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Instructional Resources and Assistive Technology to Enhance Student Learning. Dr. Jann Leppien University of Great Falls firstname.lastname@example.org. I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”. Workshop Agenda.
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Dr. Jann Leppien
University of Great Falls
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think
about besides homework. Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”
How Technology Supports Literacy Development
Resources to Support 5 Literacy Areas
Finding Alternative Lessons Using Professional Organizations
Think Like an Ologist-Process Support Tools
Find sources of information that are appropriate for students who may have difficulty reading. Some examples are visitations, interviews, photographs, pictorial histories, films, lectures, or experimentation. Remember, these children do not want the curriculum to be less challenging or demanding. Rather, they need alternative ways to receive the information.
Use technology to promote productivity. Technology has provided efficient means to organize and access information, increase accuracy in mathematics and spelling, and enhance the visual quality of the finished product. In short, it allows students with learning disabilities to hand in work of which they can feel proud.
Cognitive and Metacognitive Factors
Motivational and Affective Factors
Developmental and Social
PbsKids: Visual Sound Correlation
First Grade Skill Reinforcement
BBC Schools TV Series
Phonics Through Literature
Word of the Day
Clifford Interactive Stories
Wacky Web Tales
Microsoft Education: Lesson Plans
The Biography Maker
Ask An Expert
Microsoft ebook Reader
University of Virginia
Virtual Book Club
Reader’s Theatre: Aaron Shepard
Instructional Strategies Resource
Literature Circles Resource Center
Strengthening Reading and Writing Using Technology
Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking-Greece NY
A Plus Math
Create a Graph
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
This software allows you to design professional online surveys.
NSTANational Science Teachers Association
Finding Alternative Lessons
EyeWitness to History
Jann’s Sites to Support Differentiation
Mathematics, Science, History/Social Studies, Language Arts
Teaching US History
The Importance of Visual Literacy
Folklife and Fieldwork
Thinking Like Ologists
The Pilgrim Story
Online experiments in mechanics, density, genetics, etc.
A Hotlist on Research
Montana Heritage Project
The Art of Digital Storytelling“Digital storytelling takes the ancient art of oral storytelling and engages a palette of technical tools to weave personal tales using images, graphics, music, and sound mixed together with author’s own story voice.”Bernajean Porter
DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories
Electronic Text Center
Graphic organizers can be extended to make them more complex. On this graphic organizer have some students justify their selections and provide evidence of how these events have shaped our lives today.
Tools for Writing and Reading
Ocean Beach Elementary School
Six Trait Writing Assessment
Math and Science Education Center
Chicago Public Schools
A telecollaborative project is an educational project that involves sharing information with another person or group of people over the internet. Telecollaborative projects range from setting up simple keypal relationships between your students and another class to involving many classrooms and experts from around the world in an information-gathering project that requires a collaborative effort.
IECC (Intercultural Email Classroom Connections)
connects educators seeking classroom collaboration
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The model was developed in the early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March.
Click on the site below to participate in a WebQuest About WebQuests. Work in teams of four to examine five WebQuests from four different points of view. Select the grade level most appropriate for the grade you teach.
Uses of WebQuests
Learning Center Activities
Hook the computer up to your TV
to use as a station. Find WebQuests
that help students process the “Big
Ideas” in your curricular unit.
Locate 3 different WebQuests at varying levels of complexity that help students apply the unit’s skills or ideas.
Anchor Activity for Research
Create your own Filamentality site to assist
students in carrying out their research.
would have (among
other things) these
1. Links are all working and up to date.
2. Pages are attractively laid out and free of spelling, grammar and technical errors.
3. The Task is engaging and requires higher level thinking.
4. What is learned aligns well with your standards.
5. The readability level and tone matches well with your students.What Makes an Ideal WebQuest?
The Power of WebQuestsAccording to Bernie Dodge (1997), a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students interact with information gleaned primarily from resources on the Internet.
Check out the digital dozen and Filamentality
Bones and the Badge Webquest
Romeo and Juliet Webquest
Where do you find good
WebQuests? Stop by the matrix
of examples on the SDSU
WebQuests site. Try it now.
Tighten your search by clicking on the Advanced Search on Google.
Analyze these design patterns to help you select
the type of activity that you are trying to create.
Use this site to design your own WebQuests.
Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank interactive website that guides you through picking a topic, searching the web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning web resources into activities appropriate for learners. It helps you combine the Filaments of the web with a learner’s mentality. Filamentality helps you spin pieces of the Web to design your own learning activities.
Hotlist: The first step in using the power of the Internet for learning is linking to the sites that you find most useful. Doing this will save your learners hours of aimless searching (not an efficient use of class time).
Example:China on the Net
Scrapbook: If learners already have a general understanding of the subject (i.e., they've done some preliminary learning in class or with traditional resources), you might want their first web-based activity to be the exploration of a Multimedia Scrapbook. This format allows learners to dig through a collection of Internet sites organized around specific categories such as, photographs, maps, stories, facts, quotations, sound clips, videos, virtual reality tours, etc. Learners use the Scrapbook to find aspects of the broader topic that they feel are important. They download or copy and paste these scraps into a variety of formats: newsletter, desktop slide presentation, collage, bulletin board, Hyper Studio stack, or web page. By allowing students to "find themselves" in their interests (sparked by the web resources they encounter), the Multimedia Scrapbook offers a more open, student-centered approach.
Dinosaur Hunter's Scrapbookhttp://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/China/scrapbook.html
Treasure Hunt: To develop solid knowledge on a subject, you can create Treasure Hunts. The basic strategy is to find web pages that hold information (text, graphic, sound, video, etc.) that you feel is essential to understanding the topic. After you've gathered these links, you are then prompted by Filamentality to pose one key question for each web resource you've linked to. A smartly designed Treasure Hunt can go far beyond finding unrelated nuggets of knowledge. By choosing questions that define the scope or parameters of the topic, students discover the answers and tap into a deeper vein of thought--one that now stakes out the dimensions or schema of the domain being studied.
Black History Past to Present
Subject Sampler: Part of what makes the Internet so great is the quirky, passionate, real stuff that many people and organizations post there. You'll find things on the web that you'd never find on TV, newspapers, or magazines. Subject Samplers tap into this vibrant vein in order to connect students to the chosen topic. Subject Sampler present learners with a smaller number of intriguing web sites organized around a main topic. What makes this a particularly effective way to engage student buy-in is that first off, you've chosen web sites that offer something interesting to do, read, or see. Second, students are asked to respond to the web-based activities from a personal perspective.
Exploring Chinese Culturehttp://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/China/sampler.html
WebQuest: When it's time to go beyond learning facts and get into grayer, more challenging aspects of the topic, your students are ready to try a WebQuest. Basically, a WebQuest presents students with a challenging task, scenario, or problem to solve. It's best to choose aspects of a topic that are under dispute or that offer a couple different perspectives. Logistically, all students begin by learning some common background knowledge, then they divide into groups. In the groups each student or pair of students have a particular role, task, or perspective to master. They effectively become experts on one aspect of a topic. When the roles come together, students must synthesize their learning by completing a summarizing act such as e-mailing congressional representatives or presenting their interpretation to real world experts on the topic.
Look Who's Paying the Bill!http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/democracy/debtquest.html
Click here to locate Filamentality
Peace Makers and Breakers
Of Mind and Matter: The Mystery of the Human Brain
Eduscape’s List of Webquests