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Educational Technology in the NJ Classroom


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New Jersey K12 schools have been charged with preparing our students to excel in the community, work place, and in our global society. What are we doing to accomplish this? Let's look at how these …

New Jersey K12 schools have been charged with preparing our students to excel in the community, work place, and in our global society. What are we doing to accomplish this? Let's look at how these students, educators, and administrators are using digital tools to communicate, collaborate, and create in the New Jersey classroom.

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  • Just rolled out Google Apps to 1200 middle schoolers. The power of Google Docs is unbelievable in a middle school
  • "Through our 1:1 Initiative and the careful selections of applications we have been able to promote collaboration, the collection and organization of information and data which allows students to synthesize information and learn like never before. “They can do this through 24/7 access to powerful applications both on their device and with access to the resource available on the Internet.”It is through this Initiative that we are change teaching and learning school-wide. It is something that starts with professional development on the learning process, first, and then looks at what tools can help improve that process. "
  • Despite the overwhelming disaccord from staff, stating I was “crazy” to teach programming to dyslexic students, I forged ahead helping them to go beyond their limitations and discover their strengths. , John didn’t display emotion so you never knew where his head was, but he made sure to tell you, “I can’t do this” at the beginning of each project, yet within moments, something changed. Rather than asking me for help, every 5 seconds, he worked independently.
  • My students have started created books on the iPads using a book creator app. They research a topic or write a story and draw or collect images from the web to create a digital book. This not only gives them a new way to show what they have learned, but the books are being shared during author reads, and even being emailed home so parents have the books on their iPads/iPods/iPhones. It's a trial program but it seems to be a hit.
  • we try to use free web.20 tools to integrated technology in the curriculum. With the onset of mobile devices, we've joined the band wagon in using iPads and started pretty conservatively with just 10 iPad devices.
  • Twitter for PDTurnkey training
  • More mobile learning pictures from our 6th grade social studies classes. Students are taking pictures of ancient artifacts and then examining them in school and at home. A group discussion about the findings will then take place. Pictures will then be added to digital essays that the students are writing about the culture and people associated with the artifacts.
  • One has a special needs student using the IPAD as a cash register during their weekly breakfast cart run that is apart of the Life Skills Curriuculum. Students the Cash Register APP to learn how to count money. Another picture is attached to this email is that of a set of flip cams we just received a few weeks ago from a grant that was awarded to our middle school through a NJASCD grant. These flip cams will be used in upcoming projects in our world language, social studies and language arts classes. Also you will find kids using cell phones in their annual Walk in the Woods activity.
  • Glogsters have invaded our middle school. They are online multimedia posters which students and teacher can access anywhere, any time. They are being used to present ancient civilizations, immigration, earthquakes, book reports and more. In one classroom, the students were using Glogster to present their book reports. A supervisor walked in and the student turned to the supervisor and said, "I need to go home and finish reading my book so I can work on my Glogster.
  • I am an assistant principal at pascack hills high school. I firmly believe that modeling is the key to introducing technology to teachers. Other things I have modeled: google docs, president, Evernote, king, animoto. I use screen casts that illustrate details for important things like security drills. If you have an interest, I will send you a link to a recent Jing I used for an evacuation drill. Some teachers have since incorporated jing to make mini lessons and reviews that can be accessed 24/7 by students
  • using JingEmail with pdf
  • technology teachers moved out of the traditional computer labs onto mobile carts where we embedded our skills into the lessons and curriculums happening in the classroom.While there have been some growing pains, we see more authentic learning occurring
  • All the "must do" plans and resources are uploaded to a shared collectionThis way teachers on the same grade level in different schools can share resources. New teachers coming in will have all the information they need to hit the ground running
  • I've also attached a link to a cool piece of hardware that allows your iPad to be used in a tripod:
  • Using iPad 2's, Apple TV and a flat panel TV on a stand. Students bring up apps of weather and sports and keynote slides during our live show and the iPad 2 mirrors and plays on the 42 inch TV.
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    • 1. Educational Technology in the NJ Classroom Presented by Lisa Thumann Assistant Director,Innovative Learning Technologies SGEI, Kean University
    • 2. New Jersey1.35 million students 108,591 teachers 2,500 schools 603 districts
    • 3. These are their stories…
    • 4. As IT support becomes more and moredecentralized, the technologies we use are increasingly based not on school servers, but in the cloud.
    • 5. Morris School District
    • 6. Erica Hartman,Educational Computer Specialist “The look on a 6th graders face when they realize they can work in real time on the same project with another student is awesome.”
    • 7. “Go Google or Go Home!”
    • 8. Montclair Kimberly Academy
    • 9. William Stites, Director of Technology “They can do this through 24/7 access topowerful applications both on their device and with access to the resource available on the Internet.”
    • 10. The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing
    • 11. Sophie Idromenos,Educational Technology Consultant
    • 12. At graduation, John, said “and I would like to Thank Ms. I for helping me to do things I thought I couldn’t do.”
    • 13. Arielle Goldstein, MediaTeacher, Watchung School District
    • 14. St Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park
    • 15. Lauriene Tschang, Tech Coordinator
    • 16.
    • 17. Historical Picture Books
    • 18. Technology continues to profoundly affectthe way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed
    • 19. Readington School District
    • 20. Brad Currie, Vice Principal
    • 21. Debra Goldberg, TechnologyCoach, Vernon Township School District
    • 22. "I need to go home and finish reading my book so I can work on my Glogster.”
    • 23. The abundance of resources andrelationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators
    • 24. Pascack Hills High School
    • 25. Glenn deMarrais, Assistant Principal“I firmly believe that modeling is the key to introducing technology to teachers. ”
    • 26. Evacuation Drill
    • 27. Mount Laurel Schools
    • 28. Chris Bowman, Technology Teacher
    • 29. People expect to be able to work, learn, andstudy whenever and wherever they want to
    • 30. Milburn School District
    • 31. Elizabeth Bagish,Technology Staff Developer
    • 32. Upper Saddle River School District
    • 33. Bruce Reicher, Teacher,Cavallini Middle School
    • 34. Step up.Move forward.
    • 35. Innovation Series at Kean
    • 36. Free PD
    • 37. @lthumann