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Enhancing Technology Literacy in the Classroom Educators today and in the next 20+ years are preparing students for a globally competitive economy. Increasing our student’s technology proficiency and problem solving expertise will not only benefit them in the future, but create a globally active and humanitarian society.
Why should educators take on the burden of “yet another” curriculum? <ul><li>Technology is changing everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>Education is moving towards online and distance education opportunities becoming more commonplace than face-to-face. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are already immersed in technology outside of the school </li></ul><ul><li>It is the new way of communicating to a broad spectrum of people </li></ul>
Who has the time? <ul><li>YOU do! You don’t have time not to use technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are already creating resources and posting them online daily for other teachers to STEAL! </li></ul><ul><li>Many districts have provided their curriculum with technology integrated seamlessly into the lessons for you. </li></ul><ul><li>You can simply alter your “good lesson plans” to include notes by powerpoint, projector screen, SMART board interactive games and much more! </li></ul><ul><li>Invite your students to email you their homework or create a blog and students can post their homework to the blog. You can go to one place to grade the work and you don’t have to mess with any papers!!! </li></ul>
What if I don’t know that much about technology? <ul><li>The beauty of technology is there are always help buttons in most applications that help you learn. </li></ul><ul><li>You can learn a new program or application simply by trying out with your students. This is a good way to show them that you are never too old to learn something new. </li></ul><ul><li>Many districts offer multiple courses to increase educators technology skills and give you credit to learn at the same time! </li></ul>
Ok, I have a great lesson that includes technology, but not enough computers. Now what? <ul><li>Most schools have a projector screen or SMART board you can check out. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students to pair up and work with a partner. This promotes collaboration and problem solving—two vital skills in today’s work place. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a rotating schedule where students can participate in the lesson on the computer independently, and you can teach the rest of the class the other material in rotations. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a time to use your school’s computer lab and conduct your lesson in there. Kids will love it! </li></ul>
Now I’m ready to try and integrate technology in my classroom. Where can I get some great ideas? <ul><li>www.teachertube.com includes articles, tips, videos and even instructions on how to use the internet and other technology in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>www.4teachers.org is one of my favorite websites to get ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>www.wtvi.com/TEKS/ is a resource for teachers who want to align their technology use to the TEKS. </li></ul>
Still want more? <ul><li>www.wmich.edu/teachenglish/.../ technology / classwebsite .htm is a website that teaches you how to build and maintain a classroom website FREE! </li></ul><ul><li>www.educationworld.com is a great resource for teachers but students as well. They can use this site for research on topics for science, social studies or English essays and projects. </li></ul>
Even more sites to use! <ul><li>www.internet4classrooms.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.discoverystreaming.net is a fun tool for students and teachers to see streaming video about content area as well as research articles about various topics such as weather, animals, water cycle, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>www.techteachconcepts.com helps teachers create lessons using technology. </li></ul>
How do I assess what my students are learning about technology? <ul><li>Good question! </li></ul><ul><li>Many teachers like to create a rubric or a chart listing the many different types of technologies and uses they have taught. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can create an academic portfolio demonstrating their use and proficiency in each of the types of technology use. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a great tool for students as well as parents to see the progress they have made! </li></ul>
What are you waiting for now? <ul><li>There is no better time than today to get starting integrating technology into your classroom! </li></ul><ul><li>Technology use increases student engagement levels and thus increases their content area knowledge when they actively interact with content online. </li></ul><ul><li>The best part is– using technology is FUN! </li></ul>
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