Technology tools for teaching and tutoring

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Technology tools for teaching and tutoring

  1. 1. Technology Tools for Teaching and Tutoring<br />Make it fun and they will learn! <br />Starfall.com<br />harcourtschool.com<br />Studyisland.com<br />Picassohead.com<br />funbrain.com<br />storyplace.org<br />Coolmath.com<br />brainpop.com<br />
  2. 2. Reaching our learners in 1st grade<br />1st Grade Class<br />21 students total<br />Ages 6-8 years old<br />10 girls and 11 boys<br />1 full-time teacher<br />Zero Paraprofessionals<br />6 inclusion students <br />6-8 hours volunteer time (weekly)<br />19.5% read below level<br />10% no reading at home/no one for model reading<br />
  3. 3. Reaching our learners cont…<br />Using district approved sites in class promotes Reading & Math.<br />Supporting AR Reader Program encourages comprehension.<br />Using the web helps breach difficult concepts (i.e. Bill Nye Science, BrainPop Grammar, TeacherTube, Discovery Kids, etc…).<br />Enabling students to work independently is priceless. <br />(A. Spivey, personal communication, March 14, 2011)<br />
  4. 4. .<br />Engaging students through technology<br />Engaging videos make new topics exciting; retaining interest.<br />Videos by kids have lessons in different, innovative ways; for all learning styles. <br />Public & global sites a vast perspective; addressing global issues and diversity.<br />Prior Growth trends in computers and technology will continue!<br />
  5. 5. Engaging students through technology Cont…<br />Enhancing 21st Century Skills<br />Online books focus on morals, ethics, character and compassion. <br />Educational sites focus on citizenship, diversity and social responsibility. <br />Students’ independent usage reinforces respect, discipline, concentration and self-mastery. <br />Adapted from http://ali.apple.com/acot2/principles/<br />
  6. 6. Popular reasons and Excuses for not integrating…<br />“ BRAND new teachers may shy away because they must get a handle on things first.”<br />Mrs. Taylor, 1st Grade Teacher<br />“Some established teachers have been teaching successfully for many years without all this technology. Why fix what isn’t broken.” <br />Mrs. Aerol, 3rd Grade Teacher<br />“Some teachers do not embrace autonomy, independent learning, and intrinsic motivation.” Class Notes, Learning Cognition, Fall 2010.<br />I’m too busy to teach everyone to work alone on the computer. <br />I only have 4 computers and 20 students, how’s that going to work.<br />Students will not focus on me, they will worry about using the computer all day.<br />
  7. 7. Before using<br />Students not very interested in the math.<br />Students not applying counting methods thereby not producing accurate work.<br />General level of frustration raised quickly. <br />Students became discouraged. <br />Valuable time spent on controlling the class. <br />The difference is tangible<br />After using<br />Students ask to work on math using computers.<br />Students beg to take comprehension tests. <br />Gaining a variety of methods of computation hence better understanding for more of the group. <br />Students are excited & knowing they will be using the computer to learn.<br />We can now multi-task during our school day. <br />
  8. 8. Observable differences<br />Peaked interest in difficult topics<br />Immediate feedback, results, and remediation tools<br />Intrinsic motivation via working independently<br />Extrinsic motivation through AR program points<br />Improved computer skills <br />Increased comprehension levels <br />Increased responsibility for learning<br />Gains in Reading and Math for low level learners<br />Autonomy and flexibility for advanced learners<br />Improved transfer of learning<br />
  9. 9. Support throughout the district<br />District-wide access to Internet learning tools. It’s consistent through middle school.<br />Helps families when we provide consistent access throughout the formidable grade levels. <br />Provides opportunities for all schools, regardless of budget issues, to offer access to interactive content. <br />Offers consistency for media specialists and technology team members district-wide. <br />
  10. 10. Support throughout the district<br />Students and Parents have access from home.<br />Students can access most of the same programs they use at school from home. <br />Parents have curriculum and learning tools at their fingertips 24/7. <br />Students have fun while learning during and after school. <br />Teachers and parents have safe sites for their kids to use, approved at district level. <br />
  11. 11. references<br />Rea, D. (2010). Class notes: Learning, cognition, & curriculum. Marietta, Ga: Georgia Southern University.<br />Apple Inc. “21st century skills outcomes.”graph Apple classrooms of tomorrow-today Apr. 2008. 18 Mar. 2011 {http://ali.apple.com/acot2/principles/}. <br />Bureau of Labor Statistics “Percentage change in employment.” graph Bureau of labor and statistics Jan. 1998. 18 Mar. 2011 {http://www.bls.gov/opub/working/page8b.htm}.<br />

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