Assignment 1

Kylene Lichucki - i-Pod
This article mentioned how i-Pods were useful to review instruction. At the end of each week, students create podcasts covering what was learned in class for that week. This is helpful for students that need extra review, visual learners, and students that are absent. Another neat idea this article suggested was recording students reading fluency and making a CD of their recordings to take home to their parents. Students could also use these CDs to improve their own fluency throughout the year.

iPods in the classroom greatly benefit special education students. Teachers can record test questions so that special ed students may work at their own pace, and replay any questions they may need to hear more than once. They can remain in the room with the regular ed kids, while getting the modifications that they need. The teacher will be able to walk around and help all students, rather than be tied up rereading test questions. The iPod can do that for him or her!
If your district has Moodle you may want to check this out. If students are absent or need to hear a lesson again, they can view it as a podcast on Moodle. This article tells you step by step what you need to do to upload a podcast onto your Moodle. I think Moodle is free for districts.

Teachers have used GarageBand to make up songs to help students learn. Instead of taking notes on Solids, liquids, and gases, students learn the materials through songs. They can check-out their i-Pods but they must return them the next day. Parents also sign a form stating that they will replace the i-Pod if it is lost or damaged. One student said, "It is like taking my teacher home with me." Music teachers, or any teacher, can also have different songs for different grades level uploaded to their i-Pods.

FACE IT! Lesson Plan: Students will use a graph to draw their self portrait. They will also use a free downloaded program to sketch out their portrait on their iPods. Students will learn about proportions, light and dark pencils, and famous artists. Show a powerpoint on their iPods showcasing different self-portraits created by different artists.

Radio Show lesson plan: Students will listen to various radio shows and become acquainted with the sound and "talk" of those shows. They will also learn about the history and when the radio was the main form of relaying information and news to people. Record them using an iPod and voice recorder and then import them into iTunes for the whole class to enjoy.

Learning Math with Music: Most children memorize best through songs and rhymes. Students will work in a group to make up songs-using familiar melodies-to help them learn their basic facts. Each group could be assigned certain math facts, and when all groups are finished, create a CD to share with the class that students can take home for further practice.

This is a really neat idea. Download these four songs/videos (or others if you thing of different ones!): John Mayer: Say-video to learn the skills "spelling and open ended questions," Suzanne Vega: Tom's Diner to learn the skill "progressive form of the verb," Daniel Powter: Bad Day to learn the skill "Sequencing," and Five for Fighting: World-video. There are also great sites listed for free, legal songs, how audiobooks save you more money than CDs, There are also multiple choice quiz makers for iPods!

Utilizing iPods on the school bus really caught my attention. If they can do homework on the school bus, then this frees up students' time for family and other activities in the evening and on the weekends. There are many behavior problems on busses, so this may eliminate some of those problems? You never know! This article also claimed that it is making college students healthier, because instead of driving, they are walking places while using their iPods.

Top 50 apps for educators. There is an app called, "Remember the Milk" that could be used like an agenda, "Book Shelf" to download electronic books, and "Touchtype" which is a spell checker. "Word of the Day" is also a unique app to start out class or to use during morning meeting time. "30 Boxes" is another program that could help keep students organized.

Assignment 2: Posted on Class Discussion Thread

Assignment 3:


I will have my students listen to this podcast. It is a great example of how podcasts can be fun and interactive. Subscribing to this podcast with spark interest in my students, motivating them to create their own weekly podcasts. Students will be put into groups to create podcasts. A different group will create the podcast each week!

Assignment 4
Unit of Study: Poetry

Title of Lesson: How to Write a Haiku

Lesson Duration: 3 days (40 minute class periods)

Developed by: Kylene Lichucki

Subject Area(s): Language Arts and Technology

Grade Level(s): 4th

Information Literacy Standards:
2. b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
4. b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools
and resources

5. b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
a. Understand and use technology systems.

Content Specific Standards:
A 4.1 and ITL C 4.3 Read aloud with age-appropriate fluency, accuracy and expression.
A 4.2 K Recognize characteristics of and apply reading strategies to various genres, including poetry.
B 4.1 E Write creative pieces.
C 4.4 Listen to and comprehend oral instructions.
E 4.1 and ITL A 4.1 Practice keyboarding skills.

Stated Objective(s):
· Students will recall the information that they currently know about writing Haikus.
· Students will create a class KWL chart.
· Mini-lesson on how to take effective notes quickly.
· Students will listen to podcast twice and take notes on what they think is important.
· Students will create 2 of their own Haikus from viewing a picture as well as from their life experiences.

Materials: A picture for each student, one i-Pod touch, speakers, notebook paper/pen or laptop, large poster board for KWL chart, markers, scanner. http://oneminutehowto.com/Shows/Shows.asp?How_To_Write_A_Haiku podcast.

Explanation of Lesson:
· As a class, students will discuss what they already know about Haikus. Teacher will write under the K in the KWL chart. Also, discuss what students want to learn about writing a Haiku and place it under the W column.
· Mini-lesson on how to takes notes effectively and quickly.
· Listen to the podcast as a class. http://oneminutehowto.com/Shows/Shows.asp?How_To_Write_A_Haiku. Take notes on computer or notebook paper. Listen to the podcast once more to make sure students gathered the important information.
· Discuss what was learned from the podcast. Add to our chart.
· View the websites that were mentioned in the podcast and look at appropriate examples of Haikus.
· Students will get out their illustration and create a Haiku about the picture.
· Students will create a Haiku from a life experience and then go to the computer to find a picture that represents their poem. They may also choose to draw or use another form of media to illustrate their poem.
· Read their poems aloud to the class.
· Publish their poems on http://www.surfnetkids.com/pubpoem.htm.

Student Assessment:
Students will follow the directions for writing a Haiku. Students will publish their poems online, with their picture.


Assignment 5

Teacher announcement of First Annual Probability Carnival!

Students explaining the rules to their games.