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Michelle Montoya English Instructor / Writing Center Director /  Internet Marketer / Freelance Writer How to Engage Your C...
Interactive Media and Education <ul><li>The amount of college students who use technology has increased in the last few ye...
Interactive Media and Education <ul><li>How and Why Should We Connect? </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to connect with s...
Using Online Learning Systems <ul><li>Online learning systems (also called course management systems – CMS) can be used in...
Using Podcasts in the Classroom <ul><li>A podcast can be downloaded to a portable media player (such as an iPod or other m...
Using Blogs <ul><li>A blog (short for weblog) is an online journal that lets anyone publish thoughts to the internet at an...
Using Google Tools for Education <ul><li>Google supports teachers in our efforts to empower students and expand the fronti...
Social Media Networking Sites <ul><li>Three sites many students have profiles on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace (about 260...
Using Online Research Tools <ul><li>Most students conduct research online for most of their homework assignments.  </li></...
Using Microsoft Office <ul><li>For reading comprehension, show students how to use the AutoSummarize feature in Microsoft ...
Connect with Me Online <ul><li>I invite you to get in touch with me about any questions you may have on anything I’ve disc...
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Engaging Your Classroom

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How to Engage Your Classroom Community Using Interactive Media

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Engaging Your Classroom

  1. 1. Michelle Montoya English Instructor / Writing Center Director / Internet Marketer / Freelance Writer How to Engage Your Classroom Community Using Interactive Media
  2. 2. Interactive Media and Education <ul><li>The amount of college students who use technology has increased in the last few years and is projected to be close to 100% in three years. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Interactive Media and Education <ul><li>How and Why Should We Connect? </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to connect with students on levels that they are both familiar and comfortable with. </li></ul><ul><li>By using tools of technology in lessons and projects that engage your students, you can increase classroom participation both in the classroom and on the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>There are some easy (and many free) methods for introducing both computer tools and applications and interactive media and technology into your classroom. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Using Online Learning Systems <ul><li>Online learning systems (also called course management systems – CMS) can be used in conjunction with classroom instruction to extend the learning day and deepen class discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>Make information accessible to your students 24/7. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload files, links, discussion forums, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create quizzes, assessments, or exams. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track attendance, grades, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevant websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webct.unr.edu - UNR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://angel.tmcc.edu – TMCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://washoepd.angellearning.com – WCSD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://moodle.org – Free to educators </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Using Podcasts in the Classroom <ul><li>A podcast can be downloaded to a portable media player (such as an iPod or other mp3 player) and can be listened to it at the user’s convenience. </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own podcast in the classroom or listen to others. </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://mypodcast.com – Create your own free and easy-to-use podcasts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.epnweb.org – Educational Podcast Network allows users to listen to Student/Class podcasts or Subject Specific podcasts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.apple.com/education/guidedtours/itunesu.html – iTunes U lets users explore over 100,000 free educational audio & video files from top universities, museums, & public media organizations from around the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com –Listen to GrammarGirl’s weekly podcasts on grammar that have won local author Mignon Fogarty awards for the Best Education Podcast for 3 years. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Using Blogs <ul><li>A blog (short for weblog) is an online journal that lets anyone publish thoughts to the internet at any given time. </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom blogging can act both as an avenue for teacher communications and also as a tool for giving voice to what their students are learning and how they are learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://classblogmeister.com – Class Blogmeister is a blogging engine that has been developed specifically for classroom use. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogger.com – Blogger is a free blogging service that students can create and use after class has ended. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.com – Wordpress is another free blogging service . </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Using Google Tools for Education <ul><li>Google supports teachers in our efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail  - Offer email to faculty, students, & staff with 2 gigs of storage per account, search tools to help them find information fast, & instant messaging in the browser. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Talk  - Teachers & students can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free -anytime, anywhere in the world.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Calendar  - Everyone can organize their schedules & share events, meetings & entire calendars with others. Publish the school calendar to let families know about events like back-to-school nights, homecoming, & vacation days. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs - Students and teachers can create documents, spreadsheets, & presentations & then collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Sites - Create a class site & edit it the same way you'd edit a document - no technical expertise required. Bring together all the info you want to share with your colleagues and students, including docs, calendars, photos, videos, & attachments. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevant Websites: http://google.com/educators </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Media Networking Sites <ul><li>Three sites many students have profiles on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace (about 260 million users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This site has an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook (over 150 million active users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This site allows users to join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter (about 12 million users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This site features a micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' text-based updates. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevant websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://myspace.com ; http://facebook.com ; http://twitter.com </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Using Online Research Tools <ul><li>Most students conduct research online for most of their homework assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking allows students and teachers to save relevant websites and share with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us – Delicious is a social bookmarking site that allows users to bookmark sites online and access from any computer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://diigo.com – Diigo “is Del.icio.us on steroids.” Bookmark sites, highlight relevant information, and add notes. Get a free premium account especially designed for educators </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Using Microsoft Office <ul><li>For reading comprehension, show students how to use the AutoSummarize feature in Microsoft Office Word to track and summarize important information. </li></ul><ul><li>If collecting data is required for an assignment, you can show students how to use the Form feature in Microsoft Office Excel to record data in a preformatted worksheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Create PowerPoint presentations with your students and teach them how to use certain features to make their presentations interactive. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create virtual museum as .pps so that students can interact with the subject matter in a hands-on environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevant Websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office Discount for Students – Ten applications for $59.95 (91% off) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Connect with Me Online <ul><li>I invite you to get in touch with me about any questions you may have on anything I’ve discussed today. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal website – http://michellereno.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This presentation *should be* posted there by Monday. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter profile – http://twitter.com/michellereno </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo profile – http://diigo.com/michellereno </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace Profile – http://myspace.com/michellereno </li></ul></ul>

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