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Instructional Technology: Tools for Teachers

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Overview of uses and benefits of various instructional technology tools.

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  • One login gives you access to a variety of tools. Once you learn the basic skills, they apply to most of the tools so you aren’t constantly learning different interfaces. Can start simple and progress to fairly complex depending on your time and needs.
  • There are certain terms and concepts that really have to be solid as they lay the foundation for everything else. They have to be memorized and mastered, but it is boring to do so. Or we want students to review but don’t want to take class time. These type of tools really help. EX: Kim, art history minor, created PPT slideshows to study for exams.They can be created easily using either MyWebCourses self-study quizzes or Study Mate and then loaded into MyWebCourses. They can even be made available for iPods. This is good for you to create for your students, but because it is specialty software in our lab, it is not something your studnets can use to create tutorials for their students. However you can make interactive tutorials with PowerPoint.
  • Kathy’s students are using MS Publisher to create their sites because it comes with standard templates and tools, such as a calendar and a links/resources pageStudents could also use Contribute, which is the software used to access their ePortfolios. Students can publish into MyData for class projects and submit the link to you for grading, turn it in as an assignment in My WebCourses, or do as Kathy does and have them get free website space and publish it to the world. The more real you make it, the better the job they will do.
  • Although this sounds like a public diary, it can include more. Blogs not only provide a place for the author to write, they invite readers to COMMENT on what has been said. They can also include LINKS to web sites, other blogs, news articles, or even pictures. Some blogs have the capability of showing pictures as part of the blog itself.Blog writers can also “tag” their entries with keywords. For example, if I write a blog entry about the book I am reading, The Cat in the Hat, I could “tag” it with the following tags: Suess, Cat in the Hat, reading. These are a kind of category for my entries, so I can view them by category as well as by date.Blogs allow people to “share” in unique ways. Instead of simply using the internet for reading information to “look something up” on the web, blogs let people WRITE, REACT, and SHARE, using the internet as a place to do it.From http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm
  • A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant:  you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously “under revision.” It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. One famous example is Wiki-pedia, an online encyclopedia with no “authors” but millions of contributors and editors. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast." A blog, or web log, shares writing and multimedia content in the form of “posts” (starting point entries) and “comments” (responses to the posts). While commenting, and even posting, are open to the members of the blog or the general public, no one is able to change a comment or post made by another. The usual format is post-comment-comment-comment, and so on. For this reason, blogs are often the vehicle of choice to express individual opinions. A wiki has a far more open structure and allows others to change what one person has written. This openness may trump individual opinion with group consensus.From: http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/
  • Podcasting allows educators to take their students beyond traditional assignments by allowing them to include voice recordings, photos, movies, and sound effects to share their knowledge. For example, students can draft and perform scripts as a writing assignment, create a visual progress report for an ongoing project, or submit a recorded version of a science presentation.Podcasting is also a great way for educators to deliver content to their students. They can distribute homework assignments, record book narration for beginning readers to read along with, or create foreign language lessons that students can review at their own pace. For educators and administrators, podcasting is an effective tool for professional development, as well as for communicating with parents about classroom activities and school announcements.Examples: background info on a topic for students who may be missing it, think of the audio tours of museums, professor who records a discussion on a topic and posts it to course site, commentary on a topic related to class lecture but not covered, or might be of interest to only a few students.
  • I told my daughter about this over the phone—she is an art major, not education. She used it for a final project in her astronomy class. The class went nuts over her presentation because of the tool.
  • http://www.cysd.k12.pa.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=10000Digital Storytelling is sharing a story about events, people and places in our lives and combining it with a variety of multimedia tools. Digital Storytelling helps students to organize ideas and present their ideas in a meaningful way. Students develop communication skills while creating their story.
  • http://www.educationarcade.org/gtt/index.htmlhttp://www.educationarcade.org/revolutionhttp://muve.gse.harvard.edu/rivercityproject/

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  • Instructional Technology
    Tools for Teachers
  • Course Management System
    Uses
    Organize and present materials
    Manage assignments and grades
    Extend the classroom beyond class time
    Benefits
    Variety of tools in one place
    Integrated under one interface
    Student familiarity with tool
    Tool: My WebCourses
  • Study Aids
    Uses
    Help students learn necessary vocabulary
    Help students prepare for exams
    Benefits
    Engaging
    Increased retention of information
    Tools
    Self-study quizzes
    StudyMate activities
    PowerPoint
  • Websites
    Uses
    Create classroom web pages
    Show what you are doing to outside world
    Benefits
    Real world skill
    Real world audience
    Tools
    Publisher
    Contribute
    Public web space
    http://mfk622.ourprofile.org
    http://bKing.ourprofile.net
  • Blogs
    Uses
    Reflective learning
    Writing
    Classroom communication tool
    Benefits
    Real world audience
    Improved school to parent communication
    Tools
    MyWebCourses (private)
    Blogger, Blogspot, Classblogmeister (public)
    http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=41233
    http://learningandlaptops.blogspot.com/
  • Wikis
    Uses
    Collaborative projects
    Build a shared knowledge base
    Benefits
    Shared knowledge base
    Real world skill
    Makes collaborative projects easier
    Tools
    Wikispaces
    PBWiki
    http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas2.cfm
    http://edc203spring2008.wikispaces.com/
  • Podcasts and Vodcasts
    Uses
    Supplemental lecture material or commentary
    Background information
    Audio files for ELL or foreign language
    Students can share their knowledge
    Benefits
    Helpful for auditory learners
    Reinforcement
    Extend the classroom
    http://www.speakingofhistory.blogspot.com/
  • Digital Books
    Uses
    Create lessons or books for students to study with on their own
    Benefits
    Uses Universal Design for Learning
    Can be adapted to different types of learners at all levels of learning
    Easy to learn
    http://bookbuilder.cast.org/explore.php
  • Digital Storytelling
    Uses
    Create stories about topics or events
    Interpret a literary work (like poetry)
    Convey affective responses to events, topics, or literature
    Benefits
    Combines visual and reading literacy
    Develops communication skills
    http://www.cysd.k12.pa.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=10000
    http://learningandlaptops.blogspot.com/
  • Games and Simulations
    Uses
    Practice basic skills in a fun way
    Experience history or civics
    Experiment like a scientist in a safe way
    Benefits
    Engaging
    Reaches students turned off by regular classroom
    Teaches strategy, decision-making, and (possibly)collaboration
    http://www.educationarcade.org/gtt/index.html
    http://www.educationarcade.org/revolution
    http://muve.gse.harvard.edu/rivercityproject/