What Does Technology Integration REALLY Look Like?
Agenda Getting acquainted Myths and Realities Step by Step You are the most important link! Teacher/classroom resources Anyone can do this! Daily Computer Activities Teaching with Technology Computer Lab time The Challenges Wrap Up
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Objectives To re-think technology integration To make technology integration EASY! To provide a wealth of ideas to integrate technology into the classroom To get your wheels turning To plan to work together to help you integrate technology into your classroom.
Tips and Tricks Be sure to try these things at home, at school, at the office, or where ever you can find a computer! W A R N I N G
Mindset Think about learning to use technology and/or computers as compared to learning how to read and write. If you can do it with a pencil and paper, a chalk-board, flip-chart or a white board; you can do it on the computer!
Myths You have to be good on the computer. You have to know how to use a whole bunch of programs. You have to be able to use a computer and teach at the same time. You need really good equipment. You will never be able to do the stuff your colleagues can do. Technology integration means using the computer with everything you do.
Technology Integration High Tech Medium Tech Low Tech No Tech
Why? The teacher’s use of technology is the top factor in determining student success with technology. Even more important that a student’s daily access to a computer! Model: High tech, low tech, medium tech Elementary student home computer use tends to center around games and entertainment. Elementary students do not feel that the technology training they get in school will be enough to help them in the job market or in college.
Why? Increased achievement in content area learning Greater Higher-order thinking and problemsolving skill development Improved workforce preparation Increased student attendance
Why? Students who can keyboard at least 20 words per minute by 6 th grade, average one grade level higher on writing assignments. Average class work is 20% higher when done on a computer. Voids in computer access currently exist. Teacher and/or class popularity increase with technology use. “Digital Disconnect” Instructional shifts
Instructional Shifts 1 From linear to hypermedia learning From instruction to construction & discovery From teacher-centered to learner- centered From absorbing facts to learning to navigate From learning as torture to learning as fun From the teacher as transmitter to the teacher as facilitator  Shade, D.D., R.E. Nida, J.M. Lipinski, and J.A. Watson. (1986). Microcomputers and Preschoolers: Working Together in a Classroom Setting. COMPUTERS IN THE SCHOOLS 3(2, Sum): 53-61. EJ 341 638.
Getting Started KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!!! Start with yourself!!!!!! Set goals! Use your computer daily! Arrange your classroom around the computer/computers. Check into possibilities to use a multimedia projector, scan converters, larger screens, etc.
It starts with you! KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!!! Set goals! Start with one or two programs! Use your computer daily! Stretch a little each day! Collaborate with other teachers. Ask questions! Work with your STC, TRT and Lab instructors.
It starts with the teacher! “… the computer can help make you a better, more productive teacher. And if the computer can do that, even if your students never touch the machine, it will have improved their educational experience.” David A. Dockterman, Ed.D. Docktorman, David A., Great Teaching in the One-Computer Classroom, Tom Snyder Productions, 1998
Teacher productivity Communication/e-mail/list servs Newsletters/letters to parents Lesson plans/instructional activities Creating student materials Fill in gaps with available materials Awards and certificates Multimedia chalkboard
Room Arrangement Arrange tables or desks so students can see your teacher computer/television. Place your computer(s) so it is easy to monitor your students’ work and activities. Place your computer(s) so that small groups can gather around it. In classrooms with younger students, place a computer open to a large carpeted area.
Tips for daily computer use Plan for computer use while you are teaching. Use timers or rubrics to limit time. Use computer tag or quick transitions. Assign a computer monitor or assistant. Use the computer in pairs or small groups. Teach, model, and demo before student use. Design projects which can be completed in small sections. Computer use is a privilege!!!!!
Planning for Technology C H A M P S A key in any technology activity!
Planning for Technology Plan rotations, center assignments, weekly schedules, and other tools to organize computer usage. Plan for equity!
Internet Activities Select Internet sites with short activities which can be accomplished in a few minutes. Educational Games: FunBrainFunBrain Math sites with short activities: A+MathA+Math Virtual field trips: Fayette CountyFayette County Reading sites: Internet Public Library &Internet Public Library Room 108 Virtual “zines”: Time for KidsTime for Kids WebQuest and WebQuest Jr.WebQuestWebQuest Jr.
Internet Activities Use a timer or egg timer to structure time on the computer. Group a few students together with a list of things to find or to do. Put a short cut on your desktop or save sites to be seen. “Web Whack” or save sites to cache with Internet Explorer.
Global Campfire Global Campfire web siteGlobal Campfire Creative story writing Historical Journal/Diary Journal experiments/problems Reflections Publish the work on the classroom website!
Global Campfire Reflections on STLP by a 2/3 class:
Use as a Learning Center: Rotate all students to use this center Parts of projects can be completed at other centers Daily student responses (“Question of the Day”) Create class books Class news letters Brochures Scavenger hunt work sheets WebQuests
Use as a Learning Center: Research activities Work on PowerPoints and other presentations Contribute to class web pages Greeting card projects Alphabetize lists Spelling activities Commercial software use Creative writing
Use for Student Projects: Each student adds a sentence, item, or comment to the class project Students type questions of things they want to know about a new unit of study Book reports Informational report on any topic (Power Points can be used as early as First Grade). Students add to a continuing story Students write personal opinions on a topic Have students participate in an e-mail
A Cooperative Learning Tool: Small groups of students Group stories and projects Rotate turns on the computer Brainstorming activities Organization and planning tool Writing instrument Research tool
Student assessment Writing practice and editing Practice taking tests Many programs are available for computerized assessment Edit sentences/correct work “Question of the Day,” “ Math Problem of the Day,” etc. Drop down fields Word Quests/Web Quests Make a PowerPoint/Web Page/Talking Book
Fitting it all in KEEP IT SIMPLE! Set goals Take baby steps! Start with the teacher! Daily entry or assignment activities. Plan rotations, charts, systems. Use the same systems regularly and they will operate smoothly. Plan for independent use. Have students vary the time they use the computer.
Keep in Mind Teacher’s use of technology is the most important factor in student success with technology Students need to use the computer daily High technology use = high attendance! Technology = engaged students A teacher’s use of technology influences student’s opinions of the teacher and the course! Room arrangement is paramount!
Keep in Mind We live in a world where technology literacy is becoming more and more critical! Students need to get training and access to computer literacy at school! We need to do what ever it takes to provide equitable technology opportunities to all students!