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Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom


    We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday; and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.

Margaret Mead




l   Technology integration component--required

l   Must be Implemented by December 31, 2006


NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND:  What Does it say?


“(1) Ensure ongoing  integration of technology into school curricula and instructional strategies in all schools in the state, so that technology will be fully integrated into the curricula and instruction of the schools by December 31, 2006;

“(2) Develop long - term strategies for improving student academic achievement,  including technology literacy, through effective use of technology in  classrooms throughout the state, including through improving the capacity  of teachers to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction;


What Do We Mean by “Integration”?

l   The use of technology tools by students and teachers within the classroom environment to support existing curricular goals and objectives in a variety of learning activities

In other words…

      Using available technology as a tool in the classroom. The same as you would use a book or a manipulative.

      NOT “playing” a computer game when a child finishes his/her work.

      NOT as an “add-on”

      Goal should be to use technology in every phase of your curriculum.


Where do I start?

l     Set up Computer Groups

l     Rules and Expectations

l     Schedule technology use into the Classroom

l     Collaborate with others who teach

l     Explore a one Computer Classroom


What to do with ONE Computer?

l    Teachers can…

    Use the computer for classroom presentations and demonstrations

    Introduce new concepts

    Maintain class records, access the Internet and do research

    Use computer as teaching assistant

    Foster group and cooperative learning

l   Students can…

   Internet access

   Use Multimedia software

   Write an ongoing story

   Class newsletter

   Use it to present assignments, projects, and research activities to the entire class


Computer Labs:  How to Enhance Traditional Classroom Instruction

   All students have hands-on experience

   Often used to teach technology skills or subject-specific skills

   Integrate specific software into subject area content

   Research with the Internet


Information Collecting and Research

l      The Internet provides a vast array or resources for students.

l      Students need to develop the skills to identify the information required and how to get it.

l      Internet skills need to be developed, so all students are skilled at using the Internet to gain information.


Three ways to help integrate the Internet

l   Guided Tours

l   Scavenger Hunts

l   WebQuests



l    Because students need…


    To be efficient in finding information

    To have different learning activities to match their manner of learning

    To rise to the challenge

l    Because computers are fascinating to students

l    Because the bottom line is student interest and achievement


Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience states…


More Engagement=More Learning




Guided Tours

What is unique about a Guided Tour?

l     The tour will focus the student on a specific content and offers limited choices.

l     The teacher creates the tour to lead the student to sites that are predetermined.

l     The student answers the questions as they visit a site or link.

l     There may be one site or two or three specific sites.

l     Questions can be answered at that site. No further searching is necessary.


l     Like Guided Practice

l     Teacher guides the student through new material

l     Limits the need to use search engines

l     Focuses the student on a specific content and offers opportunities for the student to make limited choices by limiting the number of sites to be visited. 

l     Most like textbook activity but has higher interest because done on computer


Guided Tour Websites

l      Steps to create a guided tour

l      JFK Tour

l      Inventions

l      Vietnam War

l      The Constitution

Create Guided Tours at TrackStar


Scavenger Hunts

l    are a means for students to collect information on a topic.

l    encourage use of appropriate search strategies.

l    are a step up from random surfing.

l    require teachers to formulate questions for the students to answer.

l   create focus for each student.

l   create a model for searching on the Internet.

l   create an accountability method.


Scavenger Hunt Sites



Create Scavenger Hunts and more at Filamentality.



The Scoop on WebQuests

l     Inquiry-Oriented

l     Usually interdisciplinary

l     Usually include Reading & Writing tasks

l     HOTS

l     Frequently include Teacher notes & rubrics

l     Usually require group work



l   The WebQuest Page

l   King Tut:  Was it Murder?

l   Patriotic Themes in Country Music

l   Virginia Focus



l   Webquests

Matrix of quests

Samples and directions

Kathy Schrock Guide to WebQuests


Some Caveats

l    Use prep time to familiarize yourself with someone else’s plan from the Internet

    Is the task appropriate?

    Do the links work?

    How are you going to teach it?

l    Don’t ask the kids to do it if you are clueless!

l    Have “fillers” available

l    Supervise! Supervise! Supervise!



    Each role has responsibilities, questions to answer and websites that they use to find the answers

    Every WebQuest has a concluding activity that draws the information together.  Such as, each of the role-players get together to design one board game that maps out the journey of Lewis and Clark.

    The WebQuest uses websites, online maps, interviews, primary documents, anything available on the web.


How do you assess student’s learning during a Quest?

l      What did we Learn? Journal entries

l      Short Talks about discoveries

l      Weekly Quiz

l      Portfolio Write-up every Friday

l      Research Project - long term assessment

How to Develop a Great Web Quest - F.O.C.U.S

l    Find great sites

l    Orchestrate your learners and resources

l    Challenge your learners to think

l    Use the medium

l    Scaffold high expectations

Make your Own Web Quest

l   Introduction - Write a short paragraph to introduce the activity. The purpose of this section is to ‘hook’ the student.

l   Set the stage to motivate the students

l   e.g. Mary Stone is arriving in the colony of Virginia.  The year is 1619 and she eagerly…


The Task

l      The Task could be:

l      A problem or mystery to be solved

l      Product to be designed

l      Facts to be examined

l      Summary to be created

l      A Journal to be written

l      A Creative piece of work


l      Anything that requires the learners to process and transform the information they have gathered



l   Remember—the computer is NOT the focus

l   It is the tool used in teaching, learning, and evaluation.

Bottom line?

  Integrating technology is not about the tool...

  It’s about what is done with the tool

l   The technology-using teacher’s job is to find the right tool for the task


Where to Go for Info?


l   Global Schoolnet Resources

l   Integrating the Internet  

l   On-line list of Internet integration ideas and resources

l   The Gateway to Educational Materials


Teacher’s Task

l   Think student use as well as teacher use

l   Engage your students in the planning

l   Do it!

l     Google Advanced Search

    Look for what you want

    Look for file types, i.e., PowerPoint .ppt

    Never go to second search page if not found on first page



l     History Gateways

    PBS History 

    Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History

    The History Net

    Annenburg/CPB-Biography of America

    NOVA Online-History

Subject Specific

l    War Stories-Further Info

l    Thinkquest

Unit Plans

l     Classroom Today;jsessionid=ABL1P2NP45IHPQFICQFC2SQ?_requestid=4507

    Subscription Required

l     Blue Web’n

l     Education World

l     TeachersFirst

l     Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

l     WebQuests

    The ultimate plan

Lesson Plans

l     Columbia Education Center

l     Ask ERIC

l     PBS Teacher Source

l     Awesome Library

l     Sites for Teachers

l     A to Z Teacher Stuff

l     Cagle (Professional Cartoonist Index)

l     National Archives

l     NY Times Learning Network



l     Online Projects

    Global Schoolhouse

    Blue Web’n

l     Telecommunications

    Ask an Expert

l     Events and Expeditions

    Virtual Field Trips

    Virtual Tours

    Classroom Connect Quests



l    Higher Order Thinking Skills

    Already in most well-written materials

    Refresher on Bloom’s Taxonomy

    Refresher on Essential Questions


Search Engines



Education Planet

The Amazing Picture Machine

Teacher Files


Digital Age

   Children are native to the digital age … adults are immigrants.

Cheryl Lemke


Searching for Information

l         Carnegie Library’s site and/or your library’s catalog, either online or card

          Online searching and books work together

l         Student friendly search engines

l         Search terms should be specific

Project Checklist


Students Assessment

l   Rubrics:

l   Electronic portfolio- Dr. Helen Barret:



l    Project-Based Learning:

l    Thematic Units:

l    ITI- Interdisciplinary Teams Instruction:

l    Inquiry-based Learning:

l    Inquiry Page:

l   Global School Project:

l   China Project:

l   K-12 Projects:

l   Evaluating Internet Research Sources:


Print Sources:

l         Berger, Pam Internet for Active Learners: Curriculum Based Strategies for K.12 American Library Association,1998.

l         Chirinian,Alain.Internet Activities for Sciecne. Westminster CA. Teacher Created Materials,Inc.1999

l         Chirinian,Alain.Simple Internet Activities-Intermediate Ed. Sharon Croan Westminster,CA.Teacher Created Materials, Inc. 1999

l         Gimotty, Susan. Computer Activities Through the Year. Westminster CA.Teacher Created Materials, Inc.1999

l         Joseph, Linda C.Net Curriculum: An Educator’s Guide to Using the Internet, Information Today, Inc.1999

l         Kelly, Deidre Web Hunts and Virtual Field Trips. Teacher Created Materials, Inc.2001

l         Kopp, Kathleen. Internet Activities for Social Studies-Intermediate.Westminster,CA. Teacher Created Materials, Inc.1998.

l         Kopp, Kathleen.Internet Activities for Social Studies-Primary. Westminster CA.Teacher Created Materials, Inc. 1998