The “U” in Technology Skip Tyler firstname.lastname@example.org Great Virginia Teach-In March 18, 2006
Presentation Objectives • To make you aware of different types of technology that can be incorporated into your classroom. • To show you how technology can create a positive classroom environment that fosters curiosity, excitement, and student learning.
Personal Information/Background • 15th year teaching • School Webmaster • Department Chair • HCPS & Region I TOY 2003-04 • National Board Certified 2004 • Adjunct Faculty at VCU • Staff Development Instructor
What is your experience with student responders? • I have my own set • I have used them • I have seen them • Never heard of them
Different Student Responders • Turning Point (32-pads $500+)http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ • eInstruction (32-pads $2000) http://www.einstruction.com • Quizdom (32-pads $2000) http://www.qwizdom.com/
Benefits of Student Responders • Engage all students – no fear of wrong answers, interactive game show, set up teams, fastest responder, high score, etc. • Assess – gives immediate data to analyze and direct my instruction • Achieve – students try harder, results can be saved and tracked
Minimum Classroom Requirements • Teacher computer • Video Beam or television • What do you have? Based on this information, I’ll try to show different ways to incorporate technology in your classroom.
How many computers are in your classroom? • None • Teacher computer only • 1-2 student computers • 3-5 student computers • 6+ students computers • 1-1 computer initiative
Do you have access to a video beam? • Yes • No
Benefits of computer and beam • Only 1 computer is needed to display a presentation (PowerPoint, Internet, etc.) for a class • Improved classroom management (remote) • This is how I initially began using technology in a regular classroom (not computer lab) • Cost of video beam: $500-$1000
Do you have your own web page? • Yes • No
Benefits of Web Page • Acts as my lesson plan book • Can be modified easily • Dynamic • Central location for notes, assignments, policies, contact info, etc. • Prevents excuses from students who are absent
Different types of web pagesNo hosting required: • Free – http://www.Schoolnotes.com
No hosting required: • $25/yr – http://www.Teacherweb.com
No hosting required: • $49/yr – http://www.Quia.com
Hosting required: • You can create your own page using software applications like: • Microsoft Office (Save As Web Page) • Mozilla (free download) • Dreamweaver (purchase) • Benefit: Files are on your computer for updating • View http://www.skiptyler.com
How often do you incorporate any type of technology in your class? • Daily • 2-3 times a week • Once a week • Twice a month • Once a month • Never
How often do you use the Internet in your classroom? • Daily • 2-3 times a week • Once a week • Twice a month • Once a month • Never
Examples of Internet Usage • ExploreLearning • Virtual Manipulatives • Online Textbooks • HCPS eLearning • WebQuests • Videostreaming
Technology for Assessments • In class: Student Responders • In class/Web Page: Exam View • Online: Quia, Edutest, Jefferson Lab SOL Review
Additional Technologies • SmartBoard ($2000) • Interwrite Pad ($600) • Document Camera ($500+) • Scanner ($50) • Printer ($50+) • Digital Camera/Camcorder ($200-400) • MP3 Players ($150) • CD/DVD Burners ($200)
Conclusion • When used effectively, technology can help to create a positive classroom environment that is dynamic, exciting, and entertaining. • Technology does not replace effective teachers…teachers use technology to make instruction more effective and improve classroom management, student participation, and student achievement. • Ask yourself - Does the technology complement or hinder instruction?
Q & A Session • Where do you go from here? • What things can you incorporate into your classroom? Act now while motivated! • How do you go about getting these items? Library? Departmental request? Grant writing?
Important information! • Email: email@example.com • Web address: http://www.skiptyler.com Feel free to contact me with any questions! Thanks!