Preparing Our Kids for the Future by Diane AustinInst. 6031<br />
Our children live in a tech savvy world<br /> Cell phones<br /> Video games<br /> ATM machines<br /> Computers<br />
We need to integrate technology into the classroom<br />Teachers and school districts have a responsibility to prepare our students to be productive citizens in society. <br />
Reasons to integrate technology<br />Increased motivation<br />Differentiated instruction<br />Authentic problem-solving<br />Improves social skills by working in groups<br />Computer literacy<br />
New hardware and software can easily be integrated<br />Interactive SMART boards are replacing white boards and overheads. <br />
Glogster (digital posters)<br />Students enjoy creating their own unique presentations and it allows the teacher an opportunity to customize projects and build in “choice.”<br />
Photo Story<br />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!<br />
Your students can create a rebus story using the computer<br />Highlights has a great interactive website for the rebus story!<br />
Why not start today!<br />Help is available:<br />On-line tutorials<br />District workshops<br />Ask your colleagues for tips<br />
References<br />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<br /> Flickr:CreativeCommons: Photos retrieved July 5, 2010: Barron, J. (2010, April/May). http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons<br />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<br /> <br />Highlights:http://www.highlightskids.com/Stories/Rebus/rebus_theNoise0705/0705_theNoise.asp<br />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<br /> <br />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<br /> <br />
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