Teaching with Software Tools: Beyond the Basic Programs Chapter 5
Software support tools offer benefits of <ul><li>Improved efficiency and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Improved appearanc...
Recent developments in software tools <ul><li>These include increased use of PDA’s, more web connectivity features, and mo...
Types of Software Support Tools <ul><li>Materials generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help teachers & students produce instru...
Desktop Publishing Software <ul><li>The control over the form and appearance of the printed page. </li></ul><ul><li>The te...
Rules for Effective Desktop Publishing <ul><li>Use a limited number of typefaces (fonts) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Too many d...
Other forms of Software Tools <ul><li>Test generators and rubric generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers create test ite...
Data Collection and Analysis Tools <ul><li>Electronic grade books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers keep track of and calcula...
Graphic Tools <ul><li>Draw/paint programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students create their own drawings and illust...
Planning and Organizing Tools <ul><li>Outlining and concept mapping software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students organize ...
Research and Reference Tools <ul><li>Electronic encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students research any topic </li>...
Content-Area Specific Tools <ul><li>CAD systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create visual models of houses and other st...
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Chapter 5

  1. 1. Teaching with Software Tools: Beyond the Basic Programs Chapter 5
  2. 2. Software support tools offer benefits of <ul><li>Improved efficiency and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Improved appearance of product </li></ul><ul><li>Better accuracy and timeliness of information </li></ul><ul><li>More support for interaction and sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Range from nearly essential to “nice to have” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Recent developments in software tools <ul><li>These include increased use of PDA’s, more web connectivity features, and more collections of tools available in software suites. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Types of Software Support Tools <ul><li>Materials generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help teachers & students produce instructional materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data collection and analysis tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help teachers collect and organize information that indicates student progress. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graphic tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow manipulation of images to illustrate documents and web pages. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning and reference tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let students look up information in electronic versions of encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content-area tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support teaching and learning activities in various content areas. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Desktop Publishing Software <ul><li>The control over the form and appearance of the printed page. </li></ul><ul><li>The term was coined by Paul Brainerd in 1984. </li></ul><ul><li>Means the using of a combination of software, microcomputers, and printers to allow individuals to be their own publishers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex) Students create their own letterhead; brochures, flyers/posters, newsletters, newspapers, and books. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Rules for Effective Desktop Publishing <ul><li>Use a limited number of typefaces (fonts) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Too many different fonts on a page can be distracting. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use different fonts for the title and text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- To aid the reader use a font with small curves or “hands and feet” that extend from the ends of the letters (serif typeface) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate sizes for types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Make the type large enough to assist the reader. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid overuse of type styles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Breaking up text with too many styles changes interferes with reading. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Match text and background colors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Use white or yellow type on a black block to add drama. Avoid color combinations that can be difficult to read (orange on green or red on blue) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use visual cues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Attract reader attention to important information on the page by using frames or boxes around text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use white space well </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Don’t be afraid to leave areas in a document with nothing in them at all to help focus attention on areas that do contain information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create and use graphics carefully </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Use pictures and designs to focus attention and convey information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid common text format errors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Common desktop design pitfalls include using irregularly shaped text blocks and angled type, which are difficult to read </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid common text breaks errors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Using desktop software to control leftover single words and phrases at the tops or bottoms of pages </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Other forms of Software Tools <ul><li>Test generators and rubric generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers create test item banks and generate various versions of tests from them’ they can administer tests online. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Worksheet and puzzle generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers produce exercises and games for student skill practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IEP generators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers create individualized education programs (IEPs) for special education students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graphic document makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students create awards, recognitions, flyers, cards, and other decorated documents. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PDF and form makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and student create PDF files to send formatted documents, and documents and web pages with forms that can be filled in on-screen. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Data Collection and Analysis Tools <ul><li>Electronic grade books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers keep track of and calculate student grades. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Class Action Grade book, Grade Pro, Gradekeeper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Statistical packages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students use statistical procedures to analyze data from experiments and research projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SPPS Inc, XLStat, FlexPro, NCSS Stat System </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student information systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers, administrators, and parents keep track of student and class progress on required curriculum objects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PowerSchool, Pinnacle, Pearson Digital Learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer-based testing systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers have students take tests on a computer screen; software grades tests and compiles data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LaserGrade, Exambuilder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student response systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All students answer a question at the saem time, and the system summarizes/displays results immediately, teachers use these systems to engage students and check comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hyper Interactive Teaching Technology, Classroom Performance System </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Graphic Tools <ul><li>Draw/paint programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students create their own drawings and illustration to show on-screen or to print. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Illustrator, Kid Pix </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Image editing tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students create, modify, and combine images (e.g., clip art, photos, drawings) to illustrate documents, WebPages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Photoshop, Gimp </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Charting/graphing tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create charts and graphs to illustrate and study data summaries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Grapher, NetCharts Reporting Suite </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Clip art, animation, sound, video and font collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and students insert these into documents and media they create. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics for Teachers, Microsoft’s Clip Art and Media Collection, Flaming Text </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Planning and Organizing Tools <ul><li>Outlining and concept mapping software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students organize their ideas in outline or concept map form to prepare for writing; help create story structures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiration, VisiMap </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Lesson Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help teachers prepare and document lesson plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centron’s Lesson Power, Freemind, Cmap, Teacher Planet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scheduling and time management tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help teachers organize their time and plan activites. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ThoughtManager for Teachers, Reel Logix </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Research and Reference Tools <ul><li>Electronic encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students research any topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encarta, HighBeam Encyclopedia, Britannica </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronic atlases and mapping tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students learn local, national, world and extraterrestrial geography. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WorldAtlas.com, U.s. Atlas, Political World Atlas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronic dictionaries and thesauruses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give definitions and synonyms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology words: Webopedia, Any words: Merriam-Webster, Any words: Dictionary.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Content-Area Specific Tools <ul><li>CAD systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create visual models of houses and other structures as they study design concepts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AutoCAD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Music editors, sequencers, and MIDI tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create and revise their own musical pieces. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apple GarageBand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Reading Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support reading instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Readability calculation software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Microcomputer-based labs, graphing calculators, and calculator-based labs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students collect and analyze data from experiments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TI graphing calculators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students study geographical and social studies information and concepts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GPS Products for Education </li></ul></ul></ul>

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