1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Objectives are a statement of what the learner will know and be able to do by lesson completion. Using technology helps keep students interested; when used in the application of the activities, technology simulates real world experiences (authenticates the objective).
2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
It is important that each station/center serves a valuable purpose to meeting the objective. Each station/center may represent different learning styles and/or measurable skills.
3 and 4. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations? 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?
Any one of the listed applications can be used to introduce, assess, or differentiate instruction. Students can be directed to use a specific tool at different stations or have the option to choose one of a given list of applications, at different stations. Students can print results, be instructed to teach a fellow student how to use the app., or create a write-up about what they liked best and least about the application. Because secondary Ed is my background, I was attracted to my comfort zone of the secondary apps. I especially liked Interactivate because of the choices of available activities.
Depending on the lesson objective, each station could possibly have a netbook or iPod/iPad , one or two stations may have a device available for each student on a team, or maybe only one or two stations requires the use of the devices.
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.
For students who have difficulty reading, the teacher can pre-record reading assignments specific to a target group of students.
Assign specific activities within apps for target student groups.
Students can be assigned teams and teams can be assigned to a station. Each station may have a different task (ex. create an electronic bulletin board, record a rap, write a poem, etc.) Next grading period, teams rotate. Netbooks can be used in this same fashion.