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
Classroom Renovation -
Rethinking your Classroom
Kimberly Caise, NBCT, M.Ed.
Building Tech Leaders
TCEA 2014 – February 8, 2014
What is the
Design Thinking Process?
Leads to innovative and
What can the Design Thinking
Process be used for?
Processes and tools
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
How might we __________?
Instead of –
Should we _____ ?
Could we _____?
Can we _____?
Rethink your Classroom
through the use of
Cell Phones as Innovative
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
A look at some of the online resources
Mobile device trends
School distribution of technology devices
Challenges of Going Mobile
How are students using cell phones?
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
They also use cell phones to…
validation (Am I Pretty?)
•Post damaging pictures
•Creating false identities
•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
- Presentation by Liz Kolb
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
Be BRAVE and an advocate for your
students when necessary and possible!
We know theystringent AUPs and other
Businesses are taking advantage of
The fear of introducing new technologies
These tools are very simple to use
and can jazz up lessons and your
students enthusiasm and
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.
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
What does this have to do with the design thinking process?
Scan or generate codes associated with any URL
Showcase student work, announce campus events,
or share classroom/school newsletters
I-nigma for qr code http://www.i-nigma.com
Microsoft tags http://gettag.com/mobi
Layer items called ‘auras’ and link
using the Aurasma app
The app is also used to view the the
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!
•Add music, video clips, links,
•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
•Use any type of device including web browsers to access
•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
Group texting that is secure and
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
Multiple choice options only
Class polling option
No limit of responses
Generates a QR code
for each poll
Do you use polling in your
classroom with students?
A. Yes, sure do!
B. No, not yet!
C. What is polling?
2. Enter code 79 38 69
3. Select your answer.
Assessment tool that allows you
to poll the class and seek
responses that are open ended
Some language translation is
available on questions
Students are able to draw
responses to quiz questions
Compatible with iOS, Android
and desktop and laptop
Assess student work with
Viewed in 2 modes: live and
Compatible with iOS,
Android and desktop and
• Christian Long, Trung Le, and Melanie Kahl of
The Third Teacher+
• David Jakes - http://jakes.editme.com/educon25
• IDEO – http://designthinkingforeducators.com