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The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom

The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom
This past summer, with the help of my brilliant friend, Kristen Swanson, I took my Technology Curriculum to a place I had never imagined it could go. As a computer lab teacher, there has never been an easy to follow, mapped out path for instruction. As such, over the last 5 years I created a scope of skills and concepts across grade levels to guide my teaching and I had begun to map out what kinds of projects I could use to teach these skills. Still, my curriculum always seemed a bit disjointed and while my students created wonderful work and amazed me with their ability to apply their skills to video, music production, programming and more, I still felt like I wasn’t doing the best job at making it ‘stick.’ Fast forward to today. This summer, I put together a framework for my curriculum that ties all instruction to four ‘pillars.’ The Four Pillars of Technology in the Classroom I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and the connections they make for the other 3 pillars. Related:  Curriculum IdeasTech Integration

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Teaching Fact vs. Opinion at Every Grade As a busy election season always seems to demonstrate, learning how to tell fact vs. opinion is not only a skill that will serve students across the curriculum and on standardized tests, but also throughout their lives. This is especially true in an information-driven world where anyone can disseminate “facts” via tweets, Wikipedia entries or blog posts. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite ways to teach this valuable skill at every grade level. In Grades K–2: Write simple facts and opinions on strips of paper, such as “Ice cream is made of milk and sugar” and “Vanilla ice cream is the best.” In Grades 3–5: Teach students about opinion “trigger words,” such as believe, think feel, always, never and none. In Grades 6–8: Discuss how nonfiction writers bring their own biases and opinions to what they write. In Grades 9–12: Question for you: How do you teach students to tell the difference between fact and opinion?

Technology Integration Seminars 10-11 ...to the Cross School Seminar on Integrating Technology for the fall/winter sessions of 2010-2011. Our Essential Question What impact does information technology have on teaching and learning in 2010? “Integrating technology is not about technology – it is primarily about content and effective instructional practices. Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century. “Anecdotal evidence and research suggest that teachers' integration of digital tools into instruction is sporadic.

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Free video lectures,Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests, Free Lecture Presentations Reading nonfiction is not optional SmartBlogs When Walter Dean Myers — noted young adult novelist — became the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in January, he said something particularly profound in one of his first interviews with Publisher’s Weekly. “We all know we should eat right and we should exercise, but reading is treated as if it’s this wonderful adjunct…We’re still thinking in terms of enticing kids to read with a sports book or a book about war. We’re suggesting that they’re missing something if they don’t read but, actually, we’re condemning kids to a lesser life. If you had a sick patient, you would not try to entice them to take their medicine. You would tell them, ‘Take this or you’re going to die.’ We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.” I’d take Myer’s message one step further: Reading NONFICTION is not optional. The sad truth is that fiction still dominates the literacy lives of young readers. That’s why Benny — one of my former students — made my day yesterday. Pretty geeky, right?

Mobile Learning @ AU Mobile Learning Projects Experiment with mobile devices in your teaching Do you want to explore ways to incorporate your own or students' mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, or laptops) into your teaching? This is your opportunity, you can now submit a Mobile Learning Project proposal for the AY 2014-2015. Mobile Learning Projects Your project can take any shape or form, and you can request reimbursement for app or software license purchases or other related expenses. How to apply When you plan your project, please consider some of the Mobile Learning Principles developed by the Mobile Learning Task Force: e.g. to facilitate engagement, interactivity, collaboration, and other learning opportunities in and out of scheduled courses and develop opportunities to use mobile learning tools, regardless of course format. You need the following to complete the application: Background

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Integrating Tech: More Than Just Having Computers Technology has become part of the educational process, but too often it is separate and not integrated into the learning experience.Today, Education World offers easy and painless ways to integrate technology into your daily routine. Included: Nineteen activities and nearly 50 Web sites. Integrating technology into the curriculum is a priority -- if not a mandate -- in most schools today. Most educational technology experts agree, however, that technology should be integrated, not as a separate subject or as a once-in-a-while project, but as a tool to promote and extend student learning on a daily basis. The challenge, of course, is in finding ways to use technology -- and to help students use it -- that don't take time away from core subjects. For many teachers, a lack of personal experience with technology presents an additional challenge. Used properly, however, technology can be a tool for teachers as well as for students. Access an online weather forecast.

Commons Classroom Techniques: Formative Assessment Idea Number Three We’ve touched on a couple of formative assessment ideas in our blogging thus far, namely using Popsicle™ sticks as an all-student response system during class and using exit tickets to assess student learning. These formative assessment ideas involve all students, while giving teachers the information they need to make adjustments to their teaching. Ideas like these and others have proven to increase student learning. Another formative assessment idea that engages the entire class and provides evidence of student learning is the white board. As technology makes its way into classroom environment, tools such as the iPad™ or iPod™ can act in a similar fashion – providing real-time understand of subject matter. Have you used or seen whiteboards or something similar in action?

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