Classroom Renovation - Rethinking your Classroom through Technology


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This presentation features ways to use the design thinking process to redesign your classroom curriculum via global projects and using cell phones as instructional tools in the classroom.

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  • Today we are going to look at where we were, where we are and where we are going when it comes to technology in the classroom.As we begin we need to come to the realization that EVERYONE is going mobile and schools are no differentSchools however have a number of challenges in front of the them when it comes to staying up with the technology advancements, and we will take a look at some of thos challenges today.Finally we will take a look at some of the tools that are available and can be used in the classroom that will further increase student participation and improve the students “success”
  • THESE ARE APPROXIMATE NUMBERSWhen we look at how technology has evolved 10 years ago the technology was centered around computer labs and library systems and due to the newness of wireless technologies, schools didn’t have the knowledge or funding to introduce mobile technology except in smaller initiatives.5 years later, the technology became more of a standard, teacher laptops were introduced as a focused 1 to 1 initiative. Additionally, older desktops in laps were distributed to the classrooms and replaced with wireless computer labs. These COWS provided students improved access to technology and provided schools with more classroom space to keep the student teacher ratio acceptable.Over the last 2 years, we have seen the COWS go through a remodel in the form of tablets and smaller mobile devices. Laptops that were once in the COW are not replacing the bulky classroom desktops and being distributed to students in one to one initiatives.
  • With the move to Mobile Technologies, has uncovered a number of challenges schools are facing.Availability and cost – Technology is more available now than it has been, but the challenge is centered more around a BYOD initiative. Not all students have access to a mobile device and providing mobile devices is not always an option for schools with limited funding.Curriculum – Introducing the mobile technology tools into the classroom curriculum has not been adapted to state and federal education standards. As a result, curriculum specialist and teachers are focusing their attention on tools that are directly related.Technical Support – Schools and District IT Support teams are so focused on CIPA compliancy and data resource availability, that supporting mobile devices outside the infrastructure becomes a major challenge. BYOD initiatives are met with security scrutiny and managing cell phone or tablet technology from both a hardware and network standpoint puts Support teams in a difficult position to maintain the devices and protect them from online attacks and physical loss or damage.When you look at all of these factors administrators, directors and principals are very hesitant to consider these types of new initiatives. Adjusting the AUP also become a challenge because school technology usage procedures can be different based on the focus areas of the schools (vocational, magnet/ focused arts, technology programs, etc)
  • Share research data not to convince to use cell phones but to arm you with data to inform stakeholders and admins to revise AUPs to allow cell phones to be used as instructional tools in the classroom
  • Classroom Renovation - Rethinking your Classroom through Technology

    1. 1. Classroom Renovation - Rethinking your Classroom through Technology Kimberly Caise, NBCT, M.Ed. Building Tech Leaders TCEA 2014 – February 8, 2014
    2. 2. Resource Livebinder (lb)
    3. 3. What is the Design Thinking Process? • • • • • Human-centered Collaborative Optimistic Experimental Leads to innovative and radical decisions
    4. 4. What can the Design Thinking Process be used for? • • • • Curriculum Classroom space Processes and tools Systems
    5. 5. How can Design Thinking apply to the Classroom? • To determine if the following is necessary: – New approach/teaching style – New technology would be beneficial – Improved student achievement – Modified physical layout – Rethinking classroom/campus processes/systems
    6. 6. Rethinking Process How might we __________? Instead of – Should we _____ ? Could we _____? Can we _____?
    7. 7. Creative, Innovative Problem Solving hy-you-should-start-thinking-inside-thebox/
    8. 8. Rethink your Classroom through the use of Technology
    9. 9. Global Projects
    10. 10. Projects by Jen
    11. 11. Civil War Sallie/Patriot Pete
    12. 12. DEN Connects
    13. 13. DEN Connects Overview
    14. 14. Skype in the Classroom
    15. 15. Classroom 2.0 LIVE – Mystery Skype 1/category/skype/1.html
    16. 16. Cell Phones in the Classroom
    17. 17. Cell Phones as Innovative Instructional Tools Where we were. Where we are . Where we are going. Everyone is going mobile. Schools have moved as well Challenges of going mobile in the classroom. How do we move forward The Toolbox A look at some of the online resources
    18. 18. Mobile device trends School distribution of technology devices
    19. 19. Challenges of Going Mobile Availability Cost Curriculum Technical Support Improved Student Success Administrative Resistance
    20. 20. How are students using cell phones? •65% use social networks •55% share photos •30% share personal creations •26% post comments on sites and blogs •15% have personal websites •15% are constant remixers •14% blog
    21. 21. They also use cell phones to… •Seek validation (Am I Pretty?) •Damage reputation •Post damaging pictures •Bully/threaten/Harass •Creating false identities
    22. 22. Research Results •The proportions of textisms that kids used in their sentence translations was positively linked to verbal reasoning; the more textspeak kids used, the higher their test scores. •The younger the age at which the kids had received mobile phones, the better their ability to read words and identify patterns of sound in speech. - Presentation by Liz Kolb
    23. 23. Acceptable Use Policy The Good, the bad, and the ugly • Be certain that your campus/district’s AUP allows for the use of mobile device including cell phones. • If not, let these ideas and lessons open the doors and serve as models lessons for your principal, district officials, IT personnel, etc. • Be BRAVE and an advocate for your students when necessary and possible!
    24. 24. We know theystringent AUPs and other have them… Businesses are taking advantage of administrative resistance
    25. 25. Why Bother? The fear of introducing new technologies • These tools are very simple to use and can jazz up lessons and your students enthusiasm and motivation. • Instead of the “old standard” of paper and pencil, you can do the same thing with a mobile device. • Instead of tuning out let’s make students tune IN, by using cell phones and tablets to engage the students with a new way to deliver content in an exciting way.
    26. 26. We know about these… Some of the more popular sites • Many schools are active participants. • School District IT departments block these sites. • Most infected web sites on the Internet. • Many sites are blocked thinking the district is complying with CIPA. • What does this have to do with the design thinking process?
    27. 27. QR Codes • Scan or generate codes associated with any URL • Showcase student work, announce campus events, or share classroom/school newsletters • I-nigma for qr code • Microsoft tags
    28. 28. I-nigma
    29. 29. QR Stuff
    30. 30. QR
    31. 31. Aurasma App • Layer items called ‘auras’ and link using the Aurasma app • The app is also used to view the the auras • Android and iOS devices • Link videos, webpages, images to an image by placing a marker on an image and viewing the ‘aura’ created with the Aurasma app • Sounds complex but is easy to create!
    32. 32. Aurasma App
    33. 33. Aurasma App
    34. 34. Thinglink •Add music, video clips, links, etc. •Share images social media sites •Follow channels and tell stories •Store an unlimited number of images with a teacher account •Students need an email address •Limitations to several students editing the same image
    35. 35. Thinglink
    36. 36. Evernote •Use any type of device including web browsers to access Evernote •Store notes and search notes using keywords •Store pictures, documents, emails, etc. and send/share to your Evernote account via an Evernote email address •There is so much more to explore using Evernote including apps from the ‘trunk’ for free to enhance using Evernote
    37. 37. • Group texting that is secure and private • You can poll your groups with no member limit • • No downloads, free and students can take notes and quickly send to a group Join groups based on topics, hashtags, keywords, etc. @kcaisetcea to 23559
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    39. 39. • Multiple choice options only • Class polling option • Immediate responses • No limit of responses • Generates a QR code for each poll • Free!
    40. 40. Do you use polling in your classroom with students? A. Yes, sure do! B. No, not yet! C. What is polling? p/48e2189afd38 1. 2. Enter code 79 38 69 3. Select your answer.
    41. 41. Infuse Learning • Assessment tool that allows you to poll the class and seek responses that are open ended text answers • Some language translation is available on questions • Students are able to draw responses to quiz questions • Compatible with iOS, Android and desktop and laptop computers
    42. 42. Nearpod • Create interactive presentations • Assess student work with simple tools • Viewed in 2 modes: live and self-paced • Compatible with iOS, Android and desktop and laptop computers • e=ba0aecf5dbfd870809b1fa6 631a21c5c` DEGVJ
    43. 43. Nearpod
    44. 44. Nearpod
    45. 45. Nearpod
    46. 46. Nearpod
    47. 47. Nearpod
    48. 48. Nearpod
    49. 49. Nearpod
    50. 50. Contact Information • E-mail: • Blog: • Livebinder: • Survey link:
    51. 51. Sources • Christian Long, Trung Le, and Melanie Kahl of The Third Teacher+ • David Jakes - • • • • IDEO – •