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The quotes in this presentation are all from Technology Rich Classroom (TRC) teachers and facilitators in 2009.

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  1. 2. “ As an educator, TRC has been one of the best experiences in my teaching career.” ~TRC Teacher 
  2. 3. "My eyes were opened!" ~TRC Facilitator
  3. 4. “ Technology is no longer seen as a toy or rare event.” ~TRC Facilitator
  4. 5. <ul><li>“ I have learned so much more about higher order thinking.  Making a lesson with technology is not much of a challenge, but making a lesson with a deeper sense of exploration or thought is much more of a challenge.  It is something that is always on my mind when planning!” </li></ul><ul><li> ~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>“ The facilitators have made all the difference in this program.  Without their training, I would have had some nice equipment that would not have been used nearly as much.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ Attendance has increased in our classes where TRC is implemented.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>“ Kids are begging </li></ul><ul><li>for this kind of teaching and learning from teachers who are willing to &quot;let&quot; them learn.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>“ Our state assessment scores have increased dramatically in both math and reading.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>“ Teachers and students have fun learning together.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>“ My teachers have been empowered. They are more confident in their instruction, with or without technology use. They are more innovative and are really pushing their students to think at a higher level.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>“ I have to make my kids go to recess.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>“ We take CBM tests in the </li></ul><ul><li>Fall, Winter, and Spring.   </li></ul><ul><li>Usually the students' scores </li></ul><ul><li>would peak in the Winter and </li></ul><ul><li>decline slightly in the Spring.   </li></ul><ul><li>This year they increased greatly </li></ul><ul><li>on all three tests in all subject </li></ul><ul><li>areas tested.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>“ I never want to go back to </li></ul><ul><li>a classroom that is not </li></ul><ul><li>technology rich.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>“ I absolutely love having all the technology in my classroom and I can't envision teaching without it now.”  </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ My mentors have been outstanding and very patient with me.  They have taken me from only knowing how to send and receive e-mails to being very up on the latest technology and how to use it.  I really appreciate this opportunity.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>“ Now technology is integrated into our classrooms at all times. You might see a child Googling info for an assignment, someone looking up a word, someone else using the digital cameras for their project, all within the same study period.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>“ I can't imagine teaching the way I did 20 years ago.  It would be stone-age and completely painful.”  </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>“ I've learned not to control the guidelines with so many teacher restraints on a project.”  </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>“ I've learned not to be ashamed to let the students teach me new things.”  </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>“ I think this grant is great due to the small group training we receive on new programs.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>“ I see change in students who didn’t really care about school, become students who are growing and learning far beyond the curriculum.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>“ I've noticed that the kids have become self starters. They don’t require as many directions.”  </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>“ I have learned how to help teachers grow and change. They discovered that they don’t have to be large and in charge all the time. They realize that they don’t have to know everything. Its fun to watch that transformation.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>“ I've been teaching for </li></ul><ul><li>30+ years, so needless </li></ul><ul><li>to say I've seen many </li></ul><ul><li>changes through the </li></ul><ul><li>years and I have to say I </li></ul><ul><li>think this is one of the most </li></ul><ul><li>exciting and worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>that I've seen.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>“ I have become more willing to let the students find their own style of learning.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>“ Teaching with technology is a lot more FUN!“ </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>“ You can really see how technology levels the playing field for English Language Learners and students from lower socio-economic groups.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>“ I see kids engaged in learning </li></ul><ul><li>like never before.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>“ Teachers have gained a great awareness of activities that require higher-level thinking skills. Teachers are analyzing their traditional lessons/activities more closely and either &quot;pumping them up&quot; with more technology, project-based learning and 21st Century Skills or replacing them completely with more up-to-date lessons.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>“ It feels good sending the students on to middle school with some strong technology skills.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  31. 32. <ul><li>“ The students I see diligently working on a task on their computer are some of the same ones who didn't care about school and assignments last year or even at the beginning of this </li></ul><ul><li>school year.  They are now taking </li></ul><ul><li>ownership for their work and </li></ul><ul><li>are excited about the experiences </li></ul><ul><li>they have had by working on an </li></ul><ul><li>internet-based project.  Having a computer at their fingertips throughout the school day has definitely opened a door to learning!” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  32. 33. “ School is more exciting... no more busy work!” ~TRC Teacher
  33. 34. <ul><li>“ A Tech Rich Classroom makes learning more fun and more real.  It is definitely preparing kids for what is ahead, whatever that might be.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>“ Real life applications abound: </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar using e-pals, collecting </li></ul><ul><li>data using spread sheets, science </li></ul><ul><li>labs using word processor, Keynotes </li></ul><ul><li>to do book reports…” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>“ Students are engaged.... the time flies by and at the end of the period, they don't want to stop what they are working on.“ </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  36. 37. <ul><li>“ My kids are excited about school--they would usually rather stay in class than go to specials.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  37. 38. <ul><li>“ I find that it is much easier to give my students more choices, to differentiate learning and to let them do more cooperative learning (so they can learn from each other).” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  38. 39. “ I have seen an amazing transformation in student centered projects.” ~TRC Facilitator
  39. 40. <ul><li>“ TRC leveled the playing field for students, especially English Language Learners and students who typically struggle with learning.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ TRC Facilitator </li></ul>
  40. 41. “ The students have grown in confidence and creativity.” ~TRC Teacher 
  41. 42. <ul><li>“ My kids have learned ways to “find” information.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  42. 43. <ul><li>“ Kids are so passionate about their current project, that they have asked to come in for two days, per week, over the summer, to continue working on it!” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>
  43. 44. <ul><li>“ We don't use technology for technology's sake.  We use it because it engages students and helps us to saturate our day with meaningful experiences.” </li></ul><ul><li>~TRC Teacher </li></ul>