of that curriculum. Technology should be aligned with the TEKS that an
educator is working on with their students.
2. Students should be held accountable at stations/centers so that they learn that the avtivities assigned are
not games but an integral part of their learning. If they are creating products, rubrics can be used for
a type of grading system. With interactive web sites a teacher can list the activities and have students
place a check by the activity when completed.
3. My current status as a resource teacher without my own classroom precludes me from setting up
centers. However, I can have one student working on an interactive web site such as Studyladder
while I am administering a running record to another. This would also work if I need to work with
a student individually who is struggling with a particular objective.
4. Even though my teaching situation is not set up for stations, I found the following apps which
can be used on the iPad: ABC Flash Cards, Studyladder, which can be used for a variety of
academic subjects, Learning Games for Kids, and Ecosystems which introduces students to
the eight major ecosystems around the globe. One of the most important apps for my students,
who typically struggle with written language and spelling, will be Dragon Dictation. This application
will allow my students to produce stories without the struggle of getting the words on paper. Dragon
Dictation could also be used to answer questions about various topics.
5. I can also see my students videotaping themselves reporting about topics.(With the correct
form signed giving permission from parents for videotaping.) They can also take still pictures and use
them as prompts for developing stories.