Technology in the Elementary Classroom<br />Using technology in the classroom, whether in elementary or secondary school, is an expectation in the curricula of just about every grade level. Some teachers are at a loss as to how to do this. My response to them is that if you make the experience fun, kids will want to participate. It can be your secret that they are learning as well.<br />1<br />
Technology Assessment in the Elementary Classroom<br />Technology has a very important role in the classroom today and can be used to teach important concepts in almost every subject area. It is important that teachers become comfortable with many forms of technology so that they can use it in the classroom for learning and assessment to increase student knowledge and proficiency.<br />2<br />
Connecting Reading Instruction and Technology<br /> The National Reading Panel has identified five crucial components of reading instruction that must be delivered in an explicit and organized way. The components of a balanced reading program are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension instruction. Reluctant readers may struggle in one or more of the crucial areas of reading or merely lack motivation to read. Teaching with technology allows educators to better meet the needs of students with diverse abilities while at the same time increasing motivation of all students. Technology functions as a bridge to higher reading achievement by engaging students in learning that is relevant and meaningful.<br />Reading and Technology<br />3<br />
Computing Technology for Math Excellence <br />A Vision of Public Education for the 21st CenturyMore About Our Resources<br /> <br />Technology use has the potential to revolutionize teaching and learning of mathematics, and other content areas. Emerging technologies have changed the way people learn, work, and communicate. As a work in progress, CT4ME shares the vision of public education for the 21st Century as voiced by the Learning First Alliance (2008). That vision pivots around five points:<br /> Personalization<br /> High Standards<br />Community Connections<br />Positive School Environment<br />Empowered Professionals<br />CT4ME's major objectives are:<br />to identify mathematics resources, and resources for integrating technology into instruction and for professional development,<br />to assist K-12 teachers to select mathematics software appropriate for the standards movement,<br />to identify and evaluate mathematics software, designed to help students master mathematical concepts and to prepare for state standardized tests, and<br />to share other research interests, which include online learning and distance education.<br />CT4ME has accepted the challenge to help educators locate and use the best resources associated with the standards movement, professional development, technology integration, and with excellence in mathematics education.<br />4<br />
Technology in Science<br />Professional Development<br />Building a Presence for Science<br />Building a Presence for Science is the largest networking initiative of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The award-winning program is designed to improve the teaching and learning of science from kindergarten through 12th grade. Its mission is to end the isolation of classroom science teachers and to provide them with professional development opportunities and science teaching resources. Major funding for Building a Presence for Science is provided by the ExxonMobil Foundation.<br />To learn more about Building a Presence for Science, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/bap/mission.asp.<br />NSTA Web Seminars<br />These 90-minute live professional development experiences use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners, such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop! <br />Educators use online tools that allow them to markup and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications, or engage in chat, survey, and poll questions with others online. Seminars may be archived and are available for viewing after the live event has occurred. Be sure to check out the fall schedule for these exciting learning opportunities and to register by going to http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp. <br />5<br />
Integrating Technology in the Social Studies Class<br /> Lesson Idea Using the Internet, students should research information about different countries in the world. Ask students to compare five to ten different countries in different parts of the world, specifically looking for information such as: <br />population <br />literacy rates <br />number of televisions and telephones <br />currency <br />GDP <br />any other statistics that would apply to the class that you are teaching.<br />Ask students to create a chart that contains the information. <br />Fortunately for social studies teachers, many aspects of study in the content areas lend themselves to technology integration. Whether it be researching and creating spreadsheets with data, generating graphs or charts, or creating Web scavenger hunts, ideas abound for using technology in your social studies class today. Using your standards as a guide, modify any of the following ideas to fit your curriculum goals.<br />6<br />
Integrated Studies with Technology<br />7<br />
Art, Music, & Physical Education in Technology<br />8<br />
Additional Resources for Instructional Technology in the Classroom<br />Kid Pix Deluxe, HyperStudio, PowerPoint or ClarisWorks can be used for more than just report presentations. When you look at these programs through a mathematician’s eyes, you’ll come up with even more unique projects. The cut, paste, rotate tools allow the creator to form unique tessellations, patterns, and symmetrical designs. You can find a series of tutorials on how to tessellate at Tessellation Tutorials. <br />9<br />
Websites to assists withInstructional Technology<br />Reading Sources:<br />MATH Sources:<br />Funbrainincludes Math Baseball, Power Football, Change Maker, Fresh Baked Fractions and more<br />Aunty Mathfeatures biweekly fun challenges, so send in your answer! <br />Science Sources:<br />Social Studies:<br />Integrated Sources: <br />Art Sources:<br />Music Sources:<br />Physical Education Sources:<br />10<br />
Reference<br />Technology in the Classroom with Multimedia Lesson Plans<br /> By Wendy Russell, About.com Guide<br />How to Use Technology in the Classroom: Teaching Technology to Elementary Students and Beyondhttp://teachingtechnology.suite101.com/article.cfm/technology_integration#ixzz0gsW0K45K<br />Contact: Diana Dell, Ed. S. (firstname.lastname@example.org )<br />http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-12/member_elementary.htm.<br />Deubel, P. (02/03/10).About CT4ME. Retrieved February 28,2010, from Computing Technology for Math Excellence Web site: www.ct4me.net/about_this_site.htm#top.<br />http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/<br />Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom by Marilyn Western. Last updated January 2003<br />11<br />
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