Integrating technology in your classroom

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1. Integrating Technology in Your Classroom Grade K Lydia Whitlock July 22, 2013 Applications of Technology in Education 2. Objectives & Goals: Integrate technology in your Kindergarten classroom Engage students Make learning fun Interactive lessons and students 3. Information From: 4. Online Simulations Web-based simulations allow students to experience events. They learn how to problem solve as they gather data, collaborate on a problem, and develop a product (Witt,2009). 5. Benefits of Online Simulations Students experience role-playing while collaborating and working with others. Students become part of the environments and are not just observers. Students are involved in real-world situations. (Witt,2009) 6. Running a Simulation 1. Be sure there are enough roles for each student. 2. After the simulation, discuss what was taken place. 3. Answer questions during simulations 4. Use open ended questions to encourage discussion. 5. Have students tell you about their character 6. Have additional help to assist students (Witt,2009) 7. Distance Learning Distance learning uses a computer or Internet based programs that allow educators and learners to interact but not necessarily in face-to-face interactions. It allow schools to connect with each other, create virtual field trips, and share interactive seminars. 8. Distance Learning: Connect Students E-mail Televised lectures Web-based courses Audio & Video Electronic field trips 9. Information From: 10. Technology in Science: Tools Lab equipment Video materials Interactive multimedia programs Open access data sets Communication tools 11. Technology in Science: Concept Mapping Create a concept map by using Inspiration. Inspiration is an online tool where students can create a map to help them brainstorm information and clearly communicate their ideas more clearly. 12. Concept Map 13. Benefits to Concept Mapping Easy to use Students are engaged Students are responsible for finding their information Assesses students understanding Provides students the opportunity to discuss among other students (Besnoy & Clarke) 14. Technology in Science: Google Earth Google Earth provides satellite images and 3D terrains to make the geographical virtual field trip feasible and realistic (Besnoy & Clarke). 15. Google Earth Images 16. Benefits to Google Earth Free field trip Learn about other countries Explore volcanoes and glaciers Distinguish between celestial bodies in the sky (ESS.10.K1) Identify natural and man-made land formations Identify various characteristics of Earths surface (ESS.8.K.1) Illustrate planets in the solar system (ESS.10.1.1) 17. Technology in Literacy: Tools Projectors SMART Boards Video Cameras PowerPoint Online Games 18. Technology in Literacy: WebQuests Webquests are online teacher-created inquiry assignment designed to guide students through various Internet resources to help them answer questions about a specific topic (Besnoy and Clarke). Teachers can create their own or use already made WebQuests using an online resource Go to any search engine type in WebQuests with a specific topic in mind Example: Kindergarten WebQuests on bugs 19. Technology in Literacy: WebQuests Online resources for literacy teachers for creating WebQuests www.teach- Besnoy and Clarke 20. Parts of a Webquest Strickland, J. (2005). Using webquests to teach content: Comparing instructional strategies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 5(2), 138-148. 21. Benefits to WebQuests Whole group or individual learning Encourage critical thinking Students learn how to navigate through the internet Teachers can quickly assess students knowledge 22. Resources Besnoy, K.D., & Clarke, L.W. (2010). High-tech teaching success. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. Strickland, J. (2005). Using webquests to teach content: Comparing instructional strategies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 5(2), 138-148. Witt, D. (2009). Strategies for the tech-savvy classroom. Waco,TX: Prufrock Press.