Implement Tech in Your Classroom For Free!


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If you are a teacher, you should really check out all of the "no-cost" ways to implement technology in your classroom!

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Implement Tech in Your Classroom For Free!

  1. 1. Integrating Technology in Schools Without Spending a Ton of Money <ul><li>Presented by: </li></ul><ul><li>Shannon J. Holden </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who Is Shannon Holden? <ul><li>Taught 8 years in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>A.P. 3 years in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>A.P. 9 years in Missouri </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct Instructor at Missouri State University & Lindenwood University </li></ul><ul><li>Listen closely, and you will learn a lot! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Train Your New Teachers <ul><li>I have made 12 webinars and archived them for you to view at your convenience! </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you need to know in order to be a more effective teacher! </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate sponsors foot the bill, so it’s free for you! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Educational Tech. Class <ul><li>Summer of 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Saving computer information on “floppy disks” </li></ul><ul><li>New technology coming: “The Internet” </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Procedure in 1990 <ul><li>I check out a movie or slide show from the district’s educational library </li></ul><ul><li>Show the presentation one day </li></ul><ul><li>Return the materials to where I borrowed them from </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technololgy Available Today <ul><li>SmartBoard ($3,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop computers ($650 each) </li></ul><ul><li>iPads 64 GB with 3G & WiFi ($800 each) </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle ($139 each) </li></ul><ul><li>I built a website where you can access FREE training </li></ul>
  7. 7. Problems With Technology <ul><li>It’s too expensive! </li></ul><ul><li>Are teachers properly trained? </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher turnover = wasted money. </li></ul><ul><li>Obsolete in three years </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Vision of K-12 Students Today <ul><li>China has more honor students than there are people in North America </li></ul><ul><li>India and China “get it” when it comes to technology in schools, while the US is slow to find its way </li></ul><ul><li>76% of US teachers are “resistant” to technology (wikis, blogs, Internet) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Result of our Resistance? <ul><li>Only 14% of teachers per week let students create something new using technology </li></ul><ul><li>63% never do </li></ul><ul><li>Good quote: “If we learn by doing…what are we doing just sitting here?” </li></ul>
  10. 10. What if it Keeps Going Like This? <ul><li>The US “outsources” jobs because of a shortage of skilled workers </li></ul><ul><li>Our millions of “unskilled” workers are left without jobs, causing further unemployment of our “skilled” workers as well </li></ul><ul><li>One day, the entire U.S. economic system collapses…widespread chaos ensues </li></ul>
  11. 11. But Don’t We Use Technology? <ul><li>We are awesome at Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter…we can say something that is totally irrelevant in 140 characters or less </li></ul><ul><li>We are “consumers” of technology, but can’t “produce” anything of value </li></ul><ul><li>We have to do better than this! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Let’s Do Something! <ul><li>Cheap website builders </li></ul><ul><li>Free educational websites </li></ul><ul><li>Using videos to engage students </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Training Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Make and/or find “podcasts” for free that students can download onto their iPod or MP3 player </li></ul>
  13. 13. Free Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Education (elementary) </li></ul><ul><li>There really are too many to list here! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Discovery Education
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  18. 18. Video Sharing Websites <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Motion </li></ul><ul><li>Meta Cafe </li></ul>
  19. 19. How To Download A YouTube Video <ul><li>Download “aTube Catcher” to download YouTube videos (it’s free) </li></ul><ul><li>Find a YouTube video that you want </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the URL and hit “copy” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paste” the URL into the aTube Catcher program </li></ul>
  20. 20. Teacher Website Builders <ul><li>Google Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s free! </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs $4 a month </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs $5 a month </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website builder, domain name, and hosting included! </li></ul>
  21. 21. The “Flip” Camera <ul><li>You can buy one for $125 </li></ul><ul><li>Easy download onto computer </li></ul><ul><li>Easy download onto YouTube or other site </li></ul><ul><li>Embed video in your teacher site </li></ul>
  22. 22. Possible Uses For Video <ul><li>Student projects </li></ul><ul><li>Remediation (show video over and over) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning can be “Fun”? </li></ul><ul><li>New teachers can observe veterans </li></ul>
  23. 23. Train Your Teachers For FREE! <ul><li>I run a community that has free webinars for you to view at your convenience! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s free because corporate sponsors foot the bill! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  24. 24. Yahoo Text Messaging <ul><li>Set up a Yahoo email account (it’s free!) </li></ul><ul><li>Go to “Inbox” page </li></ul><ul><li>Hit the “New” button </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Text Message” </li></ul><ul><li>A little box appears in the lower right-hand corner of your computer screen </li></ul><ul><li>Type your message, choose the phone number you want to send it to, then hit “send” </li></ul><ul><li>Parents don’t know your personal phone number </li></ul>
  25. 25. Dropbox <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Dropbox icon appears on your desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Drag any of your documents or programs to the box and “drop” them in </li></ul><ul><li>Share your documents with anyone! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Why Aren’t Teachers Using Technology? <ul><li>It is socially acceptable to be “technologically illiterate” just like it is O.K. to be bad at math </li></ul><ul><li>The perception is that technology is “for the young” </li></ul><ul><li>Young teachers don’t know, either because they aren’t trained in college </li></ul>
  27. 27. Teacher Excuse #1 <ul><li>“ I don’t have any technology to use.” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “You do not have to have any technology!” </li></ul>
  28. 28. Teacher Excuse #2 <ul><li>“ I don’t know how.” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “Get trained!” </li></ul><ul><li>I train you for free at this site! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 29. Teacher Excuse #3 <ul><li>“ This Too Shall Pass” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “It’s my fault you feel this way….let’s change your thinking.” </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators have caused this attitude! </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not going away! </li></ul>
  30. 30. Teacher Excuse #4 <ul><li>“ I’m preparing students for college/high school/the ‘Real World’” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “Using technology IS preparing students for college/high school/the ‘Real World’” </li></ul>
  31. 31. Teacher Excuse #5 <ul><li>“ I tried using technology, and it didn’t work” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insert teacher horror story about working 4 hours on a presentation and it “disappeared”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “Try again…I will help you.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walk through the process step by step </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Secret Formula For Success <ul><li>Train teachers (volunteers only) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide 24/7 support </li></ul><ul><li>Implement accountability measures </li></ul><ul><li>Set attainable goals </li></ul><ul><li>Watch as teachers become “on fire” </li></ul>
  33. 33. Teacher Excuse #6 <ul><li>“ My students are ‘economically disadvantaged’ and don’t have access to the Internet at home.” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “Baloney!” </li></ul><ul><li>Have you read any book by Ruby Payne </li></ul>
  34. 34. Teacher Excuse #7 <ul><li>“ The students might break the equipment” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “They might…so what?” </li></ul><ul><li>Put some measures in place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher shoots the student videos </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Teacher Excuse #8 <ul><li>“ I read about teachers who got in trouble for using technology.” </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer: “Be smart!” </li></ul><ul><li>Put measures in place to protect yourself </li></ul>
  36. 36. Where Are The Podcasts? <ul><li>Just type “Free Educational Podcasts” into a Google search, and find tons! </li></ul><ul><li>Record podcasts using “aTube Catcher”, a FREE program </li></ul><ul><li>Post your podcasts on “Podbean”, a FREE podcast hosting website! </li></ul><ul><li>Find free stuff for teachers at this site! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  37. 37. Why Podcasts? <ul><li>Podcasts are easily downloaded onto student iPods or MP3 players </li></ul><ul><li>They are FREE! </li></ul><ul><li>You can make a worksheet with questions for students to answer while listening to the podcasts </li></ul>
  38. 38. Why Do Videos & Podcasts Work? <ul><li>Technology engages students! </li></ul><ul><li>We know how the brain works: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We know how learning is sustained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition! </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. How Can I Help You? <ul><li>Free newsletter for administrators </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free newsletter for teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free newsletter for parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. I want to help you! <ul><li>Contact me at [email_address] if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You want me to motivate your staff to use technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You want me to teach your staff how to use technology </li></ul></ul>
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