Using Technology to Help Students Succeed in the Online World


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This is the presentation for Odyssey Charter School's first Parent Symposium. It covers information on how to use online tools to help students succeed.

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Using Technology to Help Students Succeed in the Online World

  1. 1. Using Technology to Help Students Succeed In the Online World
  2. 2. Who is This Guy? <ul><li>Five years teaching online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked with over 1000 students at all secondary levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructional Web-Designer for CCSD </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for three high schools and one college </li></ul><ul><li>Currently working on </li></ul><ul><li>Spare Time? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What I Believe <ul><li>That all students, with the right tools, can be successful in the online world. </li></ul><ul><li>If we build those tools in then they’ll be there for the students that need them and will be useful for those students who we may think don’t. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Universal Design for Learning <ul><li>Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge, </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple means of expression, to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Section 508/W3C/AAA <ul><li>Section 508 (the 1998 Amendment to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act) requires the federal government to make all goods and services—including Web pages—fully accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>W3C wrote the rules for how the web works </li></ul><ul><li>AAA is an accessibility standard to make sure that sites meet both 508 and W3C standards </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disclaimer <ul><li>I have a son with a heart condition, cerebral palsy, hearing and vision loss, no verbal skills, autism, and the list goes on… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who are You Guys? <ul><li>How many with students K – 6? </li></ul><ul><li>How many with students 7 – 8? </li></ul><ul><li>How many with students 9 – 12? </li></ul><ul><li>How tech-savvy are you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very non-technical (how do you turn this thing on?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Somewhat non-technical (where’s the tech support phone number again?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical (know how to create web pages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly Technical (build your own computer) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What are Your Goals?
  9. 9. A Quick Video
  10. 10. Password Management <ul><li>Roboform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 passwords for free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Windows Speech & Vision <ul><li>Windows XP has a tool built in to help with low vision. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to Start menu, then Accessories, then Magnification </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Windows Speech & Vision <ul><li>Windows XP has a speech recognition tool. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to the Start menu, then Control Panel, then Speech and Voice. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Adobe Acrobat <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Vision issue can be addressed in Acrobat too. </li></ul><ul><li>As well defining words </li></ul><ul><li>and reading aloud. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Opera Web Browser <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Opera is a free web-browser. </li></ul><ul><li>It has a built in reader. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High-light text and touch “v” on the keyboard. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right-click to define words. </li></ul><ul><li>And you can talk to it. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Yahoo Widgets <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>10:2 widget </li></ul><ul><li>Multitude of others… </li></ul>
  16. 16. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Web 2.0 is a fully interactive internet environment. </li></ul><ul><li>One where you are a participant as well as a visitor. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch… </li></ul>
  17. 17. Wikipedia <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The latest version of Encyclopedia Britannica has just over 65,000 articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Currently Wikipedia has more than 850,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you trust it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Blogging for Success <ul><li>Students can use blogs to keep track of assignments, projects, reflection, collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can use blogs for class announcements and up to the minute information </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are many free blogging tools. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forced blogging = flogging </li></ul>
  19. 19. YouTube for Student Success <ul><li>Students can find video on almost any topic to help them succeed in class. </li></ul><ul><li>With nothing more than a web-cam students can upload their own video. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. YahooAnswers <ul><li>The internet is at your student’s fingertips for help 24/7. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education & Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homework Help </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Let’s keep it simple too: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework help line: Monday – Thursday 3:30 to 5:30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>799-5111 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Google Docs & SpreadSheets <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Online word-processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can access the work they they’ve done on their assignments anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can see how they are doing on their assignments at anytime. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher can give feedback along the way. </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell Notes </li></ul>
  22. 22. Embrace MySpace <ul><li>Is there an educational use for MySpace? </li></ul><ul><li>Proper online etiquette. </li></ul><ul><li>Value in social networking. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Other Possibilities <ul><li>Portable Apps </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meebo </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Back to Your Goals <ul><li>Your Goals </li></ul>