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According to the Standards, teachers must teach and students must learn using relevant technology that students will need to succeed beyond high school. Catilin Tucker, a well known educator and blogger, provides several effective and free technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Great resources to share with your teachers.
This free, self-paced tutorial introduces you to the amazing range of technology that makes it possible for someone with a disability (physical, sensory, or learning) to interact with a computer. As you move through the five modules, you will learn about people who use assistive technologies on a daily basis to be able to blog, communicate, and surf the Web. Along the way you may start thinking about people in your own life that can benefit from assistive tech! A project of the California School Libraries Association.
Teach with Movies is a web-based resource for lesson plans and learning guides using movies or parts of movies as an instructional tool. The lesson plans are searchable based on the content area, the age of the students, the names of the movies, social-emotional area and moral/ethical areas. The content cover grade levels k-12. The annual fee to use the services is $11.99. New lessons plans are added periodically for new movies that come out. The site also has lesson plans for preschool age students for social learning and a special section for setting up lesson plans for a substitute.
Facebook is controversial within the educational circles–should it or should it not be included as a valid learning tool. Teachers coming under fire for Facebook postings. Should teachers friend students, former students, etc. At the very least, you should have as much information as possible before you make your final decision. This site provides some answers and resources as you look to integrate social media into your instructional and communication programs.
This web-based guide and downloadable PDF provides you up-to-the-date information on staying safe and secure with all the social media you, your students, and staff are using. Walks you through all the privacy settings you need for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more!
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It provides an overview of how wikis are used to edit live content on the Internet. Susan provides examples and resources.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. Key focus areas are: collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable data; and conducting broad studies and initiating discussions that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals. SREB maintains regional databases for K-12 and higher education and publishes about 75 reports annually.
Are you looking for a way to create collaborative projects teacher to teacher and between student groups? Webex offers a free web-based social network where students from one location can interact with classes or individuals in another location in real time. The interesting feature of the free version of this fee-based site is the ability to share documents and collaborate using the same utility. Imagine students submitting responses to questions to a class in another district or even another state. The two groups can collaborate on one PowerPoint presentation that explains an agreed upon answer. Text chat allows interaction and pointer tools facilitate the process. Imagine a fourth grade class creating a PowerPoint presentation to respond to a state testing released math item and going on line with a high school honors math class to collaborate on the answer. We did it. It was great! A secondary use for this program could be administrators or committee meetings on line to work on documents. A real time saver. At the Webex web site choose "try a free meeting" and proceed as instructed.
This blog post provides you with 10 different examples of how Google Forms can be used in the class for assessment, surveying, evaluations, and reflections. You can view the forms from this teacher or get a copy for you to share with your teachers. These forms seem to be mostly for elementary/middle schools, but you can copy the existing forms and modify to fit your needs. Included are spelling test form, getting to know you form, and reading record form, and learning success form.
This Excel® template is designed to help administrators determine the instructional hours being spent in each content area. This template will also graph the data so you can see how content areas (Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) are prioritized by your teachers.