Technology in the ICT (CTT) Classroom Presented by Katie Facto, Kimberly Maher, and Robert Sweeney (NYC Public Schools)
What is ICT (CTT)? • ICT stands for Integrated Co-Teaching (formerly Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT)) • There are 2 teachers in the room for the 4 major subjects, a general education teacher and a special education teacher • Made up of 60% regular education students and 40% special education students • Class is taught on grade level with accommodations for special education students
Our Student Population • The majority of our special education students have speech & language impairments, learning disabilities, or other health impairments such as ADHD. • Varied levels and varied individual goals • As with any class, there is a variety of learning styles and needs that need to be addressed • English Language Learners (ELL)
Ways to differentiate/individualize • Process by which something is done • Product that is expected • Text level/content • Individual (“on your own”) activities • Homogeneous vs. Heterogeneous groups
Types of technology we currently use • Classroom Blog/Website • PowerPoint • Word Documents • Online Video Streaming • Podcasting • Audiobooks • Movie Making • PortaPortal • Document Camera • SMART board/Interactive Whiteboard • Donor’s Choose
Classroom Blog • Great for the beginning of the year • getting info to parents and students • Value of classroom blogs • engaging • allows students to participate in another way other than in class • follow through with lesson at home • eliminates excuses for not knowing homework • Possible ways to use blogs • Posting homework • follow up discussion on a book or lesson • Building on new vocabulary • sharing ideas • asking classmates questions or for help on a lesson/homework • classroom announcements
Free blog sites • www.blogger.com • www.wordpress.com • www.21classes.com
Some things to remember with blogs • Have students use first names only or aliases in order to protect them online • Cannot require students to write on blog due to varied computer availability at home • Moderate comments in order to prevent students bullying one another or using inappropriate language
Blogs in an ICT Classroom • Allows teacher to assess students in a different way • Gives students who hesitate to speak in class an opportunity to participate in a less threatening way • Provides follow up at home • Engages students and encourages them to write without feeling like they are writing • Our blog is located at http://is77.schoolwires.net • Click on Staff: Kimberly Maher
PowerPoint in an ICT Classroom • Great for introducing new vocabulary (definition, picture, examples, etc.) • Addresses the needs of visual learners • Helps students who can’t see the board • Change font/color of slides to address student needs (i.e. ELL students may need fonts such as Comic Sans to help with letter recognition)
Word Documents in an ICT Classroom • Graphic Organizers/Worksheets/Quizzes/Tests • Students typing their class work instead of writing • Engaging • Great for Kinesthetic learners • Helps students focus • Great for students who struggle with fine motor skills/handwriting
Online Video Streaming • There are several video streaming sites (that are not blocked by the school internet firewall) which allow you to show content related videos in class • Educational Video Streaming Sites include: • United Streaming www.unitedstreaming.com • Teacher Tube www.teachertube.com • Power Media Plus www.powermediaplus.com
Online Video Streaming in an ICT Classroom • Short video clips significantly enhance a lesson • Address the needs of visual/auditory learners • Helps students who have low reading levels learn content, yet is engaging to all students
Podcasting • A podcast is essentially the modern version of tape recording • Podcasting allows you to record information and turn it into an MP3 file • These MP3 files can be listened to right on your computer or uploaded to an iPod or class blog/website
Podcasting using Audacity • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ • Audacity® is a free, downloadable software for recording and editing sounds. It is available on both PCs and MACs (Mac users can also use GarageBand for podcasting). • Once you download Audacity to your computer, the icon will then appear on your desktop; so from then on you can just click that and go straight to the podcasting screen. The screen itself is very user-friendly and easy for both students and teachers to learn quickly; with just a few clicks of the record and play buttons, students can listen to their podcasts right away.
Podcasting in an ICT Classroom • Very user-friendly; students can record their own podcasts with a few quick clicks of the buttons allowing the majority of this activity to be student-centered. • Addresses the needs of auditory and kinesthetic learners • Synthesizes information • Assesses student knowledge orally • Allows students to teach one another • Great for heterogeneous groups • Can be used to record accountable talk • Provides opportunities for ELL students or students with Speech and Language Impairments to practice speaking • Book discussions • Helps struggling writers
Audiobooks • An audiobook is a sound recording of the text of a book • These are books that are read aloud and recorded on cassettes, CDs or on ITUNES • Teachers may download audiobooks straight from ITunes onto a computer or an iPod • In order to have multiple students listening to the same book recording, you will need a headset splitter (The “BelkinRockstar” allows up to five (5) listeners at the same time).
Audiobooks in an ICT Classroom • Low-level readers, ELLs, and reluctant/frustrated readers can participate in Literature Circle Groups • Students read independently and on their reading level • Increasing students’ comprehension and enhancing vocabulary • Same students can participate in group discussion without feeling frustrated and defeated • Students that are audio learners can benefit from audiobooks
Portaportal • Portaportal is a free web-based bookmarking utility that lets you store links to your favorite websites on-line. Your bookmarks aren’t limited to just one computer anymore! • Researching articles or documents are narrowed down and stored to this on-line website. Teachers do the research, students do the reading. The students can start the research project at school and continue at home. It’s as easy as finding an article on-line, and then cutting and pasting the URL to the portaportal. • Teacher signs in with a member log in code and password; students can sign in and view the page as a GUEST. The teacher can moderate the site; adding and deleting URLs; students only have viewing access. • For example, log on to our Portaportal @: www.portaportal.com • Guest Name: kandk077
Portaportal in an ICT Classroom • Great for projects and reports • Saves time during the research process; lessening students’ frustrations level • Moderates students’ “surfing the net” • Teachers can have students reading only articles that they find appropriate for the project • Articles and documents can vary according to the students’ reading levels. • Visual and Kinesthetic learners can benefit from the use of the computer.
SMART Board/ Interactive Whiteboard • Connects to your computer to create a giant touch screen computer combined with an electronic whiteboard • Allows teachers and students to interact with the whiteboard to teach and participate in lesson activities
SMART Boards in an ICT Classroom • Engages students • Addresses the needs of Visual and Kinesthetic Learners • Allows students to teach one another
Document Cameras • A document camera is a visual presentation tool that allows you to project any item/object onto a screen when connected to an LCD projector. • Similar to an overhead projector, without having to make transparencies
Document Cameras in an ICT Classroom • Teachers are able to project any item/text (i.e. science lab, manipulatives, text book, primary source) so that all students can see and participate • Students are able to share their work (great for higher level students to teach others)
Movie Making • Students can make movies using software such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie to create digital movie projects and/or slideshows • Can be as simple as putting in pictures with captions in a slide show, or as difficult as full movies using video cameras, editing, etc.
Movie Making in an ICT Classroom • Addresses the needs of visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learners • Synthesizes information • Allows students to share with, present to, and teach one another • Can be used to challenge higher level students
Tips Managing Technology Use • Work technology projects into your curriculum • Train specific students to take charge • Get organized ahead of time (i.e. put headsets in group supply bins, have computers charged and ready prior to class beginning, etc.) • Gather older supplies from home, friends and family, storage in the school, etc. to cut down on costs (i.e. headsets, old computers, old iPods/MP3 players, etc.)
Donor’s Choose • DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. • Post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. • Our request was for BelkinRockstars and headsets to establish a larger audiobook/media center in our classroom. • Once a project reaches its funding goal, the teacher receives a confirmation email and the materials are sent directly to the school. • In return, the teachers and students send “Thank you letters” to the person/corporation that donated to their classroom cause.
Donor’s Choose in an ICT Classroom • Differentiating instruction takes time, effort and money (at times) • After assessing the reading levels of all our students we found a need for a media center equipped with audiobooks, splitters and headsets in our classroom. • Everyone gets involved. Students and teachers are thankful for the donations and they take pride in their classroom and it’s technology equipment. • Students take on the responsibility of keeping the equipment in good shape. New student jobs are created: “Media Center Supervisor.”
Share Out • Does anyone have any ideas they can share with the group? • What has worked well in your classroom/school?
Presentation Evaluation and Feedback • Please complete the presentation evaluation and feedback. This allows us to see how we can improve upon our presentation in the future.
Our Information • Katie Facto: email@example.com • Kimberly Maher: firstname.lastname@example.org • Robert Sweeney: Rsweene@schools.nyc.gov