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First session presented by Todd Williamson at NMSA's Middle Level Essentials Conference: Getting The Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard, Document Camera and other Hardware Tools

First session presented by Todd Williamson at NMSA's Middle Level Essentials Conference: Getting The Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard, Document Camera and other Hardware Tools

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  • This slide is for display to the audience to show them how they will vote on your polls in your presentation. You can remove this slide if you like or if the audience is already comfortable with texting and/or voting with Poll Everywhere.Sample Oral Instructions:Ladies and gentlemen, throughout today’s meeting we’re going to engage in some audience polling to find out what you’re thinking, what you’re up to and what you know. Now I’m going to ask for your opinion. We’re going to use your phones to do some audience voting just like on American Idol.So please take out your cell phones, but remember to leave them on silent. You can participate by sending a text message.This is a just standard rate text message, so it may be free for you, or up to twenty cents on some carriers if you do not have a text messaging plan. The service we are using is serious about privacy. I cannot see your phone numbers, and you’ll never receive follow-up text messages outside this presentation. There’s only one thing worse than email spam – and that’s text message spam because you have to pay to receive it!
  • This slide is for display to the audience to show them how they will vote on your polls in your presentation. You can remove this slide if you like or if the audience is already comfortable with texting and/or voting with Poll Everywhere.Sample Oral Instructions:Ladies and gentlemen, throughout today’s meeting we’re going to engage in some audience polling to find out what you’re thinking, what you’re up to and what you know. Now I’m going to ask for your opinion. We’re going to use your phones or laptops to do some audience voting just like on American Idol.So please take out your mobilephones or laptops, but remember to leave them on silent. You can participate by submitting an answer atPoll4.com on your laptop or a mobile phone.The service we are using is serious about privacy. I cannot see who you are or who voted.
  • This slide is for display to the audience to show them how they will vote on your polls in your presentation. You can remove this slide if you like or if the audience is already comfortable with texting and/or voting with Poll Everywhere.Sample Oral Instructions:Ladies and gentlemen, throughout today’s meeting we’re going to engage in some audience polling to find out what you’re thinking, what you’re up to and what you know. Now I’m going to ask for your opinion. We’re going to use Twitter to do some audience voting.So please take out your cell phones or laptops, but remember to leave them on silent. The way you will be able to participate is by tweeting a response to @poll. Your followers won’t be bothered by this message.
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  • 5.25 > 3.5 > Zip Disk > CD/DVD > USB > CloudApple IIe > Packard Bell > iMac > Dell/Laptop > Netbooks…Opaque > Overhead > Document CameraRecord Players > Cassette Players > CD Players > MP3 Players > iPod TouchFilm Strip > VHS > Laserdisc > DVD > YouTubeHammer & Chisel > Pencils > Chalk (colored) > Expo Markers…low odor because they realized why teachers were so much happier in the 70s and 80s…The Parade of Tools has been almost endless…the only thing we’ve learned for certain is…
  • There are no silver bulletsNo single tool is best for every student in every situationNo piece of technology can overcome a poorly designed lesson/learning experienceIt’s NOT ABOUT THE TOOLS…How many of you look back fondly on your elementary education because of how well your teacher used the filmstrip projector?20 years from now, people will look back at many of the tools we’re discussing today and laugh at how crazy we wereThe tools will change…but we must ensure that we are using the best ones available at a given time for the purpose of educating our kids
  • Just like a carpenter or an artist, knowing which tool to use/purchase and when is especially importantIn these economic times, wasting money on unused, unnecessary tools is irresponsibleWe have to have a set of standards for how to get the most out of any given tool that may be in our buildingThese ideas should also govern the purchase of new pieces of equipment for our buildings/classrooms
  • I feel that there are four or five major questions that we must address about any piece of technologyThese can be used as a guide for purchasing or for discussions about the direction a school/district wants to goAs always, none of them are easy…and answers may vary from individual to individual within a district
  • “Technology is expensive”…Yes…but ignorance ain’t cheap either…The tools we are going to look at today range in price from $10 up to roughly $5000…that’s a huge differenceHow much “bang do you get for your buck?”Every tool will have the “shiny new toy” effect…the question remains “Which is best after the new wears off?”Not every teacher is going to benefit from every tool…just like students don’t all learn the same way…we have to work to match teachers to the tools that are going to be used effectively within their classrooms
  • Many tools are marketed a focus on “making teaching easier”…this is a scary thoughtWe’ve spent too long looking at “teaching”…we need to shift our focus to LEARNINGSeveral are simply focused on keeping the same classroom paradigms we’ve had for 150 years, just updating itHow do we shift from teacher centered to learner centered classrooms through the use of technology?
  • Many of the tools we will discuss make it possible for students to CREATE contentPodcasts, videos, stop motion animation, screencasts, artwork, and other creative works
  • Some are more focused on the consumption of content (music, video, the web, etc)How do we strike a balance between consumption (which our students already cram 10 hours, 45 minutes of media into their day)Hmm…7+ hours at school, 10.75 hrs of media, that leaves 6 hrs for…sleeping? Talking to family? Hmmm…We have to help our kids recognize that they can be the creators of content, not just blindly consume what is being shouted at them by media/tv/Internet venues
  • We have to move away from tools that support Teachers Teaching…and move toward supporting Student LearningTools that allow them to collaborate, creating, and communicateTools that tear down the physical and intellectual boundaries of the individual classroomTools that engage, inspire the creative potential of our studentsSo that we don’t as Sir Ken Robinson’s said so well in his TED Talk…”continually educate them out of their creativity”
  • In my mind, this picture HAS to be out of context…otherwise I would be sitting in the corner hugging my knees rocking back and forth…Frequently serve as “status symbol” of dedication to technology in a school.Often used to bridge teacher-centered mode of instruction into technology usage.Beware of using the IWB as an expensive projector screen or an oversized mouseMost effective when used by the student individually or in small groupsSee if software license allows for installation on student computers. Allow students to create interactive lessons.Recording software allows for annotated screencasts. Examples can be seen at http://www.mathtrain.tv
  • Also frequently used to “bridge” between old and new technology; updated overhead projectorAs with IWBs the best case use is when students are frequently using to do the presentation of material.Excellent for capturing images of student work samples to be imported into VoiceThread for annotation and comments by others.Use to create conversation around work samples from studentsSimilar functionality can be achieved with some digital cameras and a computer
  • Allows both formative and summative assessment although largely in multiple choice or matching environments“Time Saver” Marketing: Quickly and easily assess student learning…Let the Response system focus on the grading so you have more time to address student learning needs.Until recently questions were limited to MC, matching, T/F…newer models allow for text input via cell phone like keypad.Best used for ongoing formative assessment during class. As such, don’t shy away from anonymous responses to gauge where the class is at any given momentSome of the same capability can be achieved using Google Forms and a computer or PollEverywhere.com and computer/cell phoneAlso there is now an iPod Touch app that works as a classroom clicker system
  • Carry your whole library around with you on one deviceAllow for limited Internet access via wireless 3G (Not sure how this fits with filtering and eRate funds)No sharing of books. High overhead if you already have a sizable library + cost of eBook reader + digital versions of booksHow does a school leverage student purchased Readers?Potential for drop in cost due to the release of the iPad
  • Carry the Internet in your pocketShips with thousands of Apps, many educationalPreparing for the future: We don’t yet know where most people will be accessing the Web in the future. We do know that Latinos and African Americans are foregoing home Internet connections in favor of Internet-enabled cell phonesSuggested Apps: Stanza/Kindle, MobileRSS, CalculatorFree podcasts on curricular topics, can record with ThumbTack microphoneNot just music players, can play Audiobooks or display PDFs and eBooks
  • Full web experience (- Adobe Flash player)iPod Touch Apps plus new versions of Pages and Keynote for word processing and presentation creationMarketed as the “best way to consume web content” though content creation possibilities are thereFull color, unlike eBook readersiBooks program and iTunes Book Store would allow full color books like textbooksLimited to one app at the timeWifi and 3G models, additional cost for 3G
  • Allow for rich content creationCould set up class Flickr account for documenting class activities, field trips, guest speakers, etcDigital Storytelling: VoiceThread, PhotostoryPhoto Editing: GIMP (open source version of Photoshop), Picasa (Google’s photo editor), Aviary.com (online alternative to Photoshop)Flip Video Camera allows low cost video recording possibilities: recording labs, class discussions, guest speakersReader’s Theatre recordingsLook for something low cost, high durability to put in the hands of students frequently
  • Inexpensive audio recording possibilityNot the highest quality, but perfect for voice (podcasts, interviews, recording lectures/presentations to sync with slides)USB allows for quick transfer to computerAbility to record in WAV format and edit/convert to mp3 using Audacity (free, open-source, audio editing software)Low cost makes them ideal for putting in student hands
  • Highest upkeep and support needs, but also potential for the greatest classroom shiftRecord audio and videoCreate AND consume content in many formatsAvailable in Linux and Windows models (XP and Windows 7)In either case, it’s a great time to discuss free, open-source software options Teacher role MUST shift when everyone has “all the answers”Questions for 1:1…Battery life, home and school or school only, technical support, anti-virus issues
  • Netbooks and laptops pose a severe challenge for educatorsOne the one hand they may be the most beneficial tool…on they other they come with the most strings attachedFunding, PD, bandwidth, software costs and upgrades, viruses, insurance…all major questions, and frequently the reason these programs get squashedNo, the IT people aren’t evil Sith Lords…they’re just not as idealistic as most classroom teachers 
  • GeocachingTake learning anywhereGPS Treasure HuntHistorical Sites, parks, local information and historyCan be used for math and science activities

MLE Session 1: Getting the Most Out of Hardwre Tools in the Classroom MLE Session 1: Getting the Most Out of Hardwre Tools in the Classroom Presentation Transcript

  • Middle Level Essentials
    Session 1
    Getting the Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard, Document Camera, and Other Hardware
    http://www.sharetabs.com/?mle1
  • Todd Williamson
    • NBCT EA-Science
    • Middle School Portal Teacher Leader
    • NC Teacher Academy Web 2.0 Trainer
    twilliamson15@gmail.com
    Twitter: @twilliamson15
    Blog: http://thetechnorateteacher.wordpress.com
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  • <tools>
  • There are
    LOTS
    of these
  • There are none of these
    “silver bullet” licensed through creative commons
  • Which is the right tool for the job?
    “Color War” licensed through creative commons
  • <guiding questions>
  • How do we…
  • balance costs and benefits?
    “Arran cat (2)” licensed through creative commons
  • Not Just Consumption…
    “Overtime Battle” licensed through creative commons
  • Support student learning?
    “Bubble on Finger” licensed through creative commons
  • Cost/Benefit?
    Student/Teacher Centered?
    Creation/Consumption?
    Support Student Learning?
    Guiding Questions
  • Interactive Whiteboards
    Don’t be this teacher
    Overhead projector
    on an Interactive Whiteboard
    ~$1500 and up + cost of projector
  • Document Cameras
    ~$1,000
  • Student Response Systems
    ~$2500 for set of 32
  • eBook Readers/Kindle/Nook
    Sony Reader
    Pocket $199
    Touch $299
    Daily $399
    $259 for B&N’s Nook
    $259 for Kindle 2
    $489 for DX
  • iPod Touch
    • Kindle
    • Stanza
    • Mobile RSS
    • Calculator
    • Mail
    • Google Mobile
    • DropBox
    • Skype
    • Evernote
    • iTate
    • Audiobooks
    • Podcasts/Videos
    • $199 for 8GB
  • iPad
    • iBooks
    • Keynote
    • Pages
    • In addition to iTouch Apps
    • $499 for 16GB
  • Digital Cameras/Flip Cameras
  • Mp3 Recorders
    USB
    Records in WAV
    Import to Audacity for Editing
    $10 after rebates every couple of weeks at office supply stores
  • Netbooks/Laptops
  • Funding…
    Bandwidth…Distractions…
  • GPS Units
    Ubiquitous Technology
    Geocaching
    Cross-curricular
    Anytime, Any Place Learning