Preparing Our Kids for the Future by Diane AustinInst. 6031
Our children live in a tech savvy world Cell phones Video games ATM machines Computers
We need to integrate technology into the classroom Teachers and school districts have a responsibility to prepare our students to be productive citizens in society.
Reasons to integrate technology Increased motivation Differentiated instruction Authentic problem-solving Improves social skills by working in groups Computer literacy
New hardware and software can easily be integrated Interactive SMART boards are replacing white boards and overheads.
Glogster (digital posters) Students enjoy creating their own unique presentations and it allows the teacher an opportunity to customize projects and build in “choice.”
Photo Story Students take a series of digital pictures and insert them into the free program, along with narration and/or music. For students who aren’t good with keyboarding or who are tired of Powerpoint – this is a great option!
Your students can create a rebus story using the computer Highlights has a great interactive website for the rebus story!
Why not start today! Help is available: On-line tutorials District workshops Ask your colleagues for tips
References Barron, J. (2010, April/May). A picture is worth at least one word. Retrieved from EDTECH Focus on K-12: http://www.edtechmag.com/k12/issues/april-may-2009/a-picture-is-worth-at-least-one-word.html Flickr:CreativeCommons: Photos retrieved July 5, 2010: Barron, J. (2010, April/May). http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons A picture is worth at least one word. Retrieved from EDTECH Focus on K-12: http://www.edtechmag.com/k12/issues/april-may-2009/a-picture-is-worth-at-least-one-word.html
Highlights:http://www.highlightskids.com/Stories/Rebus/rebus_theNoise0705/0705_theNoise.asp Rubenstein, G. (2010, April 26). Ten tips for personalized learning via technology. Retrieved from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-differentiated-instruction-ten-key-lessons
WHIRL (2010, May 24). Persuasion & creation: students using video in TRCs! Retrieved from Technology Rich Classrooms: http://www.kansastrc.org/forum/topics/a-day-in-the-life-of-tech-rich