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Ideas for Integrating Technology in Your Classroom

Ideas for Integrating Technology in Your Classroom

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 Brainstormed by Amphitheater School District Teachershttp://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/ideas.htm#internetRevised & Updated by Angela McCord Summer 2009
Ideas for Integrating Technology
in IMS Classrooms
Teachers often have similar questions when trying to integrate technology and the Internet intheir classroom. Several of the most frequently asked questions appear below with possiblesolutions. Hopefully you will be able to make use of these ideas! I can schedule to assist youwith integrating any of these ideas in your lesson plans and implementing any of these strategieswith your students.
Here are the questions:
What can students do with the Internet?How do we ensure that students stay on appropriate sites?
How can we get all students through a one-computer center or mini lab (10-15 computers)?
How do you keep one computer in your classroom used effectively most of the school day?
What do you do when students don't finish a task that requires a computer?
What do you do to minimize printing problems?
How should students save work?
What can students do with the Internet?
Participate in Projects
Gather data
Share Information
Publish their work (Voicethreads, Wikis, Glogster,Podcasts)
Communicate with other students/schools
Visit other places (Google Earth Lit. Trips)
Correctly cite resources
Make Bookmarks
Blog (Teacher Webpage)
Ask an Expert
Enrich their knowledge
Gain background knowledge about a topic
Love of Reading - (Every day go to a different Reading site or Oasis)
Students create their own bookmark list on a topic they have become an expert on
Reading, Writing, Math, Science, & Social Studies - most things in the curriculum - findspecific sites and use them to extend and enrich a lesson
Online Discussions (Voicethreads, Wikis, Podcasts)
Read books and short stories
Interact with kid magazines
Use primary sources
How do we ensure that students stay on appropriate sites?
Supervision - watch the students, be within line of site of the students atthe computer 
Check their Go Menu, History, and cache periodically.
 Brainstormed by Amphitheater School District Teachershttp://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/ideas.htm#internetRevised & Updated by Angela McCord Summer 2009
Present Clear Guidelines for what students are supposed to be accomplishing while onthe Internet, these guidelines need to be in place before punitive measures areadministered
Guidelines for Consequences
Structured Activities with specific tasks in an amount of time that will allow them toaccomplish the task and not allow time for surfing or going to inappropriate sites
Student Responsibility - teach students the realities of the Internet and to be responsiblefor their actions and decisions
Create launch pages, such as links from your website to avoid too much surfing.
Create a short cut on the desktop to the site you want students to visit and only allowthem to go to that site
Bookmark the sites you want students to visit and only allow them to go to those sites
Teacher Planning and Preparation - teachers must visit the sites and check the links prior to students using the Internet to see if they are all appropriate
Only allow them to perform searches on Yahooligans or Goodsearch.com!
Group your students so that each group has a trustworthy student who will reportinappropriate activities
How can we get all students through a one/two-computer center?
Student of the day demonstrates a computer program on Internet siteto the entire class from the SMART board.
Make a center with a schedule that all students rotate through.
Make it a cooperative learning activity.
Schedule the time, so each student knows there time for the week, i.e. Maria's time isTuesday from 10:20-10:40, Joseph's time is from 10:40-11:00, etc. You can use or modify a schedule
created in Excel that is located on the shared drive in the technologyfolder. There is one worksheet with 20 minute intervals and another with 15 minuteintervals, click on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to see the different choices.
When one student and/or group finishes, they tell the next group what to do. In thismanner the teacher doesn't have to explain as much.
Create efficient groups - have at least one student who can read the material, have onestudent who is a confident technology user, etc.
Peer tutoring
Learn - Teach - Learn - follow a process where the first group learns from the teacher,they in turn teach the next group, they learn and teach the next group until everyone haslearned the new task. We know that we learn things better when we have to teach, somake students part of this process.
Use the SMART board to show entire class what they will be doing on the computer  before the students go to the computer and/or lab, this will make more efficient use of thelimited computer time
Cooperative Learning groups - each child has a task, for example in a group with 5students, one types on the keyboard, one is in charge of the mouse, one reads, one recordsinformation, and one is the time keeper who keeps the group on task. Students shouldrotate tasks.
One group starts the activity and another group finishes the activity - Have 6 people inthe group, three people are doing the activity with roles, and three students are standing behind watching, and they switch half way through. The students watching during the
 Brainstormed by Amphitheater School District Teachershttp://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/ideas.htm#internetRevised & Updated by Angela McCord Summer 2009
first phase are attentive because they know they will have to know what is going on, thesecond group watching are attentive because the activity was meaningful and they boughtinto it during their time and they want to learn what happens.
Students should be held accountable for the work on the computers. Have them sharewhat they accomplished on the computer with the entire class or turn it in for a grade.Have students place their work in your folder on the student drive.
Use a storyboard or other pre-organizer so that pre-thinking occurs before the child is onthe computer. Key ideas or concepts could be outlined beforehand, allowing for mostefficient use of time when they are on the computer. For example, a group or studentcannot work on the PowerPoint presentation until they have completed the storyboard on paper for the presentation. There are several templates available.
E-mail me if you areinterested
Active participation of all students in the group - they know the expectations for what they are supposed to accomplish and how they will demonstrate learning.Students may be expected to develop questions for the teacher or quizzes or  puzzles for other students.
Vickie Davis and Kelly Thacker used this strategywonderfully with the SMART response system and Notebook software.
The teacher will show the 'student computer helper of the week' key things thatmight happen with the computer activities for the week, and the students knowif they are problems that they need to ask the 'student computer helper of theweek.'
Post schedules, responsibilities and assignments. Many teachers list the steps the studentsmust follow on the computer.
Pair students - put students with strong computer skills with those students who have lessstrength in this area.
Provide a basic set of activities for all students to complete and provide additionalenrichment activities for those who finish quickly.
Use a timer. Each child or group sets the timer for the determined length. When thetimer rings the student quietly notifies the next child in his row and the process continues.
Assign Computer helpers to assist if a child or group has trouble with the computer or  printer. Teach the students to troubleshoot simple problems. Some teachers requirestudents to tell them the 3 things they tried before asking for help to alleviate the situationof students simply raising their hand any time they have a problem without trying tosolve it themselves.
Demonstrate how to do a computer activity on the SMART board prior to doing theactivity. Show students typical problems they might encounter and how to deal withthem.
Avoid using the computer as a reward for students who finish; provide ways for allstudents to get access on the computer.
3 day process in a lab of 10 computers with 30 students, each student is on for one dayand the two days that the students are off they have other activities. This is especiallyuseful if the computers are in the media center and the students can use the library for research on the two days that they are not on the computers.
How do you keep one computer in your classroom used effectively most of theschool day?
Centers - students rotate through them.

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