Through the Looking Glass: Tech and Teaching at LCHS<br />Summer Institute <br />Greg Esteves<br />LCHS<br />Wolf Creek Public Schools <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeygottawa/533355476/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />
Can You Relate?<br />I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.~ Vincent Van Gogh<br />http://lettere2.unive.it/ridi/reference1trasp.gif<br />
The Journey of a Thousand Miles … <br />A ship in harbour is safe … but that is not what ships are built for.<br />John A. Shedd<br />author<br />
Who am I? <br /><ul><li> Social Studies and Humanities teacher at Lacombe Composite High School.
Training staff for the changes that ubiquitous access to our wireless network through student owned devices will bring to teaching and learning in our building. </li></li></ul><li>My Goals ... <br />Introduce the shift in thinking and pedagogy which is being encouraged in LCHS’ Humanities Department.<br />Broad and general overview of some Web 2.0 tools we use to help engage the “digital natives” in our classrooms. <br />Not intended to be an in depth discussion of any particular tool but more of an opportunity for the “aha ... I can use that” moment. <br />
What is Web 2.0? <br />The current generation of web based applications/tools which do more than just display content, they allow users to interact with, participate with, and create their own content.<br />http://electronicportfolios.org/learning/index.html<br />
Benefits (for me) of Utilizing Web Resources<br /><ul><li>Kids are “Digital Natives”.
Publishing work to web has elevated attention to detail, editing, quality.
We exist in an environment of collaboration and sharing of ideas. </li></li></ul><li>RISKS<br />Applications go up and down.<br />Applications get bought out and change their focus.<br />Web applications sometimes allow students to interact with other people online. Most tools have privacy settings to keep minors safe.<br />Students’ privacy should be considered. Some tools can be completely private, but others not. <br />
RISKS<br />Applications may create a “product”that can’t leave the confines of the particular web site (e.g. can’t be downloaded to a memory stick/dvd/etc…).<br />EQUITY: Students with computers at home may get to spend more time on projects than students without. Is this reasonable?<br />
#1 PRIORITY<br />Choosing the right tool for the job. <br />Don’t use technology for technology’s sake. <br />The teacher’s skill will always be the #1 factor in constructing a successful learning experience.<br />
Dynamic Dozen– Tools in Use at LCHS<br />Google Tools/Docs<br />Screencasting<br />Wikis / Blogs<br />Social Networking<br />Social Bookmarking<br />Twitter<br />Glogster<br />Slideshare<br />Wordle<br />Big Huge Labs and other Photo Tools<br />Prezi<br />Voicethread<br />http://zagica.blogspot.com/2008_01_27_archive.html<br />
Ways to use a screen cast? <br /><ul><li>Record yourself explaining the steps of assignments for students who need instructions in multiple formats with the document on screen.
Record yourself talking about how to interpret historical, current, or controversial images with the image in front of students.
Create an archive of screen casts of important vocabulary/notes for your course/grade . </li></ul>Coaching<br />Instructions<br /><ul><li>Have a class weekly or monthly record where you show samples of student work and talk about successes.
Reflective professional record. </li></li></ul><li>Riding the Face book Wave :Social Networking for Classes<br />
The Read Write Web: Wikis and Blogs<br />http://techandteaching.edublogs.org/<br />
What are your colleagues reading?Social Bookmarking<br />Video<br />
Share Your Presentations With the World<br />"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." -George Bernard Shaw, Renowned Irish Author<br />