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  • In a typical h.s. a student has access to a teacher about 40 minutes per day. Only 5% of her waking day and that is shared with 25 other classmates. She has access to the internet 100% of the time (in most cases) Students can access from anywhere at anytime, no book required. Interactive simulations and illustrations can produce a much greater depth of understanding of a concept. When virtual manipulatives are used in a classroom setting they can go far beyond a chalk and talk. Using a projector, the teacher can conduct onscreen investigations and demonstrate concepts far more easily. Technology allows the tables to be turned. Instead of teaching, students can be given projects that require them to learn the necessary materials themselves. The key to this ability is to be able to get the info they need anytime, anywhere. This project-based pull approach makes learning far more interesting for the student. In the old days, students could write in a notebook and what they wrote was seen only by the teacher. Using modern technology they can : make a powerpoint presentation, record/edit spoken word, do digital photography, make a video, make a website, create a blog and much more. A vital skill in the new digital world is the ability to work collaboratively on rojects with others who may not be physically close. This can be done using modern computer tools such as the web and e-mail. Rather than laboring alone on homework, students can work in small groups wherever they happen to be and at any time. They are doing this already (it used to be called cheating) it can now be formalized and taught as a vital skill. Many university projects are undertaken by teams spread around the world. Students need to be prepared for this. The worldview of the student can be expanded because of the zero cost of communicating with other people around the globe. The internet permits free video conferencing which permits interaction in real time with sister schools in other countries. From an educational viewpoint, what could be more important than understanding other cultures through direct dialog and conversation. information tech can allow students to break step with the class, they can repeat difficult lessons and explore what they find interesting. with time it will become more like having a private tutor rather than being lost in a large class. three textbooks and three binders easily weigh more than 25 pounds. A laptop weighs 5 and provides access to infinitely more material via the internet. At the same time many students may be ill and miss several days or even weeks of class. (give example of Britni) Students need productivity tools for the same reasons you do. They need to write, read, communicate, organize and schedule.
  • befunky is newly updated and no longer allows you to add stickers for free but has the best photo theme changes funphotobox, photo505, loonapix(best one) allow you to insert a photo inside a scene bighugelabs has tons of choices - really good picnik similar to befunky but ability to add stickers festisite - allows you to make money with your pic on it photovisi - make a collage of photos
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    • 1.
      • for foreign language teachers
    • 2. Why?
      • Expansion of time and place
      • Depth of understanding
      • Learning vs. Teaching
      • New media for self-expression
      • Collaboration
      • Going Global
      • Individual pacing and sequence
      • Weight
      • Personal productivity
    • 3. First Things First...
      • Get a functional website!
    • 4. But You need skills, Right?
      • NO! Anyone can make a website that is functional and helpful for students.
      • There are plenty of tutorial videos out there to help you!
      • It’s easy!
    • 5. And now... some of my favorite tools! ©rmjohnson
    • 6.
      • Create custom buttons for your site
    • 7.
      • Create embeddable code for all your documents
    • 8.
      • Great for creating flash content for your site
    • 9.
    • 10. Sites for free Images ©rmjohnson
    • 11. Uses for Photos
      • sentence connect worksheet
      • to visualize vocabulary
      • discussion
      • creating stories
      • categorizing with vocabulary
      • writing promps
      • expand cultural horizons
    • 12. Sites for Editing images ©rmjohnson
    • 13. Reasons for editing Photos
      • create comic strips
      • manipulate an image to create something new
      • upload pictures to the internet of classroom activities
      • create slideshows
      • comic relief
    • 14. Sites for quiz making ©rmjohnson
    • 15. Neat Stuff ©rmjohnson
    • 16. screen recorders
    • 17. Uses for Screen Capture
      • record a tutorial for your students
      • record a lesson for your class while you have a sub
      • capture images of step-by-step how-to’s
      • assign homework or projects with detailed directions
    • 18. Putting it all together
      • Everyone is different, do what works for you
      • Time and practice
      • Get help
      • Have fun and your students will too!
    • 19. ¡Buena Suerte!
      • Rachel Johnson
      • Nettleton High School
      • 4201 Chieftain Lane
      • Jonesboro, AR 72404
      • 870-917-5259
      • [email_address]