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  • 1. An Introduction to Tech Tools for Teachers
    Jayme Linton
    July 17, 2010
    Teaching Fellows Senior Conference
  • 2. Session Outcomes
    Identify a variety of technology tools teachers and students may have access to (hardware, software, open source resources)
    Explore practical and innovative ideas for using these tools
    Discover instructional strategies for maximizing student learning through technology
  • 3. Beware
    “It’s not about the technology. It’s about learning.”
    -Clif Mims
    Technology is not a replacement for good
    teaching. Technology can enhance good
    teaching. Effective teachers use technology
    seamlessly in their classrooms and know
    when to use it and when not to. Teachers must focus on how to use technology to achieve the highest impact on student learning. When good teaching meets technology, anything is possible.
  • 4. Interactive Whiteboard
    Best Practices:
    Sit where your students sit
    Get students’ attention with spotlight, reveal, highlighter, and other tools
    Let students interact with the board
    Import static files to make them interactive
    Insert videos, images, and links to websites
    Record lessons and post online
    Absent students, parents, and class reviews later
    Tap into existing resources and share your own
  • 5. Interactive Whiteboard
    Classroom Ideas:
    Take a picture of student writing with document camera and edit on IWB.
    Work out math problem, explaining step-by-step. Record and play back as students practice.
    Interactive word wall – link to definitions, images, synonyms, antonyms, examples, nonexamples, etc.
    Capture a website or online document and mark it up with text tools.
    Go paperless. Instead of making copies, import files, project, and use IWB.
    Use virtual manipulatives to solve math problems.
    Interact with primary sources.
    Organize information with graphic organizers. (click here for interactive graphic organizers)
  • 6. Interactive Whiteboard Software & Free Teacher Resources
    Mimio Notebook – and
    SMART Notebook – and
    Promethean ActivInspire –
  • 7. Interactive Tablet
    Examples: Mimio Pad, SMART Airliner, Promethean ActivSlate
    Classroom Ideas:
    See IWB classroom ideas
    Collaborative group work (one computer can support several tablets)
    Support a student who’s working at IWB
    Allow students to help you as you work at IWB
    Move around classroom instead of being tied to the board
  • 8. Document Camera
    Classroom Ideas:
    Use with IWB to mark up text
    Use with IWB to make worksheets interactive
    Display math manipulatives, objects for science experiments, etc. so every student can see
    Take pictures of marked-up text, worksheets, manipulatives, and other objects and save the picture files for later review
    Interactive read aloud / shared reading
    Revise and edit student writing
  • 9. Student Response Systems (“Clickers”)
    Examples: SMART Response, ActiVote, ActivExpression, Optivotes
    Easy-to-use software for creating question sets
    Find questions sets and lessons online
    Sample language arts lesson
    Sample math lesson
  • 10. Student Response Systems(“Clickers”)
    Best Practices:
    • Pre-assessment to determine what students know and use results to inform your instruction
    • 11. Post-assessment to find out what students learned
    • 12. Check for understanding in the middle of a lesson or series of lessons
    • 13. Spiral, mixed review of content
    • 14. Get feedback on student processing, collaborative group work, instructional strategies, etc.
    • 15. Prepare a lesson and question set or use impromptu for immediate feedback
  • Flip Video or Camcorder
    Classroom Ideas:
    43 Interesting Ways
    Digital storytelling
    Narrated field trips
    News broadcast
    Video messaging with buddy class
    Record presentations, assessments, etc. for digital portfolio
    Interview an expert
    Record a tour of the school for visitors or new students
  • 16. Microsoft Mouse Mischief
    Free download
    All you need: Microsoft PowerPoint, Wireless mice (up to 25)
    You create a PowerPoint presentation for your lesson
    Students respond to questions, participate in polls, and draw answers on the screen during the lesson using wireless mouse
  • 17. Microsoft Mouse Mischief
    Sample lesson
    Use wireless mice to participate in lesson
    Easy to use
    Easy to share lessons with colleagues
    Wireless hubs for mice
    May be limited to working in teams or only allowing a small group to participate
  • 18. Classroom Web Page
    Post assignments
    Communicate with parents
    Post daily schedule and calendar
    Post links for students and parents
    Store digital portfolios of student work
    Blog, Wiki, other Web 2.0 tools
    Elementary classroom web page
    High school classroom web page
    Pre-K classroom web page
  • 19. Four Corners
  • 20. Contact Me
    Twitter: jaymelinton
    Visit for today’s presentation.