Evaluating Educational Technology and
Chapter 4 – Hardware Hard to Understand
Chapter 7 – Teachers Discovering Computers
Getting Students Ready for their
Web 2.0 Future
“The Tech Treckies”
Application Software Productivity Tools for Educators
Need to buy or recommend computer
This chapter gives information on many
components and provides links to each one.
Sites give more details on each component,
how it works, and information on purchasing.
GREAT for people with limited
technology experience. It defines,
explains, and provides links to
Teaching today includes integrating
technology/devices such as these in the
Portable storage devices
Questions: Besides USB flash drives,
what other portable storage devices
might you use is your classroom?
How will you use them?
Handhelds Allowed in Class?
Handheld devices, PDAs in the classroom
Fuel students’ enthusiasm for reading
Improve reading literacy
Question: Can PDAs be used to
help teach students to be better
Lesson plans using handhelds:
Is Digital Data Disappearing?
Up to 75% of today’s data never existed on
Rapid changes in technology
Digital records inaccessible
Can’t access old information.
Great ideas from yesterday are gone
Educators : positive role models
Teachers: proficient users of technology
Students: opportunities to access Internet
Integrating Literacy Software
Links to sites offering software
Riverdeep.net | Make A Story
Digital Media Corner
Cell phones serve as good digital
Digital cameras, Ipods, CD’s , etc…
Take the quiz to test yourself on chapter
Teachers discovering computers.
Technology in the classroom its integration,
appropriateness, and effectiveness in the classroom.
How can we incorporate it into our classrooms?
Screen casts – Video, multimedia
Integrating Technology in Teaching
Integrating Software into your classroom
Integrating video and technology into the classroom.
Is it Good or Bad?
Where does the money come from to obtain such
technology in the classroom????
Follow this link for information on SchoolGrants
How should you assess your students without using
standardized testing methods?
Evaluating Student Learning
with Digital Media
Using digital media in your classroom provides
many social experiences for your students.
Use alternative assessments to evaluate student
learning such as:
Authentic project-based assessment
Self evaluate and peer evaluations.
Short answer essays
How do we evaluate the technological
tools to use in the classroom?
Ways to evaluate Websites & Software
Website evaluation rubrics
Educational blogs and peer reviews
Test the software first before purchasing - ask for
demonstration disks or preview copies
Website evaluation rubrics
o How do we as teachers incorporate technology
into our curriculum?
o Use products that allow students to create
reports, presentations and video presentations.
o Use digital software such as:
Inspiration / Kidspiration
How will you know if a website or software is good
or bad quality?
for the following criteria:
Purpose and Objectivity
Content and Learning Process
Audience and Currency
Design of the digital media material
Digital Media in the Classroom
What is digital media?
CD’s, e-books, Internet, Video games, WWW, Graphic Design Software, etc
Integrate “Edutainment” in your lesson plans and
entertainment media for learning purposes
Technology and Teaching Students with
How will you evaluate the assistive technological needs of
Check out the Wisconsin Assistive Technology site: http://www.wati.org/
What types of assistive technologies are available to help:
Assistive Devices Help Challenged Kids Get the Most From Learning
Try your skills – match the questions in the
A little history of how we got to where
we are today……..
Teachers Discovering Computers, Fifth Edition -
1. (June 2009). Education and computer connection. Retrieved July 5,
2009, from Education Index Web site:
2. (2001). Make a story. Retrieved July 5, 2009, from Riverdeep
interactive learning limited Web site:
3. Reagan, B. (December 2006). Digital ice age. RetrievedJuly 5, 2009,
from Popular mechanics Web site:http://www.popularmechanics.com/
4. Schrock, K. (2003-2006). Power in the palm of your hand. Retrieved
July 5, 2009, from Kathy Schrock Web site:
Reed, Penny. Lalhlm, Elizabeth A.(2004, January). Assessing Students Needs for
Assistive Technology, A Resource Manuel for School District Teams,
Retrieved July 03, 2009, from Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative site:
Steele-Carlin, Sherril (2006). Assistive Devices Help Challenged Kids Get the
Most From Learning. Retrieved July 3, 2009, from Education World Web
Teachnology, Incorporated, Rubric, Rubric Makers. Retrieved July 3, 2009, from
Teachnology Web site: http://teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/
Tyburski, Genie (2008, May 12). Evaluating the Quality of Information on the
Internet. Retrieved July 3, 2009, from The Virtual Chase Web site:
Fernandez, Donna (1999-2008). Retrieved July 6, 2009, from Welcome to
School Grants! Web site: http://k12grants.org/
Schrock, Kathy (2008). Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators. Retrieved July 6,
2009, Web site:
Shelly, Cashman, Gunter & Gunter, Retrieved July 6, 2009, from Teachers
Discovering Computers Web site: http://oc.course.com/sc/tdc5/index.cfm?