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Technology In Education Bo E 1.20


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Presentation for Board of Education supporting technology integration at the K-8 level

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Technology In Education Bo E 1.20

  1. 1. Technology in Education: What Works March 9, 2009 PTC Mtg. Colleen Ites, St. Theresa School [email_address]
  2. 2. The Rationale <ul><li>Under age 15 = digital natives / over age 15 = digital immigrants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital natives directly apply new technologies learned; digital immigrants adapt new technologies to previous technologies, then absorb (ex. adults see PowerPoints as notecards; students simply see them as PowerPoints.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital natives expect multiple applications when using technology; current Stanford study discerning if cognitive brain mapping adapted for this </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology use keeps students actively engaged and offers opportunities for extended ownership of work </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers (as digital immigrants) must be willing to show students learning processes using applications and become co-teachers with students; teacher’s role becomes guide and not informational expert </li></ul><ul><li>Streamline process of information acquisition; help students determine the most effective way(s) to learn based on learning style and strengths, how to work collaboratively, and how to determine authenticity of information found on the Web. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Process <ul><li>Researching what has worked for others: ISTE , CITE, professional education sites </li></ul><ul><li>Choose most appropriate technology based on content area covered </li></ul><ul><li>Select what will work with your specific group of students; be intensely aware of class dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Take baby steps; try out new applications before implementing, use as a differentiation tool, or develop for small group work </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples - Language <ul><li>Grammar PowerPoints hosted on-line, also containing interactive links while used </li></ul><ul><li>GrammarGirl Quick & Dirty Tips </li></ul><ul><li>NCTE worksheet hosted on-line; students use as a guide to creating character free writes </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive literature skills games / units available on-line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UK’s info all on-line; good resource </li></ul></ul><ul><li> : classroom wiki containing student-group created pages, mail piece, & discussion boards </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples - Science <ul><li>Gizmo’s: tactile representation of scientific concepts ( </li></ul><ul><li>TV channel sites: interactive games and activities about various concepts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PBS kids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iTunesU: lectures & experiments hosted in MP3 & MP4 formats; most downloads free </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube / SchoolTube : YouTube-type application specifically for schools; experiments & student-created videos for explaining scientific processes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples – Social Studies <ul><li>United Streaming </li></ul><ul><li>AEA’s research site </li></ul><ul><li>National Geographic site </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleEarth apps: integrating Google Earth into presentation or on-line worksheets; database of other teachers’ units as resources </li></ul><ul><li>All news organization sites (CNN, ABC, NBC, PBSkids, FoxNews) </li></ul><ul><li>National Archives site </li></ul>
  7. 7. Examples - Math <ul><li>Gizmo’s: teaches abstract issues with tactile manipulatives ( </li></ul><ul><li>iTunesU : free downloads explaining processes, often with videos (mp4) </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube / SchoolTube: excellent SmartBoard lessons to choose from, often explaining abstract concepts </li></ul><ul><li> : collection of excellent lessons, including SmartBoard </li></ul><ul><li>Scratch: programming language taught to students through program construction; forces students to learn problem-solving and collaboration skills ( ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples - others <ul><li>Faith Formation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GodTube,, EWTN’s site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spanish: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SchoolTube, Univision’s site, PBSkids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GoogleEarth (taking the “Mile” clubs further) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Music: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunesU, AEA research site, digital writing programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Art: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UnitedStreaming, virtual museum tours, use of digital apps (freeware similar to photoshop) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Collaborative learning - all <ul><li>GoogleDocs is an excellent way for students to transfer information between home and school </li></ul><ul><li>Uses applications like “pared down” Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Works well as a collaborative tool for group projects too </li></ul><ul><li>Each individual ads those who can see their docs; no “group” ads; individuals can be removed at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Only set-up is sign-up for account </li></ul>
  10. 10. Further information <ul><li>For further information on Scratch and the language arts apps, feel free to visit my hosting page on slideshows at </li></ul><ul><li>Other sites to review: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital natives / digital immigrants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationale supporting technology in schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ms. Ites’ blogspots </li></ul></ul>