Instructional tools for teachers and librarians


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During this presentation, you will learn about six new instructional technology tools that can be used in your classroom or library.

I will provide information about the tool and suggestions for classroom use.

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Instructional tools for teachers and librarians

  2. 2. I teach 8th grade English in Williamsburg. I graduated from Randolph-Macon College, lived and taught in the bustling fan district of Richmond, earned my MA in literature from VCU, and recently returned to my sweet, suburban hometown.Last year I decided to pursue an endorsement in library/media. My desire is to create an inviting and warm environment for students to read, write, collaborate, question, and engage in literature that crosses all curricula.ABOUT ME
  3. 3. During this presentation, you will learn about six new instructional technology tools that can be used in your classroom or library.I will provide information about the tool and suggestions for classroom use. SESSION DESCRIPTION
  4. 4. Both students and teachers can use blogging as instructional tools. Students can create their own blogs to showcase coursework, or teachers and librarians can create blogs with interesting posts, pictures, links, videos, audio recordings, and discussions.BLOGGING
  5. 5. I recommend as a site to create your first blog. WordPress is user friendly and allows you to post a video, quote, link, photo, or article. You can easily post from the dashboard. At any time you can return to edit your post. Once you have posted, students can comment and discuss. BLOGGING: WORDPRESS
  6. 6.  Blog to keep parents up to date about what is going on in your classroom/library. Blog to help students with homework after school. Create a blog where students can write their own stories. Create a blog where students can discuss novels they are reading. Create a blog to showcase student work. Create a professional blog with lesson plans and links to relevant articles.Web 2.0 in the Classroom’s website provides excellent uses for blogging in the classroom. Check out the link below!Ways to use Blogs in your Classroom USES FOR BLOGGING
  7. 7. QR is short for “Quick Response.” You can use a smart phone, iPod, iPad, or any other mobile device that has a camera to scan a black and white boxed image. The box is a link created by the maker of the QR code. This is a QR code. There are a number of websites that allow you to generate one. You can download codes for online use, or print them out. Codes can even be put on stickers, tshirts, coffee mugs, etc.! QR CODES
  8. 8. The following websites can be used to generate QR codes:www.qrstuff.comwww.qrcode.kaywa.comwww.qurify.comwww.smartytags.comwww.createqr.orgwww.createqrcode.appspot.comCreating a QR code is easy and free. GENERATING A QR CODE
  9. 9.  Create a scavenger hunt for students to learn their way around the library. Use QR codes in conjunction with google maps. Place QR codes around the school with links to sites that showcase student work. Put QR codes inside novels or nonfiction books with links to supplemental information. Have students write their own stories. Use QR codes to link students to the next part of their stories.Check out this site for 50interesting ways to use QR codesin the classroom. Or, scan here: USES FOR QR CODES
  10. 10. There are a variety of websites available that allow you to do interesting things with digital photographs.These sites can be used across content areas and grade levels and are great for differentiation. IMAGE EDITORS
  11. 11. Big Huge Labs is a useful site for creating projects with images. Students can create magazine covers, trading cards, movie posters, mosaics, cubes, calendars, photo albums, and slideshows. The uses areCreated with Mosaic Maker at BigHugeLabs. almost endless.IMAGE EDITOR: BIGHUGELABS.COM
  12. 12. Toys, Games, and Utilities available at BigHugeLabs.IMAGE EDITOR: BIGHUGELABS.COM
  13. 13. •Students create a magazine coveras a visual to a biography written on  www.picnik.coma famous person.  •Students use mosaic maker to  www.imagechef.comcreate a mosaic that illustrates the  www.photo505.comevents in a story. •Students use mapmaker to map out  historical or current eventstake place.•Students make character tradingcards with descriptions of major Recent photocharacters in a story. turned retro with•Students alter pictures for schoolnewspaper or yearbook.•Students use special effects tocapture tone/mood that should bereflected in picture.OTHER IMAGE EDITORS AND USES
  14. 14. Students are carrying them. Many schools have a BYOD policy. Electronic devices are expensive for school districts to purchase. Why not use a tool that students are familiar with, love, and already have money invested in? As long as there are regulations and strict guidelines, open up your library to cell phone use.Photo Attribution: PHONES IN THE LIBRARY
  15. 15.  Use PollEverywhere to track answers from students. It’s cheaper than clickers such as quizdom, and is actually free if you have less than 40 users.  EverNote is a cell phone app that allows you to keep links, photos, images, audio recordings, videos, and notes all in one place. It can be linked to other people to share a universal noteboard.USING THE CELL PHONE AS A LEARNING TOOL
  16. 16. Photo Attribution: can use twitter to create a live discussion about a film or novel. The teacher can instruct students to use a common hash tag so that the feed will mimic a group discussion. Many students already have twitter accounts set up on their phones.For students who do not have a device, they can use TweetCall at 1- 877-TweetCall and speak their tweet onto the phone. It will appear on the live feed.In addition, students can use cell phones as a camera or video camera for projects, as a GPS, to read e-books or online articles, as calculators, dictionaries, and as a device to record lectures or discussions for later review, all of which can be linked up via twitter. USING TWITTER AS A LEARNING TOOL
  17. 17.  Yodio is a good classroom tool because it’s easy to navigate and students can create the project from different locations. An assignment could be broken down into parts- for example, students could write out a script in class, and their homework assignment could be to call yodio and record. Because all it requires is a free phone call, this could be a good tool for students who don’t have the internet at home. DIGITAL STORYTELLING
  18. 18. On, students can write in their own stories in fiftywords. The stories should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. There is alot of beauty and power found in the brevity. We live in an era where telling abrief story is actually valued. Tweets, Facebook posts, news headlines-- peoplewant information that is quick, relevant, clear, and to the point.Fifty Word Stories is a good exercise in making each word count.While teaching elaboration is important, I think this idea would reallyget students thinking about word choice and main idea. DIGITAL STORYTELLING: 50 WORD STORIES
  19. 19. The University of Houston has complied a list of educational uses for digital storytelling. The link to their website below lists ideas for all content areas and grade levels. Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling Photo Attribution: DIGITAL STORYTELLING
  20. 20. Many times, students are more technologically advanced than their teachers and librarians. Be open to learning about new applications and tools that students discover that can be lended to classroom use. When using technology, students are not passive learners- they are naturally generating, obtaining, sharing, and manipulating information. Students play the most active roll in learning. Technology enhances student self esteem and is grounded in collaboration, one of the most important skills a child can learn.CLOSING: TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS