Integrating Technology Into Your
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.
l NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
l Technology integration component--required
l Must be Implemented by December 31, 2006
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND:
What Does it say?
EDUCATION AGENCIES WILL:
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…
available technology as a tool in the classroom. The same as you would use a
book or a manipulative.
“playing” a computer game when a child finishes his/her work.
• NOT as an
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
Explore a one Computer Classroom
What to do with ONE Computer?
Use the computer for classroom presentations and
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…
Use Multimedia software
Write an ongoing story
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
Often used to teach technology
skills or subject-specific skills
Integrate specific software into subject
Research with the Internet
Information Collecting and Research
Internet provides a vast array or resources for students.
need to develop the skills to identify the information required and how to get
skills need to be developed, so all students are skilled at using the Internet
to gain information.
Three ways to help integrate the Internet
Because students need…
To be efficient in finding information
To have different learning activities to match their manner
To rise to the challenge
Because computers are fascinating
Because the bottom line is
student interest and achievement
Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience states…
What is unique about a Guided Tour?
The tour will focus the student on a specific content and
offers limited choices.
The teacher creates the tour to lead the student to sites
that are predetermined.
The student answers the questions as they visit a site or
There may be one site or two or three specific sites.
Questions can be answered at that site. No further searching
Like Guided Practice
Teacher guides the student through new material
Limits the need to use search engines
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.
Most like textbook activity but has higher interest because
done on computer
Guided Tour Websites
Steps to create a guided tour
Tours at TrackStar http://scrtec.org/track/
are a means for students to
collect information on a topic.
encourage use of appropriate
are a step up from random
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
The Scoop on WebQuests
Usually include Reading &
Frequently include Teacher notes
Usually require group work
l Virginia Focus http://scott.k12.va.us/martha2/
Matrix of quests
Samples and directions
Guide to WebQuests
Use prep time to familiarize
yourself with someone else’s plan from the Internet
• Is the
• Do the
• How are
you going to teach it?
Don’t ask the kids to do it if
you are clueless!
Have “fillers” available
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.
you assess student’s learning during a Quest?
did we Learn?
l Weekly Quiz
long term assessment
How to Develop
a Great Web Quest - F.O.C.U.S
Find great sites
Orchestrate your learners and resources
Challenge your learners to think
Use the medium
Scaffold high expectations
Make your Own Web
- Write a short paragraph to introduce the activity. The purpose of this
section is to ‘hook’ the student.
the stage to motivate the students
Mary Stone is arriving in the colony of Virginia. The year is 1619 and she eagerly…
Task could be:
problem or mystery to be solved
to be designed
to be examined
to be created
Journal to be written
Creative piece of work
that requires the learners to process and transform the information they have
l Remember—the computer is NOT the focus
l It is the tool used in teaching, learning, and evaluation.
• Integrating technology is not about the tool...
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 On-line list of Internet integration ideas and resources
Think student use as well
as teacher use
Engage your students in
l Do it!
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
The ultimate plan
Events and Expeditions
Higher Order Thinking Skills
Already in most well-written materials
Education Planet http://educationplanet.com
The Amazing Picture Machine http://www.ncrtec.org/picture.htm
Teacher Files www.teacherfiles.com/clip_art.htm
Children are native to the digital age … adults are
Carnegie Library’s site www.clpgh.org
and/or your library’s catalog, either online or card
Online searching and books work
Student friendly search engines
Search terms should be specific
Thematic Units: http://atozteacherstuff.com/themes/
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