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1 Time Well Spent Making a Connection between Curriculum & Technology
Ashe County Middle School Penny Barker, Jody Holleman, Gordon Prince, Julie Taylor 36th Annual NCMSA Conference March 2011 1

2 Making the Connection Curriculum Technology

3 Benefits of Curriculum and Technology Integration
Reinforce curriculum (the 4 C’s) Engage all levels of learners Enhance instruction Increase motivation Meet instructional needs of all students Create teaming across content areas Encourage self-directed learning Provide ongoing professional growth among teachers Levels the playing field when it comes to projects. Johnny can spend $100 on projects as opposed to Susie who can spend $25 on projects Higher level thinking – not just copy and paste. Why does something fit and why is it appropriate Learn how to solve problems independently

4 Instructional Strategies
Provide the tools and model how to use Allow students the opportunity to take the lead Eliminate fear of learning from others In-depth understanding of content knowledge Collaboration among students Teacher/Teacher, Teacher/Student, Student/Student

5 Bloom’s Taxonomy

6 Curriculum Technology Business/Technology Social Studies Math
Language Arts Science Technology

7 Online Tools & Applications
Prezi Photo Story 3 Blogs Storybird Wallwisher Google Docs STEM-ICT 3D NC Learn

8 Business/Technology Collaboration Assessment Communication
New Knowledge

9 Voki Expression using student or character voice Presentation
Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character Expression using student or character voice Presentation Connect with others Share information Writing, reading, and pronunciation Foreign language experience Communicate with students outside the classroom Teacher class introduction and messaging Voki for Education Student Teacher = &height=267&width=200 = &height=267&width=200

10 Wallwisher – Words that Stick
Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. Question and answer Shapes/polygons Assignments Prompts Book reviews Feedback Honor wall Off-site participation Links for parent viewing

11 Google Docs Collaboration in real time Create, store, share, instantly
Word Processing Spreadsheets Databases Presentation Stored securely online Automatic save

Appalachian State University The STEM and ICT Instructional Worlds: The 3D Experience (STEM-ICT 3D) project Supported by the National Science Foundation Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program (Grant # ). Motivate and provide the skills necessary for middle grade students who are interested in pursuing studies and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

13 Science Collaboration Assessment Communication New Knowledge

14 Prezi Create non-linear presentations Zoom in and out of a visual map
Web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Create non-linear presentations Zoom in and out of a visual map Text, images, video, and other objects placed on a canvas Defined path for representations

15 Click picture to visit site.
10 X 10 An interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to enclose that moment in time. Click picture to visit site.

16 Language Arts/Social Studies
Collaboration Assessment Communication New Knowledge

17 What is Edublog? Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts.

18 Why Blog? Teacher Perspective Student Perspective
Allows you to interact more efficiently with your students. Feedback can be accomplished quickly. Students express themselves more openly You hear from all students, not just a few in class discussions Students are excited about the activity Allows you to share your own opinion Allows you to quickly see classmate’s opinions and respond Everyone gets to share ideas, not just a few Typing is faster than writing; this allows you to share more information More fun, more interactive

19 Written Student Essay

20 Student Edublog Symbolism goes much deeper than I have previously mentioned. In “The Road Not Taken”, the author is deciding what decision he should make. It could be one that benefits him greatly, or it could be one that devastates him. Hence, there is two roads before him in his mind. This is symbolism, saying that the choices before him is two roads that he could take. In “O Captain, My Captain!”, the author is telling about Abraham Lincoln (the captain) leading the ship (the Civil War troops) back home. The story is a sweet and sour mix of triumph and tragedy. The joyous and grateful occasion of the troops returning back home is tainted and overshadowed by the fact that Abraham Lincoln, the “captain” that directed the “ship” through the Civil War has went to his reward in Heaven. This is symbolism by saying that Abraham Lincoln is the captain guiding the ship a.k.a the Civil War troops through the Civil War, and that the return trip home is a mix of joy and sorrow. Thus, symbolism is much more in depth than was originally thought. Symbolism is used in many ways in literature, and can support a lot of things from making decisions to telling about a joyous-turned-tragic homecoming.

21 LEARN NC NC History Digital Textbook
Primary Sources: Diaries, Newspaper Articles, Journal Entries, Editorial Cartoons, Interviews Primary Resources Analysis Guides Lesson Plans Pacing Guide

22 How we used it: Poetry Trailers
Photo Story 3 Microsoft Photo Story is a free application that allows users to create a show and tell presentation from photos. The software allows adding narration, effects, transitions and background music to create a movie file with pan and zoom effects. Book trailers/Poetry trailers How we used it: Poetry Trailers

23 Student Poetry Trailers
The HIghwayman Cremation of Sam McGee

24 Storybird A collaborative storytelling site
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. How we use the site: Poetry Theme Project Writing for tone and mood Content writing

25 Impact Skill/knowledge Proficiency (electronic portfolio) Testing
Academic achievement Positive learning experiences Relationships

26 Contact Information Penny Barker, Ashe County Middle School Business/Technology Appalachian State University STEM-ICT 3D Project Jody Holleman, Ashe County Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies Gordon Prince, Ashe County Middle School Science/Social Studies Julie Taylor, Ashe County Middle School Literacy Specialist

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