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Get Connected in the classroom


Presentation at the Tennessee Association of School Librarians annual conference on November 5, 2010.

Presentation at the Tennessee Association of School Librarians annual conference on November 5, 2010.

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  • Whatever is new to the current generationJeffie - The thing that worked fine yesterday but doesn't today, lol? And something that simplifies a task- like making fire- wait for lightning to strike- sticks- matches-stoves-microwave FireStone toolsMetal toolsTelephonescarsColor televisionsCell phonesthe Internet!
  • Lightbulbs used to be new and innovative
  • Cameras used to be new and innovative
  • Phonographs were the latest, greatest thing!
  • The Model T was terrifying when it first came out
  • Film strip projector with tape player
  • NOT a technology upgrade for the internet (that’s called Internet2)Websites that facilitate content creation, collaboration, sharing, interaction, social networking, etc.
  • Generation Z – born 2001? - PRESENT“digital natives”Net generationThey'd rather text than talk. They prefer to communicate online — often with friends they have never met. They don’t spend much time outdoors unless adults organize activities for them. They can’t imagine life without cell phones. They have never known a world without technology or terrorism or Columbine. They prefer computers to books and want instant results. They are growing up in an economic depression and are under tremendous pressure to succeed. Mostly they are growing up fast, and exhibiting behavior far beyond their years.http://www.cta.org/Professional-Development/Publications/Educator-Feb-10/Meet-Generation-Z.aspx
  • What can I use?What do you have already?What 2.0 tools are there that can be used?How?Cost!Ask the students!
  • One popular way to use an Edublog is to make regular updates about assignments, events, and anything going on in class.Blogs like these keep students and parents informed and extend the classroom to any place with access to the web. Students love to blog too, and doing so can engage students in their learning and extend collaboration with classmates and even people all over the world!


  • 1. Get Connected…in the Classroom
    Courtney Fuson
  • 2. What is technology?
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  • 9. What is Web 2.0?
  • 10. Why should we use technology in the classroom?
  • 11. Domenech, Daniel A.. "Harnessing Kids' Tech Fascination." School Administrator 66.9 (2009): 44. Education Full Text. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “Education is missing the boat by not taking advantage of the love affair between our kids and technology”
  • 12. Hirsch, Jim. "Planning for Technology-Enthused Classrooms." School Administrator 61.11 (2004): 8. Education Research Complete. EBSCO. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “To truly harness their enthusiasm for learning, students must have access at school to those technology resources and methods that they use in their personal lives while away from school.”
  • 13. Klopfer, Eric, Scot Osterwell, Jennifer Groff, Jason Hass. “Using the technology of today, in the classroom today.” The Education Arcade. 2009. http://education.mit.edu/papers/GamesSimsSocNets_EdArcade.pdf
    “there’s a sharp disconnect between the way students are taught in school and the way the outside world approaches socialization, meaning-making, and accomplishment. It is critical that education not only seek to mitigate this disconnect in order to make these two “worlds” more seamless, but of course also to leverage the power of these emerging technologies for instructional gain.”
  • 14. Hirsch, Jim. "Applying Students' Own Devices in the Classroom." School Administrator 62.10 (2005): 8. Education Full Text. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “Schools have to “educate” students to use these devices and tools responsibly while in and out of school”
    “The challenge of putting policies in place that enable transformative uses of technology while ensuring appropriate use is significant…”
    “Placing truly transformative technology use into public schools is not without risk, but the possible rewards are so great that it’s imperative for school leaders to consider methods by which these and other resources can be embedded into existing curriculum and technology systems.”
  • 15. Fabiano, Jim. "Fear of iPods and Facebook in classrooms does not compute." Christian Science Monitor 26 Aug. 2009: 9. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “Schools have a responsibility to welcome such technology and use it to better associate with and teach their students, otherwise they’ll miss out on the opportunity to really engage and prepare students.”
    “At school we have the unique opportunity to help young people develop productive habits as they use technology.”
    “Technology has a tendency to evolve quickly, and not all of it will be productive for classroom use. But shunning or categorically banning it out of fear is counterproductive.”
  • 16. Regan, Bob. "Why We Need to Teach 21st Century Skills—And How To Do It." MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools 15.4 (2008): 10-13. Education Full Text. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “By seeing through the eyes of someone who creates content rather than just viewing it,…Not only do they become better students, but mastery of today’s media can help make them more confident, thoughtful and successful citizens.”
    “What we’re creating with visual and multimedia technology programs is students who can see an issu from all angles and present it in meaningful, compelling ways. These are the skills students need to thrive in the 21st century.”
  • 17. What technology do I use?
  • 18. Simkins, Michael, and Randy Schultz. "Using web 2.0 tools at school." Leadership 39.3 (2010): 12-38. Education Research Complete. EBSCO. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “Could It be that we tend to use in a school setting those tools with which we already feel comfortable at home? It’s something to think about when developing implementation plans for Web 2.0 tools”
  • 19. Mishra, Punya, and Matthew Koehler. "Too Cool for School? No Way!." Learning and Leading with Technology 36.7 (2009): 14-18. Education Full Text. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “creative repurposing is important because most technologies that teachers use typically have not been designed for educational purposes.”
  • 20. Martineau, Pamela. "Teaching With Technology." The Education Digest 74.7 (2009): 14-18. Education Full Text. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
    “The end goal should always be about student achievement and engagement; the technology is just one tool for reaching that goal”
    “the question should be: “What are our educational goals?” rather than “What technology is out there?””
  • 21. Hands-On Resources
  • 22. Gadgets
    Document cameras (ELMO)
    Interactive white boards (aka Smart boards)
    iPods & MP3 players
    Ebook readers
    Video cameras
    Digital cameras
  • 23. Document Cameras & White boards
    Classroom use of ELMOs
    Educational Technology Network
    Tucson, AZ - Interactive Whiteboard lesson plans
    Interactive Whiteboard activities for all subjects
  • 24. Podcasting & Videos
    Video in the Classroom
    Kathy Schrock - Podcasting & video in the classroom
  • 25. Blogs, wikis & social networks
    Wikis in Education
  • 26. Other neat stuff
    Google Earth
    Wordle – for example…
    Make your own flashcards
    Jeopardy and other fun PowerPoints
    Google for Educators
    New York Times
    Project Gutenberg
  • 27. Presentation Links
    Websites I talked about: http://delicious.com/library_chic/tasl2010
    Presentation sources: http://delicious.com/library_chic/tasl2010sources
    Presentation: http://slideshare.net/library_chic
  • 28. Photo Credits
    All photos used under Creative Commons license