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Intercessory prayer to St. Isidore of Seville, fittingly patron saint of computer users, the Internet, school children, and students. Prayer before logging on to the internety Fr. Z from WDTPRS? Wrote this prayer before it spread across the internet. We’ll say it to open today’s Webinar.
My name is Jared Dees, I am the Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press. I have experience as a catechist, youth minister, and religion teacher at both the middle school and high school level. Although I am no expert on technology, like many of you, I have learned by experience the many benefits of using technology. I have also had my struggles. Many things have huge learning curves with more hassle than they are worth. The goal to day is to introduce you to some tools that are out there and provide some tips for using them. I will also be sharing with you some of the tools we offer at Ave Maria Press.
Here is my challenge to you. I will be throwing lots of tools and tips at you, some of which you know and some that may be new to you. If you have some pen and paper or a word document open, recreate this simple graphic organizer: A new tech you will use this month. Notes on tech you already use And other tech that you would like to check out – links will be provided later
Here is how I would like to organize today’s presentation: Effective Instruction never changes. People continue to learn in the same ways even though the media they use to learn changes. Therefore, this presentation will be organized around ways you already teach.
What do I mean be direct instruction?
Some tips on PPT Presentations: Advanced Organizers: Essentially, give the students a context. Today we are going to focus on X, Y, and Z and show that A, B, and C is true. Include within PPT as I did in a previous slide or post on the board. Move beyond copying Copying does not = learning Engage the students in the notes they are taking (see bullets) Use graphic organizers like the one I used to introduce this webinar (3 boxes) Less is more. Keep bullet points to a minimum and focus on the essentials Don’t read notes – expand and refine Use PPT to guide LP: Insert slides for discussions, handouts, activities, etc. Not advocating no LP, but this can be an easy way to keep you on track esp. when juggling 6+ classes
Check out www.avemariapress.com for PPTs for every book.
Some quick tips on using a SMART Board (about 1/3 of you here indicated you use one) Share my SMART Board experience: LCP Projector SMART Board Save notes story – student called me out on a test answer. Sure enough, 1 out of 6 classes I covered it Some examples…[next slide]
Here is a pre-assessment quiz activity. They took the quiz as bell work We went over the answers and they corrected themselves. Christology is challenging… Reviewed heresies by writing them in the margins
This was a reading guide/graphic organizer: Timeline in the middle. They were to read and identify the causes and effects of the Great Western Schism. Why better? Saved notes Easy to create Easy to print (esp when students were absent)
Another reading guide/graphic organizer. Easy to create using installed clipart. Resembles a mind-map, but with a new look Again, given to students as a handout
Graphic Organizer: Venn Diagram. Moveable text How I used it: Students came to the board to place in the correct spot. Other students offered the chance to correct if necessary Review as a class
Moveable type/words Students dragged prayers and events of the mass to their corresponding part Used again later for review
First, let me apologize if anyone finds my stick figures offensive. I don’t claim to be an artist, but I am a visual learner. SMART Boards made me MORE visual. Looking over notes, my reading guides and lecture notes became more and more visually stimulating. Objectives: Compare/Contrast God’s Original Plan and Life after the Fall Compare/Contrast Creation Story and Annunciation I drew what they described. I walked them through the similarities.
Google Docs Gliffy Fast, click, drag, and type Exploratree Great premade Graphic Organizers, especially for critical thinking Education Place and Holt A number of examples of basic graphic organizers. Google “graphic organizers online” and you’ll have these come up
YouTube (Majority if you use it – must not be blocked at your school) So many videos Just filter the results Alternatives with less volume: TeacherTube and SchoolTube – no many videos on theology GodTube – Christian focus, but few Catholic resources Vimeo – small community, but improving upload quality Outside da Box Mission to create short films to help teens know, love, and serve Christ Excellent videos on their website
We have partnered with Outside da Box to create a video collection, complete with teaching guides for 100 minutes worth of videos for your classroom. Check out the website for sample videos. This will be available soon for the next school year.
What did we do in the past? Notecards: coded at the top corner, filed in a system Lay out the notecards for writing College: Simple Word documents with lots of information Evernote: my #1 note-taking tool of choice: Send from anywhere, use on any computer, smart phone or on the web Creation of notes, send web pages, pdfs, emails, etc. Organized in Folders, tags, and search Web clipping Microsoft OneNote – evernote without cloud computing Great for manipulating PDF notes Word Doc/Google Docs (google docs = collaboration) Delicious Excellent bookmarking tool Tags Social aspect with sharing of links Diigo Highlight and take notes on webpages Bookmark and Take a snapshot of webpages Organize by tags List – display bookmarks
Google it Other sites, most of which charge for a school account Doc Cop intrigues me especially for comparing papers
Again, nothing new, but there are some technologies that make this possible online
Using Facebook effectively Surpassed Google as #1 site on the web Google Docs Excellent collaboration tools Now with real time collaboration, editing Wikipages A number of teachers use this effectively If you are not familiar with a wiki…essential a group of people can collaborate to create and edit If you can get past the technical difficulty, then it is a great tool Blogs: Easy to set up Have students blog add entries themselves, or comment on what others have written Moodle More and more schools and teachers are using Moodle Course Management System Great fore creating a home of your course online: communication, content, assignments, and more Edmodo Chat Calendar Upload Assignments TodaysMeet Great for conversation at desks
Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Publisher Google Docs: Presentation Adds collaboration opportunity Zoho Show Dark horse More editing options Collaboration like Google Docs Animoto Upload pictures, videos, music and it creates a video
Ave Maria Press Tests Google Docs Forms Online quizzes – responses entered in an spreadsheet Online surveys – homework assignment Rubrics For grading projects and other assignments Creating a rubric is not easy, so there are some online tools Quizlet Create flashcards Study flashcards Flashcards transformed into games
Mention Ave Maria Press redesign
Are ebooks the future of textbook publishing? We are excited about the opportunities Still majority of people read with printed texts
Opening Prayer <ul><li>A prayer before logging onto the internet: </li></ul><ul><li>Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer by Fr. Z, What Does the Prayer Really Say?, http:// wdtprs.com/blog / </li></ul>St. Isidore of Seville (d. 636) is the patron saint of computer users, the Internet, school children, and students. (Source: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-isidore-of-seville )
About the Presenter <ul><li>Jared Dees </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescent Catechetical Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>at Ave Maria Press </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] </li></ul>
One new educational technology I will try in May 2010: Notes on tech I already use: Other new tech to check out:
Advanced Organizer <ul><li>Examination of tools and technology for: </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Instruction (Lecture) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Assignments (Handouts) </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Student Research Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Learning Projects </li></ul>
Direct Instruction <ul><li>explicit teaching using lectures, demonstrations, and discussions of material for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective PowerPoint Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Using a SMART Board </li></ul>
Using PowerPoint Effectively <ul><li>Advanced Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Move beyond copying… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide copies of slides with questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use pictures, quotes, videos etc. for discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review notes at the end or the next day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less is more </li></ul><ul><li>Use PPT to guide your lesson plan </li></ul>*Online tool: Slide Share www.slideshare.com
Classroom Resources @ www.avemariapress.com <ul><li>Each textbook has chapter PowerPoint Presentations that can be presented, adapted, and used for your lectures. </li></ul>
SMART Boards <ul><li>SMART Board Notebook VS. PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint Slides + Whiteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save all your written notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw diagrams, visually represent information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interaction with worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with Graphic Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Screen shots (websites) </li></ul>*Online tool: SMART Technologies http://smarttech.com/us
Organizing the Research <ul><li>What did we do in the past? </li></ul><ul><li>Streamlining the concept: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Evernote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft OneNote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Notebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word Document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious: www.delicious.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo: www.diigo.com </li></ul></ul>
Fighting Plagiarism <ul><li>Google search “exact phrase” with quotation marks </li></ul><ul><li>Other sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.plagiarism.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glatt Plagiarism: http://www.plagiarism.com/self.detect.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.plagiarismdetect.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.checkforplagiarism.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.doccop.com </li></ul></ul>
Group Work Collaborative Learning <ul><li>a form of peer learning in which students attempt to learn something together. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Collaboration Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Group Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Group Research Projects </li></ul>
Assessment <ul><li>Ave Maria Press Textbook Tests available at www.avemariapress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online surveys (pre-assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating Rubrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubistar: http://rubistar.4teachers.org </li></ul></ul>*Online tool: Quizlet: www.quizlet.com/subject/religion
Resources for Lesson Plans <ul><li>Ave Maria Press : </li></ul><ul><li>www.avemariapress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the Engaging Faith blog : </li></ul><ul><li>http://engagingfaith.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>And sign-up for the bi-weekly eNewsletter </li></ul>
Sharing your Stuff <ul><li>Blogs : Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Websites : Weebly, Google Sites </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare.com </li></ul><ul><li>Docs.com </li></ul><ul><li>Scribd.com </li></ul>
eBooks <ul><li>The future of textbook publishing? </li></ul><ul><li>Ave Maria Press and eBooks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability and Versatility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ Series I and II </li></ul></ul>